Can I create a 64 bit image from a 32 bit system?

by on March 18, 2011

Q: Without re-imaging; can I create a 64-bit environment from a 32-bit windows 7 on a machine that is actually 64-bit capable? Yes I know its backwards…its corporate, what can I say.

4 Responses to “Can I create a 64 bit image from a 32 bit system?”

    Sounds like you want to take advantage of 64-bit Windows 7 and so you can handle more that 4GB of Memory, however your company’s IT department only has 32-bit Windows image available.

    Without a 64bit OS installed as your primary operating system there isn’t anything you can do.

    There really isn’t anything you can do, other than try to promote a shift to a 64bit OS with your management and senior techs.

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    This isn’t exactly what you want to do but you could always install a virtual machine if you are running windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, or Enterprise.

    You could create a Virtual Hard Drive (VHD), install windows 7 64bit and then set the VHD as the primary boot device. And you can run 64bit OS that way.

    I have not done this so there may be performance lag. As well your OS still will probably not utilize larger amount of memory. This would be a work around and not the first option.


      Yeah, with the virtual machine you wouldn’t get any performance benefits and wouldn’t be able to use >4GB of memory.

      The only real reason for doing something like that would be for doing small scale software testing when no other hardware was available.


    Thanks Guys…doing it anyway for the software I can run but sucks to lose that performance. Appreciate all your responses.