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install windows 8.1 64bit on windows 8.1 32bit

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February 4, 2014 2:07:18 PM

I bought a Windows 8.1 download. I have 8.1 32bit on my machine now. Can I install 64bit over the 32bit?
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February 4, 2014 2:11:13 PM

you bought another copy?
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February 4, 2014 2:13:43 PM

Yes
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February 4, 2014 2:23:29 PM

All other issues aside, you can't install 64-bit over 32-bit as an upgrade. You have to either wipe the 32-bit instance and start over with 64-bit, or set it up as a dual-boot. In the latter case, you will have to re-install and re-configure everything you had set up in 32-bit in the new 64-bit instance.
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February 4, 2014 2:26:41 PM

Depends on the CPU you have. What CPU does your computer have? If your CPU supports 64-bit, then of course you can install it over the 32-bit. Keep in mind, you'll need to save all of your important files BEFORE you install the 64-bit or you'll lose them.
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February 4, 2014 3:54:03 PM

Thank you for the info. Yes I plan on doing a clean install.
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February 4, 2014 11:00:40 PM

cnh56 said:
I bought a Windows 8.1 download. I have 8.1 32bit on my machine now. Can I install 64bit over the 32bit?


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February 5, 2014 9:46:42 AM

WyomingKnott said:
All other issues aside, you can't install 64-bit over 32-bit as an upgrade. You have to either wipe the 32-bit instance and start over with 64-bit, or set it up as a dual-boot. In the latter case, you will have to re-install and re-configure everything you had set up in 32-bit in the new 64-bit instance.


I also downloaded 8.1 pro from microsoft website, however i installed it finding out it is 32bit, what could i do to get64bit version i'm not willing to buy another copy!
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February 5, 2014 10:54:59 AM

MasterChef420, please do not "hijack" this thread. Start a new one of your own. Be sure to specify what you downloaded and what hardware you have.
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February 5, 2014 1:29:20 PM

WyomingKnott said:
MasterChef420, please do not "hijack" this thread. Start a new one of your own. Be sure to specify what you downloaded and what hardware you have.


Oh sorry i didn't mean to do '' hijack ''
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