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Installing Windows 7 Pro 64 Upgrade

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by LexC, Nov 30, 2011.

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  1. LexC

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    I've purchased a Windows 7 Pro Upgrade 64 bit couple of months back, and I'm about ready to install it. However, I can't seem to be able to install XP on my new PC, and I only have a copy of Vista 32bit.

    I do not have a second PC to test it on, so I was wondering if someone could give me an answer.

    Would I be able to use a copy of Win7 64bit Upgrade on top of a Vista 32bit?

    Thank you.
     
  2. Squashman

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    To install an upgrade version, you'll need either Windows XP or Windows Vista installed on your computer first. Doesn't matter if it is 32 or 64.
     
  3. Samsung

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    can't upgrade from 32 to 64. Must be same architiecture
    Also you don't need a system installed to do a clean install. You may have trouble with drivers if your system is really new but most times not. You have a valid key and an authorized system

    [advice to pirate Windows deleted by mod]
     
  4. flavallee

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    LexC:

    What's the brand name, model name, and model number of that computer that you're wanting to install Windows 7(64-bit) in?

    Is that computer currently running Windows Vista(32-bit)?

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  5. Squashman

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    You are correct from the Stand Point of you can do the In Place Upgrade install to keep all your software installed. It will do a Custom Install in this instance. But he wasn't asking about that. In order for you to use an Upgrade install disk to put Windows 7 on your computer you need to have XP or Vista installed. You can certainly use a Windows 7 64 bit upgrade disc to install ontop of a computer that has XP 32bit on it. It will do a custom install versus an In Place Upgrade like you are thinking with the 32 to 64 difference.
     
  6. LexC

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    OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 32 bit
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2500K CPU @ 3.30GHz, x64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
    Processor Count: 4
    RAM: 3568 Mb
    Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 570, 1280 Mb
    Hard Drives: C: Total - 1907626 MB, Free - 1398816 MB; D: Total - 99 MB, Free - 61 MB; F: Total - 476813 MB, Free - 60272 MB;
    Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., SABERTOOTH P67
    Antivirus: AVG Internet Security 2012, Updated and Enabled

    At the moment I am running my other Windows 7 Pro Upgrade but this one is 32 Bit. I used my Vista Ultimate 32Bit to Upgrade. I just wanted to know if I can still use that 32Bit Vista to upgrade to 64 Bit Win 7 Pro. I do not need to save anything, as I've already backed up all my Documents on an external HDD. I've also got a total of 8GB of RAM, so I want to utilize it all with the 64 Bit OS.
     
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    hehe, yea, I guess I could have just done that :) Thank you
     
  9. DVOM

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    I know that someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought that you could double install Win 7 legally. You just needed to own the qualifying OS.
     
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    You can use the same Windows 7 DVD in more than one computer, but you need a separate 25-digit serial number to activate it in each computer.

    You cannot use the same serial number in more than one computer.

    The serial number is what you pay for when you buy the DVD.

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  11. DVOM

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    flavallee, if that was a response to me, that wasn't what I meant.

    This is what I was getting at:

    http://www.osgui.com/component/cont...-from-upgrade-disc-double-install-method.html

    Basically it involves:

    1) Install Win 7 as a "custom install", put in your user and other info but don't put in your registration key.

    2) Now reinstall Win 7 over the top of the first install but this time choose the "upgrade" option. Enter the registration key at the proper time and you're good to go.

    Of course, the legality of this method depends on whether you own a qualifying OS to upgrade.
     
  12. flavallee

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    I misunderstood you. When you said "double install Windows 7 legally", I was assuming you were wanting to install it in 2 computers.

    i know nothing about the install method at that site.

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