View Full Version : Tips on migrating to x64?

07-18-09, 01:59 PM
I am planning on migrating from Vista 32 to Vista 64, and am looking for any tips.
I have my C drive with quite a few programs (and games with all the mods and patches that go with them) that would be a pain to re-install/download them - I can't imagine the process taking less than an entire weekend.

One thing I do have on my side is a huge amount of reserve disk space on a 1TB external. My idea is to simply copy a huge portion of my C:/program files folder onto the external, and also the accompanying registry keys from HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and HKEY_CURRENT_USER. Then of course, after the new OS is running, it should just be a matter of copying back over the programs/games and adding back in the saved reg keys. Has anyone ever tried this before and did it work well?

Finally, if anyone knows good software that can do what I am describing in a less painful way, then please do tell.

07-18-09, 02:16 PM
Cant say if that works or not, but I generally do a OS partition, with Vista I went with 60Gb as the 30 i tried at first filled up pretty fast.
And just dont install any apps on that drive, except stuff like the AV, CPU and GPU monitoring tools and smaller stuff Id replace in a OS reformat in any case.

And most programs and games seems to still work efter a reinstall.
Most my games are on steam, so I just reinstall steam in the same dir as it was before, and it already has all the games and such in it. (as its on a separate drive, and isnt formatet).
and the stuff that dont work I just re-install.

07-18-09, 02:41 PM
To be honest, I would just bite the bullet and re-install the programs.

Also, I don't know if moving from 32-bit to 64-bit will be as simple as just copying registry keys. Can't guarantee all the references used by the program will be in the same place in the 64-bit OS as they were in the 32-bit OS.

07-19-09, 07:12 PM
tbh theres no way to really migrate to a different architecture OS.

You backup, format, reinstall. Its always better to do a reinstall anyway because you get rid of all the crap that accumulates.

It's really not that bad, I do it every couple of months to keep things fresh/snappy.

07-19-09, 11:01 PM
It just took an hour for me to re-install the system and do all the tweaks (disable UAC, enable quicklaunch, stop indexing etc etc.) Then I installed the basic stuff (codec packs, Live mail, drivers, AV) and I will install things as I go... It doesn't take that long. The biggest pain in the ass is my browser settings. I just use a backup wizard for that now. It restores everything as it was...

07-19-09, 11:35 PM
wow you only have like 1 program installed?

for me to get my PC back to normal after reinstall it would take at least couple days

184 apps/games installed now

07-20-09, 06:38 AM
Turn off indexing? You like a slow PC? Leave it on, let it index over night and you'll be surprised how it can speed things up.

07-20-09, 11:03 PM
wow you only have like 1 program installed?

for me to get my PC back to normal after reinstall it would take at least couple days

184 apps/games installed now

I don't have 184, but it would take a weekend to get all of my games/apps back.
I will probably just bite the bullet, it's too bad there isn't some slick software to migrate using reserve disk space (it should be possible in theory I think).

07-21-09, 06:50 AM
You backup, format, reinstall.

Hear, hear! Windows-bloat is the tool of the antichrist. Get rid of it whenever you can.