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Running 32-bit but can run 64-bit

  1. #1


    London, United Kingdom
    Posts : 1
    Windows 8 Professional x86 (32-bit)

    Running 32-bit but can run 64-bit


    Hi Guys,

    I am running Windows 8 Professional (32-Bit) - however, since I have recently purchased a few servers; I need to install VM's via VMWare Workstation to run the Windows Server 2008/2012 R2.

    I have a 64-bit capable processor, but I am running 32-bit.
    Is there anyway that I can upgrade this without losing any programs or data?

    Thanks in advance!

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  2. #2


    Florida, USA
    Posts : 141
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center, Windows 10 Pro x64, Windows 7 x64 Ultimate SP1


    Unfortunately no. It is not an "upgrade" when you go from 32 to 64 bits or visa versa. You must reinstall Windows and all the programs, etc.

    Of course you must backup your data before the reinstall.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3


    There is more of a difference between a 32 bit OS and a 64 bit OS than just 32 bits. Internally they are really very different. Microsoft has never supported an upgrade from a 32 bit to 64 bit OS. A clean install of the OS and all applications is required.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Running 32-bit but can run 64-bit
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