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Terry Porritt
09-02-2018, 02:17 PM
Very simple query :)

I have a full retail version of Windows 8.1 installed as 32 bit, can I reinstall as 64 bit using the same product key and re-activate ?

(After hours on hold to MS got an unintelligible bloke....waste of time :mad:)

KarameaDave
09-02-2018, 02:18 PM
Yes you can.

Speedy Gonzales
09-02-2018, 02:21 PM
Just make sure the cpu supports 32 and 64 bit

Terry Porritt
09-02-2018, 02:40 PM
Thanks folks, just wanted to make sure.

1101
09-02-2018, 04:40 PM
better off to just install Win10 64bit instead

You should be able to use the 8.1 install key (the Win7 key still works on 10 installs)

Keep in mind, its a full wipe & install either way. Backup all your stuff first.

Terry Porritt
10-02-2018, 03:08 PM
better off to just install Win10 64bit instead

You should be able to use the 8.1 install key (the Win7 key still works on 10 installs)

Keep in mind, its a full wipe & install either way. Backup all your stuff first.

That would be the best way if the win 8.1 key works.

I always have backups, data and OS's as cloned plug-in drives, but thanks for the reminder. Just waiting for another drive to come to try it out.

wainuitech
10-02-2018, 03:16 PM
That would be the best way if the win 8.1 key works.

I always have backups, data and OS's as cloned plug-in drives, but thanks for the reminder. Just waiting for another drive to come to try it out. Can let you know later today :) just cloning a persons Drive on a HP laptop, before wiping the original HDD, W8 embedded in the Motherboard, wants W10, never had W10 on it previously.

wainuitech
11-02-2018, 01:45 PM
That would be the best way if the win 8.1 key works.

I always have backups, data and OS's as cloned plug-in drives, but thanks for the reminder. Just waiting for another drive to come to try it out.Just a confirmation -- From previous post, HP embedded W8 Key, never had W10 previously, used the latest version 1709, installed from fresh , auto activated from embedded key. :)

Terry Porritt
11-02-2018, 02:53 PM
Thanks Wainui, maybe it will be ok then. I suppose if it doesn't take the win 8.1 key with a clean install of win 10 64 bit, mine isn't "embedded", I could try a re -install of Win 8.1 64 bit, then try the upgrade to Win 10 and see if that works.

If the freebie system still works, then I could clean install W10 again with it hopefully remembering, like I did on my current Win 10 machine when it went from Win 7 using the free upgrade.

wainuitech
11-02-2018, 03:07 PM
The key should work Terry, what happens is you install as fresh, enter in the Key you have, as long as it accepts it it will carry on installing the correct version ( home or Professional) once you are on line, it should activate.

Only had one not do the above, for some reason it didn't like the latest build 1709 & activate. it accepted the key OK but error on activation. So wiped the drive again, used the previous version 1703, activated, then upgraded to 1709.

Only once done an in place upgrade from W8, dont usually do that as any faults from previous OS can be transferred across. Once a key is activated the first time you don't need it again, as the hardware (motherboard) is registered with MS.

Terry Porritt
13-02-2018, 12:48 PM
Got my new SSD. Win10 1709 64 bit installed and activated ok with the Win 8.1 key. Maybe the fastest ever install :) Thanks Wainui.

Now begins the hard work, sorting out what to install and customizing.