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Windows 7: What install disc do I need to go from W7 Pro 32 bit to 64 bit?

07 Jan 2014   #1
atikovi

W7P64
 
 
What install disc do I need to go from W7 Pro 32 bit to 64 bit?

Just got a 6 month old Dell Optiplex 7010 with 32 bit W7 Pro. Want to go to 64 bit. Can I just buy a $10 OEM Dell W7 Pro 64 bit restore disc on Ebay?


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07 Jan 2014   #2
matts6887

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Simply put; you need to get the version that says 64-bit on it. I believe its as simple as that unless there is something im missing. But i would not go with just any disk off ebay as there are plenty of counterfeits out there. You must make sure that it has a genuine windows sticker on it. Because if you make a mistake you could end up causing problems for yourself.
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07 Jan 2014   #3
dwarfer66

 

No 32bit and 64bit are not compatable to upgrade, you would have to buy a new copy of 64bit and do a fresh install.
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07 Jan 2014   #4
tommyg562000

Windows 7 Professional 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dwarfer66 View Post
No 32bit and 64bit are not compatable to upgrade, you would have to buy a new copy of 64bit and do a fresh install.
That is not correct. The windows 7 license key on the Dell computer can be used to activate either 32 or 64 bit version of windows 7.

To answer your question, yes you could buy that disc but you can also download the iso for the version you have a license for by following this Clean Install Windows 7
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07 Jan 2014   #5
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by atikovi View Post
Just got a 6 month old Dell Optiplex 7010 with 32 bit W7 Pro. Want to go to 64 bit. Can I just buy a $10 OEM Dell W7 Pro 64 bit restore disc on Ebay?
A genuine Dell w7 disk would work, but getting one from eBay is a gamble, they can be selling you anything.
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07 Jan 2014   #6
atikovi

W7P64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dwarfer66 View Post
you would have to buy a new copy of 64bit and do a fresh install.
By new copy of 64 bit, you mean like these that you see on Ebay?

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07 Jan 2014   #7
Sardonicus

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

That will work fine, if you get a legit one, as Britton mentioned.
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07 Jan 2014   #8
atikovi

W7P64
 
 

Thanks I will and report back.
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07 Jan 2014   #9
derekimo

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tommyg562000 View Post

To answer your question, yes you could buy that disc but you can also download the iso for the version you have a license for by following this Clean Install Windows 7
That's what I would do, the ISO is free,

Windows 7 Direct Download Links
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07 Jan 2014   #10
gregrocker

 

Everything you need including the installer in 32- or 64-bit for your licensed version is here to get and keep a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

Be sure to read the Special Note for Dell Owners at the end.
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