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Windows 7 Upgrade from XP - Can I go from 32-bit to 64-bit


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#1 Torvald

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Posted 03 September 2013 - 04:11 PM

My wife's computer has Windows XP, so we'll need to either get her a new computer next year or upgrade her OS to Windows 7 (prefer to avoid Win-8 if possible).

 

Her version of Win-XP is 32-bit, and the family pack 3-upgrade CD we have apparently normally allows that to be upgraded to the 32-bit version of Win-7, but not the 64-bit version.

 

Is there a legitimate way to get around this issue and enable an upgrade to Win-7 64-bit?

 

If not, what drawbacks are there to her running Win-7 in 32-bit versus 64-bit?


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Posted 03 September 2013 - 05:26 PM

Yes, you can upgrade to 64 bit Windows 7.
Is a Windows 7 license key valid for both 32-bit and 64-bit?
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/is-a-windows-7-license-key-valid-for-both-32-bit/70d546cd-b6e3-44d8-a6c8-fd7feb7d1915

You have to do a Clean install and not upgrade switching from XP to Win7.

Edited by mainer21, 03 September 2013 - 05:28 PM.


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Posted 03 September 2013 - 05:31 PM

You may find this information helpful over at Microsoft's site =>HERE<=


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Posted 03 September 2013 - 05:31 PM

I have a family pack for Win 7 Home Premium...and both DVDs (32-bit and 64-bit) are included. 

 

Technically, there is no upgrade from XP to Win 7...the result will be a clean install of whichever version (32-bit or 64-bit) you decide to use.

 

The license will apply to 3 installs on systems.

 

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The difference between the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Win 7 is simple...the 64-bit allows for recognition/utilization of more than 4GB of RAM.  I ran both in parallel installs when I first acquired my family pack...that was the only difference I noticed.  Of course, you won't be able to run 64-bit applications on a 32-bit O/S...but you can run 32-bit applications on a 64-bit O/S.


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Posted 03 September 2013 - 05:34 PM

Just to add, you have to make sure the hardware will handle a 64bit OS as well.  You can look up the manufactures specs to your system to find out, or you can boot using the Win7 64bit DVD and try the install, it will fail if it can not install a 64bit OS.

 

Make sure to backup all your data before you attempt any installs....


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Posted 04 September 2013 - 09:20 PM

Thanks to everyone for your feedback.  It looks like I could install Win-7 64-bit, that is IF my wife's computer will support Windows 7.  (It's an HP Pavilion a1240n Desktop PC)

 

I ran the Windows 7 upgrade Advisor program on it tonight, and got mostly good results.

 

The two exceptions were:

 

(1)  that her built-in graphics would not support the Windows 7 Aero user interface (Is this a problem?:,and

 

(2)  that her Intel 82915G/GV/910GL express chipset family driver was not compatible with Windows 7.  (What does this chipset do and Is there a Windows 7 driver available/)

 

Does anyone know from the above info if her computer is capable of running Windows 7?


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Posted 04 September 2013 - 10:17 PM

You can use a Vista display driver on windows 7.

http://forums.techguy.org/windows-7/943982-windows-7-driver-intel-82915g.html

When you install Windows 7 on the wife's computer "don't activate windows" until you are happy with the install.You have 3 days to activate windows.



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Posted 05 September 2013 - 09:43 AM

Aero...is a nonj-essential fluff feature of Windows 7.

 

Many (inlcuding me) disable AERO.

 

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 09:49 AM

As I suggested to another member today...If you system is very old chances are the hardware itself is also getting old. Hardware components do not last forever and they do go bad at some point so you may want to just consider replacing rather than upgrading. Bargain buys are still available for Windows 7 machines.
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Posted 05 September 2013 - 04:57 PM

quietman7,

 

Yes, you're probably right.  It would be better to get my wife a new computer with Win-7 or Win-8 instead of trying to be cheap and extend the life of her rather old Win-XP Media Edition system.

 

Question:  It seems that all of the computers available for purchase off-the-shelf come pre-loaded with Windows 8, and all the rest of our family computers are still runnng Win-7.  Also not sure if I want to jump up to Win-8 just yet, so am wondering - where should I look for a bargain buy on a desktop PC running Windows 7?  (She doesn't want a laptop)


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Posted 05 September 2013 - 05:16 PM

I'd start Here .

 

Amazon has become a massive source of just about everything, IMO.

 

And...it really doesn't matter what a given system has preinstalled.  You can always just buy a System Builder version of Win 7...delete whatever came on the system...and install Win 7.

 

If you ga-ga over touchscreens and such...Win 8 is for you.  If not, Win 7 will do the job.

 

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Posted 05 September 2013 - 05:17 PM

I purchased my last two (a Desktop and Notebook) from here.

There is a price range and manufacturer so you can limit your search. I choose HP as it came with very little software (a trial version of MS Office and Symantec) which I removed on first boot.

These are two examples of what they have.
HP ProBook 4540s Notebook PC.
HP Pro 3500 Desktop PC

Both show Windows 7 Pro 64-bit / Windows 8 Pro 64-bit...you choose which OS you want when activating.
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Posted 12 September 2013 - 03:15 PM

Quietman7,

 

Thanks for the info on inexpensive Windows 7 capable computers.  I checked them out and was really tempted, but have found a local independent PC shop that will build me an equivalent system for roughly the same price.

 

In fact, they are building a system for us right now, because out of the clear blue, my wife's PC went all kilter two days ago.  The video display dies part way through a normal Windows boot, and even safe mode is hit or miss with random freezes.  At any rate, I was successfully able to copy to a portable harddisk all of the files she needs for teaching college English, and hope to set up all her software (Windows 7, MS Office, Mahjong, etc.) this weekend.

 

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 03:20 PM

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