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# 90473 22-Sep-2011 08:36
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I purchased a desktop computer 9 months ago with the intention of using some of its 64bit functions.  I bought one thinking that 64bit supported meant it came with it by default - I was wrong.  

The recovery partition does not have 64 as an option and attempts to get a rescue disk from Acer have failed.  SUrely the must be a way to get a legitimate copy of 64bit without having to buy a new license.  My licence works fine, and I dont wont to have to fork out on something I already own.  

ANy ideas?

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  # 526847 28-Sep-2011 16:43
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itxtme: I purchased a desktop computer 9 months ago with the intention of using some of its 64bit functions.  I bought one thinking that 64bit supported meant it came with it by default - I was wrong.  

The recovery partition does not have 64 as an option and attempts to get a rescue disk from Acer have failed.  SUrely the must be a way to get a legitimate copy of 64bit without having to buy a new license.  My licence works fine, and I dont wont to have to fork out on something I already own.  

ANy ideas?


Someone correct me if I am wrong, but I thought that with Windows 7 your license entitled you to run either 32bit or 64bit, you just needed to use different media.

The recovery partition is installed during the initial install using the Acer DVD's, if it was installed with 32bit media then the restore partition will be 32bit (no sense in restoring your computer to 64bit if it was originally 32bit!)

As for getting media, asking nicely might get someone to send you a copy of a CD, or you could contact Microsoft and order a copy of the media. 

 
 
 
 


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  # 526870 28-Sep-2011 17:23
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my sister laptop was the same all you need is a OEM copy of 64bit HomeP and the CDKEY COD sticker will let you install! best to test first on a virtual machine you have the correct copy before installing.

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  # 526879 28-Sep-2011 17:41
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dontpanic42: http://www.mydigitallife.info/windows-7-iso-x86-and-x64-official-direct-download-links-ultimate-professional-and-home-premium/



Also, after you have downloaded the ISO that you want (i.e probably this one: http://msft-dnl.digitalrivercontent.net/msvista/pub/X15-65733/X15-65733.iso ) go here and find the SHA-1 checksum just to make sure it is official before burning to a DVD and installing.

MD5 SHA-1 Utility

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool

Most importantly: MAKE SURE YOU BACKUP ALL YOUR FILES BEFORE INSTALLING!!
And also make some DVD recovery discs using the Acer recovery disc creator from within your current 32-bit installation.

You can't use the upgrade option when going from 32-bit to 64-bit, so it will have to be a full clean install.

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  # 529749 5-Oct-2011 19:00
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thanks guys, and yes the Serial worked, hence why I didnt want to pay for the media, just needed a copy ;)

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  # 529905 6-Oct-2011 08:41
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dontpanic42: http://www.mydigitallife.info/windows-7-iso-x86-and-x64-official-direct-download-links-ultimate-professional-and-home-premium/



What sort of person build a stupid website like this with about 120dB of music when you access it??




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