10-06-2010 05:29 PM
I just purchased a Thinkpad X201 that came preinstalled with Win7 Home Premium 32-bit installed and I would prefer to run the 64-bit version. Is there any way I can inexpensively get the necessary DVD(s) and will the current product key on my laptop validate the 64-bit version? I understand that this will require a clean install but as MS normally provides both the 32-bit and 64-bit version of Win7 with there standard OEM sets I was hoping that Lenovo could provide me the necessary DVD(s) at little or no cost (shipping?).
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10-06-2010 05:35 PM
Hi DrMike9, and welcome to the Lenovo User Community!
You can do it! Check this support page out:
Hope this helps!
10-06-2010 07:07 PM
10-14-2010 08:13 PM
I did the same thing few weeks ago, updating from Win 7 Home Premium 32-bit to 64-bit architecture because I upgraded my RAM and 32-bit architecture is not using more than 2,87GB even if you have 6GB of RAM installed.
Unfortunately, the product key on my laptop (valid for 32-bit OS preinstalled) did not also validate the newly installed 64-bit version. I have to mention that I installed the 64-bit version from a Win 7 64-bit DVD copy, identical to original disc.
So I used a Windows 7 Loader and everything worked just fine. Have you called to Lenovo and they confirmed that the key must also work on 32-bit and 64-bit version as well?