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Q: Upgrading 32-bit Vista versions to 64-bit Windows 7 versions, while retaining files, folders and programs.

I have two computers with Vista Home Premium 32-bit OEM versions on them.  I want to upgrade both of them to Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit versions, without losing any files, folders or programs.

Can I use the same Family Pack license to upgrade both computers to Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit versions, then upugrade both32-bit versions to 64-bit versions using the same Family Pack license?

Will this keep the original files, folders and programs intact?  Is this a reasonable process that will get both computers to 64-bit versions?  Or should I just upgrade both computers to 32-bit versions of Windows 7, and live with it?

J.Russell

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Boot to DVD, Custom install. It is now confirmed by MS that this works.


Answer on how to install an Upgrade if your License Key is not accepted!!!.url

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No, there is no way to do an 'in place upgrade' of a 32 bit system to 64 bits.

Also, the Family Pack are Upgrade disks, and a 64 bit 'custom' install will not start from within a 32 bit system
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