Windows 10: Upgrading from Windows 10 32 bit to 64 bit version

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  1. Posts : 15
    Win 10 x64 (upgraded from Win 10 32bit)
       06 Jun 2016 #1

    Upgrading from Windows 10 32 bit to 64 bit version


    I am preparing to upgrade my system to 64 bit from 32 bit...As I have 12 GB of Ram... I have ensured the processor is compatible, my hardware is good, I have created the boot image from Microsoft to install a clean version of Win 10 x64. I've read numerous articles and am fairly confident I've covered all my bases (even have 64 bit versions of my sound, video and printer drivers ready).. data is backed up.... but I have one major concern..... My Windows folder is on C drive... my programs are on a partition of that drive designated as D Drive ... I then have 2 other separate hard drives for storage....

    1) ..when I begin the upgrade by rebooting to my memory stick, will I be prompted to install the new windows version to the C partition ? ... 2).. will my D partition be compromised ..3) If it remains intact, what will become of the programs installed on it... seems to me they will be useless because Windows won't know they exist, correct? Any guidance here would be most appreciated.....
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  2.    06 Jun 2016 #2

    When doing a clean install in your situation it is best to:

    1. Disconnect all other hard drives except for the one that you want to install Windows to.
    2. Select the custom install option during the installation. You will be presented with a list of partitions on the hard drive.
    3. Delete every partition individually, except for the partition that contains the data you want to keep (D: drive). Make sure you know which partition that is, they will not be labelled C: or D:. You have to know what position on the drive the partition is in and the size of it.
    4. Select the resulting unallocated space to install to and click next. (Do not create any new partitions, let Windows setup do that).
    5. As long as you don't delete the wrong partition your D: drive partition will be unaffected.
    6. Yes - the programs that were installed to D: drive will be useless until you re-install each one.
    7. After you get Windows installed, then you reconnect your other hard drives.
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  3. Posts : 15
    Win 10 x64 (upgraded from Win 10 32bit)
    Thread Starter
       06 Jun 2016 #3

    What is the purpose of disconnecting the other drives ?
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  4. Berton's Avatar
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       06 Jun 2016 #4

    Ramoats said: View Post
    What is the purpose of disconnecting the other drives ?
    So the install doesn't 'see' the other drives, doesn't install to the wrong one whether intentional, inadvertent or prompts missed. Following some of the posts here show that is a very real possibility and can be a nightmare to correct.
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  5. Posts : 15
    Win 10 x64 (upgraded from Win 10 32bit)
    Thread Starter
       06 Jun 2016 #5

    Very good to know.. thank you...
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  6. Berton's Avatar
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       06 Jun 2016 #6

    Ramoats said: View Post
    Very good to know.. thank you...
    You're welcome, good luck.
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  7.    06 Jun 2016 #7

    Ramoats said: View Post
    What is the purpose of disconnecting the other drives ?
    What Berton posted
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  8. Posts : 15
    Win 10 x64 (upgraded from Win 10 32bit)
    Thread Starter
       09 Jun 2016 #8

    Ok .... I did as suggested above and got a smooth, relatively trouble free upgrade to Windows 10 x64 ... runs great.... Except now, for the first time ever, I am getting an intermittent BSOD on boot up .... get the ran into a problem screen, trys to restart, fails again so I do a hot shut down, restart, it goes through a repair process, then finally boot into windows. I immediately ran SFC Scannow and it found no issues. I have a memory dump file, but I can't open it with a text reader, it says access denied .... Once it's in Windows it runs great, no detected hardware issues, I am really at a loss here ( as I am a capable amature ) any advice would be appreciated. If I post the memory dump file, could someone more capable take a look at it?? (I must add that yesterday after reinstalling my Norton Internet Security it blue screened on boot, I ran sfc and it found damaged files it could not fix, same in safe mode, so I ended up doing a repair reinstall from the installation usb file.... sfc scan after successful repair came out clean so I thought I was in the clear) Additionally, I turned off fast boot but no help...
    Last edited by Ramoats; 09 Jun 2016 at 18:00.
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       09 Jun 2016 #9

    Ramoats said: View Post
    Ok .... I did as suggested above and got a smooth, relatively trouble free upgrade to Windows 10 x64 ... runs great.... Except now, for the first time ever, I am getting an intermittent BSOD on boot up .... get the ran into a problem screen, trys to restart, fails again so I do a hot shut down, restart, it goes through a repair process, then finally boot into windows. I immediately ran SFC Scannow and it found no issues. I have a memory dump file, but I can't open it with a text reader, it says access denied .... Once it's in Windows it runs great, no detected hardware issues, I am really at a loss here ( as I am a capable amature ) any advice would be appreciated. If I post the memory dump file, could someone more capable take a look at it?? (I must add that yesterday after reinstalling my Norton Internet Security it blue screened on boot, I ran sfc and it found damaged files it could not fix, same in safe mode, so I ended up doing a repair reinstall from the installation usb file.... sfc scan after successful repair came out clean so I thought I was in the clear) Additionally, I turned off fast boot but no help...
    I'll offer you two choices:

    1) Do another Clean Install following this tutorial:
    Windows 10 - Clean Install - Windows 10 Forums


    2) Troubleshoot the install you did today
    Open a new thread on
    BSOD Crashes and Debugging - Windows 10 Forums
    Follow the BSOD posting instructions here:
    BSOD - Posting Instructions - Windows 10 Forums

    Add a link back to this thread so that members on the BSOD team know the short history.

    Best of luck - it's great once it settles down.
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  10.    09 Jun 2016 #10

    I would suggest that you also try turning off fast startup:
    Fast Startup - Turn On or Off in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    Also open device manager and look for "unknown device"s and yellow exclamation points.
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