Solved Reinstalling 64bit Windows 7 instead of 32bit?

January 20, 2013 at 12:05:48
Specs: Macintosh , 3.4ghz/4gb

I'm about to reformat and reinstall Windows 7 on my computer. I bought Ultimate, which came with a license key and two discs, the 32bit version and the 64bit version. Can I now install the 64bit version and use the same license and reactivate it without issues?

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January 31, 2013 at 05:55:34

Sorry for disappearing, but I was sat here ready to go when I posted that and hoped for a fairly quick response because I didn't want to start if I wasn't going to be able to activate it using the same key (since I'd already activated using the 32bit version). And since my frantic Googling didn't seem to be yielding particularly clear answers. After an hour I finally Googled across my answer so I went ahead, then in the moment of reinstalling I totally forgot I posted this.

I see the topic kind of snowballed after someone automatically assumed I was doing this on a Mac based on my system spec, sorry about that but I didn't notice that's what it said, in fact I don't actually ever remember writing it down as just "Macintosh", I'm fairly sure I used to have it saying that I had multiple systems, two PC's running Windows 7 and a few Macs running either OS X 10.4, 10.5 between them.

As it happens this question was pertaining to a PC, I already knew my computer could run 64bit OS, I built it that way. The problem was when I came to install WIndows 7 on it originally a few years back I decided to stick with 32bit since at the time 64bit would have held no benefit to me. So I installed and activated it on 32bit. It just happened that when I went to reinstall last week for the first time in years I realised I can actually benefit from having a 64bit OS now, but I just didn't know if since I'd already activated the licence once on the 32bit version if Microsoft allowed it to be reactivated on the 64bit version.

It does, needless to say. But anyway thanks for the responses. I'm sure this will be useful to someone else if in time.



#1
January 20, 2013 at 13:45:34

The licenses do always work for the 32 bit and 64 bit versions.

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#2
January 20, 2013 at 17:22:34

is your PC set up for 64Bit? Don't know much about Macs

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#3
January 21, 2013 at 13:47:16

Are you trying to install Win 7 on a Mac? If you are, you need to make sure your machine can handle 64 bit, and you'll need to install a program called Boot Camp to be able to run both systems.

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#4
January 22, 2013 at 10:15:08

Your can only run installation at a time. Either 32 bit or 64 bit but not both at the same time.

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#5
January 22, 2013 at 11:48:12

OtheHill, thanx for the clarification. I meant OSX and one version of Win 7. This guy seems like he's long gone anyhow.

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#6
January 22, 2013 at 12:49:30

grasshopper, I was trying to point that out to the OP, not you. The original post kind of indicates the intent to use both.

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#7
January 22, 2013 at 13:32:42

OtheHill. I see what you mean. You could take it that way.

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#8
January 31, 2013 at 05:55:34
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Sorry for disappearing, but I was sat here ready to go when I posted that and hoped for a fairly quick response because I didn't want to start if I wasn't going to be able to activate it using the same key (since I'd already activated using the 32bit version). And since my frantic Googling didn't seem to be yielding particularly clear answers. After an hour I finally Googled across my answer so I went ahead, then in the moment of reinstalling I totally forgot I posted this.

I see the topic kind of snowballed after someone automatically assumed I was doing this on a Mac based on my system spec, sorry about that but I didn't notice that's what it said, in fact I don't actually ever remember writing it down as just "Macintosh", I'm fairly sure I used to have it saying that I had multiple systems, two PC's running Windows 7 and a few Macs running either OS X 10.4, 10.5 between them.

As it happens this question was pertaining to a PC, I already knew my computer could run 64bit OS, I built it that way. The problem was when I came to install WIndows 7 on it originally a few years back I decided to stick with 32bit since at the time 64bit would have held no benefit to me. So I installed and activated it on 32bit. It just happened that when I went to reinstall last week for the first time in years I realised I can actually benefit from having a 64bit OS now, but I just didn't know if since I'd already activated the licence once on the 32bit version if Microsoft allowed it to be reactivated on the 64bit version.

It does, needless to say. But anyway thanks for the responses. I'm sure this will be useful to someone else if in time.


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#9
January 31, 2013 at 06:20:49

The question I had was were you trying to run BOTH the 32 bit and the 64 bit at the same time. Your post today clears that up. It was unclear to me at the time.

The reason Macintosh was brought up is because when you register at this site it asks you to allow a system scan. Evidently you were on a Mac at that time.

Anyway, thanks for getting back to us. Had the question been clearer we could have answered it correctly at the time.


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