Can I install a 64 bit Windows 7 on a computer with 32 bit Vista?

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  1. Xarzu

    Xarzu MDL Novice

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    Can I install a 64 bit Windows 7 on a computer that currently has a 32 bit version of Vista? I think that my hardware can handle a 64 bit Operating System. I tried to install a 64 bit version of Windows 7 but the installation program checked my current Operating System and stopped.

    Is there any way to override this?

    How can I make sure my hardware can handle the 64 bit OS? (I build this computer from scratch)

    I do not think this will delete my hard drive. Will it?
     
  2. Michel

    Michel MDL Expert

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    If you have a processor that supports 64-bit then there is no problem. What CPU you have anyway ?
     
  3. tweetatoo

    tweetatoo MDL Novice

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    Well, to know whether your laptop supports 64-bit version of Windows, you may use a Windows Software called "Everest". Using Everest, look up for if your processor supports 64-bit.
    If you want to upgrade Windows Vista 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit, unfortunately, you cannot do so. Microsoft did not include 32-bit to 64-bit upgrade option in their installation sets of Windows, however, you may only upgrade form 32-bit to 32-bit or 64-bit to 64-bit, or, you may have a completely new, clean installation of Windows 7 without upgrading, a matter that requires from you that you install the already vista-installed programs again. Using a 3rd party software may not be as efficient as if you had the original way installation from Microsoft.

    I hope I could help.
     
  4. urie

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    It aint than hard if you try and install an x64 os and your processor or motherboard dont support it windows will tell you that it can't be installed.
     
  5. whitehat2009

    whitehat2009 MDL Member

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    Yes. Or you could just get CPU-Z, which is much lighter than Everest and perfect for this kind of task. If your processor's capabilities list does not include x86-64, then obviously you cannot install 64-bit Windows.
     
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  6. Xarzu

    Xarzu MDL Novice

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    That checks out when I compare the requirements for min CPU.
     
  7. sid_16

    sid_16 MDL Giveaway Organiser

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    It seems that you found no solution to your question since 9th Jan 2010.:confused:
     
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  8. PhaseDoubt

    PhaseDoubt MDL Expert

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    A large percentage of those who make a plea for help never take the time to report back so the thread can be closed ... which maybe this one should be.