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Is it possible to change from Windows 7 32-bit to 64-bit?

By Atham ยท 32 replies
Aug 1, 2011
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  1. gamerex

    gamerex TS Enthusiast Posts: 151

    Yes, you shrink the C: Partition. You have about 400 GB of free space available, so you should be able to shrink it by about that much. Once you have done that, create a new partition, move everything you want to save to your new partition, and install Windows 64-bit on the original C: Partition. Afterwards, simply take all the saved data, still on your new partition, and transfer it over to your new Windows installation.
  2. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,549   +235

    Wow, Leeky, I applaud your efforts. Athem doesnt seem to technically inclined, so I would highly suggest he just burns his data to some CDs and just to a full reformat. Hopefully your computer has a CD burner, most likely it has a DVD burner, which would be easier because you can fit more on it.
    Otherwise, why dont you just go out and buy a large flash drive? 32GB flash drives are getting cheaper nowadays, also so are external hard drives.

    Keep it simple, really simple.

    EDIT: Have we found out the reason why Athem wants to move over to a 64-bit OS?
  3. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,549   +235

    I'm pretty sure windows doesnt have a resize option, correct me if I am wrong. You will have to boot up to a live cd of some sort. Gparted will work for this.
  4. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 460

    The partition is done and all is going well. Thanks a lot guys, I am learning a lot from you.
  5. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    Windows 7 does have a resize option. Its in the Administrative functions menu. Hit start, and in the search bar type disk management and enter to bring it up. You can also find it through the Administrative tools menu in Control Panel.
  6. madcatz

    madcatz TS Rookie

    Windows 7 32-bit keys will work fine on 64-bit, the license M$ provided are for the version of windows not the number of bits. A Windows version say Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit is identical to 64-bit, only the latter can support both 32 bit and 64 bit instructions
  7. Stupido

    Stupido TS Booster Posts: 66

    By the way FYI:
    you have physical 4GB and your windows is seeing 3324 MB... and this is perfectly normal because the rest of your 4 GB RAM is reserved and windows applications can not access it (memory mapped hardware and some OS stuff)

    so going to 64bit will not help you see the rest 676MB...
  8. Doctor John

    Doctor John TS Enthusiast Posts: 204   +15

    I assume you DO have a 64-bit processor then? ;)

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