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upgrading from 32bit to 64bit

Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:54 pm
by Cattleman
I want to upgrade from Mint 17.1 32bit to 64bit. I am running dual boot. If I back up home will this save all my data when I go to 64 bit? I believe I will have to do a new install. Then copy my data back to my home directory. Am I missing anything?

Re: upgrading from 32bit to 64bit

Posted: Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:53 pm
by TooMuchTime
Yes, that is the correct process.

My recommendation is to partition your drive with a separate /home partition. This way, you can upgrade the operating system on the root (/) and /boot partitions by formatting them at build time but as long as you don't format the /home partition, all of your data will be safe. That's what I have done. I still recommend backups but this way the backup is only needed if something goes wrong.

Remember, if your dual boot is with Windows 10, be aware of the necessity of UEFI.

Re: upgrading from 32bit to 64bit[SOLVED}

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 5:25 pm
by Cattleman
I did exactly as you said. it works great.
Thanks

Re: upgrading from 32bit to 64bit

Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:17 pm
by TooMuchTime
Glad I could help!