Essentially you're going to have to choose between a 64-bit Windows and the bundled programs like MS Office. There are legitimate downloads of Windows 7 ISOs for those who have a license key (and you'll need to use a program like Magic Jellybean to find it), but then you'll lose access to Office because the only way to go from a 32-bit Windows to 64-bit is a fresh install. You also won't be able to just pick and choose what programs you want to install from the recovery partition on the laptop. You will also need to ensure that Toshiba offers 64-bit Windows 7 drivers for that laptop, and if not, track them down yourself.
There is also the possibility of contacting Toshiba and asking them if they have 64-bit restore media for that model. It won't be free, but it will be less than buying a copy of Windows 7, you won't necessarily lose MS Office, and it will have all the drivers baked in already. That would be the best first step to take IMO. Otherwise, it might be worth considering whether or not it's really worth all the effort, since the above is just a loose outline of what's involved. If you get stuck somewhere along the line in the process, would you be able to resolve it? If not, then it might be a good indicator to just stick to what you have.
Hello to all and thanks in advance for any assistance that can be offered.
I am a run of the mill Windows XP user with a small amount of PC knowledge and am driven to making sure that I get it right the first time (I know a little about a lot, as is with someone that hasn't gone to school for these things). So, I guess detailed step by step instructions would be helpful!
Here's the situation:
I recently got a hand me down laptop. It is a Toshiba L505-S59903. It has Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 with an OEM license (mass manufacturer license that is supposedly embedded into the BIOS). Which may be a good thing since the COA sticker isn't legible. I recently maxed out the RAM for the motherboard (8GB) and would like to utilize the new hardware. Since Windows 7 32-bit only recognizes 3GB or so of RAM, I want to switch to the 64-bit version on the same license (which is well within legal rights as far as I know).
The thing is that I don't have a start-up disk since Windows was installed by the manufacturer and would need a link to a CERTIFIED download location, as well as maybe some assistance on how to make a bootable ISO disk that it will work the FIRST time (sorry, but I've wasted too many discs on bad info in the past). The system also has Microsoft Office (which I'm not sure if it is part of the OS) as well as several other aftermarket programs that I wold like to keep that could be backed up. However, I'm not very familiar with which programs and/or licenses would need to be carried over and which are not standard on Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (or how to do so, especially in reference to programs that would need the license). I do not have a start-up disk for any of the aftermarket programs either. I guess I would be willing to sacrifice the "extra" programs if need be and do fresh downloads if necessary.
So I guess that's about it. Again, any assistance would be greatly appreciated and thank you in advance!!!