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Win7 upgrade from x86 to x64 on the fly possible?

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Roland Schweiger, Sep 4, 2010.

  1. Roland Schweiger

    Roland Schweiger Flightless Bird

    On a machine "difinately suitable" for Win7 64-bit, there is currently the
    32-bit version.

    I have the Win7 CD with 32/64 bit versions and a proper licence key.

    My question now is (has anybody done this yet) -

    is there a way tu up-grade from 32bit to the 64bit version on the fly,
    so that all programs will continue running?

    Until now i have always installed clean versions of 64bit Win7.

    greetings

    Roland Schweiger
     
  2. Frank

    Frank Flightless Bird

    On 9/4/2010 10:27 AM, Roland Schweiger wrote:
    > On a machine "difinately suitable" for Win7 64-bit, there is currently
    > the 32-bit version.
    >
    > I have the Win7 CD with 32/64 bit versions and a proper licence key.
    >
    > My question now is (has anybody done this yet) -
    >
    > is there a way tu up-grade from 32bit to the 64bit version on the fly,
    > so that all programs will continue running?
    >
    > Until now i have always installed clean versions of 64bit Win7.
    >
    > greetings
    >
    > Roland Schweiger
    >

    No.
     
  3. Roland Schweiger

    Roland Schweiger Flightless Bird

    "Frank"
    > is there a way tu up-grade from 32bit to the 64bit version on the fly,
    > so that all programs will continue running?
    >
    > Until now i have always installed clean versions of 64bit Win7.
    >
    > greetings
    >
    > Roland Schweiger
    >

    No.



    So there is only the long winding road:
    Save all the data files, then clean the HDD, then (re)install Win7 (this
    time 64bit),
    then look for all the 64bit drivers, install all the progs, where posssible,
    64bit, then restore all the data files.

    Petty - i thought there was a way around this :)

    greetings

    Roland Schweiger
     
  4. Dave \Crash\ Dummy

    Dave \Crash\ Dummy Flightless Bird

    Roland Schweiger wrote:
    > "Frank"
    >> is there a way tu up-grade from 32bit to the 64bit version on the
    >> fly, so that all programs will continue running?
    >>
    >> Until now i have always installed clean versions of 64bit Win7.
    >>
    >> greetings
    >>
    >> Roland Schweiger
    >>

    > No.


    > So there is only the long winding road: Save all the data files, then
    > clean the HDD, then (re)install Win7 (this time 64bit), then look for
    > all the 64bit drivers, install all the progs, where posssible, 64bit,
    > then restore all the data files.
    >
    > Petty - i thought there was a way around this :)


    Just think how happy you will be with a nice, clean installation. :)
    --
    Crash

    "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."
    ~ Samuel Johnson ~
     
  5. Bruce Chambers

    Bruce Chambers Flightless Bird

    Roland Schweiger wrote:
    > On a machine "difinately suitable" for Win7 64-bit, there is currently
    > the 32-bit version.
    >
    > I have the Win7 CD with 32/64 bit versions and a proper licence key.
    >
    > My question now is (has anybody done this yet) -
    >
    > is there a way tu up-grade from 32bit to the 64bit version on the fly,
    > so that all programs will continue running?
    >



    No, it's not technically possible to perform an in-place upgrade from a
    32-bit OS to a 64-bit OS.


    > Until now i have always installed clean versions of 64bit Win7.
    >



    when moving from a 32-bit OS, that's the only way.



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  6. Yousuf Khan

    Yousuf Khan Flightless Bird

    On 04/09/2010 1:39 PM, Roland Schweiger wrote:
    > So there is only the long winding road:
    > Save all the data files, then clean the HDD, then (re)install Win7 (this
    > time 64bit),
    > then look for all the 64bit drivers, install all the progs, where
    > posssible, 64bit, then restore all the data files.
    >
    > Petty - i thought there was a way around this :)
    >
    > greetings
    >
    > Roland Schweiger
    >


    Well, there is the "customized" install method, which saves all of your
    existing users and windows data to a windows.old directory. From there
    you don't have to do as much backing up.

    Yousuf Khan
     
  7. Gene E. Bloch

    Gene E. Bloch Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 4 Sep 2010 19:39:57 +0200, Roland Schweiger wrote:

    > "Frank"
    >> is there a way tu up-grade from 32bit to the 64bit version on the fly,
    >> so that all programs will continue running?
    >>
    >> Until now i have always installed clean versions of 64bit Win7.
    >>
    >> greetings
    >>
    >> Roland Schweiger
    >>

    > No.
    >
    >
    >
    > So there is only the long winding road:
    > Save all the data files, then clean the HDD, then (re)install Win7 (this
    > time 64bit),
    > then look for all the 64bit drivers, install all the progs, where posssible,
    > 64bit, then restore all the data files.
    >
    > Petty - i thought there was a way around this :)
    >
    > greetings
    >
    > Roland Schweiger


    It's much better to find all the 64-bit drivers before killing the old
    OS, and put them somewhere where you can find them later (USB thumb
    drive, CD, whatever).

    --
    Gene E. Bloch (Stumbling Bloch)
     
  8. Robert Brereton

    Robert Brereton Flightless Bird

    "Bruce Chambers" <bchambers@cableone.net> wrote in message
    news:i5u5c0$t1h$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    > Roland Schweiger wrote:
    >> On a machine "difinately suitable" for Win7 64-bit, there is currently
    >> the 32-bit version.
    >>
    >> I have the Win7 CD with 32/64 bit versions and a proper licence key.
    >>
    >> My question now is (has anybody done this yet) -
    >>
    >> is there a way tu up-grade from 32bit to the 64bit version on the fly,
    >> so that all programs will continue running?
    >>

    >
    >
    > No, it's not technically possible to perform an in-place upgrade from a
    > 32-bit OS to a 64-bit OS.
    >
    >
    >> Until now i have always installed clean versions of 64bit Win7.
    >>

    >
    >
    > when moving from a 32-bit OS, that's the only way.
    >
    >
    >
    > --
    >
    > Bruce Chambers
    >
    > Help us help you:
    > http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
    >
    > http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/555375
    >
    > They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
    > safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~Benjamin Franklin
    >
    > Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do. ~Bertrand
    > Russell
    >
    > The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has
    > killed a great many philosophers.
    > ~ Denis Diderot
    >

    I have just done this. One has to boot from the 64bit dvd and one of the
    options is to format the hard disk you are installing on. I was surprised
    at how quick it installed :)

    I now have a nice clean install and the latest drivers for video etc,
    without all the clutter left over from XP/win 7 32bit. The only downside is
    that there is not a lot of 64bit software about at the moment. Even M$ are
    recommending that the 32 bit version of Office 2010 is installed!
     
  9. Bob I

    Bob I Flightless Bird

    On 9/5/2010 8:46 AM, Robert Brereton wrote:
    >
    >
    > "Bruce Chambers" <bchambers@cableone.net> wrote in message
    > news:i5u5c0$t1h$1@speranza.aioe.org...
    >> Roland Schweiger wrote:
    >>> On a machine "difinately suitable" for Win7 64-bit, there is
    >>> currently the 32-bit version.
    >>>
    >>> I have the Win7 CD with 32/64 bit versions and a proper licence key.
    >>>
    >>> My question now is (has anybody done this yet) -
    >>>
    >>> is there a way tu up-grade from 32bit to the 64bit version on the fly,
    >>> so that all programs will continue running?
    >>>

    >>
    >>
    >> No, it's not technically possible to perform an in-place upgrade from
    >> a 32-bit OS to a 64-bit OS.
    >>
    >>
    >>> Until now i have always installed clean versions of 64bit Win7.
    >>>

    >>
    >>
    >> when moving from a 32-bit OS, that's the only way.
    >>
    >>
    >>
    >> --
    >>
    >> Bruce Chambers
    >>
    >> Help us help you:
    >> http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
    >>
    >> http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/555375
    >>
    >> They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
    >> safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. ~Benjamin Franklin
    >>
    >> Many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do. ~Bertrand
    >> Russell
    >>
    >> The philosopher has never killed any priests, whereas the priest has
    >> killed a great many philosophers.
    >> ~ Denis Diderot
    >>

    > I have just done this. One has to boot from the 64bit dvd and one of the
    > options is to format the hard disk you are installing on. I was
    > surprised at how quick it installed :)
    >
    > I now have a nice clean install and the latest drivers for video etc,
    > without all the clutter left over from XP/win 7 32bit. The only downside
    > is that there is not a lot of 64bit software about at the moment. Even
    > M$ are recommending that the 32 bit version of Office 2010 is installed!


    Not a problem, since 32-bit software works just fine. And the reason
    Microsoft recommends 32-bit 2010 is as follows.

    Microsoft strongly recommends that unless your customer requests a
    64-bit installation, system builders use the 32-bit version. This
    recommendation is given primarily for two reasons:

    1. Improved end user experience with the environment most commonly used
    2. The rich ecosystem of add-on applications developed only for
    previous 32-bit-only Office versions
     

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