Windows 10: 64 bit upgrade help

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  1.    02 Aug 2017 #1

    64 bit upgrade help


    Hello,
    I have a laptop which is 32-bit and would like to upgrade (or clean install) to Windows 10 64-bit. My cpu is x64 based but in system information it says "x86-based pc". Is it possible for me to get a 64 bit version of windows 10?
    EDIT: I also have 6gb of ram
    Last edited by i89999U; 02 Aug 2017 at 15:17. Reason: added ram info
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  2. Posts : 4,492
    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, Win7 Home, Linux Mint
       02 Aug 2017 #2

    Changing from 32-bit Windows to 64-bit Windows or 64-bit Windows to 32-bit Windows requires a clean install so be sure to back up/save any data you want or that exists nowhere else.

    Usually one can't use more than about 3.5GB RAM on 32-bit operating system, it's a limit. Although I do have a couple with 4GB but Windows shows a bit less.

    And in your My Computer it is Windows 10, not 11 which doesn't exist.
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  3.    02 Aug 2017 #3

    A clean install of 64 bit Windows 10 is probably possible. But Windows 10 has some specific CPU requirements and some older CPUs do not qualify. We would need to know exactly what CPU you have. A clean install would be required as an upgrade from 32 to 64 bits is not possible.

    System Information will always identify as "x86-based pc" while running a 32 bit OS, no matter what CPU you have. While running a 32 bit OS all CPUs become 32 bit with no 64 bit capabilities whatsoever. Only when running a 64 bit OS is it's true nature revealed.
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    Windows 10 Pro (32-bit) 16299.15
       02 Aug 2017 #4

    LMiller7 said: View Post
    System Information will always identify as "x86-based pc" while running a 32 bit OS, no matter what CPU you have.
    You could look in Settings which might be more helpful than System Information in this regard. Old-style control panel version of this screen looks the same.

    Here is mine, for instance - running 32-bit OS but it seems the CPU could run 64-bit.
    (The reason I don't is that some drivers aren't available for 64-bit for this old laptop.)
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    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       02 Aug 2017 #5

    Download the Iso file from here. Click on "Download Tool Now" It will download to your Dowmloads folder. Simply run it from there. Then choose the option in the picture I posted to download the Iso file. There will be more options after that, take your time, you want to choose to download the Iso file to create install media.

    Download Windows 10

    Then put the Iso file on a usb stick (if you have one) with Rufus.

    Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way

    You could also burn the Iso file to dvd, if your PC has a dvd burner, you`d just need a blank dvd, this simple software works great and burn the dvd at the slowest possible speed offered.

    Free ISO Burner
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  6.    02 Aug 2017 #6

    Thanks everyone for helping, i didnt feel like quoting you all. The windows 11 was a joke
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  7.    02 Aug 2017 #7

    LMiller7 said: View Post
    A clean install of 64 bit Windows 10 is probably possible. But Windows 10 has some specific CPU requirements and some older CPUs do not qualify. We would need to know exactly what CPU you have. A clean install would be required as an upgrade from 32 to 64 bits is not possible.

    System Information will always identify as "x86-based pc" while running a 32 bit OS, no matter what CPU you have. While running a 32 bit OS all CPUs become 32 bit with no 64 bit capabilities whatsoever. Only when running a 64 bit OS is it's true nature revealed.
    my cpu is a Intel i5-3337U
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  • Posts : 1,885
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       02 Aug 2017 #8

    Your instruction set is 64 bit, so you're good to go

    Intel Core™ i5-3337U Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.70 GHz) Product Specifications

    Please fill out your specs properly, add all information you can.
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  •    02 Aug 2017 #9

    If you are going to make a USB Flash Drive for Windows 10 to do the install, just skip using Rufus. Let the Media Creation Tool create the USB flash drive for you.

    If you do want to save the ISO file for future use, I still do not recommend using Rufus to make the flash drive with, it is completely unnecessary and many people get the settings wrong for the boot method they want. Just format the USB flash drive as FAT32, make the FAT32 partition as active, mount the ISO file and copy all the files and folders from the mounted ISO file to the USB flash drive. You will end up with a flash drive that will boot in both a legacy BIOS and UEFI computer.
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  • Posts : 1,885
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       03 Aug 2017 #10

    These are the only 2 options you have to check when using Rufus, pretty simple to me. The MCT can be a bit complicated for a novice, and why hasn`t any other person in this thread besides myself, posted a single link for the OP ?

    Here is the tutorial to create a usb installer, regardless of which method you use.

    Create Bootable USB Flash Drive to Install Windows 10 Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
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