Stuck with Win8 32 bit version?

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  1. Dannar26

    Dannar26 Senior member

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    I upgraded from XP 32 bit edition using the forty dollar win8 pro upgrade. I don't recall it ever asking me which version I'd like. I have a 64 bit processor and 8 gigs of RAM. I'd rather use all of my system's resources, like any sane person given the choice.

    I'm not stuck in 32 bit am I? If this is the case, I'd never have left XP.

    EDIT *SOLUTION*:

    If you have 32 bit windows XP (or any other 32 bit windows OS) and you want to make the jump to Windows 8 pro using the $40 digital upgrade (offer lasts until the end of January, hop on it!), here's what you should do...

    When you use the upgrade advisor, it's going to lock you into whatever environment you're currently in. So if you have 32, expect to go to 32. If you have 64, expect to go to 64. You can get around this however.

    WHAT YOU WILL NEED :

    A PC running a 64 bit version of windows

    Go to your other computer, or go to a friends/co-workers/bosses computer or whomever you can get hand from. Make the upgrade purchase from their PC. You will download windows 8, and then you will have the option to install it then and there (don't do it), leave it on the computer to install later, or (and our winner) make bootable media. If you have a USB drive you can boot from, fine. But what I did was burn an ISO to a DVD. Since you're on your buddy's 64 bit machine, the ISO will automatically be 64 bit. Burn the DvD, and take it home with you.

    And then, simply boot from your DvD and install windows that way. Lo and behold it will be 64 bit.

    If you were like me in that you made the purchase already from your home 32 bit PC, fear not! You still need your buddy's 64 bit rig. Simply follow this link:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only

    ...and throw in your product key. Follow the same steps about burning the ISO. When you come back home and install it from the DvD before your computer boots and you'll have successfully gone from 32bit whatever to 64bit Windows 8 for 40 bucks. Winning!
     
    #1 Dannar26, Nov 11, 2012
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  3. postmortemIA

    postmortemIA Diamond Member

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    you're not, but only 32-bit setup can be ran from 32-bit windows. Make the ISO and do the upgrade.
     
  4. Dannar26

    Dannar26 Senior member

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    I've been running through tech support for hours and eventually they said something to that effect. At first they wanted me to buy 64 bit windows 7. Then I called back with the fury of 1000 suns.

    I guess I have to put the windows 8 install file on a DVD, and reboot from my optical drive like how I used to install win xp in the good ole' days.

    Forgive my noobness, but do I have this right?
     
  5. Steltek

    Steltek Golden Member

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    Yes, either that or use a bootable USB flash drive.
     
  6. Dannar26

    Dannar26 Senior member

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    Got it. Burned the ISO image...was surprised how it fit on one DVD.

    Booted from CD. installing. Still doesn't ask me what version to install. Does it automatically just go with the 64 bit version? Knowing my luck, I'll have installed win8 32 bit for the third time today...
     
  7. denis280

    denis280 Diamond Member

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    ????? did you take the 64 bit iso
     
  8. Dannar26

    Dannar26 Senior member

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    Great, it installed the 32 yet again.

    I give up! How on earth do you get the 64 bit ISO instead of the 32 bit one?

    My win xp install is 32 bit. Does this mean I'm stuck with 32 on this upgrade? Why the hell is this such a damn trial?
     
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    Dannar26 Senior member

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    Sounds like a good idea, I'll have to give it a shot tomorrow.

    Still, I think the problem is that these "advisors" automatically stick you with the same level of OS as you're currently running. It would be nice if there was some way of knowing beforehand...rather than going into the system settings (which is a bit more work with Metro) to find out you've been screwed after waiting through hours of installing.

    Beware 32 bit win XP users looking to upgrade on the cheap (a very specific group, I'm sure).

    Hope we can come up with a better work around...
     
  13. Dannar26

    Dannar26 Senior member

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    Solved. Explanation in the OP.