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  1. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 169
    windows 10
       17 Aug 2015 #1

    A Frap Up of 'Epic' Proportions!


    Hi Guys

    I think I've Screwed up 'Big Time!'

    My System which I found thus: Control Panel>System>Right Clicked on the HD Symbol.

    This is what came up:

    Intel (R) Core (TM) 2 Quad CPU

    Q6600@2.4 GHz

    4GB Ram

    32 Bit Operating System X64 Based Processor

    Nvidea Ge Force GT 610

    So if I understand this Correctly, it looks like I can run a 64 Bit Version of Windows 10

    When at the moment I am only running a 32 Bit Version of Windows 10

    I was just about to do a 'Clean Install' when I noticed it.

    Although I'm really sure I double checked and found my System was only 32 Bit

    If so how was it possible for me to make such a 'Frap Up'

    I was running XP which only comes in the 32 Bit Version (so I've heard)

    When Windows 7 came out, I bought Two Copies.

    Both Copies contain the 32 Bit and 64 Bit Disks.

    I got ripped Off, because I thought I was buying 2 X OEM Versions but it since turned out they were Upgrades to be used to Upgrade XP to Windows 7.

    How come I didn't 'Suss that out'?

    Well after buying these Two Copies of Windows 7, I heard so many Horror Stories of it being incompatible with different types of Software, that I decided to stick with XP and so these Copies of Windows 7 have been languishing in the draw for a few years.

    But Not any more, as I needed to upgrade from XP>Windows 7>Windows 10

    So how come I appear to have Screwed up and not installed the 64 Bit Version of Windows 7 or Windows 10?

    The only thing I can think of is, I somehow got it into my head that as I was running XP 32 Bit my PC could only run 32 Bit Windows 7 and Windows 10.

    If so then I've got to hold my hands up!

    But what do I do now, as I was just about to do a Clean Install and I don't want to stay with the 32 Bit if I can run with the 64 Bit.

    Would I be Correct in thinking that I have to go back to square One:

    (1) A clean Install of Windows XP 32 Bit

    (2) Install a Copy of Windows 7 (64 Bit This Time!) over the top of the 32 Bit XP)

    (3) Burn a New ISO 64 Bit Version of the Windows 10 Upgrade (I'm using Windows 7 Home Premium)

    And put this over the Top of the Windows 7 (64 Bit)

    Wait till its been Activated by Microsoft (though still use it while I'm waiting)

    Then do a Clean Install of Windows 10 (64 Bit)

    If so am I likely to encounter any Problems with Microsoft? Will they be thinking that I am trying to Install Windows 10 on a different PC.

    I want to keep off their Phone Support, as it isn't always easy to understand what they are saying.

    It would probably be easier to start all over again, with my as Yet unopened un activated copy of Windows 7 both disks are in the Box 32 Bit and 64 Bit.

    But I'd rather use the Disk from the Copy of Windows 7 that I have already got opened.

    In other words Help! What should I do now?

    And did I follow the Correct procedure in Checking my System.

    When it says 32 Bit Operating System X64 Based Processor (It does say based not Bit is that the same thing?)
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  2. Joined : Feb 2015
    Posts : 19
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit
       17 Aug 2015 #2

    You can't upgrade a 32bit OS to a 64bit OS. To install the 64bit OS, you'll need to clean install from the 64bit disc, choosing custom install. Unless you're going to add more RAM, I would worry too much, unless you really want to sit there and install it all again.
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  3. Joined : Jul 2015
    Posts : 243
    Win 10 Pro 64bit
       17 Aug 2015 #3

    If I'm understanding correctly you have an activated copy of Windows 10 32bit running on your system.

    If so, then you can clean install Win 10 64bit.

    As long as you have activated some form of Win 10 on your system you can clean install the 32bit or 64 bit version.

    Remember, when you clean install, to skip entering a product key. Your system will activate automatically when the procedure has finished.
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  4. Joined : Mar 2015
    Posts : 616
    Windows 10
       17 Aug 2015 #4

    Just fyi, Microsoft's support number for activation is automated, no crazy sounding Indians to try to speak to.
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  5. Joined : Sep 2014
    Posts : 2,923
    Windows 10 Pro
       17 Aug 2015 #5

    You cannot perform an "upgrade" install of a 32 bit OS to a 64 bit.

    Luckily, since you have 64 bit media, you can try any of these methods.

    Clean Install Windows 7 with Upgrade Media | Windows 7 content from SuperSite for Windows

    The third method will, unfortunately, require you to use 32 bit media to upgrade again. However, you can always upgrade to Windows 7 as 32 bit, then upgrade to Windows 10 as 32 bit, then clean install 64 bit.

    Please note that Windows 10 is a little different in how it handles upgrade activations. You *MUST* perform the upgrade install or it will not activate. Once it's fully activated, you can then clean install and skip any prompts for a key and it will activate automatically.
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  6.    17 Aug 2015 #6

    I believe @Nus is correct. Now that you have Windows 10 installed and activated, just perform a clean install of Windows 10 with the 64 bit version and don't worry about the Product Key.
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  7. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 169
    windows 10
       17 Aug 2015 #7

    videodj said: View Post
    You can't upgrade a 32bit OS to a 64bit OS. To install the 64bit OS, you'll need to clean install from the 64bit disc, choosing custom install. Unless you're going to add more RAM, I would worry too much, unless you really want to sit there and install it all again.
    Hi

    I did sit there and do it again and had to do it twice (now 2am UK) as the first time the Edge Browser stayed on the Screen for 2 Seconds and then just dropped like a Stone, although it seems to be working ok now, at least for the time being!
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  8. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 169
    windows 10
       17 Aug 2015 #8

    Nus said: View Post
    If I'm understanding correctly you have an activated copy of Windows 10 32bit running on your system.

    If so, then you can clean install Win 10 64bit.

    As long as you have activated some form of Win 10 on your system you can clean install the 32bit or 64 bit version.

    Remember, when you clean install, to skip entering a product key. Your system will activate automatically when the procedure has finished.
    Hi I did a Clean Install of 64 Bit Windows 7 and then Burned a 64 Bit Iso of Windows 10.

    Then when I checked my System, I found that not only was it installed but was also Activated!

    So I thought I would do a Clean Install of Windows 10 64 Bit using my Iso Disk.

    At which point it all went down the Tubes, Edge refused to Stay on the Screen and Cortana wasn't Speaking to me anymore.

    So I went and did the whole thing again and this time it seems to be Working!
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  9. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 169
    windows 10
       17 Aug 2015 #9

    fracking4oil said: View Post
    Just fyi, Microsoft's support number for activation is automated, no crazy sounding Indians to try to speak to.
    Ha!

    That was the problem that I had last time!

    With any luck I'm hoping that MS will Automatically Activate this for me.
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  10. Joined : Aug 2015
    Posts : 169
    windows 10
       17 Aug 2015 #10

    Mystere said: View Post
    You cannot perform an "upgrade" install of a 32 bit OS to a 64 bit.

    Luckily, since you have 64 bit media, you can try any of these methods.

    Clean Install Windows 7 with Upgrade Media | Windows 7 content from SuperSite for Windows

    The third method will, unfortunately, require you to use 32 bit media to upgrade again. However, you can always upgrade to Windows 7 as 32 bit, then upgrade to Windows 10 as 32 bit, then clean install 64 bit.

    Please note that Windows 10 is a little different in how it handles upgrade activations. You *MUST* perform the upgrade install or it will not activate. Once it's fully activated, you can then clean install and skip any prompts for a key and it will activate automatically.
    Hi I did a Clean Install of Win 7 64 Bit then burned a Win 10 64 Bit Iso Disk and put that on and although it went wrong the First Time, with Edge dropping after 2 seconds.

    I then had to go through the whole thing again and this time it seems to be Working.

    Thanks for your help.
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