Moving from x86 to x64 Q...

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by RASelkirk, Jun 5, 2015.

  1. RASelkirk

    RASelkirk MDL Member

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    Hi All,

    My old(er) Win7x86 Pro 'puter crashed and I bought a new one with Win7x64 Pro. In the past when moving to a new box, I was able to swap in my old harddrive before booting to the Win CD and doing a "repair" to override the old hardware while keeping all my installs and settings. Then use the new HD as a slave for storage. I now have "Acronis Recovery" that allows one to backup partitions to a new hardware platform, but not sure what happens when the old system files are x86 and the new box is x64. Is it worth it to even try?

    There's not all that much on the old drive, but I'll need to format the new drive anyway because of all the crapware...

    Russ
     
  2. timster

    timster MDL Senior Member

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    you can't upgrade from x86 to x64. you'll just need to back up all your documents, pictures etc. if you haven't already done so and then install x64.


    install Windows 7 on the new system, then pop in your hard drive as a secondary drive and transfer stuff over. then format the secondary drive and use it as additional storage
     
  3. RASelkirk

    RASelkirk MDL Member

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    What I figured... Thanks, at least I won't waste a half day dicking around trying something that won't work!

    Russ
     
  4. Mr.X

    Mr.X MDL Guru

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    Use your OEM:SLP key to activate Windows 7 Pro, it is embedded in UEFI or BIOS or sticker, good luck.
     
  5. RASelkirk

    RASelkirk MDL Member

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    Yup! Thanks...

    Russ
     
  6. CaptainKirk1966

    CaptainKirk1966 Former MDL Guru

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    #6 CaptainKirk1966, Jun 6, 2015
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    Win 7 oem:slp keys are not embedded in bios. Stickers are usually oem:non-slp. A slic table might however be embedded in the bios.
     
  7. Iwantitnow123

    Iwantitnow123 MDL Novice

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    What about the key in windows 8? How do I obtain that?
     
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  9. RASelkirk

    RASelkirk MDL Member

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    Used ABR to backup the key info, formatted HD, used the OEM code on the box's sticker to get into Windows, then used ABR to restore activation...

    Russ