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August 29, 2012 6:40:04 AM

Hello. This is my PC: http://support.acer.com/acerpanam/desktop/0000/Acer/Asp...

It is a few years old i was wondering if i could upgrade to windows 7 64 bit from vista 32 bit.

The main reason i want to upgrade to 64-bit is so it will support more than around 3GB of ram. On the link i provided it says up to 8GB ram.

I remember a while back seeing old feedback from a site that used to sell this PC and one of the comments was "I don't understand why they would put 32-bit vista on a 64-bit system"

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a b $ Windows 7
August 29, 2012 7:27:44 AM

You can quite easily.

Just back-up all the data you want to an external drive, because when you install Win 7 the internal drive will be wiped.
Then just go through the normal Installation of Windows (insert disc, boot from disc, select the drive to install to, click go and it will do its thing).

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM. $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thats an OEM version of Windows, so the product key is only good for one install, on that system (the key ties itself to the mobo, if you change that you need another key). You can get the retail version which will let you install Windows multiple times to different machines, but costs more.

Also, the machine has to have 2GB of RAM installed for Win 7 to work.
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August 29, 2012 7:39:58 AM

manofchalk said:
You can quite easily.

Just back-up all the data you want to an external drive, because when you install Win 7 the internal drive will be wiped.
Then just go through the normal Installation of Windows (insert disc, boot from disc, select the drive to install to, click go and it will do its thing).

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM. $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thats an OEM version of Windows, so the product key is only good for one install, on that system (the key ties itself to the mobo, if you change that you need another key). You can get the retail version which will let you install Windows multiple times to different machines, but costs more.

Also, the machine has to have 2GB of RAM installed for Win 7 to work.



Thank you very much, I was just worried about something not being compatible or something going wrong.
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August 29, 2012 7:48:07 AM

manofchalk said:
You can quite easily.

Just back-up all the data you want to an external drive, because when you install Win 7 the internal drive will be wiped.
Then just go through the normal Installation of Windows (insert disc, boot from disc, select the drive to install to, click go and it will do its thing).

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit OEM. $100
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

Thats an OEM version of Windows, so the product key is only good for one install, on that system (the key ties itself to the mobo, if you change that you need another key). You can get the retail version which will let you install Windows multiple times to different machines, but costs more.

Also, the machine has to have 2GB of RAM installed for Win 7 to work.



I have another question =\

There is the Microsoft "Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM" that you listed: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

And there is "Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade" http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...

I read one of the feedback comments of someone who purchased the windows 7 upgrade and they said this

"Other Thoughts: Dont get full version, get upgrade version because if you have any other windows version laying around, you can use the upgrade version as a clean installed new version

steps:
-install old windows (ex. Windows XP)
-restart computer and boot off of windows 7 disk
-some time before the installation starts for 7, it will ask you what partition you want to install to
-here you can reformat and delete the XP partition and 7 will install to the completely blank partition

So basically you install to a blank hard drive. It doesn't get any cleaner than that!"
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a b $ Windows 7
August 29, 2012 7:51:56 AM

The upgrade is $10 more and requires more effort (and Windows XP/Vista) to carry out, with the same result. A fresh install of Windows on a blank HDD. Don't know why you would go that way.
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August 29, 2012 7:59:08 AM

manofchalk said:
The upgrade is $10 more and requires more effort (and Windows XP/Vista) to carry out, with the same result. A fresh install of Windows on a blank HDD. Don't know why you would go that way.


Can it be used multiple times though? It wouldn't be for sale if there was no reason to buy it.
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a b $ Windows 7
August 29, 2012 8:02:13 AM

NEVER upgrade, always start with a fresh blank hdd
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a b $ Windows 7
August 29, 2012 8:09:07 AM

Cant find any information on the product page if you can use the key multiple times, so I dont know.

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August 29, 2012 8:09:27 AM

Thanks for the help though!
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August 29, 2012 8:13:52 AM

Ya I would say do a clean install only if you have your backup drivers. I'd call up Acer and get the drivers that work with windows 7 before you do a clean install.
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September 8, 2012 2:45:50 AM

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