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Windows 7: PC with preinstalled 32bit 7 Home Premium

21 Jan 2014   #1
Roo Boy

win 7 HP 64bit
PC with preinstalled 32bit 7 Home Premium

Hi guys,

Im getting a 3 year old (unused still in box) PC from a friend that bought it and then never used it.
It states that it has 32bit win 7 HP pre installed with a 64bit recovery disk.??
Is there a way for me to reinstall a 64bit version without having to buy a new copy?

Many thanks

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21 Jan 2014   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

Is it an HP branded recovery disk? If so, you may be able to use the COA from the PC to activate either the 32 bit version or the 64 bit version. If the 32 bit version has already been activated, you may be out of luck. I think the key on a preload is only good for one activation. Once you choose 32 or 64 bit, you're locked in. I THINK this is how it works, but I'm not 100% sure.

Others may have more information.
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21 Jan 2014   #3
Roo Boy

win 7 HP 64bit

Hi Mellon,

Thanks for the reply.

I havent got hold of the PC yet.
Its a Medion Akoya P6310 - yes a little dated now but its for my 9yo mainly to play minecraft on.

It says preinstalled 32bit , other than that i dont know too much else and wont know until i get it.
Is it much of a disadvantage to have 32bit rather than 64 bit? I know that 32 bit wont see more than 3.5GB of RAM but other than that i dont know what else applies that may be disadvantageous?

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21 Jan 2014   #4
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot

There are a few small advantages to 64 bit, like being able to see more memory, and a wider instruction path, but to the average player of Minecraft, it won't matter.

If you are only going to use it for your kid, I would just leave it at 32 bit and not go through the hassle of going 64 bit. It will be fine for her/him to play on/ do homework, etc. If s/he starts editing large Photoshop files, that's another story. :)
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21 Jan 2014   #5
Roo Boy

win 7 HP 64bit

cool , cheers mate
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22 Jan 2014   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Download the 64 bit iso , burn it to dvd and install 64 bit, use the key on the COA to activate windows.

The pc has to have a 64 bit capable cpu. Open up computer properties to check.

Good advice from Mellon to leave it as is, for now.
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22 Jan 2014   #7

Win8/8.1,Win7-U64, Vista U64, uncounted Linux distor's

What addram said. The COA should be good for both 32 and 64 bit version of Home Premium. The COA does not get you a upgraded version like Ultimate. Keep it 32 bit for now.
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22 Jan 2014   #8
Roo Boy

win 7 HP 64bit

thanks, ill have a look into that once i decide for sure that the system is worth it.
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22 Jan 2014   #9
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23 Jan 2014   #10

7 x64 | 7 x64

MEDION® AKOYA® P6310 D (MD 8342)
You could consider an ssd for a 7/64 boot drive and use the hard drive for storage, then just and another 4 gigs. That set up would be nothing to sneeze at.
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