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Windows 7: Can I use 64-bit without paying for another license?

04 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 
Can I use 64-bit without paying for another license?

Hello all,

Back in October, I attended "The New Efficiency" event in Baltimore, MD. At the event, Microsoft gave attendees free copies of Windows 7. I'd like to use 64-bit on the system that this copy is installed on. Does anyone know if I can get 64-bit media for this key or is it going to be a 32-bit only license?

I don't mind paying for a new 64-bit license, but I just want to check out my options before I go spending money.

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04 Jun 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

You should be able to. Just download or borrow a x64 bit disk and use your key.

~Lordbob
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04 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

I'll give it a try!
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04 Jun 2010   #4

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

It all depends I think, it never hurts to try of course, but I think if it is OEM, then no, if it is retail, maybe.
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04 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/x86 Windows 7 Pro x64/x86 Windows 7 Home Premium x64/x86
 
 

You can do it. You just need a x64 disk.

You will have to do a clean install. So be ready to reinstall all your applications.

In other words.

Don't forget to backup all your important data first.
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04 Jun 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Oh, I'm not worried about the clean install. I do that every 2-3 months anyways. I've got that down to a science. Wipe, clean install, restore in about an hour.

I have both x64 and x86 in OEM flavors. I'll try that. I don't have a retail disc though...
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04 Jun 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/x86 Windows 7 Pro x64/x86 Windows 7 Home Premium x64/x86
 
 

Dosent matter whether its a retail disk or OEM your key will fix everything.
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04 Jun 2010   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by joel406 View Post
Dosent matter whether its a retail disk or OEM your key will fix everything.
Really!? That's good news! Different from Vista then...
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04 Jun 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/x86 Windows 7 Pro x64/x86 Windows 7 Home Premium x64/x86
 
 

Vista was the same way.

I use OEM keys with retail disk and visa versa all the time. Same with XP.
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04 Jun 2010   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by joel406 View Post
Vista was the same way.

I use OEM keys with retail disk and visa versa all the time. Same with XP.
I'm pretty sure I tried that a couple years back and it didn't work. Clean install too. Ended up buying another license.
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