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Win8 32 / 64 question.

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    Win8 32 / 64 question.


    I may have screwed up. I was running dual boot win 7 64 and vista 32. After reading questionable reviews on Win8 I decided to upgrade Vista and leave my win 7 version alone. Now I have Win 8 32 on that drive.

    Quetions:
    If I want to go to Win 8 64 bit can I do it with my existing license or do I need to purchase and re-download from my Win 7 operating system to get a Win8 64 bit license before the discount expires?

    If I need to purchase a 64 bit version and I remove the Win8 32 version can I install that on another computer say family or friend so it dosn't go to waste?

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    Welcome to EightForums.

    Your license is good on a x32 or x64 install.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yyzdnl View Post
    I may have screwed up. I was running dual boot win 7 64 and vista 32. After reading questionable reviews on Win8 I decided to upgrade Vista and leave my win 7 version alone. Now I have Win 8 32 on that drive.

    Quetions:
    If I want to go to Win 8 64 bit can I do it with my existing license or do I need to purchase and re-download from my Win 7 operating system to get a Win8 64 bit license before the discount expires?

    If I need to purchase a 64 bit version and I remove the Win8 32 version can I install that on another computer say family or friend so it dosn't go to waste?
    You won't need to do anything with 7 if you dual boot. You can do an install of 64 bit 8 using a clean install with even nothing currently running on the drive. You may have to do phone activation--which is no big deal.
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    Windows 8


    I installed over vista from USB and chose keep nothing. I was never asked what version I wanted so I am still confused just how to get the 64 bit installed. Nice to know I am good to go and don't have to rush home to get another copy. I will have to do more studying to figure this out.

    Is the copy on my usb drive 32 or both 32 & 64 dependent on what is on destination drive?
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    When downloading the upgrade you need to

    information   Information

    If you need to download 32bit Windows 8, download from a 32bit PC.
    If you need to download 64bit Windows 8, download from a 64bit PC.


    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

    You will need to wipe the partition first to upgrade from x32 to x64.
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    Yes, I should have noted that. Thanks for cleaning up.
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    Thanks guys I have my 64 upgrade on a USB ready to go and decided if I am going through another install I might as well put Win 8 on a new ssd drive.
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    You are very welcome.
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