32 bit key for 64 bit install

Hoping the experts can assist me.

I've found a deal on an XP Pro 64 bit install disk, and I'm currently using XP Pro 32 bit.

I've been told that the 64 bit WILL INSTALL using the 32 bit serial #.

Any truth to this?

My main reason for upgrading is to add memory (already at 4GB).

NOT INTERESTED in Win 7, 8, 13, or 22.

Just XP.

Thanks for the help.
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  1. While a 32-bit key may work, good luck finding drivers for your hardware, and don't expect games to run well (if at all).
  2. Oh no. Why won't the games run well or at all? Gaming is about 1/3 of my computer usage.
  3. negative0007 said:
    Oh no. Why won't the games run well or at all? Gaming is about 1/3 of my computer usage.


    Because 64-bit XP is NOT based on the 32-bit version: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_XP_editions#64-bit_editions

    You want gaming and more than 4GB then Windows Vista/7/8 64-bit is it.
  4. Mr. Bubble:

    I read the wiki, and appreciate your time and answers.

    My limited understanding is that Pro 64 bit uses WOW for compatibility.

    Are the driver problems and game compatibilities gonna apply to XP Pro 64, too?
  5. You will most definitely have driver issues (as in none may exist for your hardware). XP64 does not use the same driver model as Vista or Win7 and almost no one wrote drivers for it. It wasn't much more than a curiosity.

    My professional advice is to forget XP64, bite the bullet, and upgrade to Windows 7. Or, you can continue with what you have until the support drop dead date (just over a year now)
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