Windows 10 installation question.

Discussion in 'Operating Systems' started by moundtown, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. moundtown

    moundtown New Member

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    I have a PC with a Windows 7 32 bit operating system. I have a Windows 10 Pro 64 bit installation DVD. A program I downloaded called SecurAble reports that my processor supports 64 bit. My question is if I would run into any problems installing the 64 bit version of Windows 10 over the 32 bit version of Windows 7.
     
  2. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    You can't, you would need to wipe the drive and do a fresh install. Back up any important data first.
     
  3. moundtown

    moundtown New Member

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    Thanks for the response. So should I take it that the Windows 10 installation does not allow you to format the partition during installation like Windows 7 did when I installed it over XP? Or is it because I would be installing a 64 bit version over a 32 bit?
     
  4. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    You can't upgrade a 32 bit install to a 64 bit. You have to wipe and install fresh.
     
  5. AlienMenace

    AlienMenace Well-Known Member

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    John: He can format the partition (same thing as fresh install) and install Windows 10 x64 Pro, but it is the 32-bit license key you can't install. I hope you have a license key for the Windows Pro x64. You need the x64 License key.
     
  6. moundtown

    moundtown New Member

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    Thank you, this is what I needed to know. So the Windows 10 installation disc will allow me to format the C: partition and install the 64 bit operating system... correct? I do have the Windows 10 Pro 64 bit license key.
     
  7. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    All you need to do is delete existing partitions when it asks you where you want to install it to. Then reparition and install.
     
  8. moundtown

    moundtown New Member

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    I have one partition (D) on the hard drive where I'm storing a lot of files and also the C: partition where Windows is installed. I would like to only delete the C: partition and keep the other. Is this possible?
     
  9. AlienMenace

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    Is this one drive and partition into two separate drives? If so, I don't really know if it would be possible.
     
  10. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    In that case yes, as long as no installed programs were put on D.
     
  11. TheRealSwede

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    Yes! Whenever the installation process shows an alternative like "Advanced", choose that option..
    Then you get to see the partions on your harddrive, Your D: partition should be the last one (at the bottom of the shown partitions..)

    Mark the partition just ABOVE the D: partition, delete it, then continue deleting all the other partitions working your self from the bottom and up, so you have an empty space above your D: partition..
    Select that one and create a new partition with its maximum size and format it to NTFS and install your Windows 10 to that new partition.
     

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