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Some complex case scenarios related to the Windows 10 update, experts

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AsquareM

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Hello kind folks, new here... hehe....
So yeah, my computer has two HDDs, one has Windows 7 32bit and the other used to have Windows 8 32bit, before I deleted it due to bugs and now that partition is totally empty. Combined I have 1.5 TB of storage space, divided into 7 partitions excluding the system reserved ones. 

What I want to do is install Windows 10 64bit (my pc supports 64bit OS) into that empty partition which, due to it previously having a 32bit OS, is of NTFS format. So the solution I found out was downloading the media tool from their site and either upgrading the PC or downloading an .iso, burning it to a CD and installing the OS as usual. 
BUT, I want my Windows 7(parent's critical of directly upgrading the 7 to 10) as well as the content in other partitions except the empty one in which I wanna install 10 do stay untouched, and I want to be able to have the option of dual boot. 

What do I do? 
P.S. My dad had given some space from the empty drive to another drive using some kind of system space management utility application in Windows 7 that splits and merges storage space. 
Will it work or will I need to do some more stuff.
Bottomline: What I wanna know is what all steps I should take exactly to make this work out the way I want it to.
P.S. Windows 10 is worth it, right?
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Your first problem is to get the free Windows 10 you have to do an upgrade, not a new/clean install.

So you would have to put a legal, activated Windows 7 or Windows 8 on the currently empty partition then upgrade to Windows 10.

That should only affect the partition being upgraded so you should be okay for that part.

 

Before you do anything I strongly urge you to do an image backup to an external USB hard drive of all  partitions, so no matter what happens you will be able to recover. Use Macrium Reflect Free to do this.


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Your first problem is to get the free Windows 10 you have to do an upgrade, not a new/clean install.

So you would have to put a legal, activated Windows 7 or Windows 8 on the currently empty partition then upgrade to Windows 10.

That should only affect the partition being upgraded so you should be okay for that part.

So yes, assume I have Windows 8 32bit in this other partition.

Can I upgrade it to a 64bit version?

Or am I doomed forever to be able to use only 3GB DDR2 RAM and sticking to AFX and PP CS4?

 

Also, will it dual boot normally? (they're both in different HDDs)


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No, you can't upgrade 32 to 64 bit. That requires a clean install.

 

What you can do is install Windows 8.1 64 bit on that partition then upgrade it to Windows 10 64 bit.

 

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

 

The updated Option One shows you how to use a Microsoft provided tool (mediacreationtool.exe) to download any version of 8.1 for either 32 or 64 bit, regardless of what computer (bit wise) you are running from.

Mediacreationtool must be run from a Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 computer.

 

Use the key for Win 81. 32 bit for the 64 bit install.


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