How can I do a 64 bit installation of Windows 7?

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  1. Xarzu

    Xarzu New Member

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    I have 32 bit Vista on my home built computer but I think it can handle a 64 bit Windows 7.

    Yet when I tried to install 64 bit Windows 7 it would not allow me to (at first, anyway, unless there is a trick). The installation program checks what OS you currently have rather than the hardware.

    How can I do a 64 bit installation of Windows 7?
     
  2. RAK

    RAK Extraordinary Member

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    You don't have much to say about how you attempted it?
    Upgrade. Retail OEM?

    Best solution is to create another partition and do a customised install. This will give you the opportunity to examine both before you decide which you prefer.
    "it would not allow me to (at first, anyway, unless there is a trick). " Was there any message?
     
  3. kemical

    kemical Windows Forum Admin
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    Sounds to me like you tried to 'upgrade'. Unfortunately you cannot upgrade from 32bit to 64bit as it has to be a clean install.
     
  4. Xarzu

    Xarzu New Member

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    I guess with a clean install instead of an upgrade, I will have to back up all my files because the hard drive is going to go back to zero.
     
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    kemical Windows Forum Admin
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    Correct.. Back up what you can and then do the clean install.
     

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