Installing from ultimate 32bit OEM to x64 ultimate?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by ExoMars Aurora, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. Do i have to do a clean install here? If so, does anyone know a step b
    step instructional ? Also, what's the best way to backup my entir
    system? Gamer and don't want to have to rebind keys and such. Sorry, on
    more Question, can i use the x64 ultimate twice? Building new rig. :
    ExoMars Aurora, Sep 26, 2008
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  2. ExoMars Aurora

    barman58 Guest

    Hello and welcome to the forums,:party

    Sorry but I think you will find that to install X64 you have to de
    complete re-install preferably including a format of the partition, an
    will then have to re-create all your applications and such like. if yo
    have the drive space you could load to a separate partition and the
    transfer files from the old install to the new and then delete th
    original install (licence restrictions would apply once you install x64

    it may be possible to backup your individual game keyboard bindings et
    but that would be dependent on your games themselves having the optio
    to do this

    As to backup the easiest is to copy your documents and where possibl
    application configuration files to another hard disk (internal o
    External). when you then install X64 you can copy back the original dat
    to the relevant places

    Due to the change from x86 to x64 architecture an image type backu
    will not work, there are simply two many changes to the way things work

    as to the two copies question the rule is One Licence per Copy unles
    you have a multi seat licence

    Hope this help


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    understand.,- frank herbert
    barman58, Sep 26, 2008
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  3. ExoMars Aurora

    David B. Guest

    Yes a clean install is required.
    Boot from the DVD, format & install.
    You'll have to back up your preferences for each game, all games keep that
    data in different places so you'll have to do some research.
    You can't use your license twice, same as almost any other version of
    Windows, this question is as old as Windows itself.
    David B., Sep 26, 2008

  4. Yes. It is not possible to perform an in-place upgrading from a 32-bit
    OS to a 64-bit OS.

    Simply boot the computer from the installation DVD and follow the
    on-screen prompts.

    There'd be no point to backing up the "entire system," unless your goal
    is to restore the original 32-bit installation. For that, a partition
    imaging utility, such as Acronis True Image, would be best.

    All of your applications (those that are 64-bit compatible, that is; I
    presume you've already verified this) will have to be re-installed from
    their original installation media. The only files you'll need to back
    up are those data files that you'll want to use on the new installation.
    For that purpose, burning them to a CD or saving them to a thumb drive
    will suffice.

    You _might_ be able to do this using either Vista's Easy Transfer
    Wizard or the User State Migration Tool, but you'd best contact the
    manufacturer(s) of the game(s) in question to see if they've provided a
    way to transfer customizations from one installation to another.

    This is a bit unclear: Are you thinking of having the single
    license installed on two machines simultaneously, or serially? You need
    to purchase a separate Vista license for each computer on which you
    install it.

    Now, if you purchase a retail license for the 64-bit Vista Ultimate,
    you're permitted to remove it from the first computer and then install
    it onto a new machine. If, however, you buy the much less expensive OEM
    license for the 64-bit Vista Ultimate, it will *not* be legitimately
    transferable to a new computer; that's why it's so much less
    (relatively) expensive.


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    Bruce Chambers, Sep 26, 2008
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