Upgrading Vista Ultimate to 64 bit from 32 bit

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    cooldrummer321

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    I wanna upgrade my vista ultimate to a 64 bit OS. can i do this without getting rid of any of my old files? i want to keep all the stuff i have right now, but just upgrade to a 64 bit system. how do i do that if possible?
     
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    Basically -- NO. You can not "upgrade" from 32-bit to 64-bit or vice versa.

    It requires a complete reinstallation.

    BTW, this is true of ALL OSs that come in both 32-bit and 64-bit form, not just Vista.

    Also, unless you're planning on using 4GB of system memory (or more), you will see little, if any, performance improvement from running 64-bit.
     
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    well, i found out that windows does offer an upgrade disc, it costs 10$ for shipping. and if i were to reinstall vista to a 64 bit system, can i keep all of my old files? when i reinstalled 32 bit vista it made a file called "windows.old" that had all of my old files. and i have 5 gigs of RAM, and it would make a difference on my pc having a 64 bit system.
     
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    The "files" that are saved are your data files. As far as I know, it does NOT save the applications in a form that can be reinstalled.

    Thus, you would have to do a clean install, would be able to copy back your data files and settings, but you would have to reinstall all your applications from scratch.
     
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