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Windows 7: Installing 32-bit Win 7 on current 64-bit Win 7 Licensing Question


25 Dec 2010   #1

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Installing 32-bit Win 7 on current 64-bit Win 7 Licensing Question

I did a clean install of 64-bit Win 7 on my Sony Vaio a few months ago, which worked fine. However, there are a number of issues I've had with drivers/etc because it's the 64-bit version. I don't have those problems on another laptop that I installed the 32-bit version on. I know there are some work-arounds and/or other drivers/software that will sometimes work, but I just don't see the benefit of 64-bit for what I do and don't want to have to bother with making it work.

I want to do a new clean install of Win 7 on my Vaio, this time using the 32-bit disk. My question is: am I going to have a problem with registering this online since I've previously registered it in its 64-bit version? (I don't have any unused licenses available from my family 3-pack.) It's the exact same PC/CPU/etc...just changing the OS from 64-bit to 32-bit.

If it will be a problem because it's already registered, can you tell me how to change it/unregister the old one?
Thanx/Jerry


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25 Dec 2010   #2
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Hello Jerry,

As long as you have any previously installed version using that product key number uninstalled or deleted, then you will be able to use it on your Vaio. If it will not activate online normally, then you coud activate by phone instead.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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25 Dec 2010   #3

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Thanx much, Shawn. (Sorry I posted in the wrong section.)

Cheers/Jerry
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25 Dec 2010   #4
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You're most welcome Jerry. No problem.
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