1.    21 May 2016 #1

    W10 gradual move to 64 bit


    This maybe a strange question but at the moment I have W10 32 bit working well on one of my machines. Also loaded on the machine are many other programmes which I use on a daily basis plus loads of links etc. to my network and backup facilities.

    I want to upgrade the machine to 64 bit but of course this will take some time as I will then have to install loads of software and due to the age of the machine will also need to tweak a few of the drivers (which I also had to do for 32 bit running and also have already done on another identical 64 bit machine). Its not a thing I can complete in just a few hours.

    So my question is this - If I install an new hdd and load W10 64 bit for an iso to test all is working well with additional memory installed in the machine etc - can I then swap back to the old HDD to use the machine for periods, then swap back to the 64 bit system again at a later date to complete the software installations etc? I really don't want to be without the full facilities of the machine for any length of time and the ability to swap between 32 and 64 bit for a while would be really useful.

    My main worry is will MS licencing go potty due to the same machine seemingly having a 32 bit then a 64 bit, then 32 bit again and eventually 64 bit versions of their W10 software? I certainly don't want to have any licensing issues and have no wish to have to buy an additional licence
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  2.    21 May 2016 #2
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    Hi, this worked for me. Once Win 10 is activated on a given system, you can change the drive with impunity. Not the MBO.
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  3.    21 May 2016 #3

    That's what I was hoping.

    I assume once you have an active installation, then whether you use 32 or 64 bit is very much up to you and does not affect the licence
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  4.    21 May 2016 #4
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    The license is valid for either 32 or 64 bit, but not at the same time. If you have 2 separate installations with the same license it is likely that at some point one or both will become invalid.
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  5.    21 May 2016 #5

    Quote Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
    The license is valid for either 32 or 64 bit, but not at the same time. If you have 2 separate installations with the same license it is likely that at some point one or both will become invalid.
    That is what has me a bit worried - - but I won't ever be using both 32 and 64 bit installations at the same time - it will be one or the other on the same motherboard - i.e. I would simply swap over the HDDs one with 32bit and one with 64 bit. I think I need more advise on this before I do it!
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  6.    21 May 2016 #6
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    Whether both installations are being used at the same time isn't relevant. The point is that you would have 2 separate installations of the OS with one license.
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  7.    21 May 2016 #7
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    Quote Originally Posted by joddle View Post
    That is what has me a bit worried - - but I won't ever be using both 32 and 64 bit installations at the same time - it will be one or the other on the same motherboard - i.e. I would simply swap over the HDDs one with 32bit and one with 64 bit. I think I need more advise on this before I do it!
    I have Windows 10 Pro installed on SSD as the prime OS but also have it installed on a HD as backup in case of failure - I've never had any issues with this when Windows 7 was previously used.

    I don't regard this as a second installation as the OS is on the same PC whether it boots from SSD or HD.
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  8.    21 May 2016 #8
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    Quote Originally Posted by joddle View Post
    That is what has me a bit worried - - but I won't ever be using both 32 and 64 bit installations at the same time - it will be one or the other on the same motherboard - i.e. I would simply swap over the HDDs one with 32bit and one with 64 bit. I think I need more advise on this before I do it!
    Microsoft will not deactivate your license - don't worry about it.
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  9.    21 May 2016 #9

    Thanks for all your views on this - I think I will try it but only perhaps go back to the 32 bit if I really have to use the PC quickly - of course once 64 bit is all installed and running and the other software installed I wont have to revert again. Shame I can't simply "update" to 64 bit leaving everything else in place!
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  10.    21 May 2016 #10
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    Quote Originally Posted by joddle View Post
    Shame I can't simply "update" to 64 bit leaving everything else in place!
    Agreed. But changing from 32-bit to 64-bit or 64-bit to 32-bit always requires a clean install, okay on a new drive but will lose all data from a drive in use/already used. A 64-bit computer can run either 64-bit or 32-bit OS but not the other way around.
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