Converting 32 bit to 64 bit

  whynotsusan 17:36 01 Oct 2006
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I have just built a computer capable of 64 bit operation but I have installed a 32 bit version of XP. Can I install a 64 bit version over it, or must I start again from scratch? I have quite a few programs loaded so I would rather not!

Bill

  TicTacToc 17:38 01 Oct 2006

I think your gonna have to reformat and reinstall I'm afraid. I don't think you can magically turn win 32 into win x64 without deleting and installing.

You can copy the programs to a disk and then reinstall them all.

  Diodorus Siculus 17:44 01 Oct 2006

I'd stay with the 32bit vewrsion if I were you unless you have all the relevant drivers for the 64bit version.

If you do want to, you will have to format and reinstall as TicTacToc says.

  whynotsusan 18:12 01 Oct 2006

I probably do have all the drivers, from the motherboard CD and from XP, but I might as well stay 32 bit. It will cock up again in due course so I can swap over then.
Thanks folks,
Bill

  User-312386 18:21 01 Oct 2006

I would stay with 32bit

The reason being is that a lot of programmes are not written for 64bit

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