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Cellux
13-07-2010, 01:08 PM
Well, I'm (finally) upgrading to Windows 7.
I have a Windows 7 Professional License and am wondering if the licenses are are signed to the architecture (x86 vs. x64).

So if I have a Windows 7 64-bit disk, could I install it with my license?

sahilcc7
13-07-2010, 01:14 PM
Dnt think so......,

McRuff
13-07-2010, 01:43 PM
I believe it depends on if your license is retail or OEM. How was your upgrade supplied

Cellux
13-07-2010, 01:48 PM
It's a retail.

A special version of the retail though.

None of the TOS say anything about architecture.

McRuff
13-07-2010, 02:07 PM
I think it should work then. If you buy Win 7 retail you can install either. It will not upgrade in place from 32 to 64 bit though, you need to do a clean install. Do a drive image first, just in case

ryanjames.powell
13-07-2010, 03:41 PM
As long as it's the same edition (eg Professional) you can use either 32 or 64-bit with the same key. It doesn't matter if it's OEM or Retail, I've tried both, and it works fine.

Cellux
13-07-2010, 04:57 PM
Alright, thanks guys.

Installing it this afternoon. Will reply tomorrow with progress/what happens.

Deimos
13-07-2010, 05:28 PM
Well, I'm (finally) upgrading to Windows 7.
I have a Windows 7 Professional License and am wondering if the licenses are are signed to the architecture (x86 vs. x64).

So if I have a Windows 7 64-bit disk, could I install it with my license?

The licence key is not tied to the architecture.

The only problem you may encounter is if you recieved a promotional copy, for example, if you attended Tech-ed and MS gave you a promo copy of Windows (Vista or 7) they normally give you the 32bit disk, this key never expires and will also work with 64bit, however, the difference with a retail key (including OEM) is Microsoft will send you a 64bit disk (for free or for a minimal charge, like $10 for shipping) but you have to enter your product key in to the order form, if you try to do the same thing with a promo copy you will be advised that the offer is not valid for that key. if you manage to get a 64bit disk via other means (e.g. if you buy a retail copy with 64bit disk, or you download it off technet) the promo key will work with the 64bit disk.

angry
13-07-2010, 10:38 PM
why would you go 7 and not go 64 bit?????????

Speedy Gonzales
13-07-2010, 10:44 PM
Maybe the CPU doesn't support 64 bit?

angry
13-07-2010, 10:54 PM
Maybe the CPU doesn't support 64 bit?

why would you bother loading a cpu that dosent support 64bit with 7.

Speedy Gonzales
13-07-2010, 11:04 PM
Because you've got an old PC and cant afford one that supports 64 bit? And the CPU you've got is 32 bit only?

GameJunkie
13-07-2010, 11:05 PM
why would you bother loading a cpu that dosent support 64bit with 7.

loading a cpu????


older pc's with certain cpu's don't support 64bit OS, others do. most people aren't on the lookout for computers that have cpu's with support for a 64bit OS.

SolMiester
13-07-2010, 11:11 PM
Because you've got an old PC and cant afford one that supports 64 bit? And the CPU you've got is 32 bit only?

AFAIK, every CPU from 2004\5 with exception of Atom's and some laptop mobile CPU's are x64, however you wouldnt load 7 on anything that old

Speedy Gonzales
13-07-2010, 11:13 PM
I know MOST do, BUT that depends on how old it is. Even if the CPU supports 64 bit, it doesnt mean you can afford to buy a 64 bit OS to use it (unless its Linux)

Snorkbox
13-07-2010, 11:16 PM
I would think that anyone who tried to install the 64 bit version on a 32 bit CPU would find Win 7 would simply not install.

angry
13-07-2010, 11:37 PM
AFAIK, every CPU from 2004\5 with exception of Atom's and some laptop mobile CPU's are x64, however you wouldnt load 7 on anything that old

That is what I was alluding to, running new OP SYS on Old shint dont work very well.

Conversly IF you can get ALL the drivers older OP SYStems run much faster on new gear.:D

Cellux
14-07-2010, 10:52 AM
I was asking if the license was linked to architecture.
I know what hardware I'm running on, it supports it fine.