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Can I upgrade FC 24 i686 to FC 24 for x86_64 ?

asked 2016-08-28 13:19:02 -0500

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updated 2016-08-29 11:52:14 -0500

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I have a Linux Fedora install that I've been upgrading successively. It was a 32 bit install but now, I'd like to know if it's possible to switch to 64 bits as the processor and the platform supports it. I checked and all installed packages and softwares have a 64 bit version or run independentely on 32 or 64 bits.



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Have not try it before, if you using a dvd or usb to upgrade it maybe possible, but if you are using network upgrade do not think it is possible, without altering the repo files. whish I will not recommend to do it.

aeperezt gravatar imageaeperezt ( 2016-08-28 13:35:52 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-08-28 15:57:35 -0500

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Welcome to ask.fedora. Alas, there are so many packages that would have to be changed, and so much cleanup to do that I doubt that it's practical. If /home is on its own partition, however, you could always install a 64 bit system over your current 32 bit, and keep your current config because those files aren't arch-specific. (Of course, you need to back it up, Just In Case.) Or, if you're contemplating adding more RAM, you can do what I did: install and use a PAE kernel, removing the old ones after making sure everything's working OK. This lets you use more that 4 GB, without a complete re-install, and if you ever need to nuke your system and do a clean install, you can always go 64 bit then.

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