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Want to clean install 64-bit Windows 8 over 32-bit Vista

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    Want to clean install 64-bit Windows 8 over 32-bit Vista


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello LGC, and welcome to Eight Forums,

    Yes, you can replace the 32-bit Vista with a 64-bit Windows 8 upgrade.

    If you like, you could also use the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to purchase and download the 24.99 ($39.99) Windows 8 upgrade ISO file on your 64-bit W7, create a bootable DVD or USB with the ISO, then clean install the 64-bit Windows 8 upgrade on your 32-bit Vista computer. During installation, you would enter the W8 product key.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    You're welcome.

    The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant only verifies that the computer you run it on qualifies for the upgrade. It doesn't tie that computer to the Windows 8 upgrade since it's only a check. You can download and purchase from any computer your like, but since you want a 64-bit copy of Windows 8 upgrade, you will only be able to do so from a 64-bit Windows.

    Yes, you will get a new Windows 8 product key when you purchase the Windows 8 upgrade. This would be the key you enter during installation. The key is good for either 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 8.

    You will not be able to upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit. Instead, you must do a clean install with the Windows 8 upgrade copy.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
    You must be sick of explaining this, but I'll ask one more time. I also have a 32-bit Vista and want to clean install 64-bit Windows 8 over it.

    I have a valid W7 64-bit that qualifies for the 14.99 upgrade. Can I download this ISO from this laptop and install over the Vista drive - without losing the right to use the W7 OS - this is the important bit for me.

    Also, in the future can I transfer the W8 OS to another harddrive when I build my new PC??
    Last edited by Brink; 23 Jan 2013 at 16:21. Reason: Moved to new thread of it's own

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by velisario View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello LGC, and welcome to Eight Forums,

    Yes, you can replace the 32-bit Vista with a 64-bit Windows 8 upgrade.

    If you like, you could also use the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to purchase and download the 24.99 ($39.99) Windows 8 upgrade ISO file on your 64-bit W7, create a bootable DVD or USB with the ISO, then clean install the 64-bit Windows 8 upgrade on your 32-bit Vista computer. During installation, you would enter the W8 product key.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    You're welcome.

    The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant only verifies that the computer you run it on qualifies for the upgrade. It doesn't tie that computer to the Windows 8 upgrade since it's only a check. You can download and purchase from any computer your like, but since you want a 64-bit copy of Windows 8 upgrade, you will only be able to do so from a 64-bit Windows.

    Yes, you will get a new Windows 8 product key when you purchase the Windows 8 upgrade. This would be the key you enter during installation. The key is good for either 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 8.

    You will not be able to upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit. Instead, you must do a clean install with the Windows 8 upgrade copy.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
    You must be sick of explaining this, but I'll ask one more time. I also have a 32-bit Vista and want to clean install 64-bit Windows 8 over it.

    I have a valid W7 64-bit that qualifies for the 14.99 upgrade. Can I download this ISO from this laptop and install over the Vista drive - without losing the right to use the W7 OS - this is the important bit for me.

    Also, in the future can I transfer the W8 OS to another harddrive when I build my new PC??


    LOL, no problem.

    Yes to both questions as long as you no longer use only one of the Vista or W7 key while you have the Windows 8 installed and activated.
    Last edited by Brink; 22 Jan 2013 at 16:36.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Thanks!! I'm off to see if I can transfer my Steam folder without having to download it all again...

    Any idea about the hard drive conundrum??
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    64-bit Windows 10


    What hard drive conundrum??

    If you mean installing over the Vista drive, then yes.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    No, I meant once I had my shiny new OS, I would like to transfer that to a new hard drive in the future when I finally get around to building a new PC. I have googled it though and it seems like I can.. I think..
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Yep, you sure can.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by LittleGreyCat View Post
    Having finally started down the route of buying the upgrades, every site so far ends up running the Upgrade Assistant.

    So I assume that I run upgrade assistant on the 32 bit systems, burn some bandwith downloading an unwanted 32 bit ISO, then use the product key with the 64 bit ISO from my 64 bit system.

    Cheers

    LGC
    OK, I am about to run the upgrade assistant from my W7 64-bit PC. I have validated my 14.99 offer and have the code. There are 2 things that bug me.

    1.) The post above seems to indicate that I have to run the upgrade assistant from my Vista 32-bit OS. Will that not only allow me to download a 32-bit W8 ISO? I do not want to do that.

    2.) On the Windows Upgrade Assistant page, it states:

    "The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant just requires that you run it in either the XP SP3, Vista, or Windows 7 that you are upgrading from to confirm that you have a qualifying OS for the purchase of the upgrade copy of Windows 8. That's all. Afterwards, you can do a clean or upgrade install with the downloaded Windows 8 Upgrade ISO file.

    This will not invalidate the OS you are upgrading from. It's just that you agree as per the EULA (see warning below) to not have the qualifying OS installed so long as you have the upgrade copy of Windows 8 installed. If you uninstall the upgrade copy of Windows 8, then you could install and activate the qualifying OS again if you like."

    Now I want to get the 64-bit ISO from the W7 PC and this needs to continue to be useable, as it's my mum's laptop that I bought her. I then want to install the 64-bit W8 ISO over the Vista 32-bit system. Is this possible?
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Velisario,

    If all you need is the 64-bit Windows 8 ISO and already have a separate product key for your mother, then you could just use the tutorial below on your W7 64-bit PC to get it.
    If you need to purchase a product key and download a Windows 8 ISO, then you could just use the tutorial below on your W7 64-bit PC to get it.
    Afterwards, you could just do a clean install with the upgrade 64-bit Windows 8 on your mother's 32-bit Vista.
    Hope this helps.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Thanks again for the fast response. I think I am confusing things though. This is the situation I have:

    Mother's laptop = Windows & 64-bit

    My PC = Vista 32-bit

    I want to use the laptop to get the 14.99 offer (done); use the upgrade assistant (on the W7 laptop) to get the 64-bit ISO (about to do); install over my 32-bit PC and afterwards my mum can still use the Windows 7 OS on her laptop and my Vista OS has been wiped.
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    64-bit Windows 10


    You could just use the "Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant" on your mother's laptop to purchase and download a 64-bit ISO all at once to save time and trouble. It will not invalidate her Windows 7.

    Afterwards, install it on your Vista computer.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
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