Moving From Win 7 Home Premium X86 To Win 10-Pro 1909 X64


  1. Posts : 13
    Win 10-Pro 1909 x64
       #1

    Moving From Win 7 Home Premium X86 To Win 10-Pro 1909 X64


    I have a 64 bit PC presently running Win 7 Home Premium X86 that I want to transition to Win 10-Pro X64 1909. As can be expected, the apps currently installed on this PC are X86 versions for which X64 versions mostly do not exist. I also have a new Win 10-Pro x64 install disc and a never used Win 10-Pro COA/key. The transition will be much easier if I can avoid having to reinstall the x86 apps from scratch. I also have a Win 10-Pro 1909 X64 ISO disc, X86/X64 backup software and a very large external backup disc.

    Any advice on how best to achieve this transition as I am 82 and my Windows skill level is not that of a much younger and/or more knowledgeable person. Also, are there any unusual pitfalls in such a transition I need to pay special attention to? Thanks, in advance, for advice, guidance, pointers to appropriate tutorials, warnings, or anything else
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  2. ThrashZone's Avatar
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    3-Win-7Prox64 2-Win10Prox64
       #2

    Hi,
    Transfer all personal files to removable media
    Clean install
    Reinstall all apps....
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  3. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 31,853
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #3

    Hi, best take the most cautious approach.

    First, make sure you have a full disk image (a type of 'backup') of what you have now, so you can always either
    - restore it
    - extract any file you wish from it.

    Macrium Reflect (free- paid) is often recommended here.

    Your image should include all partititions on your existing PC.

    Then you're ready to clean install Win 10- as part of that you delete all partitions (step 13/14 of below) of your existing installation which are part of Win 7, but can keep any you created yourself (data partitions).
    Clean Install Windows 10

    Compatibility: have you ever received a prompt to upgrade to Win 10 on your existing PC?
    If not, either Windows update may not be working, or your PC may be deemed incompatible.

    You don't say what it's model is- I assume it's not the one in your specs. About how old is it?

    Whilst there are 3rd party programs that can transfer installed programs and user profiles from one O/S to another, or one PC to another, these do not work between 32 bit and 64 bit O/S's (last I looked a few years ago).

    E,g. Laplink PCMover, Easeus Todo PCTrans.

    Therefore you would have to manually reinstall these, and ensure you have the licenses where relevant.
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  4. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 20,099
    10 Home x64 (21H1) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #4

    Henrik37 said:
    I have a 64 bit PC presently running Win 7 Home Premium X86 that I want to transition to Win 10-Pro X64 1909. As can be expected, the apps currently installed on this PC are X86 versions for which X64 versions mostly do not exist. I also have a new Win 10-Pro x64 install disc and a never used Win 10-Pro COA/key. The transition will be much easier if I can avoid having to reinstall the x86 apps from scratch.

    I'm afraid you cannot upgrade from a 32-bit Windows to a 64-bit one. Your only option is to clean install the 64-bit Windows 10. That means you will have to reinstall all your apps.

    32-bit apps will run in a 64-bit Windows 10. If all your x86 apps are 32-bit then you will be able to install and use them. Only old 16-bit apps will not run on an x64 system.

    An alternative would be to upgrade your x86 Windows 7 Home Premium to x86 Windows 10 Home, which you can still do for free. This would keep all your documents and installed apps (as long as they are compatible with W10, most are). This would give the PC a digital license for W10 Home.

    Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 for Free

    If you really need Pro, then you could upgrade from x86 W10 Home to x86 W10 Pro just by entering your Pro key. A Windows key is valid for both 32 and 64 bits. This would get the PC a digital license for W10 Pro, meaning you could do a clean install of x64 W10 Pro later without needing a key.
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  5. Posts : 38,718
    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       #5

    A lot of software on 64x computers is 32x.

    Consider the following strategy:

    It seems your priority is maintaining the existing programs.
    It's unclear whether you will make significant improvements by moving 86x to 64x.

    Perform a free upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 10.
    Once that has been accomplished you can reevaluate the computer performance.

    The following links may be useful:

    Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Windows 10 - Test & Try with No Risk, No Install - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 for Free
    Clean Install Windows 10 Directly without having to Upgrade First

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...anuary-14-2020
    Moving from Windows 7 to Windows 10: Everything you need to know - CNET
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  6. Posts : 13
    Win 10-Pro 1909 x64
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Moving From Win 7 Home Premium X86 To Win 10-Pro 1909 X64


    Many thanks to all three responders. I hear you loud and clearly: there isn't a direct way to get from X86 to X64. As I believe I still have all of the installation media for the X86 apps for which there are no X64 versions, I'll have to take the long road of a clean Win 10-Pro 1909 X64 install followed by reinstalling all of the apps.

    Thanks, again, to all three of you for such clear advice.
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  7. ThrashZone's Avatar
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    3-Win-7Prox64 2-Win10Prox64
       #7

    Hi,
    You don't count the short version
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  8. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 20,099
    10 Home x64 (21H1) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #8

    Henrik37 said:
    ... I believe I still have all of the installation media for the X86 apps for which there are no X64 versions, I'll have to take the long road of a clean Win 10-Pro 1909 X64 install followed by reinstalling all of the apps...
    Make sure you also have any keys needed to do the reinstall. For example, older 32-bit versions of MS Office will install and run in x64 W10 - but you will need the key to do the reinstall.
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