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Win7(32) to Win7(64)

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Joe99, Jul 30, 2010.

  1. Joe99

    Joe99 Flightless Bird

    Hi,
    I upgraded to windows 7 32 bit when it was released and just found out that
    i could have used the 64 version instead as my processor is 64 bit, does
    anyone know if I'll be able to change over to 64 bit with my current
    license, next time I need to format my PC?

    I purchased the full retail version when windows was released last year and
    it came with both 32 and 64 bit disc.


    Cheers
     
  2. Tom Lake

    Tom Lake Flightless Bird

    "Joe99" <n@n.com> wrote in message news:Ysx4o.3503$Rv5.770@hurricane...
    > Hi,
    > I upgraded to windows 7 32 bit when it was released and just found out
    > that i could have used the 64 version instead as my processor is 64 bit,
    > does anyone know if I'll be able to change over to 64 bit with my current
    > license, next time I need to format my PC?
    >
    > I purchased the full retail version when windows was released last year
    > and it came with both 32 and 64 bit disc.


    Yes. Since both versions came with your purchase, you're licensed to use
    either.

    Tom Lake
     
  3. Parko

    Parko Flightless Bird

    On Fri, 30 Jul 2010 07:36:49 -0400, Tom Lake wrote:

    > "Joe99" <n@n.com> wrote in message news:Ysx4o.3503$Rv5.770@hurricane...
    >> Hi,
    >> I upgraded to windows 7 32 bit when it was released and just found out
    >> that i could have used the 64 version instead as my processor is 64
    >> bit, does anyone know if I'll be able to change over to 64 bit with my
    >> current license, next time I need to format my PC?
    >>
    >> I purchased the full retail version when windows was released last year
    >> and it came with both 32 and 64 bit disc.

    >
    > Yes. Since both versions came with your purchase, you're licensed to
    > use either.
    >
    > Tom Lake


    But not both at the same time on seperate machines.



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  4. R. C. White

    R. C. White Flightless Bird

    Hi, Joe.

    Yes. Your full retail license includes the two disks and a single product
    key. You can install either version with that key, and, so long as they are
    not both installed at the same time, you can switch back and forth as often
    as you like (and have the patience for). As has been the case for many
    generations of Windows, you can install and validate Windows an unlimited
    number of times on the same computer, using that same product key each time.

    As you apparently know, since you said, "next time I need to format my PC",
    any switch between 32-bit and 64-bit - in either direction - requires that
    the computer be rebooted into the other "bitness", and a reformat of the
    Boot Volume (where the \Windows folder resides) is a very good idea,
    although not strictly required. Be sure to preserve your DATA on an
    external drive or other storage location that you will be able to restore
    from or read later. But don't bother to backup the OS, of course, or your
    applications, since they will need to be re-installed after you change
    "bitness". (Just be sure you have original media for those apps, or that
    you can re-access any that you downloaded.)

    RC
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    "Joe99" wrote in message news:Ysx4o.3503$Rv5.770@hurricane...

    Hi,
    I upgraded to windows 7 32 bit when it was released and just found out that
    i could have used the 64 version instead as my processor is 64 bit, does
    anyone know if I'll be able to change over to 64 bit with my current
    license, next time I need to format my PC?

    I purchased the full retail version when windows was released last year and
    it came with both 32 and 64 bit disc.


    Cheers
     
  5. Justin

    Justin Flightless Bird

    In article <Ysx4o.3503$Rv5.770@hurricane>, "Joe99" <n@n.com> wrote:

    > Hi,
    > I upgraded to windows 7 32 bit when it was released and just found out that
    > i could have used the 64 version instead as my processor is 64 bit, does
    > anyone know if I'll be able to change over to 64 bit with my current
    > license, next time I need to format my PC?
    >
    > I purchased the full retail version when windows was released last year and
    > it came with both 32 and 64 bit disc.
    >
    >
    > Cheers


    Yes, that one COA on the bottom or under the battery of your machine
    legally allows you to use either the 32 or 64 bit version on one machine
    at any given moment.
    But you can't upgrade to 64 bit - you have to reinstall the OS.
     
  6. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    Justin <justin@nobecauseihatespam.org> écrivait
    news:justin-516597.09301030072010@62-183-169-81.bb.dnainternet.fi:

    > In article <Ysx4o.3503$Rv5.770@hurricane>, "Joe99" <n@n.com> wrote:
    >
    >> Hi,
    >> I upgraded to windows 7 32 bit when it was released and just found
    >> out that i could have used the 64 version instead as my processor is
    >> 64 bit, does anyone know if I'll be able to change over to 64 bit
    >> with my current license, next time I need to format my PC?
    >>
    >> I purchased the full retail version when windows was released last
    >> year and it came with both 32 and 64 bit disc.
    >>
    >>
    >> Cheers

    >
    > Yes, that one COA on the bottom or under the battery of your machine
    > legally allows you to use either the 32 or 64 bit version on one
    > machine at any given moment.
    > But you can't upgrade to 64 bit - you have to reinstall the OS.
    >


    Since the OP bought a full Retail version, he doesn't have a COA sticker
    for his Windows 7 licence, he might have a COA for the Windows that came
    with the machine but it won't work with Seven.

    My OEM version of Windows 7 came with only the 64 bits DVD unlike the
    Retail versions that include 32 and 64 bits DVD. Are you sure you can use
    both bits levels with an OEM key?
     
  7. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    "Joe99" <n@n.com> écrivait news:Ysx4o.3503$Rv5.770@hurricane:

    > Hi,
    > I upgraded to windows 7 32 bit when it was released and just found out
    > that i could have used the 64 version instead as my processor is 64
    > bit, does anyone know if I'll be able to change over to 64 bit with my
    > current license, next time I need to format my PC?
    >
    > I purchased the full retail version when windows was released last
    > year and it came with both 32 and 64 bit disc.
    >
    >
    > Cheers
    >


    You say next time you need to format your PC, you might never need to
    reformat your PC so I would say the next time you choose to reformat my PC.
    So you can as well do it right now.

    Just make sure you have 64 bits drivers for all your hardware.

    By the way, there is a tool to create an image of the system at any given
    time included with Win7. If I were you, once the system is up and running
    the way you like it, I would create an image to an external HD and after
    that, create a new one regularly. with this backup scheme, you will never
    have to reinstall everything unless you get a new machine and you transfer
    this Win7 licence to it.

    HTH
     
  8. Justin

    Justin Flightless Bird

    In article <XnF9DC57F85E6978doumdomainnet@81.169.183.62>,
    Doum <me@domain.net> wrote:

    > Justin <justin@nobecauseihatespam.org> écrivait
    > news:justin-516597.09301030072010@62-183-169-81.bb.dnainternet.fi:
    >
    > > In article <Ysx4o.3503$Rv5.770@hurricane>, "Joe99" <n@n.com> wrote:
    > >
    > >> Hi,
    > >> I upgraded to windows 7 32 bit when it was released and just found
    > >> out that i could have used the 64 version instead as my processor is
    > >> 64 bit, does anyone know if I'll be able to change over to 64 bit
    > >> with my current license, next time I need to format my PC?
    > >>
    > >> I purchased the full retail version when windows was released last
    > >> year and it came with both 32 and 64 bit disc.
    > >>
    > >>
    > >> Cheers

    > >
    > > Yes, that one COA on the bottom or under the battery of your machine
    > > legally allows you to use either the 32 or 64 bit version on one
    > > machine at any given moment.
    > > But you can't upgrade to 64 bit - you have to reinstall the OS.
    > >

    >
    > Since the OP bought a full Retail version, he doesn't have a COA sticker
    > for his Windows 7 licence, he might have a COA for the Windows that came
    > with the machine but it won't work with Seven.
    >
    > My OEM version of Windows 7 came with only the 64 bits DVD unlike the
    > Retail versions that include 32 and 64 bits DVD. Are you sure you can use
    > both bits levels with an OEM key?


    I didn't see the full retail bit.
    Oops.
    You're right I think the OEM licenses are for 32 or 64 not both.
     
  9. Joe99

    Joe99 Flightless Bird

    Re: Win7(32) to Win(64)

    What program you referring too? And does it come in Windows 7 Home.

    Cheers




    >
    > You say next time you need to format your PC, you might never need to
    > reformat your PC so I would say the next time you choose to reformat my
    > PC.
    > So you can as well do it right now.
    >
    > Just make sure you have 64 bits drivers for all your hardware.
    >
    > By the way, there is a tool to create an image of the system at any given
    > time included with Win7. If I were you, once the system is up and running
    > the way you like it, I would create an image to an external HD and after
    > that, create a new one regularly. with this backup scheme, you will never
    > have to reinstall everything unless you get a new machine and you transfer
    > this Win7 licence to it.
    >
    > HTH
    >
     
  10. Dave \Crash\ Dummy

    Dave \Crash\ Dummy Flightless Bird

    Re: Win7(32) to Win(64)

    Joe99 wrote:
    > What program you referring too? And does it come in Windows 7 Home.
    >
    > Cheers


    Go to the Control Panel and click on "Backup and Restore." In the left
    column on the page, select "Create a system image."

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    ~ W. Edwards Deming ~

    >> You say next time you need to format your PC, you might never need to
    >> reformat your PC so I would say the next time you choose to reformat
    >> my PC.
    >> So you can as well do it right now.
    >>
    >> Just make sure you have 64 bits drivers for all your hardware.
    >>
    >> By the way, there is a tool to create an image of the system at any given
    >> time included with Win7. If I were you, once the system is up and running
    >> the way you like it, I would create an image to an external HD and after
    >> that, create a new one regularly. with this backup scheme, you will never
    >> have to reinstall everything unless you get a new machine and you
    >> transfer
    >> this Win7 licence to it.
     

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