Does any one have a way to upgrade Windows Vista 32-bit to Windows 7 64-bit?

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There is no upgrade path from 32-bit to 64-bit that doesn't involve a format and reinstall.


As previously mentioned, the only way to make the upgrade is to do a full reinstall by booting from the CD. Although using Windows Easy Transfer should make the process of maintaining files and settings trivial.

  • Does Windows Easy Transfer support moving settings from 32-bit to 64-bit? Think a friend of mine said it wasn't supported or something... would be nice if it did though. – Svish Aug 17 '09 at 6:19
  • The only things that aren't migrated are simple display settings, they are listed here: support.microsoft.com/kb/929459 – John T Aug 17 '09 at 14:49
  • Windows Files & settings transfer won't move settings from Win 7 x64 to 32 bit. It tells you so. I don't recall having problems going from 32 - 64 bit but that's not to say I've actually done it. Too old, don't remember. – CAD bloke Oct 15 '09 at 2:28

I would actually recommend a clean install. There is a lot of bloat that accumulates over time that causes Windows to slow down, and the only real way to reset it is to do a clean install, then re-install all of your applications. I am working on my re-install list of programs so I don't forget anything essential when I go through this process.

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