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An "Upgrade" From Windows 8.1 32-bit to 64-bit; data loss question

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#1 AlexMERCER77


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Posted 09 October 2014 - 06:43 AM

I'm planning on installing Windows 8.1 64-bit on my existing Windows 8.1 32-bit system.



1. ASUS P8B75-M

2. Intel® Core™ i5-3470 @ 3.20 GHz

3. GeForce GT 640 2GB DDR3

4. 4GB RAM 

5. 1TB HDD x1 (three partitions)


I have an .iso file for the Windows 8.1 64-bit installation, but I can't seem to use it with virtual drives. I assume I'll have to use a bootable USB instead.


So my question is: during the installation, will I lose all of the data from my HDD, or only particularly from the partition I'm installing to? And if it's the second case, will I lose all the data from the partition, or only Windows apps and data from the Program Files, Windows and Users folders (while keeping all other data from other folders intact)?




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