F31 64 bit fresh install from F30 32 bit

Hey Everyone.
I’ve run to EOL on F30 in 32bit.
Can anyone point me to clean directions on how to do a fresh install for F31 over F30?
Or someone else’s question/post?
I just want to be sure that I can reuse partition, clean up old files, etc.
I currently have a windows partition. It is possible, correct?
Thanks in advance for your assist.

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Hi @variant13, welcome to Fedora! Please take a minute to go through the introductory posts in the #start-here category if you’ve not had a chance to do so yet.

You can upgrade to F31 from F30 without any trouble. The instructions are here:

https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/quick-docs/dnf-system-upgrade/

Are you looking to switch from 32bit to 64 bit by any chance? (That may not be so simple)

I would suggest to you migrated to X86_64 as soon as possible, if your hardware is capable

REASON

If you still run 32-bit i686 installations, you’ll continue to receive supported Fedora updates through the Fedora 30 lifecycle. This is until roughly May or June of 2020. At that point, you can either reinstall as 64-bit x86_64 if your hardware supports it, or replace your hardware with 64-bit capable hardware if possible.

REFERENCE

as @FranciscoD point you

  1. if you have your $USER home directory in separate partition/drive you can use it without any problem…
  2. Yes, of course you can reuse partition just tell ANACONDA (Here installer) https://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/fedora/rawhide/install-guide/install/Installing_Using_Anaconda/

You can have a DUAL-BOOT without any problem like you actually have it…

ADVICE

Always do a backup of important file like configuration (.dot files) in your home directory is you don’t have your $USER HOME in another partition/Drive

Regards.,

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YES…I’m running F30 which originally was installed as 32bit.
I want to migrate to 64bit.
My hardware supports 64bit.
But, I want to be sure and just reuse current partitioning, etc.

The research indicates I have to go through a fresh F31 install.
But, I wanted to find out if someone else had already done this?
And if so, were there any pitfalls or directions this individual could provide?

Thanks;

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I’ve reinstalled lots of times, and I have a separate /home partition which I mount each time. All I can think of is: when you create the new user after reinstallation, do remember to ensure that the username is the same as what you had in your previous installation so that the same $HOME folder is used again.

I started a fresh F31 install, but at the point of partitioning, I’m concerned that I cannot keep all of my current directory-data from F30.
Do you happen to have instructions to point me too that allows me to install without having to reclaim space, etc, from F30?
Thank You

You should reclaim the partitions from F30. Very little of the 32 bit software will be usable after you upgrade to 64 bit and keeping it around would be wasted space.

As has been mentioned earlier, as long as you have your /home on a different partition than the OS partitions then it should be almost seamless. reformat all partitions except /home during the install.

One thing that has already been mentioned is user name, keep it consistent.
One caveat that you should be aware of it that the new install may assign your user a new UID so there might be an ownership issue on /home. It is very easy to fix if you use sudo and are familiiar with the “chown” command. You can “man chown” for the details.

Thank You…Do you have instructions to point me too, so that I can create a separate partition and move /home to this new partition, before install of F31?

Forgive me for not trusting everything out on the internet.

There is some slight conflicting responses.

Thank You;

IMHO the simplest way to do that would be do a backup of /home onto a flash drive then do a new install of F31. Copies are really easy using rsync or tar.

I always have at least 4 partitions for fedora. /, /var, /home, and swap. If dual booting with windows or if the machine uses UEFI bios I add /boot/efi to that list. The EFI partition has to be formatted as an efi partition if newly created, or use the windows EFI partition which is already formatted.

I also use LVM so I am not forced to use the entire drive at the initial install and can adjust partition sizes or add additional drives later if needed.

Once the new install is done you can restore everything in /home from the flash drive and you are done. (Remember that you might have to deal with ownership as I mentioned earlier, but that is really simple)

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