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Windows 7: Serial keys


15 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Serial keys

Hi all,

I'm not sure if this has been answered before, so apologies if this post is redundant.
I'm planning a new pc build and just want to know if I can use a windows 7 32 bit serial number to install the 64 bit version. I was given Windows 7 ultimate 32bit as a gift but want to run 64 bit to take advantage of more ram.

Also, what components do I need to ensure are 64 bit compatible? I'm looking at the intel i5-750, a gigabyte ga-p55m mobo, with a radeon 5850 graphics card.

Thanks heaps!


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15 Jan 2010   #2

windows 7 x64 bit
 
 

hello Codewana,

your configuration is OK for 64bit system.
32 serial number will not work for 64bit system.
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15 Jan 2010   #3

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Your key will work so long as the 32bit is not currently activated...
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15 Jan 2010   #4

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

The so called 32 bit key will definitely work with 64 bit install media.

(Assuming the key is not already in use on another machine).

Unless you create an .iso able to install any Edition - you will need to have the 64 bit install media for the same Edition ( Premium , or Pro, etc. ) that the key is for.
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15 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks to all repliers. Interestingly, the copy of widows 7 I have is already in .iso format. Does this mean it will be capable of installing both bit versions of windows?
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15 Jan 2010   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

No, the dvd you have is capable of installing any Edition (basic, premium, Pro, Ult ) but only the bit version that is on the .iso. It will be preconfigured to only install one Edition - that can be changed.

There are separate .iso's for 32 bit and 64 bit.

You will need to get the 64 bit .iso.

If that 64 bit .iso is preconfigured to install the Edition your key is for, you will be fine.

Otherwise , you will to tweak it so you can install any Edition.
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15 Jan 2010   #7

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by emel View Post
hello Codewana,

your configuration is OK for 64bit system.
32 serial number will not work for 64bit system.
I dont think so. My windows7 ultimate OEM editions activate key (32bit) is work for my x64 system. and the ultimate keys also work for home premium and professional.( I have a lot of OEM activate keys)
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15 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate Signature Edition
 
 

the reason an ultimate key works with other versions is because it has everything already. there is no need to limit it.
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15 Jan 2010   #9

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Codewana View Post
Thanks to all repliers. Interestingly, the copy of widows 7 I have is already in .iso format. Does this mean it will be capable of installing both bit versions of windows?
I bought the 32 and 64 bit retail upgrade versions of Windows 7 through the Microsoft Store, as downloads. I got them in .iso form.

There were separate .iso files for 32 and 64 bit. The 32 bit version was approx. 2.44GB, and the 64 was 3.15GB.

I have read mentions of installers that included both X86 and X64, but I suppose they'd be larger than either of the above.
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15 Jan 2010   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

A bit larger - still fits easily on a dvd . I just made one - it's pretty easy if you would like to have a go - See Here
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