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How do I get a Windows 8 64 bit ISO?

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    How do I get a Windows 8 64 bit ISO?


    I am running windows 7 64 bit and have the windows 8 retail. I made a bootable flash drive with USB and when I put it into my Mac (because I'm using bootcamp and want to install windows) it says that I need a 64 bit version? Have I done something wrong?

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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Where did you obtain your install media from? 32 bit and 64 bit are two separate ISO's/DVD's.
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    when I put it into my Mac (because I'm using bootcamp and want to install windows) it says that I need a 64 bit version? Have I done something wrong?
    No, you really haven't done anything wrong, it's just that apparently you are running your Mac in its 64-bit mode. I've see that with a couple of my Mac clients when using a VM/Virtual Machine installation that whatever is installed in it should be the same as for the host OS
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Where did you obtain your install media from? 32 bit and 64 bit are two separate ISO's/DVD's.
    It is retail. I brought it. I think it is just 64 bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Berton View Post
    when I put it into my Mac (because I'm using bootcamp and want to install windows) it says that I need a 64 bit version? Have I done something wrong?
    No, you really haven't done anything wrong, it's just that apparently you are running your Mac in its 64-bit mode. I've see that with a couple of my Mac clients when using a VM/Virtual Machine installation that whatever is installed in it should be the same as for the host OS
    How do I fix this issue then? Please let me know.
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    Start with checking whether you have the 64-bit CPU.
    How to tell if your Intel-based Mac has a 32-bit or 64-bit processor
    Mac OS X: 64-bit kernel frequently asked questions

    The first link may have more about using boot camp.

    The message you are getting does suggest you need a 64-bit version of Windows.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Berton do you have Skype? Please get back to me ASAP! I want you to teamview or screenshare so you can tell me what to do
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    Here's another link with useful information:
    Mac OS X v10.6: Macs that use the 64-bit kernel

    I can't help you with boot camp, never used it. I did use VMWare Fusion on Snow Leopard but have upgraded to Mountain Lion then to Mavericks and decided I really did not need to upgrade Fusion and Mavericks won't run the version I had.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by endritkrasniqi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Where did you obtain your install media from? 32 bit and 64 bit are two separate ISO's/DVD's.
    It is retail. I brought it. I think it is just 64 bit.
    OK, I was wondering if there were two DVD's in the box and you grabbed the wrong one (32 bit) by accident.
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