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Windows 7: Will a 32-bit key work with 64-bit media?

20 Oct 2010   #11
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RD28327 View Post
I was thinking of getting the 64-bit promotional media since I have the 32-bit promotional version. And I'm sure whatever kind of media I bought (Full, OEM, promotional, upgrade, etc.), it would have a different key than the one I currently have. Thus, I could use one disc on two different PCs, but have two different keys.

Buy Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit (Promotional), GLC-00182-64PRM

That looks like a pretty good price on Ultimate !


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20 Oct 2010   #12
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I wouldn't spend the money on another key, unless you really plan to install Windows 7 on two computers.
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20 Oct 2010   #13
Tinkerdog

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Yes, it will but you need the x64 install media But only one version activated at a time!
If you contact Microsoft, they may provide you with the 64 bit Media FREE, if you inform them that you picked the 32 bit media up at the event. That is what I did after picking up the 32 bit media in Washington back last year.
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20 Oct 2010   #14
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I haven't had a need to try with Windows 7, but back with Vista, there was a Microsoft website you could enter your key in, pay $10, and get the x64 media shipped to you.
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20 Oct 2010   #15
MoInSTL

Windows 7 Professional x64, SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tinkerdog View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown View Post
Yes, it will but you need the x64 install media But only one version activated at a time!
If you contact Microsoft, they may provide you with the 64 bit Media FREE, if you inform them that you picked the 32 bit media up at the event. That is what I did after picking up the 32 bit media in Washington back last year.
I received Ultimate x86 at the launch event too. I contacted Microsoft and was told they only offered the x64 option several months ago. They no longer do that. I was able to buy Pro x64 for $29.95 student discount, changed the ei.cfg file and burned a x64 version of Ultimate and the key worked fine. So you just need to get a disk that is x64 to convert. My version of Professional is the upgrade version.
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20 Oct 2010   #16
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
All win7 disks are identical, get whatever media you want as long as its 64 bit. Its the key that you enter that determines what edition gets installed.

Also, if you have a disk that installs say Pro by default, simply delete the ei.cfg file in the "Sources" folder at the root of the dvd, rebuild the iso, burn to blank disk, then install the edition you want when prompted by the dvd.
While we aren't discussing an OEM license here, I have the impression that the simple (ei.cfg) hack to genercize a Win7 installation disk isn't adequate to get it to accept an OEM key. I hope that someone will correct me if that's false.

While it would be against the rules to post links, I have had no trouble finding download links to the .iso files of several retail versions of Win7 on the Web. (These are the unmodified retail versions - useless without a valid license key.) I don't know about the legality of using a promotional Win7 key with a downloaded X64 version, but I presume that activation would be normal.
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20 Oct 2010   #17
Bill2

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bill2 View Post
All win7 disks are identical, get whatever media you want as long as its 64 bit. Its the key that you enter that determines what edition gets installed.

Also, if you have a disk that installs say Pro by default, simply delete the ei.cfg file in the "Sources" folder at the root of the dvd, rebuild the iso, burn to blank disk, then install the edition you want when prompted by the dvd.
While we aren't discussing an OEM license here, I have the impression that the simple (ei.cfg) hack to genercize a Win7 installation disk isn't adequate to get it to accept an OEM key. I hope that someone will correct me if that's false.

While it would be against the rules to post links, I have had no trouble finding download links to the .iso files of several retail versions of Win7 on the Web. (These are the unmodified retail versions - useless without a valid license key.) I don't know about the legality of using a promotional Win7 key with a downloaded X64 version, but I presume that activation would be normal.
Yes, the universal disk created by removing ei.cfg will install and activate with an OEM key. Mind you, I'm talking about system builders OEM, not royalty oems (win7 that comes preinstalled and preactivated on computers). Royalty oem activation works differently and depends on multiple components, not just the key.
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21 Oct 2010   #18
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
While we aren't discussing an OEM license here, I have the impression that the simple (ei.cfg) hack to genercize a Win7 installation disk isn't adequate to get it to accept an OEM key. I hope that someone will correct me if that's false.
Yes, your impressions are false . Just like Vista, the discs don't care what license type you have, especially when you follow the logical way of installing...which is to choose your version, but don't enter a key until you are finished the install.

As mentioned above, the PC Manufacturer OEM licenses can be a little tricky, considering some discs are BIOS locked to that brand, and can come pre-activated with a key that resembles XP's VLK type key.

However, if you have an OEM system with a COA sticker, there's no reason why you can't take one of these generic, all version discs, and do a clean install...then enter your COA key. I've done this on ten laptops of various vendors for friends and family, and all have activated online immediately.
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21 Oct 2010   #19
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I don't see why they don't just make 1 DVD with 32bit and 64bit on it, would make life easier.
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21 Oct 2010   #20
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

It would be much easier, but then again, you'd still be doing installs from the slow DVD media. The steps are fairly simple to create your own USB drive that installs any version from either platform, and it fits on a 4 GB Flash Drive that are dirt cheap right now.
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