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Win 8 Pro upgrade bought for xp 32bit

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    windows 8

    Win 8 Pro upgrade bought for xp 32bit

    Hi all,

    I have 2 drives on my pc, one running win7 ultimate 64bit, and the other win 8 pro which was an upgrade from xp pro.
    Didn't realise that the xp was only 32 bit so i'm only able to use half my ram.
    If I do a clean install of win 7 on the drive with xp/win 8 , will the product key I purchased for the upgrade (through xp) still work to upgrade win 7?

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    Windows 8.1, 10

    I believe it is possible without needing to install Windows 7. The trick is to get hold of the 64 bit installer; as I understand it, when you run the Windows 8 upgrade, it looks at whether you're running 32 bit or 64 bit in your old Windows version, and gives you the matching Windows 8 installer. So to get a 64 bit Windows 8 installer you need to download it from a system running a 64 bit version of Windows.

    See this thread for example
    Upgrading to Windows 8 64 bit from Win 8 32 bit
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  3. #3

    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    Welcome to EightForums.

    You can redownload from your Windows 7 x64.
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