1.    02 Mar 2016 #1
    Join Date : Sep 2014
    Germany
    Posts : 14
    Windows 10 64 Bit

    8.1 32-Bit to 10 64-Bit How to...


    Hi there!

    I'm planning to add more RAM to my machine. In order to make that work, I would have to switch from 32 Bit WIN 8.1 to the 64 Bit Version of the OS. Since Windows 10 is still free, I would give the thing a try. But as far as now I've read many things causing my brain to buzz out loud. My questions are:
    Should I add the RAM-hardware before I install Windows 10? Can I still change hardware after Win 10 was installed?
    Can I download a 64 Bit ISO image and use my 32 Bit 8.1 activation key? If so, when should I activate, during install or afterwards? Will a local account work, as in 8.1?
    Is it possible to apply a backup image of my 8.1 system if I don't like Windows 10? Do I have to make special steps to "inactivate" the product key for downgrading? Is there anything else regarding activation or downgrade I should think of and consider? I don't want to end up with none of both OS working and with an messed up product key. Thanks for reading and commenting!!!
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  2.    02 Mar 2016 #2
    Join Date : Nov 2015
    Posts : 2,954
    64bit Win 10 Pro ver 1709 Build 16299.125

    You will only be able to convert from 32bit to 64bit via a clean install. I think your process will be as follows:

    1. Back up and make system images of your current Windows (in case anything goes wrong!)
    2. Upgrade from W8.1 to W10 - this will give you your free upgrade and can only be to the 32bit version as you are starting with 32bit. Activation will be automatic and give you a digital entitlement on your PC.
    3. Make new backups of your files, setup system restore and make a system image (again in case anything should go wrong!)
    4. Perform clean install of 64bit W10 which you can download from the Microsoft Tech Bench. Skip any activation steps during the install and, once you have completed the installation, W10 will activate automatically from the digital entitlement.
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  3.    02 Mar 2016 #3
    Join Date : Sep 2014
    Germany
    Posts : 14
    Windows 10 64 Bit
    Thread Starter

    Thanx so far.
    Can I cange hardware after the PC received the digital entitlement?
    Is it possible to create a local account?
    Can I use a system Image made by an external program like Backupper or Macrium to downgrade? What will happen with the product key?
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  4.    02 Mar 2016 #4
    Join Date : Jul 2014
    Serbia
    Posts : 10,622
    W10 Insider + Linux

    Install RAM first, it will not be usable while still in 32bit but will be readily available and used properly when you switch to W10 x64.
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  5.    02 Mar 2016 #5
    Join Date : Dec 2015
    Posts : 6,392
    Windows10

    Quote Originally Posted by philc43 View Post
    You will only be able to convert from 32bit to 64bit via a clean install. I think your process will be as follows:

    1. Back up and make system images of your current Windows (in case anything goes wrong!)
    2. Upgrade from W8.1 to W10 - this will give you your free upgrade and can only be to the 32bit version as you are starting with 32bit. Activation will be automatic and give you a digital entitlement on your PC.
    3. Make new backups of your files, setup system restore and make a system image (again in case anything should go wrong!)
    4. Perform clean install of 64bit W10 which you can download from the Microsoft Tech Bench. Skip any activation steps during the install and, once you have completed the installation, W10 will activate automatically from the digital entitlement.
    Sorry - this method is out of date,

    You do not need to upgrade 8.1 first.

    Simply clean install 10 and activate using Windows 8.1 key.

    You must be using version 10586.
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  6.    02 Mar 2016 #6
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,552
    Windows 10 Pro

    Quote Originally Posted by Hybrid Vigor View Post
    Thanx so far.
    Can I cange hardware after the PC received the digital entitlement?
    Yes - except the motherboard itself. Adding RAM, new hard drive, new SSD, etc. won't affect Windows activation. New motherboard will.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hybrid Vigor View Post
    Is it possible to create a local account?
    Yes. When creating an account, click the skip button when it asks you for your Microsoft accoun login, then click the skip button again when it asks you to create a new Microsoft account login.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hybrid Vigor View Post
    Can I use a system Image made by an external program like Backupper or Macrium to downgrade? What will happen with the product key?
    You can use the system image to revert back to the old OS. When you restore the old system image, everything will go back to exactly the way it was when the system image was made. Nothing happens with the product key.
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  7.    02 Mar 2016 #7
    Join Date : Sep 2014
    Germany
    Posts : 14
    Windows 10 64 Bit
    Thread Starter

    Thank you!
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