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How do I uninstall windows 8 and reinstall without losing

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    It appears you are attempting to install the 64 bit OS from within Windows and that cannot work. You must boot from the install media. Early in the install process you will be given the options as shown in post #8. This will wipe out your existing 32 bit installation.

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by gav62 View Post
    Hey popeye, thats great. But how do I uninstall the 32bit version all it wants to do is upgrade me to 8.1
    Quote Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
    It appears you are attempting to install the 64 bit OS from within Windows and that cannot work. You must boot from the install media. Early in the install process you will be given the options as shown in post #8. This will wipe out your existing 32 bit installation.
    As LMiller7 said, you have to have install media, either a installation disc or bootable usb ISO flash drive then of course a legitimate key to activate it. It is essentially a clean install when going from 32 to 64 bit. You have to boot from usb or disc.

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    Last edited by popeye; 18 Jul 2014 at 12:52.
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