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Upgrading Thinkpad R61 from Vista-32Bit to Win7-64Bit_stuck & need Help

2011-12-21, 17:15 PM

I'm in the mids of upgrading my ThinkPad R61

I've added memory to 4Gb and a newer drive 320Gb

I've purchased the Win7 Home Premium Vista to Win7 upgrade (CDs).

 

Can I upgrade this R61 laptop to Win 7-64Bit OS?

 

Thus far, I cannot boot from the Win7 Upgrade CD

So I tried with a USB external DVD.  I got past the Boot stage, however, it's prompting me for a CD/DVD driver before it can continue to load.

 

I am sensing that I will be prompted multiple times for additional drivers (perhaps 64Bit) before I ever complete the upgrade process.

 

What is the quickest & easiest path to upgrade my laptop to Win7-64Bit.  (At least, to the point where I can boot from the upgraded drive). 

 

My ThinkPad R61 Model =  #8932CTO

 

 

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Re: Upgrading Thinkpad R61 from Vista-32Bit to Win7-64Bit_stuck & need Help

2011-12-22, 7:16 AM
Welcome to the community, you can not upgrade from vista 32bit to 7 64bit, you will have to do a clean install of win 7 64 bit



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Re: Upgrading Thinkpad R61 from Vista-32Bit to Win7-64Bit_stuck & need Help

2011-12-22, 13:35 PM

Thanks

 

My intention was to actualy do a clean install to Win7 -64Bit.

 

Perhaps it has everything to do with using an upgrade (32-Bit & 64-Bit) version CD of Win7 from Vista?

When I tried to upgrade to 64Bit, it eventually took me to a screen prompting for a CD/DVD driver to continue the upgrade.  I suspected it was looking for a 64bit driver (likely the SATA controller), so I opted out thinking it will be lloking for more drivers through the upgrade process.

 

I then successfully upgraded it to Win7 - 32Bit version.

However, I would like to take advantage of the 64Bit speed & useability of the additional RA I have inside the laptiop.

I noticed that Lenovo have a listing of Win7 64Bit drivers under their Support section.  If one was to download and expand them them to a folder, would it be possible to essentialy upgrade to 64Bit?

 

Or, perhaps get CD copy from Lenovo with all the required files & drivers?

  

   

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