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Reinstall? from x32 to x64 Win 8

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    Reinstall? from x32 to x64 Win 8


    Hi, my dad just bought a Win8 Pro and asked me to install it in his old Laptop. I was a bit hasty, and I inserted the x32 bit cd instead of the x64 bit. The Laptop has currently 2gb Ram and installed with the activated Win8x32.

    I wonder if I could do a reinstall of the x64bit? will it still used the same key without problems and will it remove the first win8 install? I have gone around the net searching to possible answers but im still in doubt. I only have 1 win8 key, so i dont want any problems regarding reinstalling and losing a key.

    Let me hear what you have to say. Help is much appreciated. thanks.

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Apar, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Yes, you could do a clean install with 64-bit Window 8 to replace the 32-bit one, and use the same key to activate the 64-bit.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    or

    Clean Install - Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Hi Brink, thanks! i really thought I'd be in trouble. . so I can install win8x64 inside win8x32? and wait for the reboot prompt right?. . it seems I kinda got a hang of the win8 interface, I might get a copy for myself. . thanks for the help!
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    btw i tried it.. it says cannot run app in my PC.. so that means I cannot install the x64? the laptop has 2gb as requirement for x64 right.. how come..
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    64-bit Windows 10


    You will not be able to install 64-bit from within Windows 8 32-bit. Instead, you must do it at boot from your bootable 64-bit Windows 8 installation DVD or USB.
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    ok Ill try it again. Sorry Im a bit of a newbie when it comes to OS. thanks for the quick reply!
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Don't worry about it. We're happy to help.
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    Thanks!!! got it to work now.. too bad One key per pc...
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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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