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Can I Upgrade Windows 8 32-Bit to Windows 8 64-Bit?

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Can I Upgrade Windows 8 32-Bit to Windows 8 64-Bit?

When it comes to upgrading any 32-bit version of Windows to 64-bit, a straightforward answer is no. However there can be several workarounds to get the task done and that too quite legally.

In order to upgrade Windows 8 32-bit to Windows 8 64-bit operating system on a computer, administrators must have access to any other computer that has either Windows 7 64-bit or Windows 8 64-bit installed on it. This computer would be used to download 64-bit Windows 8 ISO image from Microsoft’s official website.

If a new Windows 8 is purchased online using a computer that has Windows 7 32-bit or Windows 8 32-bit already installed, the download link that Microsoft provides after the successful purchase is of the ISO image of Windows 8 32-bit only. This again does not help administrators upgrade a 32-bit Windows 8 to 64-bit Windows 8. Therefore access to any 64-bit Windows 7 or 64-bit Windows 8 computer is required to make Microsoft assume that the current operating system is 64-bit. Therefore the download link that Microsoft will send in the email would be of the ISO image of 64-bit Windows 8 operating system.

Once the ISO image of Windows 8 64-bit operating system is downloaded, the image can then be burned on a blank DVD. After this, the DVD can be used to install a fresh copy of the Windows 8 64-bit on the computer that has Windows 8 32-bit.

How to Upgrade Windows 8 32-Bit to Windows 8 64-Bit

As discussed above, step-by-step instructions given below must be followed to upgrade Windows 8 32-bit to Windows 8 64-bit following the workaround procedure given below:

  1. Log on to the computer with the administrator account on which 64-bit version of Windows 8 or any other 64-bit operating system such as Windows 7, Windows Vista is installed.
  2. Make sure that the computer is connected to an active Internet connection.
  3. Click Desktop tile from the Start screen to go to the desktop window.
  4. Once on the desktop screen, click Internet Explorer icon from the taskbar.
  5. On the Internet Explorer window, type the following link: http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/pd/productI... in the address bar and press Enter.
  6. On the opened webpage of the website, click to select Download radio button under How do you want to receive Windows section.



  7. Once selected, click Add to cart.
  8. On the next webpage, click Continue checkout.



  9. On the next webpage, provide the Microsoft account ID and password in the available fields.
  10. Once provided, click Sign in to access the Windows live account. Optionally, Create your account can also be clicked at the bottom of the webpage to create a new Microsoft account.
  11. On the Billing address webpage, populate the fields with the correct information as required.
  12. Follow on-screen instructions thereafter to continue with the downloading process.
  13. Once downloaded, burn the Windows 8 ISO image to a blank DVD.
  14. Insert the newly created Windows 8 bootable installation DVD into the optical media drive of the target computer on which 32-bit version of the Windows 8 is to be replaced with 64-bit version of Windows 8.
  15. Start the fresh installation of 64-bit version of Windows 8 on the target computer.

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