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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.

 

SYSTEM SPECS:

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)?

 

Regards,

AlexMERCER.



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