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Help on 32bit and 64bit windows 7

hi i recently installed windows 7 32 bit from my current vista 32 bit i have recently upgraded my ram to 4gb and now have more than enough memory to run windows 7 64 bit how do i go about this? will i lose all my games files etc. thanks
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  1. Best answer
    You will have to do a clean install. You cannot do an in-place upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit.

    You'll need to backup your user profiles using Easy Windows Transfer to a separate drive (or DVD or some other backup medium), format the drive, install 64-bit Windows 7, restore the user profiles using Easy Windows Transfer, and then reinstall all your programs/games. There is no way do to an in-place upgrade.

    Also, you better first check and make sure all the hardware you currently have has 64-bit drivers. If they don't have 64-bit Windows 7 drivers, check to see if they have 64-bit Vista drivers. If so, then you're good to go, otherwise, your hardware may not work under 64-bit Windows.
  2. isamuelson said:
    You will have to do a clean install. You cannot do an in-place upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit.

    You'll need to backup your user profiles using Easy Windows Transfer to a separate drive (or DVD or some other backup medium), format the drive, install 64-bit Windows 7, restore the user profiles using Easy Windows Transfer, and then reinstall all your programs/games. There is no way do to an in-place upgrade.

    Also, you better first check and make sure all the hardware you currently have has 64-bit drivers. If they don't have 64-bit Windows 7 drivers, check to see if they have 64-bit Vista drivers. If so, then you're good to go, otherwise, your hardware may not work under 64-bit Windows.


    sorry to sound like a noob but how will i check my drivers?? if they are 32 bit is there anyway of overcoming this problem thanks again
  3. Collier2010 said:
    sorry to sound like a noob but how will i check my drivers?? if they are 32 bit is there anyway of overcoming this problem thanks again


    Go to the hardware manufacturer's website and see if they have 64-bit Vista or Windows 7 drivers.
  4. isamuelson said:
    Go to the hardware manufacturer's website and see if they have 64-bit Vista or Windows 7 drivers.

    yeah mate just found it i have a 32 bit operating system, what so i can buy the drivers? or will i have to but a new machine? thanks
  5. Best answer selected by COLLIER2010.
  6. Collier2010 said:
    yeah mate just found it i have a 32 bit operating system, what so i can buy the drivers? or will i have to but a new machine? thanks


    Drivers are free. Just jot down all the hardware you have hooked up to your machine (video card, printer, card readers, motherboard, game controllers, etc) and go to the website for each piece of hardware and go to their support/download section. See if they have 64-bit drivers to download. If all they have are 32-bit drivers, then that hardware will more than likely NOT work with 64-bit.

    You shouldn't have to "buy" new drivers for existing hardware. Those are free (I have yet to see a hardware manufacturer charge you for new drivers for hardware).
  7. thanks again mate you have been really helpful ill post if i get any problems thanks again
  8. isamuelson said:
    Drivers are free. Just jot down all the hardware you have hooked up to your machine (video card, printer, card readers, motherboard, game controllers, etc) and go to the website for each piece of hardware and go to their support/download section. See if they have 64-bit drivers to download. If all they have are 32-bit drivers, then that hardware will more than likely NOT work with 64-bit.

    You shouldn't have to "buy" new drivers for existing hardware. Those are free (I have yet to see a hardware manufacturer charge you for new drivers for hardware).

    sorry to be a pest mate so do u know when i go on my control panel and vie devices will i need to upgrade every single thing on that list prossesors?? or just everything listed in the system device type??
  9. Most of the stuff on your motherboard should be covered by going to your motherboard manufacturer's website. As long as they have drivers, you should be good to go. The other hardware I'm talking about is external to the motherboard (PCIe video cards, sound cards, printers, game pads, etc).

    Just post your system specs so we know what your system has. That will help us serve you better.
  10. isamuelson said:
    Most of the stuff on your motherboard should be covered by going to your motherboard manufacturer's website. As long as they have drivers, you should be good to go. The other hardware I'm talking about is external to the motherboard (PCIe video cards, sound cards, printers, game pads, etc).

    Just post your system specs so we know what your system has. That will help us serve you better.

    no probs mate

    Processor: intel core 2 quad CPU Q6600 @2.40MHz

    Installed Memory: 4.00 GB (3.25 usable) This is why i wanna upgrade to 64 bit

    Graphics: 1 GB radeon HD 4670 Managed to get settings for that
  11. Collier2010 said:
    no probs mate

    Processor: intel core 2 quad CPU Q6600 @2.40MHz

    Installed Memory: 4.00 GB (3.25 usable) This is why i wanna upgrade to 64 bit

    Graphics: 1 GB radeon HD 4670 Managed to get settings for that


    What about the motherboard manufacturer? That will determine if there are any drivers for it. Is this a home-built system or is it like a Dell or HP machine?
  12. isamuelson said:
    What about the motherboard manufacturer? That will determine if there are any drivers for it. Is this a home-built system or is it like a Dell or HP machine?

    its an advent mate where will i find out what mother board it has? once again apreciate u helping me
  13. Download Belarc Advisor / PC Wizard and run it
  14. JackNaylorPE said:
    Download Belarc Advisor / PC Wizard and run it

    yeah ok mate i have downloaded that and got the full profil summary of my system what is it iam looking for? is it main circut Board?
  15. isamuelson said:
    What about the motherboard manufacturer? That will determine if there are any drivers for it. Is this a home-built system or is it like a Dell or HP machine?

    iam struggling mate any chance of u helping mate thanx
  16. Collier2010 said:
    iam struggling mate any chance of u helping mate thanx


    I can't help you there short of coming over and opening it up.

    On the out side, does it say anything (Dell, HP, etc)? If not (did someone build this for you, did you buy it from a computer store, etc)?

    Without the information on who manufactured the PC, there's not much else I can do.
  17. isamuelson said:
    I can't help you there short of coming over and opening it up.

    On the out side, does it say anything (Dell, HP, etc)? If not (did someone build this for you, did you buy it from a computer store, etc)?

    Without the information on who manufactured the PC, there's not much else I can do.

    Advent Quad core
    the full spec is
    Adavent core 2 quad CPU Q6600 @ 240GHz is that any help mate?
  18. Well, looking up Advent, I can't specifically find your model, but considering it's a quad core, it can handle 64-bit windows without a problem. You should be good to go.
  19. thanks mate, just one last thing am not quite sure exactly what drives and other programs/on i need to convert to 64 bit any chance of a list of the main things that i need to get 64 bit versions of thanks again
  20. Everything will have to be reinstalled when going from 32 to 64. They aren't converted. You'll have to run the install programs for them.
  21. isamuelson said:
    Everything will have to be reinstalled when going from 32 to 64. They aren't converted. You'll have to run the install programs for them.

    thanks mate so do i install windows 64 then update my drives or vice verser, i have just tried to install my64bit version of my graphics card that i down loaded of the ati web site and it says the program did not install correctly please install the windows thats compatable with this program thanks
  22. Install Windows just like you would any other way. If Windows has the drivers, it will install them. If not, you will have to download them yourself and install them.
  23. isamuelson said:
    Install Windows just like you would any other way. If Windows has the drivers, it will install them. If not, you will have to download them yourself and install them.

    hi mate thanks again for all the help you gave me i have managed to install a version of a windows 7 64bit iot still i saying my memory (RAM) is 4.00 (3.25) usable but now my memory rating (windows 7 index) has went dowen from 7.1 to 5.9 do u know why this is thanks
  24. sorry about the spelling
  25. It just depends on a few things. Don't necessarily trust those "ratings". I had my video card go from 5.1 to 6.9 when I went from Vista to Windows 7. Overall, you should be fine.
  26. isamuelson said:
    It just depends on a few things. Don't necessarily trust those "ratings". I had my video card go from 5.1 to 6.9 when I went from Vista to Windows 7. Overall, you should be fine.

    LOL that dont make sense does it. Ive also installed windows 7 manager i defo have .75 gb memory sitting doing nothing grrrr shud have stayed wit vista lol i have done some research it could be a couple of things my bios needs flased but spoke to my computer manufactures and they said that there isint a bios flash for my system they were made to run at 32bit however it is possible to run at 64bit if i down load generic drives if you need help with this phone the premium rate number @ £1.50 a minute and theres no chance of that happing considering i was on hold to him for 15 minutes more hassell than its worth :S
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