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Upgrade from 32 bit windows 7 oem to 64 bit windows 7 oem

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  • Bought windows 7 oem from a store nearby. Only problem is that it is 32 bit and I have the desire to run 8+ gigs of ram. Is it possible to upgrade (without paying lol) through the online site or should I talk to the store itself?
    Wednesday, July 20, 2011 8:20 AM

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  • Hello,

    upgrading from a 32 bit OS to a 64 bit OS is not supported. You have to perform a clean install.

     


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    Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:59 AM
  • Bought windows 7 oem from a store nearby. Only problem is that it is 32 bit and I have the desire to run 8+ gigs of ram. Is it possible to upgrade (without paying lol) through the online site or should I talk to the store itself?


    You are supposed to receive support from the shop that sold you the 32 bit version. If they don'ty offer you any assistance, there may be other ways.

    I've never done it, but I have read that a key obtained with a 32 bit OEM version will activate a 64 bit version.

    I'm hazy as to what the installation disk must be. Some sources say that it can be a retail version, as long as it's for the same language. If that doesn't work, I don't know whether the universal installer (remove ei.cfg) will work, or whether something more complex is needed. Avoid putting in more than $100 in effort (equivalent). That's the price of an X64 OEM copy of Win7 Home Premium at Newegg.

    I hope that you have a chum with the DVD for X64. If not, there are legitimate sources for the .iso files online, although posting them is not permitted here. (Hint: mydigitallife.)

    Let us know whether it works, if you please.

    Thursday, July 21, 2011 2:11 AM

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  • talk to the store, and prepare for a complete reinstall from scratch (you can't upgrade/crossgrade across 32bit/64bit)
    Don
    Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:54 AM
  • Hello,

    upgrading from a 32 bit OS to a 64 bit OS is not supported. You have to perform a clean install.

     


    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties or guarantees , and confers no rights.

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    Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:59 AM
  • But to perform a clean install do I have to buy the 64 bit version? I only have the 32 bit disc.
    Wednesday, July 20, 2011 12:21 PM
  • You have to buy a 64 bit disk and make sure that your processor supports 64 bit OS.

     


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    Wednesday, July 20, 2011 1:46 PM
  • On Wed, 20 Jul 2011 08:20:22 +0000, Colin112 wrote:

    Bought windows 7 oem from a store nearby. Only problem is that it is 32 bit and I have the desire to run 8+ gigs of ram. Is it possible to upgrade (without paying lol) through the online site or should I talk to the store itself?

    See the other replies you've gotten, and let me add the following: You
    say you "have the desire to run 8+ gigs of ram." May I ask why? What
    apps do you run? For most people running a typical range of business
    applications, the 3.1GB of RAM you can approximately use with 32-bit
    Windows is sufficient, and more than that wouldn't give them any
    better performance.


    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP
    Wednesday, July 20, 2011 3:05 PM
  • See the other replies you've gotten, and let me add the following: You
    say you "have the desire to run 8+ gigs of ram." May I ask why? What
    apps do you run? For most people running a typical range of business
    applications, the 3.1GB of RAM you can approximately use with 32-bit
    Windows is sufficient, and more than that wouldn't give them any
    better performance.

    just built a top tier rig. everything is relatively new. I bottle necked the 8 gigs of ram I have by accidentally getting the 32 bit windows. If I had bought a small laptop or a stock computer I would agree with you. What I run and the apps I use can take anything from 5-7 on somedays or 3.1 on others.
    Wednesday, July 20, 2011 10:03 PM
  • Bought windows 7 oem from a store nearby. Only problem is that it is 32 bit and I have the desire to run 8+ gigs of ram. Is it possible to upgrade (without paying lol) through the online site or should I talk to the store itself?


    You are supposed to receive support from the shop that sold you the 32 bit version. If they don'ty offer you any assistance, there may be other ways.

    I've never done it, but I have read that a key obtained with a 32 bit OEM version will activate a 64 bit version.

    I'm hazy as to what the installation disk must be. Some sources say that it can be a retail version, as long as it's for the same language. If that doesn't work, I don't know whether the universal installer (remove ei.cfg) will work, or whether something more complex is needed. Avoid putting in more than $100 in effort (equivalent). That's the price of an X64 OEM copy of Win7 Home Premium at Newegg.

    I hope that you have a chum with the DVD for X64. If not, there are legitimate sources for the .iso files online, although posting them is not permitted here. (Hint: mydigitallife.)

    Let us know whether it works, if you please.

    Thursday, July 21, 2011 2:11 AM