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Windows 7: Windows Install - 64 to 32 bit and OEM v's Retail

12 Jan 2012   #1
1994F7PT

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Windows Install - 64 to 32 bit and OEM v's Retail

Right i have a bit of a puzzler,

basically i can get some workstations at a good price, however they come preinstalled with windows 7 pro 64-bit.

i am loath to release 64-bit as yet into my workplace, its caused issues already on a couple of workstations so i dont want anymore in there.

i know that my oem licence on the machine (sticker) will cover me for 32 and 64 bit correct?

however as its an oem key, can i use a retail boxed copy of windows 7 pro 32-bit installer to reinstall then bang my oem licence key in and all will be well and good both from a it will work physically point of view and a i can activate windows and be all legal point of view as well?

cheers

Ben


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12 Jan 2012   #2
theog

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however as its an oem key, can i use a retail boxed copy of windows 7 pro 32-bit installer to reinstall then bang my oem licence key in and all will be well and good both from a it will work physically point of view and a i can activate windows and be all legal point of view as well?
YEs.
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Check with the OEM manufacturer, who may/may not send you a set of 32 bit Windows 7 Pro & Driver DVD's
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12 Jan 2012   #3
1994F7PT

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

so i can use the retail software no issues? its just i have that here, sat next to me, and sometimes getting stuff from oem manufactureres is like blood from a stone!
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12 Jan 2012   #4
theog

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Most OEM manufacturer's will send out Recovery DVD's, within the first 12 months.
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