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32 bit windows xp upgrade to 64 bit windows 7 solved

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June 15, 2012 9:44:25 AM

To start I had recently had trouble upgrading from windows xp 32 bit to windows 7 64 bit. I goggled and searched and couldn't find a quick and easy way to upgrade. The problem was when I put my 64 bit W7 dvd into my machine, it wouldn't auto run and it was not working correctly. So then I called a technical support company and figured it out.

What you need to do is too start your computer with the disk in the machine and if it does not load automatically, then restart your machine. When your computer starts booting there should be a small window of time where your motherboard info will be displayed or your bios. When this pops up press delete or f2 and it should bring up a menu with allot of different options. I don't remember exactly what mine was called but you need to change a couple things around. Basically you want to set your primary boot from the DVD and your secondary boot from hard drive. Make sure to save your settings and then exit the setup. Then after that when you boot your computer back up (With cd in the machine)there will be some text about booting from CD...... press any key..... then press a key and follow the instructions. After that part you will find a million explanations of the next few steps from Microsoft and Google search. Just search for windows "xp/vista" upgrade to W7 and the microsoft website explain the rest.

If there is something I missed/messed up or if this is old news by all means delete or add info to help ppl like me that Google anything they don't have a clue about. Like I said previously, I goggled and researched and didn't find this info, only info for people that didn't have my kind of issue.

I am new too the computer tech bizz and just finished building my first rig. Here are my specs...

MB:Gigabyte Z68A-D3H-B3 Intel Z68 LGA1155
Intel Core i5-2500K 3.3Ghz Unlocked LGA1155 CPU
RAM:CRUCIAL 8GB KIT (4GBX2) DDR3 1333 MT/S
Tower:Thermaltake Element V Black Editon Full Tower Case
PSU:o CZ Technology ZS Series 550W Power Supply
GPU:EVGA GEFORCE GTX 460 Superclocked 1GB GDDR5 PCIe
OS:Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Thanks for reading this I hope I can help someone save some time and money and just get back to what we love.
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June 15, 2012 10:40:27 AM


Hello and welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums.

Well done for building your first computer - it's quite a good feeling isn't it?

Now that you've set the primary boot device as the optical drive, any time there's a bootable disk in there it will boot from that instead of the hard disk. It's worth changing back to hard disk boot as primary once your OS is successfully installed.


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June 15, 2012 3:15:17 PM

Saga Lout said:

Hello and welcome to Tom's Hardware Forums.

Well done for building your first computer - it's quite a good feeling isn't it?

Now that you've set the primary boot device as the optical drive, any time there's a bootable disk in there it will boot from that instead of the hard disk. It's worth changing back to hard disk boot as primary once your OS is successfully installed.



I did that and have been meaning to do that ever sense the upgrade. To be honest I did this rig build because I was feeling buyers remorse after purchasing a computer locally and then a year later realizing that I paid top dollar for low end equipment(only kept the HDD & DVD Burner). I am into allot of editing and gaming and am really interested in furthering my knowledge of tech and video editing in the future. I guess you could say I am getting a bit tech-E and am thinking about making this into a career quit possible.

Now what this thread is about, did I explain it or just ramble on??? I just wanna help out the next guy that was sitting there palm to facing trying to actually have a PC worth a damn...

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