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Is it possible to upgrade xp from 32 to 64 bit without loosing programs
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September 22, 2009
2:56 AM
Drumguish
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Is it possible to take a backup of entire disk with XP-32. Install xp-64 and restore back the backup without any problems? What happens with registered programs etc.

September 22, 2009
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Ashraf
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No sorry that is not possible. It is, however, possible to go 32-bit XP -> 64-bit Vista without formatting.

November 1, 2009
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When upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7, how can the registered software from GOTD be reinstalled and reregistered (64 bit compatible programs of course) ?
How to avoid (re-)registration problems ?

November 1, 2009
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Drumguish, that is absolutely possible. That is if you aren’t installing it, but restoring your backup it with the same program you used to back it up(Ex: Paragon Disk Backup). If what you mean by “take a backup of entire disk with XP-32″ as in to actually make an entire disk backup of your WinXP x32, then all your programs should still be in your backup. For example however, if you took just a partial backup of just the windows settings, program files, but not the registry, then your programs would still be there, but not registered.

gzwict, well, the thing with GOTD is that they only let you register once, and that one time would be the day that it was given away. So, (if you are installing Windows 7 from scratch) it’s really not possible or at least really hard to reinstall and re-register. You would be able keep the programs if you are just upgrading to Win7, and if you are lucky, the registration data (usually in Windows Registry) would still be there.

You may be able to find registration data (before you upgrade) in the Registry (Somewhere in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWARE or HKEY_CURRENT_USERSoftware) – Look around or use Search, you may be lucky.

You can avoid re-registering problems when you first install the program using programs like Revo Uninstaller.

November 2, 2009
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The only way I know of to do that easily isn't easy- or free.  Or cheap.  Or moderately expensive.  Or fast.  Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows Vista to Windows 7. 

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