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How to transfer programs and copy files from 32bit to 64bit Windows

Learn how to transfer programs and files from a 32-bit Windows PC to a 64-bit Windows system - while keeping all of your applications operational and working. Works for Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8.

Windows 10

Need to transfer your stuff from a 32-bit Windows to a 64-bit system? Turns out, it is not just possible - it can even be done automatically, and your programs can remain fully operational, along with your settings, accounts and files. This works for Windows 10, Windows 8 and Windows 7. Let's find out how.

The tool we will be using to get this done is Zinstall Migration Kit Pro. It can do two types of transfer (we'll cover both options below):

  • Transfer from a 32bit computer to a 64bit computer
  • Transfer from a 32bit Windows to a 64bit Windows on same computer

In both cases, you will be able to preserve your programs, settings, documents, emails, profiles, accounts, pictures, music, favorites, and all files. This is using the fact that 32bit programs can be seamlessly copied to a 64bit system, and still retain full personalization and functionality.

How to transfer from a 32bit PC to a 64bit PC

Use these instructions when transferring between two separate computers - 32bit to 64bit.

  1. Run Zinstall Migration Kit Pro on your 32bit PC (the one you are transferring from).
    Note: You get get Zinstall Migration Kit Pro here, and its user guide here.
  2. Run Zinstall Migration Kit Pro on the new 64bit PC
    1. You don't need to do any configurations for the computers to connect - it's automatic (as long as both are connected to same Internet connection, or directly with a network cable)
    2. You can also use a USB external hard drive to transfer, using instructions here
  3. If you'd like to select which applications and files you want to transfer, press the Advanced menu. If you just want to transfer everything, you don't need to go to the Advanced menu.
  4. Press "Go" on the 64bit Windows computer to start the transfer

That's it! You now have your programs, settings and files on your new 64-bit computer!

How to transfer from a 32bit Windows to a 64bit Windows on same PC

Use these instructions when upgrading Windows from 32bit to 64bit on same computer.
You do not need these instructions if you are transferring from one computer to another.

  1. Run Zinstall Migration Kit Pro on your 32-bit Windows.
    Note: You get get Zinstall Migration Kit Pro here, and its user guide here.
  2. Use the "Machine to Container" option. It will guide you through creating a container, which is a full backup of your current 32-bit Windows.
    Note: You should save the backup container on a USB external drive, or on some other location outside the computer itself. If you reinstall Windows on same computer, it will erase everything on it.
    1. Once the container is created and verified by Migration Kit Pro, you can install the 64-bit Windows on the computer. This will, of course, result in a blank Windows system.
    2. On the 64-bit Windows, run Zinstall Migration Kit Pro, and use the "Container to Machine" option, to restore everything from your full container backup to the 64-bit Windows.
    3. If you'd like to select which applications and files you want to transfer, press the Advanced menu. If you just want to transfer everything, you don't need to go to the Advanced menu.
    4. Press "Go" on the 64-bit Windows computer to start the transfer

    That's it! You now have your programs, settings and files on your new 64-bit Windows!

    Ready to transfer from 32-bit to 64-bit? Get get Zinstall Migration Kit Pro here and start your transfer today!

    Video: How to copy everything from 32-bit PC to 64-bit PC

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