64-bit upgrade

Hi. I bought 32-bit w7 home by mistake.

I have 8 GB of RAM.

Am I going to throttle my system or is there a cheap fast way to upgrade? I'm on a budget.

I think one of my Programs requires XP compatibility mode to work. So I may need 64-bit pro.
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  1. FYI it's opened and installed
  2. 6GB and W7-x86 is a waste, W7 will only see approx. 3.5GB of usuable ram.

    If its still shrink wrapped, take it back and get x64 Pro.
  3. Rex Rexroth said:
    FYI it's opened and installed

    It's opened, you own it.
    You can buy "Windows Anytime Upgrade" to W7 Pro, both 32 & 64 bit $89.95.
    http://store.microsoft.com/microsoft/Windows-Anytime-Upgrade-Windows-7-Home-Premium-to-Professional/product/C562285E
  4. Your least expensive option is just to use the 32bit version of Win7 for now.
    Sure, you can't access the extra 4GB of RAM in your system but Win7 and 4GB is still pretty darn good in a modern machine.

    Which of your programs do you think might need the XP virtual machine?
    Thats different from using Win XP compatibility mode.
  5. Jonmor68 said:
    It's opened, you own it.
    You can buy "Windows Anytime Upgrade" to W7 Pro, both 32 & 64 bit $89.95.
    http://store.microsoft.com/microsoft/Windows-Anytime-Upgrade-Windows-7-Home-Premium-to-Professional/product/C562285E


    I read something that contradicts this.

    "Note: You can use Windows Anytime Upgrade to upgrade from one 32-bit version of Windows 7 to another OR from one 64-bit version of Windows 7 to another, but you can't upgrade from a 32-bit version of Windows 7 to a 64-bit version of Windows 7 or vice versa."

    http://store.microsoft.com/microsoft/Windows-Anytime-Upgrade-Windows-7-Starter-to-Home-Premium/product/83D7A62A

    FYI. Unless you know of a workaround, then I can't do that.
  6. WR2 said:
    Your least expensive option is just to use the 32bit version of Win7 for now.
    Sure, you can't access the extra 4GB of RAM in your system but Win7 and 4GB is still pretty darn good in a modern machine.

    Which of your programs do you think might need the XP virtual machine?
    Thats different from using Win XP compatibility mode.


    Actually, I think I was mistaken. The program in question is Reaktor 5. I think it just needs to be in a 32-bit environment in my digital audio workstation Sonar 8.5. I'm just going to go buy the retail upgrade for $119 at Office Depot, unless that other poster can confirm that Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade can take me from 32-bit to 64-bit. I think the Anytime is just a product key, which is why it can't convert. It just unlocks features.
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