About upgrade Windows 10 32 bit to 64 bit
Microsoft only allows you to upgrade from a qualifying version to its equivalent edition on the same architecture. For example: If your PC Windows 8.1 32 bit, you can only upgrade to Windows 10 32bit.
To upgrade Windows 10 32 bit to 64 bit, the only way is to clean install the operating system and reconfigure all your settings and programs. Before you start to upgrade, you must ensure that your computer's processor can handle the 64-bit version.
However, there is a limitation during the process of clean install. Your computer may lose data when something unexpected. Thus, you need to backup your system partition first.
Check the system type of your computer
To clean install Windows 10 64 bit on Windows 10 32 bit, you need to make sure your computer’s processor can handle the 64-bit version.
To ensure the processor, you can check the computer’s system type. If the system type is x64-based PC, you can upgrade Windows 10 32 bit to Windows 10 64 bit. If the system is x84-based PC, you cannot upgrade your Windows.
To check system type:
Step 1. Open the Start menu.
Step 2. Search for System Information and press Enter.
Step 3. Look for System Type.
Backup your Computer
To upgrade Windows 10 32 bit to Windows 10 64 bit safely, the first thing is to backup your computer.
To backup your system, I recommend you free AOMEI Backupper. With it, you can backup system, disk, partition, and files. Also, you can restore your backup when needed.
Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper, install and launch it.
Step 2. Click System Backup under the Backup tab.
Step 3. As shown below, AOMEI Backupper has already chosen the system partition and other operating system related partition. Here, you only need to click step 2 and select a destination path for your backup.
Upgrade Windows 10 32 bit to 64 bit without data loss
Create Windows 10 installation media
Step 1. Connect a USB drive with at least 8GB of available space.
Step 2. Go to Microsoft's Windows 10 download page, then Click the Download tool now button and save the Media Creation Tool to your PC.
Step 3. Double-click the MediaCrationTool.exe file.
Step 4. Read the license terms and click Accept.
Step 5. Tick Create installation media for another PC, then click Next.
Step 6. Select language and other preference, then click Next.
Step 7. Select the USB flash drive option, then click Next.
Step 8. Select the removable drive from the list, then click Next. Wait for the final result.
Clean install Windows 10 64 bit
Step 1. Plug in your USB flash drive
Step 2. Set boot priority to USB flash drive via BIOS, then restart your computer and press any key to boot from USB flash drive.
Step 3. Wait for Windows 10 installation files to load
Step 4. Click Install now after you set up language and other preference.
Step 5. Accept the license terms and click Next.
Step 6. Select Windows 10 installation type: Custom
Step 7. Click Drive Options.
Step 8. Delete system partition and other operating system related partition, then select the unallocated space to install your Windows.
Note: If the system partition is big enough to install Windows 10 64 bit, you do not need to delete system partition and other operating system related partition. You can use the existing system partition to clean install your Windows. At last, you will get a folder called Windows.old on your system partition. It’s used to save your previous Windows.
Step 9. Wait for the final result.
Now, you finish upgrading your Windows 10 32 bit. If you want to upgrade Windows 8 32 bit to 64 bit, follow the steps above to backup your computer and clean install it later.
Explore system image backup to restore your files
If there is a data loss, you need to restore your backup. However, you cannot restore via system image backup. If you restore system image backup, it will restore your computer to previous windows. here comes a question: how to restore files via system image backup?
Don't worry about it. Free AOMEI Backupper can help you restore files from system image backup. It offers you Explore Image. With it, you can explore backup image to the virtual partition. Then, you can copy any files on the virtual partition and paste it into a safe place.
Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper
Step 2. Click Utilities and Explore Image
Step 3. Select a backup image, then click Next
Step 4. Select a backup point, then click Next
Step 5. Select the drive letter for the backup image you want to explore, then click Next. After that, your computer will have several virtual partitions. These partitions contain all the contents of your backup image.
Step 6. Go to This PC and the virtual partition, then copy the files you want to restore and paste it into a safe place.
If you want to upgrade Windows 10 32 bit to 64 bit, you can choose to clean install the operating system and reconfigure the settings and programs. However, your computer may lose data during the process.
To fix it, I recommend you free AOMEI Backupper. You can use it to backup your system. Also, you can restore files from system image backup via Explore Image.
Aside by that, AOMEI Backupper Standard can assist you to create disk backup, partition backup, file backup, etc. Also, it's a disk cloning software, which can help you clone system, disk, and partition.