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Upgrading form Windows 7 32 bit RTM to 64 bit

2009-11-22, 23:24 PM

I was wondering if anyone has any idea how to get a windows 7 64 bit installation download of DVD.  I did get the 32bit RTM, which was a mistake;  I should have gotten the 64Bit Vista downgrade, instead of the 32 Bit one.  Its probably too late too late to change my selection from lenovo.  However my understanding is that the lisence, RTM or not, is good for both the 32bit and 64bit versions.  With that being the case, I should only need the Installation disk or an equivalent download. 

 

Any ideas?

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Re: Upgrading form Windows 7 32 bit RTM to 64 bit

2009-11-23, 19:14 PM

lenovo doesn't offer OS media for download.   besides, if you have an RTM license through TechNet or MSDN, the key will not work with OEM media.

 

if you ordered a ThinkStation with windows vista and qualify for a windows 7 upgrade, you will receive the same architecture as your vista installation.   ie: if you ordered your system with 32-bit vista, you will receive 32-bit 7.   at this time, there isn't a way to upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit.

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Re: Upgrading form Windows 7 32 bit RTM to 64 bit

2009-11-24, 0:01 AM

 

 

Ok erik, but the impression I have garnered from my research is that, though I do not recieve media for the 64bit version, my lisence should work for either 32 bit or 64 bit versions of Windows 7 Professional. 

 

If this is the case, all I need would be a copy of the install disk; I could (theroretically) borrow the 64 bit installation DVD from some one and use the lisence that I received with my 32bit dvd. ) My understanding is that the same lisence can be used for either the 32 or 64 bit versions of the OS. 

 

Is this the case, or am I mistaken?

 

If so, I was hoping that Microsoft might have a downloadable version of the 64 bit ISO file that doese not require a Technet or MSDN account.  If there was not an official download at microsoft.com, then there might be another trustable site where I could legally download a copy of the iso file for use with my lisence. 

 

and if I am mistaken, is there a way to pay a nominal fee to upgrade from the 32 bit to 64 bit of windows 7 professional?

 

Thanks for you help,

Aniket

 

 

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Re: Upgrading form Windows 7 32 bit RTM to 64 bit

2009-11-24, 15:13 PM

out of the box, the keys probably won't work.   however, i've never tried the new license keys provided with lenovo's windows 7 upgrade media on a retail copy of windows 7 to know if it works.   with previous OSes, this wasn't possible.

 

regarding where to get windows 7 media, i suggest contacting microsoft.   they're the ones to ask for media.   like i said above, lenovo doesn't provide media for download.   and, the media that they do have already has the OEM VLK installed.   it's not "clean" like what you'd get from microsoft.

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Re: Upgrading form Windows 7 32 bit RTM to 64 bit

2009-11-24, 16:03 PM

Ok thanks for the info,

 

I'll try and contact microsoft again and try and find the right person to talk to; I'll let you know if I find anything useful.  Thanks for all your help.  One quick question for now though, what is "OEM VLK"?

 

 

FYI for anyone who is trying to go from the 32bit rtm to the 64 bit counter part.  I have already tried calling Micro soft tech support once who sent me on the the Microsoft Store who said the only way for me to upgrade would be to buy the WIndows 7 professioanl upgrade from Windows 7 Home Premier edition, which is roughly $140 which frankly is asinine, especially when I'm trying to go from Windows 7 32 bit to Windows 7 Pro 64 bit.  Hopefully with enough calls to teck support I will get someone who has a clue and can get me to the right person to talk to. However, if this ends up being the only option, can you belive how bat it would have been if Microsoft did not have to compete with Linux, I mean this would be one more reason for the world to switch to linux.

 

 

As a side note:   You know I whish Microsoft would have one place for these kind of things and alwasy remain consistant.  For example, if you go to The Microsoft windows 7 page and click on the link to see the differences between windows 7 pro and ultimate they list only two differences, bit locker and multiple lnguage capability, between the two which are more or less useless for me (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/compare/default.aspx).   However, during my research regarding this problem I happen to come uppon a file called "Windows 7 Product Guide.pdf" (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=B3C68EC2-E726-4830-AC89-31C71D6BE5F3&displayLang=en) that lists even more differences, differences that seem to better justify the price difference between windows 7 professional and ultimate. 

And then in other references I have seen something called windows 7 N and Windows 7 NK; What the heck is that?

 

 

 

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Re: Upgrading form Windows 7 32 bit RTM to 64 bit

2009-11-24, 19:09 PM
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