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Windows 7: upgrading from 32bit to 64bit (OEM to Retail)

08 Jun 2015   #1
Chandrashekhar

Windows 7 x86
 
 
upgrading from 32bit to 64bit (OEM to Retail)

If I have a Windows 7 Home Basic 32bit OEM installed and I and to upgrade to Windows 7 Home Basic "64bit" (Retail version Downloaded from internet) can I use my OEM product key to activate the retail one on the same computer with no hardware modifications?


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08 Jun 2015   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chandrashekhar View Post
............upgrade to Windows 7 Home Basic "64bit" (Retail version Downloaded from internet)............
Hmmmm...............look at the chart halfway down this link:

Windows 7 editions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

where it says, next to "64-bit version available?", under the Home Basic column, "Yes, but not in retail SKUs".

That makes me wonder about the validity of what you have downloaded.
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08 Jun 2015   #3
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Chandrashekhar View Post
If I have a Windows 7 Home Basic 32bit OEM installed and I and to upgrade to Windows 7 Home Basic "64bit" (Retail version Downloaded from internet) can I use my OEM product key to activate the retail one on the same computer with no hardware modifications?
Get your money back on that one.

I believe the answer to your question is no.
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08 Jun 2015   #4
NoelDP

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Win 7 x64 Home Premium (and x86 VirtualBox VM)/Win10
 
 

It is perfectly possible to install Home Basic 64-bit using a Retail disk, and activate it using the Key from your 32-bit install.
ALL windows 7 Keys are valid for both 64-bit and 32-bit installs of their assigned edition - but only one at a time!
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