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32-bit to 64-bit Upgrade RRS feed

  • Question

  • I purchased Win8 Pro from Best Buy and used it to do a clean install/upgrade (retaining no files) from Windows XP.  I selected the 32-bit install for some reason, even though the box came with both 32-bit and 64-bit DVDs.  At this point, is it possible to switch to the 64-bit version without re-purchasing the software?  There is nothing on the PC that I need to keep, so I'm OK with doing a clean install.  I activated the 32-bit version of Win8 about a month ago.

    Thanks for your help.

    Tuesday, December 25, 2012 7:09 PM

Answers

  • Hi, to change from 32bit to 64bit, you will need to do a clean install again, just use the 64bit DVD.

    Don
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    • Proposed as answer by Andre.Ziegler Wednesday, December 26, 2012 9:03 PM
    • Marked as answer by Juke Chou Tuesday, January 8, 2013 10:38 AM
    Tuesday, December 25, 2012 10:12 PM
  • The same key will work for both the 32 bit install and the 64 bit install.

    You might have to validate by phone though if you already installed the 32 bit version.

    Jerry

    • Marked as answer by Juke Chou Tuesday, January 8, 2013 10:38 AM
    Thursday, December 27, 2012 12:30 AM

All replies

  • Hi, to change from 32bit to 64bit, you will need to do a clean install again, just use the 64bit DVD.

    Don
    (Please take a moment to "Vote as Helpful" and/or "Mark as Answer", where applicable.
    This helps the community, keeps the forums tidy, and recognises useful contributions. Thanks!)

    • Proposed as answer by Andre.Ziegler Wednesday, December 26, 2012 9:03 PM
    • Marked as answer by Juke Chou Tuesday, January 8, 2013 10:38 AM
    Tuesday, December 25, 2012 10:12 PM
  • The same key will work for both the 32 bit install and the 64 bit install.

    You might have to validate by phone though if you already installed the 32 bit version.

    Jerry

    • Marked as answer by Juke Chou Tuesday, January 8, 2013 10:38 AM
    Thursday, December 27, 2012 12:30 AM