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Windows 7: Multi PC Dilemma

30 Oct 2009   #1
kjharve

Windows 7 RC
 
 
Multi PC Dilemma

Hi all,

I've been using Windows 7 since the release of the beta (now using RC) on my old Pentium 4 desktop - it runs a treat!

Then, a couple of weeks ago, I made use of a great offer from Dell (no doubt discounting PCs pre-Win 7 launch) and bought a laptop. The laptop is pre-installed with Vista 64 and so I've ordered the Windows 7 upgrade.

Ok, so the dilemma is, the licence on the RC version expires in May (I think) so what do I do at that point? Am I right in saying the Win 7 upgrade won't work on my desktop as it's 64-bit? Is there any way around this? Or do I have to bite the bullet and buy a 32-bit edition of Win 7 for my desktop?

Please advise,

Kev


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30 Oct 2009   #2
Minotar

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

A clean install would have no problems.
But why wouldnt the 64bit upgrade to a 64bit?
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30 Oct 2009   #3
kjharve

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Sorry, probably didn't make myself very clear. The desktop is running a 32-bit OS and is about 5 years old. So don't think it will run a 64-bit OS.
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30 Oct 2009   #4
DocBrown

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

Is the destop RC running 32 bit or 64 bit currently ?


Compat link:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/com...s/default.aspx
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30 Oct 2009   #5
Darryl Licht

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit Steve Ballmer Signature Edition
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kjharve View Post
Sorry, probably didn't make myself very clear. The desktop is running a 32-bit OS and is about 5 years old. So don't think it will run a 64-bit OS.
Run the upgrade advisor off the 64 bit DVD it will tell you!
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30 Oct 2009   #6
BeechV35Pilot

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

I upgraded my desktop from Win 7 RC 32bit to Win7 x64 using the Windows 7 Upgrade version. The install routine had no issues with the fact that I was going from 32 to 64 bit.

However, is the Dell upgrade version an OEM version (only allowed to be installed on a Dell) or is it simply THE upgrade version (the same that I installed)? If it is a Dell OEM version that may restrict you from using it to install on your desktop.

BTW, I believe that the RC version starts an annoying tactic of making the OS much harder to use (reboots once an hour or something like that) in March, not May.

edit: Ah, disregard. I see your additional posts now....
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30 Oct 2009   #7
logicearth

Windows 10 Pro (x64)
 
 

Pentium 4s are not 64bit. They predate it. Unless you have one of the Prescott cores from 2004.
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30 Oct 2009   #8
kjharve

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Hi BeechV35Pilot - it's the Dell Upgrade version, so you're probably right, I might not be able to install it at all on another machine.
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30 Oct 2009   #9
kjharve

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Pentium 4s are not 64bit. They predate it. Unless you have one of the Prescott cores from 2004.
Nope, not as far as I know.
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