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May 16, 2009 3:31:43 AM

i plan to upgrade from my old 32bit xp to a 64bit

Will i have to reinstall EVERYTHING!?!?! i really want to upgrade my whole system but i don't think i want to kill all my awesome software also.

So is there anyway around this or a way to keep things like my cs3 and etc...

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a b B Homebuilt system
May 16, 2009 5:11:26 AM

You really should start fresh.

Be careful to write down everything you need. I am dual-booting XP and Windows 7 RC 64bit. I used Acronis Disk Director to add another partition. I then installed Windows 7 to the second partition (do not upgrade your XP).

I definitely would dual-boot, at least until your comfortable to switch over.

Another option is to pull out your XP drive and use a new one for Vista or Windows 7 x64 in case you need to switch drives for whatever reason, it happens a lot.
a b B Homebuilt system
May 16, 2009 2:20:53 PM

You cannot actually "upgrade" a 32 bit OS to a 64 bit OS. Though you can use an "upgrade" version of Vista 64 to upgrade XP 32 to Vista 64, (or 7) it basically will do a complete fresh install. So yeah, save your data somewhere and prepare to reinstall all your software.
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