How to upgrade from 32- bit to 64-bit version of your Windows 10 PC
If you are using Windows 10 PC in 32 bit and thinking it has not enough storage and capable CPU, you may upgrade your PC to 64 bit. However, both architectures have the same set of features but the 64-bit version of Windows 10 avails support of up to 2TB of RAM that helps you to run more apps concurrently and improves productivity with memory specific tasks, such as video editing, virtual machines and web browsing while handling lots of open tabs. Additionally, you may run x64 as well as x86 applications which is something that is not possible in Windows 10 32 bit. You need not to buy a new licensee to upgrade the version; all you need to do is just perform a clean installation of the OS and then follow a step by step guide that we will provide you.
To check if Windows 10 64-bit is compatible with your System
First of all, you need to check your system configuration is compatible with 64 bit or not. Also you need to determine if your PC has a 64-bit processor and at least 2GB of RAM. Follow the below given steps to check it.
- On your Windows 10 PC, open “Settings” and then click on “System.”
- Click “About.”
- Under “Device specifications” section, check the “System type”
If it is 32-bit operating system, x64-based processor, then your device is running a 32-bit version of Windows 10 on a 64-bit processor and you may upgrade it to 64 bit but if it is 32-bit operating system, x86-based processor then it is not compatible. Also make sure it has at least 2GB of memory.
To check if Windows 10 64-bit is compatible with your CPU
- On your Windows 10 PC, open the “Microsoft Sysinternals.”
- Click the “Download Coreinfo.”
- Next, right-click the “zip” folder and then select the “Extract all” option.
- Click “Extract.”
- In the File Explorer address bar, type “cmd”, and hit “Enter”to open “Command Prompt” in the folder location.
- Enter the below given command and then hit “Enter.”
- Press “Ctrl + F” keyboard shortcut to open the find command and search for PAE, NX, SSE2 and CX16. If all features are present, then you may upgrade to Windows 10 64 bit.
To upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit version of Windows 10
There is not a direct way to upgrade from 32 – bit to 64 bit of Windows 10 but you may upgrade it easily by performing a clean installation of Windows 10. In order to perform clean installation you need to create installation media using USB flash drive at least 4GB of storage to your device and then install Windows 10 from scratch.
Once installation media is created, to perform a clean install of Windows 10, restart your computer with the installation media and then follow the below given steps:
Note: Before proceeding to installation, it is always recommended you to create a complete backup of your PC.
- On “Windows Setup,” select “Next” and then click the “Install Now.”
- If you are installing Windows 10 for the first time or upgrading a previous version, you need to enter a correct product key. However, if you are reinstalling Windows 10, you may select “I don’t have a product key” link to continue and then click “Next.”
- Next, click on the “Custom: Install Windows only (Advanced).”
- Here, select the partition with the current installation of and then click “Delete” to remove the partition from the hard disk.
- After following the above steps, select the empty drive and then click “Next.”
After completing all the above given steps, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and then click “Check for updates” to download the latest security patches, drivers and software updates.
Once installation is complete, you may reinstall your applications and restore your files from backup. If drivers are missing on your PC, you will need to check your manufacturer support website to download and install the 64-bit version of the drivers.