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Changing from Windows 8 32 bit to 64 bit

by afcal72 / January 9, 2013 11:07 AM PST

I installed windows 8 32 bit by mistake and wish to convert my OS to the 64 bit version. (My pc is x64)

I have the CD of Windows 8 Pro. One CD for the 64 bit version. However when I click on the CD app to start the set up it says that windows will not run the file.

The CD wont auto run either.

How do I upgrade ?

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Create a new partition, then boot from 64 bit
by wpgwpg / January 9, 2013 12:00 PM PST

You can't upgrade a 32 bit version to 64 bit, but you can install the 64 bit version in a new partition giving you a dual boot configuration where you can access the 32 bit files from the 64 bit partition.

Good luck.

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As the other post by ...
by Edward ODaniel / January 10, 2013 1:30 PM PST

wpgwpg indicates you need to set the DVD drive as the first boot device then boot the 64 bit version to start the installation.

He suggested doing this in a new partition but you could also do it for the existing partition and choose to reformat the partition to avoid having both versions installed on the drive (you need a second license for the second version) and save a considerable amount of disk space also.

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