Hi Area66 - great to see you back.
I feared we had lost the sensible posters - glad to see you here again.
What happened to Calico?
Back on topic - yes , no choices - it d/l's the same bit version you are using.
I haven't yet looked at a way of getting into the install.esd file. So far it appears - no choices there either.
No choices - the win8 mantra.
Here has been my experience. I D/L'd Win8 from Windows.com on my x64 machine with the intent of installing on a x86 machine. Transferred it via the network, started the install, burned an iso and at the end of that, I got an error message that I was attempting to install x64 on a x86 machine. So from my x86 machine, went back to Windows.com, did another D/L and installed from that down load and was able to install on my x86 machine. Now problem #2, maybe, I was thinking of also requesting a DVD from Windows.com, don't know what version I will get, maybe both, TBD by the machine at the time of install??
Is there any way to get the x64 version on a x64 capable system running x86 win7?
Buying the dvd upgrade is the only way?
Chances are what ever version of windows you are upgrading from is the version you will get. I did the digital upgrade, same way you did it does not ask you which version you would like. But it did know I was running 64 bit version of windows 7 and that is what it gave me for windows 8 so I am sure what ever your previous system was it will be the same.
Won't be buying it online. I don't do the online shopping thing.
Actually won't be buying it at all at present....
That's NOT to say that I 'hate' it, or won't upgrade.
Fact is, I'm not rich, and have other, more pressing matters ATM.
But I'll probably grab a copy at a brick-&-mortar store as a Chrissy
present for myself, and just maybe an SSD to go with it....
Until then, however, the 64-bit Enterprise RTM is still running flawlessly
and will certainly do me for a while yet.....will prob buy the 64-bit version
for this machine, and go back to win 7 32-bit on the other laptop.
It does kind of suck that you don't get to choose what version you want, but I guess to Microsoft an upgrade means an upgrade for the computer your using to download Win 8. I think the biggest problem is that this information wasn't widely known going in. If we knew about it in advance, I'm sure most of us have access to a 32 bit or 64 bit machine they could buy the upgrade off of, and thus get the version they want. I guess the old adage of "you get what you pay for" can be applied in this case. Of course for substantially more money, you can get what you want by buying stand alone versions.
I guess that they do it that way to make it easier for the majority of users who just want what they have only with a number 8 and all those flashy tiles!
Think I will just do a quick install of my unused 64 Win7 DVD which will prompt the 64 version of win8 on download. Give me a chance to see what works ok or to be more precise what doesnt!!