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Windows 7 reinstall question

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by mac, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. mac

    mac Flightless Bird

    I have a PC which I upgraded from vista to Windows 7 32 bit. I really
    should have installed W7 64 bit instead. How can I use the same upgrade
    DVD to do a clean install to W7 64 bit? Meaning use my upgrade DVD to do a
    clean install over a system already upgraded (W7 over W7 with an upgrade
    DVD)?

    Thanks!
    mac
     
  2. GlowingBlueMist

    GlowingBlueMist Flightless Bird

    On 6/1/2010 11:14 PM, mac wrote:
    > I have a PC which I upgraded from vista to Windows 7 32 bit. I really
    > should have installed W7 64 bit instead. How can I use the same upgrade
    > DVD to do a clean install to W7 64 bit? Meaning use my upgrade DVD to do
    > a clean install over a system already upgraded (W7 over W7 with an
    > upgrade DVD)?
    >
    > Thanks!
    > mac
    >
    >

    If you have CD's of both 32 and 64 bit then you can do what you want.

    Upgrade CD's can even be used to install Windows 7 on a totally blank
    hard drive if you follow the right instructions, just as you could in Vista.

    Here is a link that should provide you more information.
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/31402-clean-install-upgrade-windows-7-version.html

    You may need to phone in your activation, or not, depending on when and
    how many times you have activated your license over the internet. The
    same license key works for either 32 or 64 bit versions of Windows 7,
    but it is only allowed to be actually running on one computer. No way
    of telling until you try to activate the new version if you will have an
    activation problem. If you do then a screen will pop up with the phone
    number you will need to call to activate it.

    You may need to delete the windows.old folder to save space when you are
    finished (archived copy of your last installation) unless you did a
    format as part of your new installation.
     
  3. peter

    peter Flightless Bird

    Going from a 32 bit OS to a 64 bit OS requires a NEW install.....no upgrade
    path available.
    Start with the W7 DVD ..pick new 64 bit install and follow the
    prompts.......
    Hope you have your work backed up.
    peter


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    "mac" <macaaa@macaaa.> wrote in message
    news:tUkNn.85713$jt.65981@newsfe04.iad...
    > I have a PC which I upgraded from vista to Windows 7 32 bit. I really
    > should have installed W7 64 bit instead. How can I use the same upgrade
    > DVD to do a clean install to W7 64 bit? Meaning use my upgrade DVD to do
    > a clean install over a system already upgraded (W7 over W7 with an upgrade
    > DVD)?
    >
    > Thanks!
    > mac
    >
    >
    >
     
  4. GlowingBlueMist

    GlowingBlueMist Flightless Bird

    On 6/1/2010 11:37 PM, GlowingBlueMist wrote:
    > On 6/1/2010 11:14 PM, mac wrote:
    >> I have a PC which I upgraded from vista to Windows 7 32 bit. I really
    >> should have installed W7 64 bit instead. How can I use the same upgrade
    >> DVD to do a clean install to W7 64 bit? Meaning use my upgrade DVD to do
    >> a clean install over a system already upgraded (W7 over W7 with an
    >> upgrade DVD)?
    >>
    >> Thanks!
    >> mac
    >>
    >>

    > If you have CD's of both 32 and 64 bit then you can do what you want.
    >
    > Upgrade CD's can even be used to install Windows 7 on a totally blank
    > hard drive if you follow the right instructions, just as you could in
    > Vista.
    >
    > Here is a link that should provide you more information.
    > http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/31402-clean-install-upgrade-windows-7-version.html
    >
    >
    > You may need to phone in your activation, or not, depending on when and
    > how many times you have activated your license over the internet. The
    > same license key works for either 32 or 64 bit versions of Windows 7,
    > but it is only allowed to be actually running on one computer. No way of
    > telling until you try to activate the new version if you will have an
    > activation problem. If you do then a screen will pop up with the phone
    > number you will need to call to activate it.
    >
    > You may need to delete the windows.old folder to save space when you are
    > finished (archived copy of your last installation) unless you did a
    > format as part of your new installation.


    One other thought, with missing drivers still an issue with much of
    W7-64, especially if you have older hardware, you might want to run the
    System Information for Windows (SIW) and print out the current hardware
    listed so you can check to see if you can locate the 64 bit drivers
    before you do the re-install. Might save you some trouble with the
    install if you have the updated drivers already downloaded onto a flash
    or other media prior to the install.

    You can get a copy of the freeware program, SIW directly from the
    author's site at http://www.gtopala.com/siw-download.html
     
  5. mac

    mac Flightless Bird

    Thanks all. I will have to do a Full install. I'll make sure I copy any
    important files out. SAldo Thanks for the driver check suggetion. I will
    definitively check.

    mac
     

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