File transfer from Vista Premium (32-bit) to Vista Ultimate (64-bit)

By TazarZero
Jun 27, 2009
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  1. Hi all! Let me start out by stating my tech experience with this matter. I know 64-bit OS's have 32-bit emulators that allow them to run 32-bit software, and I also know that there are a lot of programs that simply don't run under a 64-bit OS. I have done a file transfer from an older system to a new one, but they were both 32-bit Vista machines.

    Here's the situation! I am building a new system here in a few days, and it will have the 64-bit Vista Ultimate OS on it to accommodate the 8GB's of RAM in the system. Right now my current system is running Vista Premium 32-bit and has a lot of needed files that I'd like to move to the new system.

    Here's my question. Will a 64-bit machine accept files from a 32-bit machine through a transfer cable, or will they not cooperate with each other?

    I already know that any system files won't work from one machine to another, but would I be able to get pictures, videos, game files, movie project files, etc. moved over?

    Thanks in advance!
    TZ
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,457   +135

    Yes you should be able to transfer files easily. Are the Vista PC's both updated to Service Pack 2?
  3. TazarZero

    TazarZero Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 18

    My current system has SP2 on it, and I'm sure once the other one is up an running, it'll be updated as well. Like I said, the new machine isn't built yet, and I wanted to get the heads up about the file transfer situation before I came to that step.

    Again, I know 32-bit and 64-bit OS's tend to have conflicts with each other, and I was just wondering if a file transfer like so would have that problem. But it sounds like I won't have any issues. :)
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,457   +135

    How are you planning to transfer the files?
  5. TazarZero

    TazarZero Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 18

    The idea is to use a USB transfer cable; however, if worse comes to worst, I'll probably go with a network connection. The USB cable is more straight forward though.
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,457   +135

    My shop computer is too far from my workbenches so I use the DVD/CD method to transferring files. Good luck :)
  7. TazarZero

    TazarZero Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 18

    File Transfer Update!

    So I thought I'd return to answer my own question here.

    Yes! The 32-bit and 64-bit Vista machines will transfer files without any hassle. I was able to get everything I needed from my 32-bit machine to the 64-bit one once I figured out what I needed.

    Thanks Tmagic650 for your input. :)
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