How to Upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit Version of Windows 10

In this Windows 10 guide, I will show you how to check if a Windows 10 64-bit version is compatible with your PC and how to upgrade from Windows 10 32-bit to Windows 10 64-bit version.

It is important that you make a full backup of your system including personal files and folders before upgrading because Windows Updater will empty the installation partition during the upgrade. At the very least, you should back up all personal files before you begin. Read our tutorial on how to back up your system.

The 64-bit version of Windows 10 can only be installed if your computer's hardware supports it. You can check this by following the four steps below.

Making Sure 64 Bit Windows is Compatible With Your PC

Step 1: Press Windows key + I from the keyboard.

Step 2: Click on System.

Step 3: Click on About.

Step 4: Check the system type, if it says: 32-bit operating system, x64-based processor then your PC is running a 32-bit version of Windows 10 on a 64-bit processor. If it says 32-bit operating system, x86-based processor, then your computer doesn't support Windows 10 64-bit version.

Check Windows 10 64Bit compatibility (64 Bit Windows)

Creating a Windows 10 Installation Media

Step 1: Connect a USB drive to your system, the USB media must have at least 4 GB in size. The media is formatted, so don't use media which contains files.

Step 2: Visit Microsoft's Windows 10 download page.

Step 3: Download the Media Creation Tool by clicking the Download tool now button.

Step 4: Run the MediaCreationTool.exe.

Step 5: Accept the license terms.

Step 6: Choose to Create an installation media for another PC.

Step 7: Click Next.

Step 8: Uncheck Use the recommended options for this PC.

Step 9: Make sure to select 64-bit architecture (x64).

Step 10: Click Next.

Step 11: Choose the USB flash drive option.

Step 12: Click Next.

Step 13: Select the removable drive from the list.

Step 14: Click Next.

Installing 64-bit Version of Windows 10

Step 1: Restart your PC with the USB drive connected to the system and start the installation of Windows 10.

Step 2: Click Next.

Step 3: Click Install Now.

Step 4: Skip entering the product key.

Step 5: Accept the license terms.

Step 6: Click Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).

Step 7: Select and delete system partitions -- usually: Drive 0 Partition 1 and Drive 0 Partition 2.

Step 8: Click Next and follow the instructions to install Windows 10.

After the installation is finished, download the latest updates and drivers from Windows updates.

65 thoughts on “How to Upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit Version of Windows 10”

    • So basically when upgrading from 32 bit to 64 bit do you have to have an empty disk to put it all on because not of the options it gives me work and if you do need one ,does it have to be 8gb or a certain size?

      • One thing should be mentioned that if tou do install it in usb ALL YOUR DATA THATS ON USB WILL BE LOST IF ITS 8Gb but if its big hard disk then it has partition and is recover able

    • I have 64 bit ×64 based processor in about section but it has program files (x86 ) in my pc and it also fails when I try to install nvidia 64-bit gpu drivers but I can install 32-bit gpu drivers

    • You might have to go in and change the settings from “fast start”. Otherwise it skips the boot part. Also, make sure that, on most computers, you’re quickly tapping the F12 key. This will take you to the boot screen.

  1. Help! I followed the instruction but when I downloaded the Windows 10 the setup.exe won’t work it says that “This app can’t run on your pc” I’m running a 32 bit x64 processor

  2. i followed everything step by step and i made sure that my PC to capable to run the 64 bit, but it says “This app cant run on your pc” PLEASE HELP !!!!

  3. I just restarted my PC with the USB still in after I selected “Finish” on the Installation Media and when it restarted, there was no pop-up for reinstalling Windows or whatever it was. I checked in my Settings and it says that I am running 32-bit Windows and that I have a x64-based processor. Please help.

  4. My most pressing concern is whether or not I will have to purchase a new license for the 64 Bit Installation. Can anyone tell me?

  5. I lost my product key and now I have to buy a new one for windows 10 pro at $99. Please is there any way i can get my old product key.

  6. wtf is this are you still responding to the questions?? if yes why do when i select to keep my files it says to restart my computer and lauch the setup from windows and when i do that it says this app cant run on your pc… HELP?!?!?!?

  7. I want to upgrade my laptop to windows 10 pro 64 bit from windows 10 32 bit. The process on faqforge is too cumbersome or tedious. I need to run matlab which is now 64 bit only and I am unable to run it on my 32 bit windows 10 pro. For this reason I need to switch to 64 bit windows 10 and the process is very very tedious. I want to do this switching without any formatting or data loss or partition deletion. Is there any way possible?

  8. This is not a way to upgrade from 32 bit to 64 bit.
    This is a way to install a 64 bit from an erased disk.
    Upgrade mean keeping data from one to other.

  9. Hey I want my pc convert into 32 bit because my game is not supporting os 64 bit…What can I do sir have you any suggestions?

    • 64 bit operating systems can run 32 bit programs. You do not need to switch to 32 bit to run 32 bit programs. 64 bit will be able to run 32 bit programs.

  10. This is not an upgrade method … the part where you delete partitions will erase all your stuff. This is how to install Win 10 64 from scratch. Anyways , just for the record: To boot from USB you have to press a certain key right after you turn on your computer (it’s F12 on many computers and you’ll press it repeatedly to make sure it registers)

  11. I have windows 7 PCs some of windows 7 home , some of windows 7 ultimate and some of professional some 32 bit and some 64 bit want to upgrade to windows 10 64 Bit only without losing data and applications pls advise

  12. I followed the step – made a boo boo – instead of using an USB flaskdrive I used an external harddive and the process oauto-deleted all I had in the hard drive – anyway to restore it ???

  13. You can’t upgrade to 64 bit windows.
    You have to run a new install.
    But there is a way to do it.

    This I wrote way back when people still had win XP and wanted to go to win 7 64 bit.

    It’s same for win 10 32 bit to win 1o 64 bit.

    PC mover will copy all your installed apps and then after you install 64 bit version you can restore them.

    If you have many apps installed this is best way.

    If you have one or two apps – lets say all you have is MS office – then just backup all your docs and install windows as a fresh install.

    Vincent G.

  14. I’m upgrading from 32 bit to 64 bit Windows 10 and I get the Media Creation Tool okay and it downloads and checks Windows 10 installation on my USB drive okay, but it will not boot automatically and F12 doesn’t work during reboot. I cannot get the freaking thing to boot from my USB drive. I’ve been working on this for 2 days now. Is there any way I can get this done? I have the Win 10 64 bit on my USB drive, and the USB is in the freaking PC – any help? I’ve done the process 3 times now, thinking I have to watch every step, perhaps, but I did that and it stilldidn’t boot automatically like your instructions say it should. Thanks.

  15. i set it to go to my flash drive with more than 4 GB of free space(D:), & it says that there isn’t enough space on it, & it says (C:). RESPOND PLZ

  16. Will deleting the system partition also delete the files on my computer? I have important files on here and I can’t back them up to an external hard drive due to the files being too large… Also this is a shared computer so… also holy shit this webpage just doesn’t want to let me post this comment… “THIS COMMENT SEEMS SPAMMY”

  17. pleases mention that while downloading this files make sure to keep that external hard like (pendrive) the files in that drive should be backed up. Due to My experience i lost my data in my pendrive any suggestions on how to recover data from that drive

  18. Does it matter if clicked create media installation file for another PC or if I pick my personal PC will it change anything?

  19. I have the same common problem. Read carefully. You will wipe your data, that’s the process.

    I have one old Win 7 machine, that is labled 64 but has only found 32 in the past. I also had a bare Win 7 instal disc. Windows lets you get away with one upgrade, so I used the wipe and install 7 a few times. Read more, waste less time. Then I do the upgrade to Win 10 for free, or with the old Win 7 key. Now it found the 64 bit board, but because I started with a 32 bit Win 7, I am stuck on 32 bit. 64 bit allows far more Ram, and that’s the objective. I have tried to force the 64 bit but I think the process above is the only way, and buying a key is a possibility. Now as far as backups, have at least one copy of everything. Your system will crash someday and you will loose everything. If it’s important, back it up. If not start from scratch. It’s inevitable, and if you don’t have a backup, Karma is a B—h, and she will bite you.

  20. My System reads…

    System type 32- bit operating system, x64 – based processor
    Will I be able to install 64 bit operating system on my PC ??

  21. I’m stuck, I downloaded everything, and got the windows 10 pro, but I don’t know what to do after u get the boot on ur removable flash, any help?

  22. You are telling me to delete partion 1, and partion 2. There is also a partion 3, and if I select it it tells me Windows can’t install on it. So what am I supposed to delete and what am I supposed to use?


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