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Moving From W8 32bit to 64bit?

  1. #1


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8 32bit

    Moving From W8 32bit to 64bit?


    I downloaded from Microsoft (so no disc) W8 32bit. Didn't realise my 64bit compatible Dell laptop was not using all its 8gb of RAM then found out it couldn't with a 32bit OS.

    Its just when I run some tasks like Handbrake conversion or DVD conversion processes it slows my web browsing to a snails pace and someone suggested I needed more RAM!...thus my investigating why only 2.99gb was being used.

    Have I got to fork out for a totally new licence?..I can't remember if when I bought this version it asked me if I wanted 32 or 64 version!

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  2. #2


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


    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.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8 32bit


    OK thanks, so am I basically reinstalling W8 and somewhere along the line it will ask me if I want the 32 or 64 bit version?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by as400 View Post
    OK thanks, so am I basically reinstalling W8 and somewhere along the line it will ask me if I want the 32 or 64 bit version?
    No. It won't ask you.

    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    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.
    It always downloads the edition with the same number of bits as the PC you download it from. So you need to:

    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Redownload on a x64 PC.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8 32bit


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    This is my spec...should be ok?
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  6. #6


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8 32bit


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    Missed this one.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello as400,

    Your system info you posted says that you have a 32-bit Windows installed.

    You will only get a 64-bit Windows 8 ISO if you download it from a 64-bit Windows 8.

    information   Information
    If you need to download 32-bit Windows 8, download from a 32-bit PC.
    If you need to download 64-bit Windows 8, download from a 64-bit PC.
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  8. #8


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


    Quote Originally Posted by as400 View Post
    OK thanks, so am I basically reinstalling W8 and somewhere along the line it will ask me if I want the 32 or 64 bit version?
    NO, you need to download the ISO on a x64 installed OS.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 10
    Windows 8 32bit


    Ok so I can't do anything and have to buy another W8 64bit version?
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  10. #10


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


    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.
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