X86 to X64

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by Pipe Smoker, Jun 5, 2013.

  1. Pipe Smoker

    Pipe Smoker MDL Novice

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    Quick question:

    If I want to install WIndows 8 Retail X64 to my existing configuration Windows8 Pro X86, can I just make the upgrade or I must format the entire hard drive?
     
  2. DesertJerry

    DesertJerry MDL Novice

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    If you have a 64bit capable system just create a separate partition, if necessary, and install the 64bit version on it - will automatically create a dual-boot menu.
     
  3. Jessica Alba

    Jessica Alba MDL Expert

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    you need to do a clean install.:D
     
  4. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    you need x64 hardware. 32bit can run on 64, 64 cannot run on 32.
     
  5. timster

    timster MDL Senior Member

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    unfortunately, you can't upgrade. as Ms. Alba pointed out, you will need a fresh install.

    start backing up your documents
     
  6. ace2

    ace2 Guest

    You need to do a clean install.:eek:

    You need to do a clean install.:p

    You need to do a clean install.;)

    You need to do a clean install.:D

    You need to do a clean install.:laie:
     
  7. adit123tya

    adit123tya MDL Senior Member

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    I wouldn't do that, eats your harddisk. Better go for vmware/VM virtualbox/native boot
     
  8. rjk123

    rjk123 MDL Member

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    I'm not sure you can install a 64 bit vmware/Virtual box guest OS on a 32 bit host.
     
  9. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    #9 PaulDesmond, Jun 6, 2013
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    yep you can. No problem to run a 64 bit os on a 32 bit primary os in VMware

    edit: the machine must be able to handle x64 architecture of course
     
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  10. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    You asked:
    To be precise: you could NOT run VM-Ware 64bit on 32bit Windows (environment), you CAN run 64bit Windows on an 32bit VM-Ware installation under Windows 32bit (as long as the hardware is 64bit compatible).
     
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  11. Josh Cell

    Josh Cell MDL Developer

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    You can install the x64 guest operating system around the 32 bit host if your hardware is compatible with x64 architecture.

    To see if it is compatible, use the CPU-Z...
     
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  12. Pipe Smoker

    Pipe Smoker MDL Novice

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    I just download CPU-Z. I can't post pictures yet, but under the CPU Instructions is this:

    Instructions: MMX(+), 3DNow (+), SSE, SSE2, SSE3, X86-64, AMD-V. Here where is X86-64, is that mean that's machine compatible for W8 X64?
     
  13. Carlos Detweiller

    Carlos Detweiller MDL Spinning Tortoise

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