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Thread: upgrading windows xp 32 bit to w7 64.

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    upgrading windows xp 32 bit to w7 64.

    So kinda confused.
    I have Windows XP Pro SP2 32 bit, and I want to upgrade to Windows 7 64 bit.
    In order to do this can I just buy windows home premium or pro upgrade version? But I understand I can't just install it on top of xp and keep all my files because Microsoft decided to make it easier for vista users to do it that way and not the xp users. So I can just put my programs / files on to a different hard drive or external and then do a clean install on the xp hard drive and then put 7 64 bit on it , correct? correct me if I'm wrong.
    - thanks

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    You can't upgrade XP to 7, but you can upgrade to Vista then 7.
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    are you sure? because i went to bestbuy today and what i said above was pretty much what they said to me.. hmm, could i just buy the retail version and then do a clean install on a different hard drive ?

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    If you are going from a x86 platform to 64 bit you will need to do a fresh install, you can not upgrade regardless of OS.

    If you're comfortable doing so; You can shrink your volume down from your XP, create a new partition, load up Win 7 and duel boot between them and you can access your files and transfer them. Then blow out your XP partition when your done.

    If you were able to upgrade windows 7 makes it easy and saves you old file in a folder called .old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nateroberts View Post
    So kinda confused.
    I have Windows XP Pro SP2 32 bit, and I want to upgrade to Windows 7 64 bit.
    In order to do this can I just buy windows home premium or pro upgrade version? But I understand I can't just install it on top of xp and keep all my files because Microsoft decided to make it easier for vista users to do it that way and not the xp users. So I can just put my programs / files on to a different hard drive or external and then do a clean install on the xp hard drive and then put 7 64 bit on it , correct? correct me if I'm wrong.
    - thanks
    Just to be clear that is exactly right. You can use an upgrade version of 7 you just can't do an in place upgrade install over XP. Fresh installs are always better anyway.

    The easiest way is to install XP on a small partition, maybe 10GB. But don't delete it because 7 will likely install the BCD files (boot fies) on the XP partition. This is fine if you want to boot to the 7 install disk after you delete XP and have it repair the boot problems. There are also other ways to get the boot files back but that is the most straight forward way.

    There are some other ways to get around having XP installed, but this is the easiest for those that don't want to install 7 twice or use a registry hack.
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    save your files and do a fresh install. If you buy win 7 pro or better then you get a XP MODE with it. Free download from MS and it installs itself. If you go to window 7 x 64 your XP MODE will be 32 bit
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    alright thanks guys

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