Here is how to upgrade from a 32-bit to a 64-bit version of Windows 10

Microsoft has always been encouraging its users to switch to Windows 10 since the company introduced its newest desktop OS back in 2014. Redmond-based Company offers free upgrade to Windows 10 for customers using a genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Like other previous releases, Windows 10 is available in two versions: 32-bit and 64-bit.

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If your computer is running a 32 bit version of Windows 8.1 or Windows 7, you will be stuck with the 32 bit version of Windows 10 when you upgrade your computer even if your PC is powerful enough for the 64-bit version.

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to upgrade from a 32-bit to a 64-bit version of Windows 10

Steps to verify that your computer supports 64-bit version of Windows 10

If you are now using a 32-bit version of Windows 10, this does not mean that your computer can handled a 64-bit version, so make sure that your computer has a 64-bit processor.

Step one: First and foremost, you need to open the Settings app by using the keyboard shortcut Windows key + I

Step two: Next up, click System and then select About

Step three: You will see two pieces of information next to System Type. If it says 32 bit OS , x64-based processor, it means that your computer has a 64-bit processor and it is now running a 32-bit version of Windows 10.

Steps to make a clean installation of Windows 10

There is no direct path that takes you to the 64-bit version. The best shot for making it possible is to make a clean installation of Windows 10. Here is how you do it

  • How to install Windows 10 installation media

Step one: You are now supposed to connect your computer with a USB. Make sure your USB has at least 4GB of available space

Step two: Once you are done, head to the Microsoft’s Windows 10 download page at here

Step three: Once you are in, select the Download tool now and choose to save the Media Creation Tool on your desktop

Step four: Once the download is done, double-click the MediaCrationTool.exe and choose the Create installation media for another PC option to proceed

Step five: Click Next and untick the box next to the Use the recommended options for this PC option. Once you are done, select your language, edition and architecture and then click Next

Step six: Check the USB flash drive option and click Next

Step seven: You now need to select your removable drive and click Next. Once it is done, exit the Media Creation Tool.

  • How to install a 64-bit version of Windows 10

Step one: Restart your computer and commence the installation of Windows 10 on your computer

Step two: Select Next and click Install Now. After that, skip the option to enter the product key and click the Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) option

Step three: You are now supposed to select and remove system partitions. After that, follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation

Once the installation is complete, install the latest updates and drivers on your computer.

Read next: How to free up hard drive space on your Windows 10 PC

That’s it! Don’t forget to share with us in the comments below if you stumble upon any issues during the process

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