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About to upgrade from 32 bit to 64 bit W7 Pro - looking for opinions..

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Mr Davo, May 18, 2015.

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  1. Mr Davo

    Mr Davo Thread Starter

    Mar 15, 2009
    Hi Everyone,

    I have an HP laptop with Windows 7 32Bit Professional installed. I want to 'upgrade' to the 64Bit version, but I also understand that doing so is not a straight forward process.

    I am wondering if I can take the following approach to the upgrade?

    • Backup all (relevant) files using 'Backup & Restore' (Control Panel > All Control Panel Items > Backup and Restore)
    • Install a new hard drive
    • Using the HP Recovery Disks restore the computer to factory defaults (a 64Bit recovery disk was provided)
    • Perform Windows Updates
    • Reinstall required software (business programs, etc)
    • Restore the files originally backed up using 'Backup & Restore'
    My primary goal is to ensure no data loss. However my secondary goal is to perform the upgrade as quickly as possible. I understand that a new hard drive is not required, however I intend on installing an SSD!

    If anybody has any suggestions regarding issues that they can see with my proposed method, or if you know of a better / quicker way can you please share?

    Kind Regards,

  2. DaveA

    DaveA Trusted Advisor Spam Fighter

    Nov 16, 1999
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    I have never had any good success in the use of the "Backup and Restore" that comes with Windows.

    Each Windows version has it's own format and the file can not be used with most other versions.
  3. TerryNet

    TerryNet Moderator

    Mar 23, 2005
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    Then, as Dave indicated, don't rely on Microsoft program(s). Backup by simply copying files/folders or using some other utility that is far more likely to work when you need it to recover the data.
  4. plodr


    Jun 27, 2014
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    What is your reasoning behind dumping the 32 bit for the 64 bit?

    I have four Windows 7 computers in the house. Two came with 64 bit installed and since the other two were upgraded from XP, they run 32 bit.
    All the computers have 4GB of RAM and truthfully the only reason one might be slower or faster is because of the hardware. It has nothing to do with Windows being 32 bit or 64 bit.
  5. Riverglen


    Aug 28, 2006
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    I'll second that thought. I have an Acer laptop that I downgraded from the original 64 bit Win-7 home premium to the 32 bit version. I have several 16 bit programs that are essential to me, and the 64 bit version won't run them. They run fine in the 32 bit version. The machine is unremarkable and has 4 GB of ram installed. It has all the performance I'm likely to ever need.
  6. flavallee

    flavallee Trusted Advisor

    May 12, 2002
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    You haven't described that HP laptop, so we don't know if a switch from Windows 7 32-bit to 64-bit is possible or feasible.

    What model name and model number is that HP laptop, and what's the part/product number(P/N) on it?

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