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October 16, 2013 5:42:05 PM

I plan on building a new computer soon and was wondering if I could use my old hard drive with windows 7 installed on it (32-bit), reformatting the hard drive, and re install windows 7 64 bit with the same disc. I've looked around but I'm still not sure if windows allows me to do this.
a b $ Windows 7
a b G Storage
October 16, 2013 5:44:21 PM

Yes, you'll be able to do this, a single license key lets you install either 32 or 64 bit. If it's an OEM copy you'll probably need a new key, but a retail key will only require a phone call to get an activation ID at most.
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October 16, 2013 6:22:01 PM

Jaxem said:
Yes, you'll be able to do this, a single license key lets you install either 32 or 64 bit. If it's an OEM copy you'll probably need a new key, but a retail key will only require a phone call to get an activation ID at most.


So new key means I have to spend another $90 for another disc? I hope, mine's isn't OEM
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a b $ Windows 7
a b G Storage
October 16, 2013 7:41:37 PM

Where did the windows copy you have come from? manufacturer? online? unless you specifically bought that copy, it's probably OEM...which does mean another copy (another $90 :( )
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October 17, 2013 5:14:34 PM

Jaxem said:
Where did the windows copy you have come from? manufacturer? online? unless you specifically bought that copy, it's probably OEM...which does mean another copy (another $90 :( )


I think my dad bought it online. Darn, probably means it's OEM
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October 21, 2013 9:28:37 AM

Could go either way if it was bought online, OEM is usually a little bit cheaper, so people tend to go for that, i bought retail so i wouldn't have the headaches when i upgrade parts (motherboard)
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