Upgrading your 32-bit Windows 7 operating system to the 64-bit version can be advantageous if the memory space requirement of your computer is high. A 32 bit OS can efficiently support only 4 GB of memory whereas a 64-Bit system can leverage up to 128 GB of memory. The upgrade process can be accomplished only with a clean installation of the 64-bit version of Windows 7. The process is quite simple and can be executed easily. You can get help from the Windows 7 support team if you face any difficulties en route.
A clean installation of Windows 7 may wipe out data permanently from your computer’s hard drive. So before you perform the installation, be sure to create a back up for all the important data in your computer. You can write the information onto DVDs, transfer them to an external hard drive or copy the contents to a USB drive. The data can also be uploaded to cloud/Internet services as a backup.
Prior to the Windows 7 installation, ensure that you have all the necessary driver softwares for the 64-bit Windows 7 version. Many licensed online vendors offer Windows 7 64-bit drivers. You can download the drivers from one such reliable site and store them with your backed up data.
The procedure for a clean installation of Windows 7 can be listed as below
- Turn on your computer
- Insert the Windows 7 installation media in to the DVD drive of your computer
- Usually the installation process will start automatically. If it does not start on its own, initiate the process manually by clicking on any of the keys on the keypad
- You will now be prompted to select a language to continue the process. Select “English” as your language
- Click “Install Now” to begin the installation process
- At the bottom of the window, a box will be present next to the message “I accept the license terms“. Tick the box to agree to the conditions
- Click “Next” and choose the “Custom installation” option
- To delete the existing partition, select the same and access “Drive Options“. Click on ”Delete“
- Click “Next” to proceed with the installation
- Click “Finish” to successfully complete the installation process
Once the procedure is completed, it is time to reinstall the software and device drivers that were backed up earlier. This might take up a few minutes to several hours depending on the volume of your backed up data. Keep the Windows 7 support number handy for assistance.