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Win7 32 to 64?

Postby camaroguy1998 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 3:13 am

Trying to figure out if I can load Win7 64bit over Win7 32bit using the same product key!
The original Win7 offers both 32 and 64bit versions and only 1 product key provided!
It is an Upgrade Version!

Trying to revive an old system and would like to max out the memory!
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Re: Win7 32 to 64?

Postby KnightRid » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:52 am

You might not be able to "upgrade" from 32 to 64, you might have to reinstall.

Best way is to put the disc in and go through the menus like you are upgrading and see if it lets you. Windows will tell you if you can or not as Windows is god lol
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Re: Win7 32 to 64?

Postby camaroguy1998 » Sat Jan 13, 2018 5:21 pm

KnightRid wrote:You might not be able to "upgrade" from 32 to 64, you might have to reinstall.

Best way is to put the disc in and go through the menus like you are upgrading and see if it lets you. Windows will tell you if you can or not as Windows is god lol


Ok, been doing a little research and found a youtube video of a guy loading 64 over 32 as an upgrade install, but it does not say/show if he used the same key! :(

On a related issue, I tried to use a new SSD to load XP Pro just so I could load Win7 64 on top of it and XP would not install properly! Could not access OS when the install was done! I tried with 2 different versions of XP. :cry:
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Re: Win7 32 to 64?

Postby KnightRid » Mon Jan 15, 2018 4:58 am

As far as I remember with Windows 7, all installations could be installed 32 or 64 bit with using the same key but you could not use the same key twice. That may be the biggest thing with what you want to do since the key is already in use....

I still think that backing up and reinstalling will be your best bet.

Also, backing up and trying the upgrade to see what happens could be fun too....trial and error!!!!

You do notice the BACKUP theme running here.

I think I only ever ran into 1 installation of windows 7 that was 32-bit and it was on a low end system and running OEM software which did not allow both versions for the same key. I fixed the entire problem and made it super fast, very easily.....I installed LinuxMint :mrgreen:
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Re: Win7 32 to 64?

Postby bubba » Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:48 pm

The key works for both.

I would backup and fresh install. Will prevent most driver issues.
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Re: Win7 32 to 64?

Postby camaroguy1998 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:33 pm

bubba wrote:The key works for both.

I would backup and fresh install. Will prevent most driver issues.


The only problem with that is, its an upgrade version.

I tried to upgrade 64 over 32 and it would not let me run the software.
It gave me a not compatible error, to check with manufacturer to see if they have a 32 bit version! :evil:

I did do a clean install onto a SSD and could not activate windows with the key I have.
I called MS and was told to install XP and then install Win7 over that!
I dont know why but XP was not accessible after the install process.(see earlier post)

I'm trying to do this with minimal investment and I've already invested more time then I figured!
I'm about ready to just let this go and move on! ](*,)
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