Haven't been able to find an answer to this question, hopefully you guys can help. My computer is currently running vista home premium 32-bit. If I purchased the windows 7 professional upgrade, can I do a custom install to windows 7 professional 64-bit using the 64 bit disc that comes with the package, or do I have to buy the full version of windows 7 professional?
upgrading to 64-bit(21 posts)
i've upgraded my computers to 64 bit, most drivers needed were found at the programs website so far. the only thing that's came up is malwarebyte scan finds an infection in a clean install. removing it makes windows explorer unstable, reinstalling the item from malwarebytes quarantine made my system work properly. this happened on both computers
thats where i copied it from, LH.
gelf51, install the 64 bit cd and run it, if your programs aren't compatible install the 32 bit version. with the hundreds of thousands of programs people use, its hard to say what will work this early in the 64 bit install
64 bit versions are quite different from 32 bit versions. Main difference is the disk layout and program locations. 64 bit versions have
PROGRAM FILES (x86)
a lot of WOW* folders with 64 bit specific files
Some 32 bit programs will not run under the 64 bit and you'll be replacing them probably.
There is some question if you can even do this? About the only way seems to be a CUSTOM install, see THIS MS ANSWER THREAD.
Here is a link from some one WHO DID IT but they had to use the migration tool and he explained the process. Note the list of programs that needed to be re-installed to get 64 bit versions.
Not to add too much confusion here - but I asked a computer salesman yesterday about using Windows 7 64 bit version. My laptop runs Windows Vista Home Edition 32 bit. His question was why would I want to do that as 64 bit is really for people who do extensive photo editing, autocad stuff and then what stopped me in my tracks is will my processor handle 64 bit. I haven't seen that addressed in any of the posts here. Any thoughts or clarification?
Hi SuzieQ, welcome. Most processors these days can handle 64 bit. If you want to make sure yours can, either go to the Intel or AMD main site to check, or post what processor you have here, and one of us will check for you. But please post it in a New Topic.
OK, first all, I´m sorry gelf51 your topic has been hijacked bigtime!! LH and OzSpitt, be ashamed of yourselves ;) SuzieQCanada, please post a new topic and I will answer your question. gelf51, I have been running a 64 bit OS for the last 2 years and have never had any major problems, at the end of the day it´s up to the software you use, not the hardware.Matt
The 64 bit upgrade will work, you will just not be able to perform an in-place upgrade (ie you will have to boot from the DVD and perform a clean install). I think this is where the confusion comes from. However, you should be able (hopefully) to install the upgrade onto a separate partition, upgrade discs merely require you to prove your ownership of the previous version to justify the low price. Hope this helps.
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