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Old 12-18-2012, 11:42 PM   #1
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Default Upgrading from 32-bit 7 to 64-bit but keeping games

So I have kind of a weird set up. I built my gaming computer a little while back and had some issues recently. Long story short, it wouldn't boot so I reinstalled Windows from a different disk, which didn't give me the option of 64-bit, and honestlyly didn't even realize it was 32-bit. Anyways, I have spent weeks downloading/installing all my games and getting everything just right. Here's the problem, I have 16GB of RAM, definitely need 64-bit. Here's where my situation is a little bit different from others. I have two hard drives, a TB (C and a 2TB (E. My OS is installed on my TB and all my media is on (E, and most importantly this is where all my games are installed, so they are not located in Program Files, just E:\Games\PC\ . Is there anyway of keeping all those games doing a reinstall of Windows? Obviously, those folders will stay there, but after the install I won't be able to use them because all the registry crap is on my C: drive. So is there a way of just backing this stuff up? I don't mind losing my programs but it's my games I'm worried about. Thanks!
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:54 AM   #2
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If you downloaded it, It would have said 64bit or 32bit version. Did you actually buy a copy of windows, If so it will have a 32bit and 64bit or did discs come with your pc when you built it?
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:03 AM   #3
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If you downloaded it, It would have said 64bit or 32bit version. Did you actually buy a copy of windows, If so it will have a 32bit and 64bit or did discs come with your pc when you built it?
I did actually pay for it, though when I installed it this last time I used a pirated copy I had lying around because I have no idea where my copy is (I used the pirated on a few craptops I had lying around). Either way, I installed 32-bit not thinking that I needed 64-bit. Any solution to my problem?
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You can ask a friend if they have a 64bit version
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:31 AM   #5
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Well I have the 64-bit disc and am ready to install. I just want to know if there is a way to back up registry or something like that to be able to keep all my games, which are all installed on a separate drive.
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As long as you don't install on the drive that has your games it should be fine..
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But even though I installed the games on my E: drive, doesn't it still have some registry entries, dlls, and other files on the C: drive? Correct me if I'm wrong here. I mean, I wouldn't be able to just take that drive out and plug it into another computer and play the games straight of the drive.
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Yes and the new install will erase the registry..
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:07 AM   #9
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So is there no way to just back up what I'm needing for the games? Surely there is
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Try this Back up the registry
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