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Replacing retail Win7 Home 32-bit with 64-bit, using key from 32?

#1oddmonster666Posted 4/3/2014 2:47:51 AM
Thanks to a recent convo with my sis, I got curious. I have read into a number of topics for more info, but I'd like to bring the question up here to make sure my understanding is correct.

-She has Windows 7 Home 32-bit installed.

-According to some research I did, an OEM license is pretty restrictive and identified by "OEM" being present in the key's string. Based on this, her key is not OEM.

http://www.sevenforums.com/windows-updates-activation/199490-use-32-bit-product-key-64-bit-windows-7-a.html

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/is-a-windows-7-license-key-valid-for-both-32-bit/70d546cd-b6e3-44d8-a6c8-fd7feb7d1915

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/25969-63-using-install-instead

Based on these links, my understanding is that if she:
-Owns a Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit DVD (non-OEM)
-Removes her Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit install
-Installs Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Conclusion: She can activate it using the 32-bit key.

Would this be correct? Please let me know if I should clarify anything. I'm tired. XP
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#2reincarnator07Posted 4/3/2014 4:00:58 AM
Did you buy a retail copy of w7? If not, it's probably the OEM version.
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#3drinkPosted 4/3/2014 5:21:43 AM(edited)
If you own a win7 64bit disc, it should come with a key of its own.

Not sure if this helps, but I own a NFR windows 7 and have one key that works for both 32 and 64
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#4ShubPosted 4/3/2014 5:22:47 AM
Windows 7 product keys work independently of whether you have a 32- or 64-bit install.
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