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23 Oct 2009   #11

Windows 7 x64

Apples and oranges, upgrade current system or upgrade DVD. There is nothing wrong with ordering a 64 bit upgrade version of the DVD instead of the 32 bit. I would be willing to bet, if they had ordered the actual DVD, which they could have done, it would have booted and worked fine.

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23 Oct 2009   #12

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by neely615 View Post
Seriously, no upgrade from 32 to 64-bit? I didn't see that in the fine print. Looking in the fine print from Windows you can see " Cross-architecture in-place upgrades (for example, x86 to x64) are not supported" but still, why not? Just because I am running 32-bit shouldn't mean I can't upgrade to 64-bit, when it is the same installation files? A simple .iso would resolve this and still be an upgrade. Seems crappy to me, and I wasn't trying to get away with anything.

It's not the same installation files, that's why you can't use the upgrade-in-place method.

One of the differences between a 32 bit and 64 bit is that a 32 bit system has 4gb of space for addressing which means that the 32 bit system has a limit of 4GB RAM to process data where as the 64 bit operating system has 2^64 bits of space to address and can support 16 million terrabyte of RAM to process data.
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23 Oct 2009   #13

Windows 7 x64

Going from 32 bit to 64 bit is not an upgrade. Going from Vista Home Premium or Windows 7 Ultimate is. When I ordered a 64 bit version of Vista since it only came with a 32 bit version, they only charged me $10 for the DVD, not the full price of an upgrade.
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27 Oct 2009   #14

Windows 7 Pro x64

Well, 32 bit is less efficient at a lot of stuff, and 64 bit is better.

It's a "Legal" upgrade, but it won't "Run" from the installer.

The problem is on windows part for not building a clean method of upgrading.

That aside, the download comes in a set of 3 peices, and is just a folder of the install.

I was going from vista x32 to windows 7 pro x64, pain in the arse.

The download itself won't extract on a 32 bit system that I know of, so I had to copy the files to a spare machine running xp 64, which miraculously not only could extract but offered a direct upgrade via the installer.

Wrong system, but anyways the custom install instructions require an ISO or bootable, so i ended up having to download Windows AIK (Automated Installation kit), which was another 2 gigabytes, installed that, ran a command line that turned the files into an ISO (seriously google is awsome), then I used the microsoft utility to put the ISO onto a bootable Flash Disk (USB).

Did the install, low and behold when through but wouldn't accept the upgrade key.

Called microsoft tech support, they had this to say:


I changed the value of MediaBootInstall to 0 (It was set to 1)

Then I had to run the command prompt AS ADMINISTRATOR (very important):

cd \windows\system32

cscript.exe simgr.vbs -rearm

After running those 2 lines, I rebooted. I was able to register my product key no problems.

Not sure if this helps anyone else, but yeah, that downloadable distribution blew.

**EDIT** - With those changes, I'd imagine it opens a number of possibilities with downloadable ISO's or using a friends disk. Good luck to ya.

***EDIT*** - It appears someone already posted the instructions to make a bootable here: Make bootable iso from student d/l
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