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February 13, 2010 12:03:23 AM

Hello,
Hey there! I was sent a 32-bit copy of Windows 7 OEM Home Premium, I ordered/wanted 64-bit. The return has been approved, I haven't opened it, etc. etc. However, I REALLY want to get this, my first homebrew computer, off the ground NOW, as in, this weekend. I was at a hobby shop today, and an easvesdropper told me I could download Windows 7 64-bit and use the 32-bit OEM activation key I have, and it would work just fine. That makes me nervous, but if I can get confirmation, I'm willing to try. Good idea, bad idea?

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February 13, 2010 12:51:30 AM

Yep, it'll work.
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February 13, 2010 12:51:31 AM

I believe the key will work, but the real risk is in getting a downloaded copy of Windows 7 that's clean and not infested with viruses or malware.
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February 13, 2010 7:27:04 PM

hmmm... Any hints on how I might do that? I've been carefully probing places last night and today- I'd LOVE to get this done without blowing $200 on the retail version or just giving up on it for the week and waiting. Impatient, I know. :) 

So the new question is, where might one go to find a downloaded or otherwise good copy on Windows home 7 that's clean? I mean, I really do have a key, I'm legit, I just got the 32-bit version in the mail instead of the 64-bit!

Bad Impatient new computer builder! But gosh dangit, I'm excited! I got the whole rig up and running last night, all I need is an OS! :D 
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February 13, 2010 8:40:04 PM

Sorry, I can't really help you there. Aside from one of the support sites such as Technet or MSDN, I don't know if there's an official download available.
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February 14, 2010 7:40:17 AM

Technet and MSDN are the only options I know of. I'd do a copy/paste of the download link since I have a Technet subscription, but I highly doubt either Tom's, or Microsoft would be too happy about it.
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February 14, 2010 1:09:33 PM

My home premium disk had both 32bit and 64bit on the single disk.
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February 14, 2010 6:12:34 PM

The retail versions of Windows 7 contain both 32-bit and 64-bit discs, the OEM versions contain only one disk, for whichever version you choose when you purchase the kit.
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February 16, 2010 5:22:17 PM

What's the story with XP Mode?
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February 16, 2010 6:30:02 PM

I suggest being patient. No reason to download an illegal copy of the OS. Plus, asking that question will get the mods angry! ;) 
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February 16, 2010 7:07:18 PM

> What's the story with XP Mode?

XP Mode is licensed for use with the Pro, Ultimate and Enterprise versions of Windows 7, but it's not included with the installation media. You have to download it from Microsoft and install it if you want to use it.
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