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Moving From W8 32bit to 64bit?

  1. #11


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8 32bit


    Ok thankyou for your help.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8 32bit


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by as400 View Post
    Ok so I can't do anything and have to buy another W8 64bit version?
    NO, you can order Windows 8 back up DVD's, link in your email.
    One thought, the backup dvd will still be 32bit though....how will that help me?
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  3. #13


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    Quote Originally Posted by as400 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by as400 View Post
    Ok so I can't do anything and have to buy another W8 64bit version?
    NO, you can order Windows 8 back up DVD's, link in your email.
    One thought, the backup dvd will still be 32bit though....how will that help me?
    If you order the x32 DVD,YES, but if you order x64 DVD it will be x64.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8 32bit


    OK is that a free service?...do you have a link?...I don't see one in my email?
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Screenshot from the MS email.

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  6. #16


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    There is a possible workaround which might work... however I haven't tried it beyond the first couple of steps. It's also a cumbersome way of doing it, with 2 installs and a lot of download bandwidth used.

    Firstly, whatever you do, because as theog says:

    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    You will need to wipe the partition first to upgrade from x32 to x64.
    so make sure you have a good backup - or perhaps two.

    I would take a full image of the drive containing your system, and make sure you have created a Windows 8 recovery drive or repair disc, so you can get back to a working system if this doesn't work! Because I haven't tried the following steps I really recommend having a good backup like this!

    Then download the 64 bit ISO version of Windows 8.1 Preview and Clean Install it onto the drive. This is the bit which will wipe out all your system and all data, and it's a 3.5 GB download so you'll need some spare bandwidth.
    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...d-install.html

    Then, from the 64 bit Windows 8.1, download the Windows 8 Upgrade, using your Product Key:
    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ad-create.html
    This is the step which may not work; I've not been able to try it, although I did try the first steps and the program which does the downloading does at least run. It's another big download if it works; I think slightly smaller than 8.1 but still big.

    If it does work, then you should get an option to Install by Creating media. Select this, and save the ISO somewhere; then use that to do a Clean Install of Windows 8 onto the drive (for a second time).
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  7. #17


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8 32bit


    Thanks guys I have had a search around and suddenly found the disc they sent me when I ordered the download, I had forgotton I had paid the extra 8 and got a disc too!...it actually includes both the 32 and 64bit version of W8!

    So I put the 64bit version in but got the following error message:

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    how best to upgrade now I have the necessary disc?

    PS: Ah ok played with the BIOS to boot from the 64 disc, this should work now fingers crossed!
    Last edited by as400; 24 Aug 2013 at 07:37.
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    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.


    https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ad-create.html

    Redownload on a x64 PC.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    You will need to wipe the partition first to upgrade from x32 to x64.
    You can not upgrade x32 to x64, will need to do a clean install.

    Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
    SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  9. #19


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8 32bit


    All done and using all my 8gb of RAM thanks to all those on this thread for helping out.
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