Upgrade win 7 32bit to win 7 64 bit

Discussion in 'Windows 7 Installation' started by glandsb500, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. glandsb500

    glandsb500 New Member

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    Just got a new laptop and win7 32 bit was already installed. The laptop is a 64 bit processor so I need to upgrade to 64 bit Win 7 as I am not presently able to access all 6 GB of memory. IS it possible to upgrade without loosing all my settings or will I have to do a clean install?
     
  2. gavin19

    gavin19 New Member

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    It's not possible as the OS architecture is different, it has to be a clean install. You could backup your files and settings if you know where the folders are located. For the most part they should be compatible. I kept the settings for Firefox, Chrome, uTorrent and several other apps and they worked fine when I added them back into the clean install. Don't forget to backup other possibly important folder groups like 'My Documents' too just in case :)
     
  3. Mitchell_A

    Mitchell_A Excellent Member

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    To add to Gavin's post, if you choose not to format your hard drive, Windows will put your old installation in a folder named "windows.old" where you will be able to access your user files and copy them over to your new installation, if you don't want to backup.
     

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