Yeah, I forgot to mention that part. :/ Thanks TM.If you are simply switching over from, for example, W7 Home Premium 32-bit to W7 Home Premium 64-bit then, as Clifford said, it's allowed under your current license but you will need the 64-bit software if you don't have the DVD. You can find links to W7 SP1 >>HERE<< to download and burn if you need it.
That is NOT necessarily true at all. It depends on what type the original license is.If you are using the same edition and changing bit versions, you don't need to buy anything.
Well, then you will need to buy an upgrade disk and it should work.the thing is is that ive lost the windows disc so thats why i was gonna buy ab upgarde as it was cheaper than the full.
Can you provide evidence plainly written out by Microsoft. The OEM sticker on my case does not have a designation between 32 or 64 bit. Windows 7 may not ship with both version of install disk but that doesn't mean the activation code can not be used to install either one. If you can provide evidence, i will not continue spreading misconception on the topic.HOWEVER, OEM licenses are sold individually. When you buy OEM (or with OEM preinstalled on your pre-built system), you must choose 32-bit or 64-bit at the time of purchase. You only get one installation disk. If you desire to change later, you MUST buy a new license.
You are asking me to prove a negative - like proving spirits don't exist.Can you provide evidence plainly written out by Microsoft. The OEM sticker on my case does not have a designation between 32 or 64 bit. Windows 7 may not ship with both version of install disk but that doesn't mean the activation code can not be used to install either one. If you can provide evidence, i will not continue spreading misconception on the topic.
I included the language part because if you wanted multiple languages you could have paid for the more expensive Windows 7 Ultimate. Same difference, no?Alternative Versions. The software may include more than one version, such as 32-bit and
64-bit. You may use only one version at one time. If the manufacturer or installer provides you
with a one-time selection between language versions, you may use only the one language
version you select.
I'm sorry but I must disagree if you can not provide evidence from Microsoft. Until you can provide evidence, please do not counter my posting on the issue again or I will take it as a sign that you are deliberately spreading misconception.Retail licenses? No problem. You can swap back and forth (on different machines - one at a time) as much as you want. But if you bought a System Builders license, you paid less but you bought a license for a specific version of Windows, purchased for a specific computer/motherboard.
What? Come on Clifford. You know you only get 32-bit or 64-bit in the order. Disks are cheap. It's the documentation and pretty boxes that makes Retail packaging more expensive. If MS wanted you to have both, they would have put them in the shrinkwrap.I'm sorry but I must disagree if you can not provide evidence from Microsoft. Until you can provide evidence, please do not counter my posting on the issue again or I will take it as a sign that you are deliberately spreading misconception..
I am not 100% sure. But I have seen lots of evidence to suggest this is another restriction to cheaper System Builders license and no evidence (except forum posts) to show otherwise. I welcome any.You can use Windows Anytime Upgrade to upgrade from a 32‑bit edition of Windows 7 to a 32‑bit edition of Windows 7 and from a 64‑bit edition of Windows 7 to a 64‑bit edition of Windows 7, but you can’t upgrade from a 32‑bit edition of Windows 7 to a 64‑bit edition of Windows 7 or vice versa.
This can be very confusing because you can't really install it OVER 32-bit. It is a legal progression path so you won't violate any licensing. But the truth is it requires backing up all your data, formatting, and doing a complete reinstall. In fact, it may require a double install because of the upgrade not "seeing" the license the first time on the freshly formatted drive.@Pc Geek - you asked if you could install a Windows 7 64-bit "upgrade pack" over 32-bit Windows 7.
Yes, you can purchase an upgrade pack and use that to install over your existing Windows.
Now regardless of whether you download the disks and burn them or buy Upgrade DVDs you may run into a missing driver. Your system may have a CD drive that is old and not recognized, or a new SSD, or a 2TB+ Hard drive, or USB 3.0, etc and these drivers did not come with W7 ... so you should go to the manufacturer's website and download the 64-bit drivers before you format. Put them on a disk or flash drive so you have them when W7 asks for it (obviously a flash drive is a bad choice if the driver missing is a USB).PC Geek said:"ive tried this before but my pc ant having it it says there id a 'driver' missing from my cd drive an d my CPU and MB are 64 bit capable".
Again, that's the area of contention, isn't it? PLEASE! What says it is legal?It is a legal progression path so you won't violate any licensing.
And what is a "normal" install? BY far, more OEM licenses are in use than full Retail. Especially by self-builders, and of course, the big factory brands.Unless the OP says differently, we should assume they have a normal W7 install and they lost the DVD(s).
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