Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Windows 7 Different bit versions; Same Key


01 Jan 2010   #1

 
 
Windows 7 Different bit versions; Same Key

Through my university's engineering program I am able to get Windows 7 enterprise for free in the 32 bit and 64 bit versions. I want to be able to install the 32 bit version on my laptop and the 64 bit version on my desktop. However, both versions have the same product key. Will I be able to successfully install both of them on their respective machines using the same key?

My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

01 Jan 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Hello Silentcom, welcome to the Seven Forums.

One retail or OEM pack of Windows 7 includes both 32-bit and 64-bit install media so you can decide which version you want to use. You can install and activate either of them but not both; only one working copy per key at any given time.

If you install and activate (Windows 7 needs to be activated!) first let say the 32-bit version and later decide to replace it with 64-bit on the same computer, it's OK. Windows don't need to be "de-activated" but the when 32-bit is replaced with the 64-bit, the activation is kind of transferred to that later installed version. Same thing if you first install 32-bit to one computer and later 64-bit to another; when you activate the 64-bit, activation is transferred and the 32-bit is no longer activated.

So: One installation set includes both 32 and 64-bit versions and one key. You can install and activate one of those. If you want to use both, you need two keys.

Kari
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Pro X64
 
 

If you can get it for free why not get a second copy?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


01 Jan 2010   #4

 
 

Thanks, one other question. I have 32 bit professional running on my desktop right now. Could I be able to reinstall professional onto my laptop if I replaced it on my desktop with 64 bit enterprise? Or can a key only be activated once? Thanks!

I can only get one copy of either 32 or 64 for free.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2010   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Silentcom View Post
Thanks, one other question. I have 32 bit professional running on my desktop right now. Could I be able to reinstall professional onto my laptop if I replaced it on my desktop with 64 bit enterprise? Or can a key only be activated once? Thanks!

I can only get one copy of either 32 or 64 for free.
One key one machine. They give you 32 or 64 DVD with each purchase because you can select either. Later on you could chose the other bit for another machince, but only one at a time
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2010   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Yes,

You should be able to move the Professional license from one machine to another (if it is a Retail license) - but will probably need to call MS free activation line to do that.

You can then install 7 Enterprise on the machine you originally had Pro on - if you have an Enterprise license.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Silentcom View Post
Thanks, one other question. I have 32 bit professional running on my desktop right now. Could I be able to reinstall professional onto my laptop if I replaced it on my desktop with 64 bit enterprise? Or can a key only be activated once? Thanks!

I can only get one copy of either 32 or 64 for free.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2010   #7

 
 

One other quick question. Is my professional key good for the 64 bit version of professional as well? Or will it only work with a 32 bit version? I'm thinking that it will, but I just want to check and make sure.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2010   #8

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Key is good for either version. You can even change the version down the line, but one key one machine at a time.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2010   #9
Microsoft MVP

 

Windows 7 key can be used on either 32 bit or 64 bit.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
01 Jan 2010   #10

 
 

Awesome, thanks a lot for the help I appreciate it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Windows 7 Different bit versions; Same Key




Thread Tools



Similar help and support threads for2: Windows 7 Different bit versions; Same Key
Thread Forum
Older versions of IE in WIndows 7? Browsers & Mail
10 Versions of Windows 8 Chillout Room
32 bit versions running in 64 bit Windows 7 Software
Do all versions of Windows have a zip utility? Software
Upgrading between Windows 7 versions Installation & Setup
Windows 7 RC or later install versions? Installation & Setup
How Many Versions of Windows 7 News

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:38 AM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App
  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33