Upgrading to Windows 10 64bit from a Windows 7 32bit

Discussion in 'Windows Virtual Machine' started by OlivierP1, Nov 10, 2015.

  1. OlivierP1

    OlivierP1 Bit poster

    A few years ago, I bought a copy of Windows 7 from within Parallels Desktop. To my dismay, it was a 32bit version instead of 64bit (despite me specifically asking for a 64bit copy). It wasn't that big of a deal since Parallels ran fine.

    Now, I'm looking to upgrade to Windows 10 but I don't want a 32bit version (which, apparently, exists). After a some time searching in Google, I found documentation/steps from the Parallels team that I can upgrade using a "MediaCreationTool.exe" app that I've downloaded. There's a 32bit version and a 64bit version of the same tool.

    Here's the thing, the 64bit version of the tool won't run (obviously) because my system is 32bit, but I don't want to run the 32bit version if it's just going to install the 32bit version of Windows 10. So the question is: does the 32bit version of the MediaCreationTool only install a 32bit version of Windows 10?

    If I run the tool, the first step I get in Windows 10 setup is "Upgrade this PC now" without any indication of any choices in the matter.

    More importantly, how do I get Windows 10 64bit installed without buying a completely new licence for a free upgrade?

    Last edited: Nov 10, 2015
  2. ManojK@Parallels

    ManojK@Parallels Parallels Support

    You cannot upgrade a 32-bit OS into a 64-bit OS. You need to reinstall Windows 7 as a 64-bit OS and then upgrade to Windows 10.

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