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    Default Upgrade to Windows 64-bit

    1. My PC is running a 32-bit of Windows 7. Is it possible to upgrade to Windows 7 64-bit without affecting my Windows settings, installed applications and files (residing in C:/ partition)?

    2. Can 32-bit applications and drivers work on a 64-bit Windows?

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    Default Re: Upgrade to Windows 64-bit

    You're gonna have to do a clean install. 32-bit applications will not work on a 64-bit OS, just download the 64-bit versions of the applications.

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    Default Re: Upgrade to Windows 64-bit

    Can I upgrade from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows?
    No. If you are currently running a 32-bit version of Windows, you can only perform an upgrade to another 32-bit version of Windows. Similarly, if you are running a 64-bit version of Windows, you can only perform an upgrade to another 64-bit version of Windows.
    If you want to move from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows Vista or vice versa, you'll need to back up your files and then choose the Custom option during Windows Vista installation. Then, you'll need to restore your files and reinstall your programs. For more information, see Installing and reinstalling Windows Vista.
    For detailed information about installing and upgrading 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows, go to Installation choices for Windows Vista (32-bit) or Installation choices for Windows Vista (64-bit) online.
    Notes
    •To install a 64-bit version of Windows on a computer running a 32-bit version of Windows, you'll need to start, or boot, your computer using a 64-bit Windows installation disc.
    •If you start your computer using a 64-bit Windows installation disc, but your computer isn't capable of running a 64-bit version of Windows, you'll see a Windows Boot Manager error. You'll need to use a 32-bit Windows installation disc instead.
    Not all 32bit programs will work on Windows 7 64bit. Although some 32bit programs do I decided to have both Windows 7 32bit and Windows 7 64bit on different hard drives and dual-boot.
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    Default Re: Upgrade to Windows 64-bit

    Well. I am running 7 x64 and it runs both x32/x64 apps, Windows appropriately sets the app. Especially since everything is not on the x64 platform. You can still run what you want. All my emulators, antivirus apps all work fine. No real need to dual boot my friend. Unless of course you want to.

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    Default Re: Upgrade to Windows 64-bit

    here is my experience. I accidentally installed 64bit Windows 7 on my PC, an old one. To my surprise all my 32bit applications are doing well in it.
    windows driver for my built-in sound controller is the only device driver that I had to download to make it work.

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    Default Re: Upgrade to Windows 64-bit

    Nice deal. Glad it works well. Enjoy...all that memory...lol!
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