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How to install WIN8 32-bit on 64-bit machine with OEM key

  1. #1


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8

    How to install WIN8 32-bit on 64-bit machine with OEM key


    Hi everyone, hoping someone can help me out.

    I recently purchased a refurbished Asus VivoBook laptop with OEM Windows 8 64-bit. The main purpose for this machine is to run a DOS-based application that only runs in a 32-bit environment. My questions is, what would be the steps, without buying a new retail version while using my OEM product key, to get Windows 8 32-bit on this computer.

    Thanks in advance for any help. Let me know if you need additional info.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    Go into bios setting and enable Legacy mode support..

    Download and create windows 8.1 x86 software - clean install windows 8.1 - it will read the embedded product key or type in yours
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  3. #3


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    Go into bios setting and enable Legacy mode support..

    Download and create windows 8.1 x86 software - clean install windows 8.1 - it will read the embedded product key or type in yours
    So this will be ok even though I am only on Windows 8, not 8.1?
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2,690
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    you can use your windows 8 key with the new windows 8.1 setup media (link in sig below)
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  5. #5


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    you can use your windows 8 key with the new windows 8.1 setup media (link in sig below)
    Thanks, I will definitely give this a try tonight and report back.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    you can use your windows 8 key with the new windows 8.1 setup media (link in sig below)
    So I enabled Legacy mode, downloaded Windows 8.1 32-bit and created a bootable USB drive. I then changed the boot order in BIOS but still can't get it it to install. The USB won't boot. If I remove the C drive from the boot menu, it goes straight back to BIOS when I restart it. I tried opening setup.exe directly on the USB drive and I get the following error message " Use the other installation disc that says 64-bit. When you insert it, Windows Setup with restart automatically."

    If I download and try to run the 64-bit installer, will I still be able to select and install the 32-bit version somehow?
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  7. #7


    Philadelphia
    Posts : 214
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    You can check your BIOS to see if you can enable an option to boot from USB. If not, you may be better off creating a DVD and installing from there. You won't be able to install the 32 bit version from the 64 bit installer.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
    You can check your BIOS to see if you can enable an option to boot from USB. If not, you may be better off creating a DVD and installing from there. You won't be able to install the 32 bit version from the 64 bit installer.
    I went in to change the BIOS setting to boot from the USB, but it always just ends up booting up from the hard drive. When I remove the hard drive from the boot options, it just restarts to the BIOS menu. Unfortunately, this laptop doesn't have a DVD drive.

    Would it be possible to format my hard drive first, and then try and install the 32-bit, or would that even matter?
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  9. #9


    Austin TX metro area
    Posts : 638
    Windows 7 Pro 64bit [MS blue-disk set]


    Later on, consider purchasing an external USB CD/DVD reader/writer, BluRay play. About $80.00, or much less if no BluRay play. Many many things still come on CD and DVD.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 8
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
    You can check your BIOS to see if you can enable an option to boot from USB. If not, you may be better off creating a DVD and installing from there. You won't be able to install the 32 bit version from the 64 bit installer.
    So my only solution is to have an installation DVD?
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