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Benefit of the retail package of Windows 8 Pro

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    Benefit of the retail package of Windows 8 Pro


    I had $30.00 in certificates to spend at Best Buy so I went ahead and bought a retail copy of Windows 8 Pro.
    Taking the $30.00 off it cost me $39.00.

    The key was printed on a piece of cardboard with a sticker than can be pealed off and placed on the PC.

    But, they provided 2 separate DVD's, one has 64 bit version and the other has a 32 bit version of Windows 8 Pro.

    Is there a way to force Windows to install 32 bit on a 64 bit machine with the download versions of Windows 8
    Pro? I did not see any options for it on the install menus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orlandotek View Post
    I had $30.00 in certificates to spend at Best Buy so I went ahead and bought a retail copy of Windows 8 Pro.
    Taking the $30.00 off it cost me $39.00.

    The key was printed on a piece of cardboard with a sticker than can be pealed off and placed on the PC.

    But, they provided 2 separate DVD's, one has 64 bit version and the other has a 32 bit version of Windows 8 Pro.

    Is there a way to force Windows to install 32 bit on a 64 bit machine with the download versions of Windows 8
    Pro? I did not see any options for it on the install menus.
    I don't understand perhaps. But, you apparently don't want to use your DVD's at this time. Instead, you want to do an online upgrade to 32-bit Win8 Pro. Right?

    In any case, 32-bit will be installed only if an upgradeable 32-bit system is installed when doing the upgrade. If you have a full install DVD for XP SP3, Vista, or Win7 (and there are other possibilities), then you could install whichever you have, presumably in an EULA consistent way, and then upgrade to Win8 cleanly, or otherwise, via the online route. Check here, under Information and Note, to see the relationship between any upgradeable OS you may have to install and what happens when you upgrade that OS.
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    To upgrade from x32 to x64, you need to do a clean install.
    To downgrade from x64 to x32, you need to do a clean install.
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    No, I was just curious if you could force a 32 bit install (clean install) on a 64 bit capable system with the download ISO.

    With the retail DVD's, you could do a clean install on a 64 bit system with the 32 bit version of Windows 8 by simply using the 32-bit DVD.

    There are indeed times a technician might want to put a 32 bit version on a 64 bit capable system, such as drivers working in 32 bit but not working in 64 and perhaps even apps that have the same issue.
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    If you do the download - it only downloads the files which match the bit version you are booted into. You can't choose.

    Download version has install.esd in the sources folder.

    I don't know any way of servicing that.

    Retail packaged version might have install.wim instead. That is much better.
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by orlandotek View Post
    I had $30.00 in certificates to spend at Best Buy so I went ahead and bought a retail copy of Windows 8 Pro.
    Taking the $30.00 off it cost me $39.00.

    The key was printed on a piece of cardboard with a sticker than can be pealed off and placed on the PC.

    But, they provided 2 separate DVD's, one has 64 bit version and the other has a 32 bit version of Windows 8 Pro.

    Is there a way to force Windows to install 32 bit on a 64 bit machine with the download versions of Windows 8
    Pro? I did not see any options for it on the install menus.
    I've tested this method. When you upgrade from Windows 7 32bit architecture, you will FORCE a Windows 8 32bit architecture upgrade even on 64-bit based hardware.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    If you do the download - it only downloads the files which match the bit version you are booted into. You can't choose.

    Download version has install.esd in the sources folder.

    I don't know any way of servicing that.

    Retail packaged version might have install.wim instead. That is much better.
    Hmm, esd might be the type of file used by Upgrade Assistant, not more than another file extension of wim.
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    Quote Originally Posted by orlandotek View Post
    No, I was just curious if you could force a 32 bit install (clean install) on a 64 bit capable system with the download ISO.
    This is the issue I addressed. So, please see my post. Using the downloaded ISO, you can't change "bitness" even with a clean install. The software checks to see that an upgradeable OS with the proper "bitness" is installed even when doing a clean install.
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    Sadly it isn't just a different extension. It is a compressed file.

    I don't think anyone has yet worked out what to with it.

    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    If you do the download - it only downloads the files which match the bit version you are booted into. You can't choose.

    Download version has install.esd in the sources folder.

    I don't know any way of servicing that.

    Retail packaged version might have install.wim instead. That is much better.
    Hmm, esd might be the type of file used by Upgrade Assistant, not more than another file extension of wim.
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    Windows 8 Pro w/ WMC on all three.


    I upgraded three PCs to Windows 8 Pro. Two were 64-bit and one was 32-bit. I used the 64-bit ISO from one of the 64-bit systems to do a clean install on the 32-bit system, so all three are 64-bit now. The product keys are the same for both.
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