Can I restore a system image of Windows 7 64-bit in a 32-bit install?

Alexandre Magno April 4, 2013

I know it’s possible to backup the image (users setup, programs and data files) of Windows 7  x64 and retrieve it on a new installation. I wonder if the backup only works in another Windows 7 64-bit machine, or if I can recover the same backup in new install of Windows 7 x86 (32-bit)?

  1. Alison Gent
    April 30, 2013 at 5:15 am

    64 bit operation can only run on a 64 bit machine and a 32 bit operation can only run on a 32 no sorry their just not compatible.

  2. David Raphael
    April 10, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    No, sorry

    April 10, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Hello, I am afraid that the short answer is no.

  4. Oron Joffe
    April 8, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    The backup you are talking about is a disc image - a "snapshot" of your entire system, and restoring it involves wiping the other system's disc! If this is what you intend to do, then yes, it should work, and you will end up with another Win 7 64 bit installation. However, the system you are restoring to will need to be compatible with 64 bit Windows (i.e. have a 64 bit CPU) and have a licence for the copy you put on it (many systems have licences for both 32 & 64 bit versions of Win 7, but this is not always the case).

  5. Cezar Popa
    April 6, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Assuming that you already own a machine that is capable of using x64 architecture yes you can.
    The problem may come if the existing snapshot/image it was from a computer that has different hardware installed on it. (the main problem could come from different processors Amd/Intel)
    Be sure to back-up essential documents or make another system image of the windows drive with Norton ghost/ Acronis True image and save it on an external drive.

  6. salim benhouhou
    April 5, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    it won't work only on 64-bit machines .

  7. Alan Wade
    April 5, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Does the Motherboard and CPU support 64bit?
    And even if everthing fits, you would have to re-register Windows. It would not stay activated on a different machine.

  8. Junil Maharjan
    April 5, 2013 at 10:03 am

    i don't think so. since fresh installation of a 64 bit windows does not work on a 32 bit system.

  9. Vishal S
    April 5, 2013 at 8:15 am

    yes using norton ghost save the .gho u will create using it in the other partition other than c then enter into recovery mode using norton and load that image and various other tools and utilities are there [email address removed]

    • Tina Sieber
      April 10, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Vishal, please do not post your email address. Thank you!

  10. Bruce Epper
    April 5, 2013 at 12:50 am

    An image is not restored from an existing OS on the machine so whatever happens to be on it does not matter. During an image restore you would boot from a recovery disc and anything on any existing partition you are restoring to will be wiped out.

    The architecture of the machine does matter though. A 64-bit image cannot be restored on a 32-bit machine; it requires a 64-bit processor to work.

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