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Windows 7 32 to 64, no discs, at a loss

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March 7, 2012 8:50:09 PM

I have been researching the topic and am at a loss after around an hour of fruitless research. i recently upgraded from xp 32 bit to windows 7 32 bit. I want to upgrade to 64 bit so theres more RAM available and cannot find any information on doing it without discs that doesnt use USB or something. Got an external hard drive what the hell do I do? I downloaded the files but then couldn't open of course bc they were 64 bit files or whatnot.

Any help is much appreciated.
(my cpu is capable of running it)

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a c 411 $ Windows 7
March 7, 2012 8:52:24 PM

Is this a legit copy of 7?
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March 7, 2012 8:53:32 PM

Have you purchased the 64 bit upgrade disc??

I guess i dont understand the question.

You need a 64 bit upgrade disc to upgrade to windows 64 bit. You need to have purchased it.

If you attend a university or are a student you can get the upgrade for considerably less. Often times free.
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March 7, 2012 8:54:01 PM

yes sir got my windows live account and everything a few days ago
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March 7, 2012 8:55:28 PM

i can download the files through my account but yet I cant upgrade to it from 32? I had an option of choosing either 32 or 64 bit when I upgraded from xp 32 bit...
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March 7, 2012 8:58:14 PM

I am going to try to save the .iso file of 64 bit and use a program to open that, seems like it would work???
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a c 411 $ Windows 7
March 7, 2012 8:58:54 PM

You need to do a clean install to go to 64 bit!
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March 7, 2012 8:59:21 PM

It's my understanding that you need to do a clean install with the 64 bit disks, i tried to go from 32 bit vista to 64 bit win7 and it wouldn't let me upgrade unless i was on vista 64 bit.
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a c 411 $ Windows 7
March 7, 2012 8:59:33 PM

To install Windows 7 using the Custom option and formatting the hard disk

To format your hard disk during Windows 7 installation, you'll need to start, or boot, your computer using the Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive.

Turn on your computer so that Windows starts normally, insert the Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive, and then shut down your computer.

Restart your computer.

Press any key when prompted, and then follow the instructions that appear.

On the Install Windows page, enter your language and other preferences, and then click Next.

If the Install Windows page doesn't appear, and you're not asked to press any key, you might need to change some system settings. To learn how to do this, see Start your computer from a Windows 7 installation disc or USB flash drive.

On the Please read the license terms page, if you accept the license terms, click I accept the license terms, and then click Next.

On the Which type of installation do you want? page, click Custom.

On the Where do you want to install Windows? page, click Drive options (advanced).

Click the partition that you want to change, click the formatting option you want to perform, and then follow the instructions.

When you've finished formatting, click Next.

Follow the instructions to finish installing Windows 7, which include naming your computer and setting up an initial user account.
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March 7, 2012 9:11:11 PM

dont have a cd drive. dont even have the disks i chose to purchase just the digital copy. must be a way around this
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a b $ Windows 7
March 7, 2012 9:28:25 PM

colintopinto said:
dont have a cd drive. dont even have the disks i chose to purchase just the digital copy. must be a way around this


Nope -- going from a 32 bit system to 64 bit requires a clean installation since all of the files need to change -- so you'll need either a DVD or a bootable USB thumbdrive to copy the files to so that you can reformat the HDD and install the new OS.
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a b $ Windows 7
March 7, 2012 9:36:32 PM

here is what you need:

1) win7x64 .iso (you can download it legally here: http://www.wincert.net/forum/index.php?/topic/8906-offi...

2) mount the .iso file on a virtual cd/dvd drive; if you don't have anything like that, you can also use winrar to extract the iso

3) copy the files that are inside the iso image to your usb (the files take ~3,1gb)

4) once everything's on usb (let's say it's X:) , open command prompt (winkey+r, type in cmd press enter), type x:, cd boot, once you're located inside x:\boot, type bootsect /nt60 x: and hit enter, you should get the following message:
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Target volumes will be updated with BOOTMGR compatible bootcode.

x: (\\?\Volume{########-####-####-####-############})

Sucessfully updated NTFS filesystem bootcode.

Bootcode was successfully updated on all targeted volumes.


incase it says 'access denied' then try bootsect /nt60 x: /force

congrats, your usb now contains bootable win7x64sp1 installation

one thing to note is some systems don't support booting from usb if:
a) your flash stick is not plugged exclusively straight at the back panel of your motherboard
and/or
b) you specifically set usb stick to be the 1st drive in boot order (some boards won't boot if you just pick to boot from stick via boot menu by pressing esc/f11/or whatever the boot menu key is for your motherboard)
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a b $ Windows 7
March 7, 2012 9:39:55 PM

Hi :) 

Legal...I doubt it....

There is NO upgrade path legally from XP to 7.....unless he bought an XP to Vista upgrade and ALSO a Vista to 7 upgrade...

Seems unlikely, to say the least....

All the best Brett :) 
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March 7, 2012 9:42:03 PM

alright guess i need to find a flash drive a friend should have one, thanks for the help!
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March 7, 2012 9:42:25 PM

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a b $ Windows 7
March 7, 2012 9:42:37 PM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

Legal...I doubt it....

There is NO upgrade path legally from XP to 7.....unless he bought an XP to Vista upgrade and ALSO a Vista to 7 upgrade...

Seems unlikely, to say the least....

All the best Brett :) 

there's no such thing as legal or illegal when it comes to obtaining/installing windows

if he doesn't have the licence they'll die in 30 days (90 for enterprise version which you can download straight from microsoft's site)

now cracking them is a different story...
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a c 411 $ Windows 7
March 7, 2012 9:45:02 PM

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