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#1 Aug 13 2010 at 4:25 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm currently awaiting the return of my motherboard since newegg sent me one that was DOA. That's an entirely different story that's been quite the headache. Anyways, I was just curious if I were to use a windows 7 64 bit upgrade disc on a system running windows xp pro 32 bit, would that be ok or would it cause problems? How can you tell which version you are running? If I look under system properties in the control panel it just lists Windows XP Professional which leads me to believe I'm currently running 32 bit. When I ran a 32 bit upgrade disc on my current rig, one of my hdd's died. I always assumed it wasn't related to the upgrade process considering it wasn't the hdd with windows on it that died.

I assume the 1090T cpu will run 64 bit, so I was just curious if I could do this. Any input on this would be greatly appreciated. I read that you can install windows 7 64 bit on a 32 bit system, but that was assuming you're using a full fledged disc instead of an upgrade disc. Thank you in advance!
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I don't believe your upgrade will work from xp to 7, I seem to recall those only worm for Vista but I could be wrong.

If it does work, I would still recommend a fresh install, it's almost always worth the trouble of backing everything up and reinstalling.
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#3 Aug 13 2010 at 4:29 PM Rating: Excellent
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Looks like a clean install is possible, but not an upgrade:

http://news.cnet.com/windows-7-upgrade-dos-and-don-ts
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#4 Aug 13 2010 at 4:31 PM Rating: Decent
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Pirate Vista, upgrade to legit 7!
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#5 Aug 13 2010 at 4:32 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm going to have to do a fresh reinstall anyways since I'll be putting in a new motherboard. I figured I might as well make the jump to win 7 because I thought I read somewhere that MS wont be updating xp anymore. I've always stayed with xp since it was familiar. I suppose it's time to learn windows 7.

I successfully upgraded to win 7 using the current 32 bit upgrade disc I have already. The only thing that kept me from staying with it is that one of my hdd's died and windows wouldn't boot after that. I'm just not sure if me upgrading to win 7 is was caused the death of the hdd or if it just happened naturally and it was just coincidental that I upgraded to win 7 at the same time.

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I would if I knew how.... The pirated copy of xp I have was given to me by a friend. I can't really ask him for help anymore since he's moved several hours away.

Edited, Aug 13th 2010 6:39pm by swisa
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I believe there is a option in W7 if your going to do a fresh install, it asks you if you want to backup your files before it wipes it all out. Then once W7 is installed, you will see a folder in you root directory with all your old files.
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I believe there is a option in W7 if your going to do a fresh install, it asks you if you want to backup your files before it wipes it all out. Then once W7 is installed, you will see a folder in you root directory with all your old files.


Ahh so that's what it means by having to back up your old files. If I do a clean install of win xp right before I use the upgrade disc, I assume this file would be ok to delete since I wont have anything I'm interested in keeping anyways? I have a separate partition on the same hdd for all the stuff I want to keep. This one is here just in case I ever would need to reinstall windows.
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Depending on the disc you got, the license key may not work for a clean install. Some of the "upgrade" discs were only good for upgrading from vista. Clean install shows as an option, but the key might not work.
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I've done 4 7 upgrades but only 1 from XP. From XP 32 you cannot save your files to 32 or 64 (I think). From Vista you can kinda save your files but it's not guaranteed unless upgrading from 64 to 64 bit (and honestly if you're going to 7 you really should be going to 64 bit even if you don't have more than 2GB ram now... it'll help the number crunchers realise that 32 bit is stone age ;) )

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Thank you everyone for your input. I appreciate it.
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You can only do a clean install if you're upgrading from XP.

When you're installing, and it asks you for the Activation key, leave it black [just hit next, it will let you do this] and choose the version of windows you purchased [home premium, ultimate, w/eit is]

After it's installed, go to control panel >> System >> and at the bottom click "activate windows now" THEN activate your product code, etc.
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#14 Aug 14 2010 at 1:28 AM Rating: Decent
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havent bothered reading the posts, but from my own experience of going from vista 64bit to server2008R2 (windows 7 server edition), i gained 300 points on the benchmark and my comp runs alot smoother now. definitely worth the swap
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#15 Aug 14 2010 at 1:40 AM Rating: Decent
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There is no upgrade path from 32-bit XP or Vista to 64-bit Windows 7 btw.

You can use windows easy transfer though which is supposed to transfer your files and programs.

I would recommend just backing up your entire HD first.



Edited, Aug 14th 2010 4:42am by Lobivopis
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I thought of it first:

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