Load Win7 64bit on a 32bit system - how?

Discussion in 'Windows 64 Bit' started by Martin, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. Martin

    Martin Guest

    Hi
    anyone know if it Is possibe to load win7 Ultimate 64 bit on a
    Professional 32 bit system without loosing anything ? If so how?
    or would it be better to do a fresh install?
    I hate having to re-install loads of software and there is always
    something gets mised in the back up
     
    Martin, Jan 16, 2012
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  2. Martin

    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Martin.

    Going from Win7 Professional to Win7 Ultimate is easy. Going from 32-bit to
    64-bit (or vice versa) is not as easy.

    If your computer hardware (CPU, especially) is 32-bit, then there is no way
    to install any 64-bit Windows on it.

    If it is 64-bit hardware with 32-bit Windows installed on it, then you can
    transition to 64-bit Windows - but it's not a simple "upgrade". You can't
    just boot into 32-bit Windows, then insert the 64-bit DVD and run Setup.
    You must BOOT from the 64-bit DVD so that the 64-bit infrastructure will be
    in place to install 64-bit Win7.

    You can ADD 64-bit Windows to create a dual-boot system (a second license is
    required), or you can do a "custom install" (a "clean install"), which will
    delete 32-bit Windows and install 64-bit Windows in its place. A reformat
    of the Windows volume is not strictly required, but is often recommended.

    WET (Windows Easy Transfer) is included on the DVD and it will make the job
    easier - but not painless. It will help you preserve all your data and some
    of your tweaks. But almost all your applications - even 32-bit apps - will
    need to be re-installed so that their Setup programs can make the proper
    entries in the Win7 x64 Registry; simply having their files on your disk
    will not be enough. Some apps do not need to be "installed", of course; you
    can run these from your new Windows by simply browsing to them and clicking,
    as before. Run WET before the transition; it will "inventory" your apps and
    other files and you can store the output on a device that will be available
    later, such as an external HDD. After Win7 x64 is installed, run WET again
    to retrieve all those files This won't reinstall your apps, but it will
    make your job easier.

    IF all your data is on a separate disk or partition which will not be
    reformatted, then you can simply point your re-installed apps to that data
    again after the transition. You won't even need WET for this.

    RC
    --
    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP (2002-2010)
    Windows Live Mail 2011 (Build 15.4.3538.0513) in Win7 Ultimate x64 SP1


    wrote in message
    Hi
    anyone know if it Is possibe to load win7 Ultimate 64 bit on a
    Professional 32 bit system without loosing anything ? If so how?
    or would it be better to do a fresh install?
    I hate having to re-install loads of software and there is always
    something gets mised in the back up
     
    R. C. White, Jan 16, 2012
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  3. Martin

    Martin Guest

    Hi R. C.
    I have been following these directions

    'Using the Windows 7 64 bit disk, install the Windows 7 Windows Easy
    Transfer Utility from the DVD (To find it, just navigate to
    x:\support\migwiz, 'x:' represents the name of your disk drive. In
    this folder, you will see a collection of files, the important one you
    need to look for and double click is 'migsetup'.) , run it and create
    a WET file (Windows Easy Transfer file), if you have an external hard
    disk, you can have it stored there so you can access it later when you
    do a clean install of Windows 7 64 bit disk.'

    I have looked on my DVD for WET but can't find it!!
    Would u know if I can download a WET type program?
     
    Martin, Jan 17, 2012
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  4. Martin

    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Martin.

    Since you already have 32-bit Windows installed, WET is already in your
    computer. Just press Start, type "windows easy transfer", and press Enter.
    Instructions will appear to guide you the rest of the way. ;<)

    RC
    --
    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP (2002-2010)
    Windows Live Mail 2011 (Build 15.4.3538.0513) in Win7 Ultimate x64 SP1


    wrote in message
    Hi R. C.
    I have been following these directions

    'Using the Windows 7 64 bit disk, install the Windows 7 Windows Easy
    Transfer Utility from the DVD (To find it, just navigate to
    x:\support\migwiz, 'x:' represents the name of your disk drive. In
    this folder, you will see a collection of files, the important one you
    need to look for and double click is 'migsetup'.) , run it and create
    a WET file (Windows Easy Transfer file), if you have an external hard
    disk, you can have it stored there so you can access it later when you
    do a clean install of Windows 7 64 bit disk.'

    I have looked on my DVD for WET but can't find it!!
    Would u know if I can download a WET type program?
     
    R. C. White, Jan 17, 2012
    #4
  5. Martin

    Martin Guest

    Super info R C
    Did the WET tranfer to an external dard drive, now to save a few
    downloads & I'm ready to install 7
    I learn something new every day
    Thank you for persevering with my problem
     
    Martin, Jan 18, 2012
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