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Windows 7: Upgrading from 32 to 64 bit

15 Jul 2010   #1
DirtRider

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
Upgrading from 32 to 64 bit

I am considering going to 64 bit for gaming as I believe it would be better on the games. I now have w7 Pro 32 bit running. The way I understand it you need to purchase a brand new 64 bit OS. So what do I do with my 32 bit OS just trash it


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15 Jul 2010   #2
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

I believe your license key would be valid regardless of whether the OS is 32-bit or 64-bit. If you got it retail that is. OEM license might not work after you upgrade, not so sure about that.
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15 Jul 2010   #3
Petey7

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit
 
 

Did you buy a retail copy of 7 pro from a regular store? They come with both versions of the OS on separate disc inside the package.

Or did your computer come with it pre-installed? In that case you will need to purchase a new copy but you can buy Windows 7 Home premium and use a little cheat to allow you to install 7 pro or ultimate. Go here for more details:
How to Select Any Edition or Version (SKU) of Windows 7 to Install From Single Edition DVD Disc Media or ISO My Digital Life
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15 Jul 2010   #4
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You don't need any cheats or hacks at all. I can't believe this is still in question, but your license key is valid on both platforms, x86 or x64. It is only valid on one install of one platform at a time, though. The trick for you, will be to obtain the x64 media. Depending on how you got your OS, or if your friends have any x64 media they can burn for you, it could be a simple process.

Also, one more point, you won't be doing an upgrade. To switch platforms, you'll be doing a fresh install.
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15 Jul 2010   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

A key is valid for both 32 or 64 bit of the same edition. From your question I would have to assume that you do not have the DVD for 64 bit. If you bought your computer with 32 bit installed, I would contact the compter mfg and try to get the 64 bit platform for cost or some nominal cost. If you purchased the 32 bit, Iwould contact the vendor and try to get the same deal. I do not think it should be necessary to go out and pay the full amount for a DVD.
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15 Jul 2010   #6
DirtRider

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I was running Vista before this and purchased Win 7 OEM and I do have the disk some place but it was just a single disk. I really don't feel like having to fork out that type of cash to change over. I suppose I need to see if I can get hold of a copy of the 64 bit
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15 Jul 2010   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Petey7 View Post
Did you buy a retail copy of 7 pro from a regular store? They come with both versions of the OS on separate disc inside the package.

Or did your computer come with it pre-installed? In that case you will need to purchase a new copy but you can buy Windows 7 Home premium and use a little cheat to allow you to install 7 pro or ultimate. Go here for more details:


We have an excellent tutorial on that at the link below; feel free to have a look at it.


Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create
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15 Jul 2010   #8
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

That's an excellent thread, and can be taken one step further....moving it from a disc to a flash drive.
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15 Jul 2010   #9
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
That's an excellent thread, and can be taken one step further....moving it from a dis to a flash drive.



That gets discussed further along in the posts after the tutorial part.
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15 Jul 2010   #10
Solarstarshines

Windows 10 Home Premium 64bit sp1
 
 

Best thing to do cause you can't install a 64bit os over a 32 bit and the vista upgrade to 7 isn't recommended either i actually did that the first time through but i have both disc

reason i went to 64bit os i wanted to utilize allmost all 8 gigs of my ram which i have achieved mostly like 7 gigs usable one gig not but still running like a dream

most people who buy oem versions knows that you ar limited by the use of it better just to get a retail copy that you can play around with it and less of a tech headache

you can do flashdrive as decon stated it would mirror your settings
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