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November 7, 2012 5:30:48 PM

I need to know if I would need to a complete fresh install if I move to 64 bit? From what I have read this is the case. My only incentive to upgrade is due to ram problems and wanting to ad 2 more gigs since 32 bit only reads 3.6 gig.

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a b * Windows 8
November 7, 2012 5:33:39 PM

Hi :) 

NO upgrade form 32 to 64 bit...

So yes complete format and reinstall... with a NEW KEY which you buy....

All the best Brett :) 
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a b * Windows 8
November 7, 2012 6:35:55 PM

Yes, you do need a clean install.
You can use windows easy transfer to export your settings and files.
After windows 7 64 bit is installed, you can import them back.
Your apps will need to be reinstalled.

But... the license for windows is not 32/64 bit sensitive.
If you have a 64 bit install dvd available, you can use it to do a clean install, and reactivate using your original activation key.
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November 7, 2012 6:48:43 PM

So I could use my windows 7 32 bit premium key and upgrade to 64 bit windows 7?
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a b * Windows 8
November 7, 2012 7:01:52 PM

mute20 said:
So I could use my windows 7 32 bit premium key and upgrade to 64 bit windows 7?


Hi :) 

YES but ONLY if you bought the RETAIL version.... which would have come with BOTH DISCS....32 bit AND 64 bit...

All the best Brett :) 
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a b * Windows 8
November 7, 2012 7:02:42 PM

mute20 said:
So I could use my windows 7 32 bit premium key and upgrade to 64 bit windows 7?


I have done exactly that. I did the reverse explicitly so I could run civ 2.42 which only runs on 32 bit.
No problem reactivating.
I did this on a laptop with a oem product key.
The motherboard is still the same, so it does not violate the oem limitation.
I used a windows 7 32 bit upgrade dvd.
I think actually all of the windows dvd's are exactly the same, differing in 32 or 64 bit versions.
It is the activation key that unlocks the different options.
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November 7, 2012 7:35:45 PM

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November 7, 2012 7:36:28 PM

I have a oem so looks like I might have to buy a new copy if I decided to do this.
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a b * Windows 8
November 7, 2012 7:59:18 PM

mute20 said:
I have a oem so looks like I might have to buy a new copy if I decided to do this.


You could perhaps borrow a dvd for the installation.
But owning a dvd could be useful, since it can be used to boot from in a recovery situation.

I think I would buy a upgrade version which will include both 32 and 64 bit dvd's and is considered as retail, so it can be transferred in the future to a different motherboard.

While you are at it, just buy a 8gb ram kit of 2 x 4gb. It is not expensive.
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