- 10-27-2012, 01:04 PM #1
First off I have to thank "vagrantwade" for his help. This is how I got a working Windows 8 Pro x64 installation from a 32-bit Windows XP license. All of the below instructions can and must be done from any 64-bit Windows installation, use you're secondary PC or your gf's PC, any 64-bit Windows installation will do (except maybe XP 64-bit, I'm not sure).
1. Open up the email that you recieved from Microsoft when you bought your license. In it -on the top under the big "Thanks for your purchase/order" head- you will find the sentence (translating from Swedish now) "If you need to download Windows just enter your new Product key here."
2. Click on "here" and it will re-direct you to enter your Win 8 license key and you will receive a file that looks the same as the upgrade assistant and is the exact same file size and the name of the .exe is different but it isn't the same.
3. Just start the downloaded .exe file and follow the instructions, don't worry it won't install anything on the PC you are doing this on. It will just download the Windows installation files (64-bit version in this case) and when it is finished it will prompt you to either install the freshly downloaded files right away OR make a bootable ISO or USB.
4. Choose to create an ISO or USB and when it's finished making either one of those, simply put your fresh Win 8 DVD or USB stick in the computer you want to install it on. You can even make a fresh installation on an empty drive if you want to instead of doing the cumbersome upgrade from a previous Win 7/Vista/Xp installation. Just like a regular OEM/Retail DVD.
Typing this from my fresh 64-bit Windows 8 Pro installation, happy as can be!:D
- 10-27-2012, 02:15 PM #3
Yeah but you told me to use the upgrade assistant but you didn't say you had to download another one from the link found in the win8 license mail. If you just go to Microsofts win8 site you'll get the "wrong" one.
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- 10-27-2012, 02:58 PM #5
Back to your question though, no it shouldn't affect her Windows 7 installation since I used my own new Win8 key to download the assistant.
10-28-2012, 08:00 AM #6
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Hi, just found this thread on the net and I had this exact problem. I'm about to give it a go, but before I do just needed to check one thing. I've already installed 32-bit Windows 8 over XP. If I create a 64-bit ISO will that install smoothly over my 32-bit version?
Unfortunately I've no spare drives to install on, and need to keep my hard drives contents as it includes loads of steam games, which I don't want to download again.
- 10-28-2012, 08:12 AM #7
10-28-2012, 03:05 PM #8
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Thanks for the info.
I've now downloaded the 64-bit version and burnt the ISO. I decided just to make life easy on myself though and am going to buy an external HD and back-up everything on there and then copy it back over again. I needed an external anyway.
thanks for the help, I'm looking forward to enjoying 64-bit Win 8 tomorrow now and actually using all the RAM in my PC.
11-29-2013, 10:03 PM #11
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I did exactly as you said and burnt a fresh dvd with 64 bit windows 8. But still my product key does not work with 64 bit version. It says "Cannot verify product key" when I try to boot and install 64 bit version. But the key works fine with 32 bit version of windows pro. Do you think that same key can be used for both 32 bit and 64 bit versions. In fact I received the original DVDs (both 32 bit and 64 bit) from Microsoft when I bought the windows pro upgrade.