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change Windows 7 32-bit to 64-bit

March 17, 2010 at 14:48:38
Specs: Windows 7

recently installed the 32 bit version of w7 home premium however to make full use of the ram and dual I want to transfer to 64 bit is this permissable as the upgrade came with both disk or will I be denied the registering of the product as I already registered in the 32 bit mode

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#1
March 17, 2010 at 17:31:29

I'm going to say you can use either but not both at the same time.

It would be unlikely that you would benefit from the switch unless you have way more than 4 gig. You basically loose a gig with you go to 64 bit. You also run risks of apps not running and lack of driver support. Unless you are sure you have all drivers and all software works and you have 6 g or more ram I wouldn't do it.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)


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#2
March 17, 2010 at 18:50:53

Windows 7 starter to 32bit home premium is an upgrade install but to go from a 32bit to 64bit OS, you would need to do a clean install (format the hard drive) so you will have to save any of your files you want to keep to a different drive or media. You will also need to make sure that you can get 64bit drivers for all of your hardware (I like to download ahead of time and load a flash drive with drivers, downloaded program installers, and any utilities that I might need. Microsoft's INTENT was for you to upgrade but stay with 32bit, but as far as I know, there is no reason they will give you a hard time (you have the key for your 32bit, you may have a reinstall disk, but I do not think you will need it).

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#3
March 17, 2010 at 22:29:37

personally, i would create a new partition, and install the x64 on the new partition, giving you the opportunity to evaluate both versions at your own pace, im sure Ms will not complain at this practice..;-) well not too much anyway..

i hate computers!
but cant help myself....


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#4
March 18, 2010 at 01:40:03

In this install scenario, he can evaluate the software for one month without even entering the product key. Therefore, never mind, MS will not complain at all.

Regards

SuatCINI


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#5
March 18, 2010 at 04:04:51

thanks for the help

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