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Restore a disk image from Windows 7 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit on a different ma

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February 6, 2013 5:10:28 PM

Hello,

I am wondering if it is possible to restore a backup disk image taken from a laptop running Windows 7 32-bit to a different laptop running Windows 7 64-bit and I haven't been able to find anything about this. Does anyone know if this is possible?

The machine that I need to backup is a Dell XPS M1330 (upgraded to W7 32-bit), and the machine that I would be restoring the image to is a Dell Latitude E5430 (brand new, running W7 64-bit).

I found a program called EaseUS Todo Backup, and purchasing the "Workstation" or higher version would include support for a "Restore to dissimilar hardware" feature. I found that here: http://www.todo-backup.com/products/features/universal-....

Has anyone used EaseUS Todo Backup before, or does anyone know of any resources I can reference?

Thanks much!!
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a c 230 $ Windows 7
February 6, 2013 5:15:07 PM

Restoring a 32-bit image taken from one computer to another will make the second computer a 32-bit computer. I assume that is NOT your intent.

Are you just trying to copy select files/documents from the old image to the Latitude?
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February 6, 2013 5:21:27 PM

Sounds like you just want to transfer your documents and settings etc...

Have you tried the "Windows easy Transfer" feature? Its designed to move "your" stuff from an old computer to a new one.
You can find it on your "old" comp...
Start -> control panel -> System and Security --> Backup and restore --> (bottom left of screen)

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February 6, 2013 10:00:30 PM

@COLGeek: No, I am not trying to make the new computer 32-bit. I would like to be able to copy my files, settings, programs, etc to the new computer.

@yoji: I would like to be able to copy my files, settings, programs, etc to the new computer. On my current computer, I have a bunch of programs with settings that I would like to be able to keep. However, I don't see how this could be possible since the software is developed differently for 32-bit or 64-bit operating systems...
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February 6, 2013 10:11:25 PM

You can use windows easy transfer to copy your files and settings from an old 32 bit pc to a new 64 bit pc.

Programs are not transferable between 32 bit and 64 bit. A reinstall of apps is required.

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February 6, 2013 10:20:26 PM
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ITRookie said:

@yoji: I would like to be able to copy my files, settings, programs, etc to the new computer. On my current computer, I have a bunch of programs with settings that I would like to be able to keep. However, I don't see how this could be possible since the software is developed differently for 32-bit or 64-bit operating systems...


Sorry - you are asking too much... Windows settings and your files/data can be done.. but if you expecting all your installed programs and all their settings... thats a step too far. By installing the apps on new.. I would have a good chance of success in getting settings etc copied over for many apps.. but it would be a real PITA and really (for me) not at all worth the hastle. I did it for a couple of my wifes key apps when I moved her machine to 64 bit.. but in general.. the answer to your question is "no... not everything".

In general - as you seem to recognise .. you need to "install" the app on the new 64 bit machine.... once you done that.. you can think about copying over old settings etc.. which can be easy for some (e.g. iTunes I think...).. but some games, Starcraft 2 or WoW can just "drag and drop their folder to the new PC" and will work.

But your simplistic request to just magically copy all your programs/data/settings for everyting is a bit much to ask.

Cheers
February 7, 2013 4:47:07 PM

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February 7, 2013 4:47:54 PM

That makes sense. Thanks, all, for the input!
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