Is there an upgrade path from Windows XP x32 to x64 without reinstalling applications?

Posted on 2008-11-10
Last Modified: 2013-11-29
If I want to upgrade my machine from Windows XP Pro x64 from x32, can you do an inplace upgrade or do you need to install a fresh copy of Windows x64. I want to move to x64 because I have more than 4 gigs of RAM, but I also have allot of already installed software such as Adobe Product sweet, MS Office, etc.. I have verified my current application support x64 I'm just wondering if I can avoid the reinstallation headache of this.

Question by:svasilakos
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    No.  There is no upgrade from 32 to 64 bit without a fresh install.

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    I dont like the answer but not your fault. Thanks
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    Sorry... kinda sucks I know... there was an upgrade from 3.1 (16 bit) to 9x (32 bit (kinda)), then from 9x to 2000/XP.  But I guess there were too many changes...

    Though, I should point out I don't like ANY upgrades because there are invariably problems... well... almost... 2000 to 2003/XP worked fairly well as did NT to 2000... but 9x to 2000/XP... and ESPECIALLY 3.1 to 9x... those were almost always not pleasant

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