windows 7 pro 32 bit and 64 bit problem

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  1. John1604

    John1604 New Member

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    i am currently running windows vista home premium 32 bit. I want to install windows 7 pro 64 bit, do I have to format my drive before I power up from the 64 bit disc?
     
  2. strollin

    strollin Senior Member

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    No, but you won't be able to do an "in-place" upgrade from Vista 32-bit to Win 7 64-bit. Make sure you back up all of the data you wish to save and make sure you have the install disks to re-install the programs you want to use with the new OS.
     
  3. davidhk129

    davidhk129 Senior Member

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    Please read these.....................

    1. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/32-bit-and-64-bit-windows#1TC=windows-7
    Can I upgrade from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or from a 64-bit version of Windows 7 to a 32-bit version of Windows?
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    If you want to move from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or vice versa, you'll need to back up your files and choose the Custom option during Windows 7 installation. Then, you'll need to restore your files and reinstall your programs. For more information about performing a custom installation, see Installing and reinstalling Windows 7‍.

    2. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/installing-reinstalling-windows#1TC=windows-7
    Using the Custom installation option without formatting the hard disk
    Please follow the tutorial.
     
  4. bassfisher6522

    bassfisher6522 Essential Member

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    Yes...when changing the bit type of an OS and clean install is required, which means format is needed of the HDD.
     
  5. davidhk129

    davidhk129 Senior Member

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    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ca/windows7/installing-windows-7-frequently-asked-questions
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    Do I need to format my hard disk before installing Windows 7?
    No. The option to format your hard disk is available during a custom installation if you start, or boot, your computer using the Windows 7 installation disc or a USB flash drive, but formatting isn't required. For more information about formatting your hard disk during Windows 7 installation, see Installing and reinstalling Windows 7.




    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/installing-reinstalling-windows#1TC=windows-7
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    Installing a 64-bit version of Windows 7 on a computer running a 32-bit version of Windows
    Before you begin, make sure that your computer can run a 64-bit version of Windows. For more information, see 32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions.
    The Custom option installs a new copy of Windows 7 on the partition you choose. This erases your files, programs, and settings.
    Back up any files and settings you want to keep so that you can restore them after the installation is complete. You'll need to reinstall your programs, so make sure you have the installation discs and product keys for the programs you want to use in Windows 7, or setup files for any programs you downloaded from the Internet.
    Notes
    • Some programs such as Windows Mail and Outlook Express are no longer included in Windows 7. If you used Windows Mail or Outlook Express as your e‑mail program, you'll need to install a new e‑mail program after you finish installing Windows 7 to read your messages or to send and receive e‑mail. For more information about programs you can use, go to Looking for Windows Mail? on the Windows website.
    • If you don't format your hard disk during installation, data files are saved to a Windows.old folder on the partition you installed Windows 7 on. However, you should still back up your files. If you have data files that are encrypted, you might not be able to access them after installing Windows 7. If you've backed up your data files and then restored them after installing Windows 7, you can delete the Windows.old folder.
     

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