Windows 10: Converting 32-bit Windows 10 to 64-bit Windows 10 Solved

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  1. Posts : 3,357
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       13 Aug 2015 #21

    No one said you had to buy anything. To download the 64bit flavor of 10 however you may find it a bit when going to run the MC tool while booted into 10 since the downloads are intended as upgrades and will detect already being installed. But even on 7 when going back I would have to make a few separate attempts so I have a complete set.

    For you on the other hand only going for one flavor of one edition the choice will be whether or not to save the 64bit download as an ISO image file to be saved in a folder you can use multiple times in case you have to make up the media more then once or simply choose the dvd burn or usb option and allow the tool to see that done.

    Remember you can replace the 32bit installation following the steps for a clean install without reformatting or repartitioning the drive. To have everything literally fresh however some will clean the drive off entirely to see a brand new primary OS partition go on for a fresh clean install of the OS which happens to be the swapover to the 64bit now that you have 10 activated from an upgrade.

    In reference to the previous statement about when going to buy that was in regards to how the licensing works where you can choose to nuke the 32bit flavor in favor of seeing the 64bit go on or vice versa! MS isn't concerned about how many times you reinstall the same version, same edition of Windows over and over again as long as the hardware remains the same. Swap brands of memory some time and you will end up needing to call MS! Been there before.
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  2.    14 Aug 2015 #22

    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    You can now clean install Windows 10 64bit for free. Just "skip" or "do this later" when it asks for a product key. It will activate after it is installed.
    It still really is just that easy....
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  3.    14 Aug 2015 #23

    Night Hawk said: View Post
    No one said you had to buy anything. To download the 64bit flavor of 10 however you may find it a bit when going to run the MC tool while booted into 10 since the downloads are intended as upgrades and will detect already being installed. But even on 7 when going back I would have to make a few separate attempts so I have a complete set.

    For you on the other hand only going for one flavor of one edition the choice will be whether or not to save the 64bit download as an ISO image file to be saved in a folder you can use multiple times in case you have to make up the media more then once or simply choose the dvd burn or usb option and allow the tool to see that done.

    Remember you can replace the 32bit installation following the steps for a clean install without reformatting or repartitioning the drive. To have everything literally fresh however some will clean the drive off entirely to see a brand new primary OS partition go on for a fresh clean install of the OS which happens to be the swapover to the 64bit now that you have 10 activated from an upgrade.

    In reference to the previous statement about when going to buy that was in regards to how the licensing works where you can choose to nuke the 32bit flavor in favor of seeing the 64bit go on or vice versa! MS isn't concerned about how many times you reinstall the same version, same edition of Windows over and over again as long as the hardware remains the same. Swap brands of memory some time and you will end up needing to call MS! Been there before.
    Downloading from Windows 10 shouldn't be an issue. I did several downloads once upgraded. The Media Creation Tool will give you what ever you ask for / select. The only time it auto selects is when you use the Upgrade This Pc now option.
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  4.    14 Aug 2015 #24

    Product Keys are valid for 32 bit or 64 install, it's your choice. If you already have an activated Windows 10 32 bit install your all set. Just reinstall with the 64 bit install media. Just make sure to install the correct version. If your current install is Home, install Home. If its Pro install Pro.
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  5. Posts : 3,357
    W10 Pro x64/W7 Ultimate x64 dual boot main - W10 Pro Insider Preview/W7 Pro x64 - remote pc
       14 Aug 2015 #25

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    Downloading from Windows 10 shouldn't be an issue. I did several downloads once upgraded. The Media Creation Tool will give you what ever you ask for / select. The only time it auto selects is when you use the Upgrade This Pc now option.
    And when did you do those? During the first few days with everyone going after 10 things didn't go that smoothly as well as the storage drive issue. Each other time I ran the tool still while booted in 7 not 10 I would get the need to restart system prompt when not able to download mainly due to the initial failed attempts since 10 never came by the updates. And neither did the 3rd email either notifying that 10 was ready to go on. Suddenly the next day I could get the next download going and after a few more finally got both flavors of Home.

    alphanumeric said: View Post
    Product Keys are valid for 32 bit or 64 install, it's your choice. If you already have an activated Windows 10 32 bit install your all set. Just reinstall with the 64 bit install media. Just make sure to install the correct version. If your current install is Home, install Home. If its Pro install Pro.
    The initial activation will work just as if you had a retail key and both 32bit and 64bit Windows setup dvds in a box. The activation at this time is instantaneous compared to the hectic moments in the few days when the activation servers tended to be bogged down considerably. He shouldn't have any problem there and can verify activation as soon as he arrves at the desktop for the first in the 64bit install. All he has to do is click the Skip button when the enter product key screen appears.
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