Windows 10: Switch from a 32-bit OS to 64-bit OS on Windows 10

  1.    07 Oct 2015 #1

    Switch from a 32-bit OS to 64-bit OS on Windows 10


    I am running a 32 bit Windows 10 OS. I was looking around and noticed that my PC has an x64-based processor. Everything I have looked at so far tells me that I can run the 64 bit OS on this PC.

    If I was to reload Windows 10 with the 64-bit OS from an ISO disk, are there any problems I should watch out? If it messes up, can I go back to the 32 bit OS using the 32 bit ISO disk? Are there any licensing problems if I do this? I would guess that the 32-bit apps would still work like 32-bit apps and any 64 bit apps would take advantage of the 64 bit OS.

    Or should I just forget about it and leave things as they are.

    I have been on Windows 10 for a while and have no plans on going back to Windows 7 so reverting back to the Windows 7 32-bit OS is not a concern.

    Thanks,
    Bill
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 1,563
    Windows 10 Pro x64 RS 10586.586
       07 Oct 2015 #2

    Hi!

    It does not matter whether 32 or 64 bit .
    As long as it goes from home to home or Pro to Pro .
    And yes, back to 32 bit is no Problem.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  3.    07 Oct 2015 #3

    Are you aware that you must do a clean install to change to a different "bitness"? All of your settings and installed programs will have to be re-installed.

    If you have already installed Win 10 as an upgrade, that's permissible, but it can be a lot of work.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 5,007
    Windows 10 Pro X64 15063.138
       07 Oct 2015 #4

    You will also need 64 bit device drivers for any that the Windows 10 installer doesn't handle. Should not be a big deal as most if not all will be taken care of but if you do need to download drivers, make sure you get the 64 bit versions.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

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