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Windows 7: A query about Windows 7


27 Dec 2009   #1

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A query about Windows 7

G'day, I recently bought I laptop which came with the 32 bit version of Windows 7 preinstalled. The laptop is relatively powerful, and I queried the salesperson if it came in a 64-bit version. He said that during setup you choose whether you want to run it as 32-bit or 64-bit. However he seemed to be pulling my leg, as no option close to that was asked of me during the setup, and hence it left me with a laptop running 32-bit.

So my question is, is it possible to go from a 32-bit Windows 7 to a 64-bit windows 7 without buying the $200 package for the software, as the laptop didn't come with any disks?

Thanks


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27 Dec 2009   #2

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

You could download a copy from numerous places. I underlined could because I'm not sure if this forum condones the illegal sharing of the operating system they have come to love.

As far as legal methods, I'm at a loss. Sorry.
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27 Dec 2009   #3
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The Windows 7 license for your factory OEM version allows the use of either 32 bit or 64 bit.

You only need to find a 64 bit installer.

All of the installers are the same except they have certain versions hidden due to an ei.cfg file in Sources folder. If you extract the ISO to the desktop and remove that file, you can recompile into iSO and burn to DVD using this tutorial: Bootable ISO - Create from Installation Files

You might try going back to the store and firmly but politely telling the manager what the salesman told you which was untrue, then insisting they provide you with a 64 bit installer.
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27 Dec 2009   #4

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

His license that is already in use on his x86 could be used to replace his x86 with x64 as well? I thought licenses only worked for one install?
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27 Dec 2009   #5
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jradicle11 View Post
His license that is already in use on his x86 could be used to replace his x86 with x64 as well? I thought licenses only worked for one install?
One install at a time.

The factory OEM license for that machine is good to be reactivated as often as needed on either 32 bit or 64 bit.
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27 Dec 2009   #6

windows 7/windows xp/windows vista
 
 

Oh, so he could switch between x86 and x64 as long as they're both not being ran at once. Does this apply to any version of windows 7?
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27 Dec 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Yes,

now if you'll check your post I replied with help on how to run the Commands to get your HD recognized.
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