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Upgrade Windows 7 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit


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#1 ssgt.usaf

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 03:29 PM

What do I need to upgrade my factory-intalled Windows 7 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit.  I want to buy the correct package so there will be as few problems as possible.

 

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 04:23 PM

Check out this excellent list of question over at the Microsoft Site that should have the answer your looking for.... http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/32-bit-and-64-bit-windows-frequently-asked-questions

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 04:30 PM

System Builder version of Win 7, http://www.amazon.com/Windows-Premium-64bit-System-Builder/dp/B004Q0PT3I/ref=sr_1_1?s=software&ie=UTF8&qid=1370294580&sr=1-1&keywords=windows+7+builder+64+bit  OR...contact your system manufacturer...and find out if the system carries any upgrade options.

 

Before making such decisions...I'd make sure that I'm not interested in Win 8.

 

Just a reminder...you will have delete everything on your current hard drive, if that's the only one for the system.  If a destop, a safe option would be to add a hard drive, with the new install on that.

 

I have both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Win 7...the only difference I noted when I was testing each on 2 separate systems...64-bit actually can utilize more than 4GB of RAM, whereas 32-bit stops at 4GB.  In reality, the need for more than 4GB of RAM...doesn't apply to most of us, IMO.

 

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 06:38 PM

Just so you know, I researched the internet before posting my question.  If I cannot find a precise answer, I ask my computer geeks at bleepingcomputer.com. 

 

The reason I want to upgrade is that I did not realize my system was limited to less than 4GB of RAM.  It is very slow, so I started looking into getting the 64-bit OS.  (I would try Linux, but I'm not sure what it can and cannot do.  I am in the process of building another computer onto which I will put Linux.  It just takes a while to get all the parts.)

 

Doing a format and install is no problem, as I've done it so many times already with this motherboard. 

 

Microsoft itself has an upgrade for under $90 - I just didn't know if it would work.  It's the home professional, but it does not provide information on how-many-it operating system.  (I used the "Windows Upgrade Anytime" to see what was available, and as expected, it did not provide enough information.)  It uses my current OS to give the information about upgrade, but does not provide the information on 32- or 64-bit system.

 

I just don't want to waste money.  I have no idea how to verify the information before ordering it from Microsoft.

 

Thanks for the help.



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Posted 03 June 2013 - 08:04 PM

How much RAM do you currently use on average?

 

I have systems with Windows 7 x86 & x64 and don't notice any difference in performance; however, my x64 system only has 4 GB RAM.


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Posted 03 June 2013 - 08:33 PM

Windows 7 32-bit will use between 3 and 4 GB of RAM.  Installing more than 4GB is a waste.  I have 4GB installed.   This forum taught me that just before I was about to purchase 8GB of RAM.  My processor is 3.2 dual-core. 

 

 I simply want a better-running system.






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