Can I later upgrade to a 64bit windows 10 and retain my activation?

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  1. peck1234

    peck1234 MDL Member

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    Im on windows 10 32bit right now with 2gb of ram. Upgrading to 8GB soon and thus will need to install windows 10 64bit on the same machine. Will my activation status hold?
     
  2. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Simply: You could NOT upgrade from 32bit to 64bit! It's a different Architecture! Same applies for the activation, in which your current is for 32bit only!
     
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  3. peck1234

    peck1234 MDL Member

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    im doing a clean install
     
  4. odiebugs1

    odiebugs1 MDL Expert

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    #4 odiebugs1, Nov 3, 2015
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    In the same activated "version", yes you can use either 32 or 64bit.

    Remember, do not add any key, use skip in add key page.
     
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  5. nickpeh

    nickpeh MDL Novice

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    @odiebugs1, just to clarify with u. What u mean is I can clean install window 10 and after that just skip the key activation process? It will automatically retrieved back the activation code by itself?

     
  6. odiebugs1

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    Yes, if you have a activated win 10 home or pro 32 bit, you can clean install win 10 in 64 bit this time and skip adding key and it should activate off your HWID just as it did with you upgrading or using gatherosdata trick.
     
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  7. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Using a CLEAN install: YES, just not while doing a Upgrade from a installed 32bit to 64bit. As mentioned: do not use any Product Key while installing!

    That 'upgrade' from 32bit of an installed and fully configured Windows 10 Pro to a 64bit version, were not working for some friends who tried that! A clean install were needed for them!
     
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  8. Engineer2k2

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    You can clean install either 32/64 bit on the activated system just remember that the version should be same i.e. home or pro and DON'T enter any key (Just skip or Do this Later). It will activate by itself once you are online.:clap:
     
  9. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    As odiebugs said, the x86 HWID will be able to activate a clean x64 install as long as you install the same windows version as the original where you got the HWID on.

    I've also done the "Upgrade from 7 daz to 10 to get a genuine HWID" for 7 premium > 10 home as well as for 7 ultimate > 10 pro, so i am able to reinstall both if i want to and they both will be genuine thru HWID activation :)
     
  10. Engineer2k2

    Engineer2k2 MDL Member

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    AFAIK HWID activation is valid for ONLY one version (Pro or Home or SL etc.) which is activated later.:confused: (Not Multi)
     
  11. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    It's multi, i did it with the pre "rtm" release on all my machines (using the upgrade option) and it still works, whatever i install, 10 home or pro, it's genuine activated ;)
     
  12. Tito

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    #12 Tito, Nov 3, 2015
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    And how did they do it? Just curious... :rolleyes:
     
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    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    #14 Enthousiast, Nov 3, 2015
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    @TiTo:
    Me thinks he means upgrading by using the setup.exe from a 64bit os will not work on a 32bit system.

    @pistache:
    The OP meant upgrading in general to 64bit os, not the specific "upgrading process".
     
  15. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    @Enthousiast

    No nitpicking here, but I'm particularly curious as he stated "were not working for some friends who tried that!", which means its working for some others. How this impossible task can be done - this is bugging me!

    :eek:
     
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  16. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    #16 Enthousiast, Nov 3, 2015
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    I know what you mean ;)

    No nitpicking either from me but this member doesn't read/understands (english) very well and i think that line is also not read wright by him/her ;):D
     
  17. odiebugs1

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    The free upgrade applies to the older version of windows, so if a person owns windows 7 and windows 8 which was upgraded to 8.1, then they can get a free use of windows 10 for each version. Each key of a windows version is able to get a free upgrade. So Enthousiast is correct in that he can use either version, the only thing that can't happen is the version of a single key can't be changed and used as multi such as a home to pro.
     
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  18. odiebugs1

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    I also believe it was just a choice of words and he didn't really mean that people have used a 64bit ISO to upgrade a 32bit win 7, 8.1 install. Enthousiast seems to have understood what he meant.

    As he clearly points out in the first sentence it must be clean installed, after my post that it can be changed from 32 to 64 as from a activated OS architecture to different one using clean install.
     
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  19. WaltC

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    You can always try it and see if it will work...but I'm more interested in whether you have a 64-bit cpu...it's not just a matter of ram, you know. A 64-bit OS won't install on a 32-bit cpu no matter how much ram you install.

    Assuming that you do have a 64-bit cpu and elected to install a 32-bit OS for some unfathomable reason, a clean install may just work for you right out of the chute. But then again, it doesn't sound as if you had a 64-bit version of Win7/ or 8.1 that you upgraded from, so maybe not. A 32-bit upgrade OS does not entitle one to a 64-bit version of Win10 gratis, as I understand it. Like others have mentioned, though, won't hurt to try it--skipping the key--and seeing if the OS will automatically activate you.
     
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  20. Enthousiast

    Enthousiast MDL Tester

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    If you install 7 Pro/Ultimate (DAZ Loader Activated) and upgrade to 10 pro you get a HWID and after that i installed 7 Homepremium (DAZ Loader Activated) and upgraded to 10 Home on the same machine and now i can install pro and home on that machine and they both are activated by a genuine HWID.