I'm trying to understand the installation process for windows 7.
Mainly, what things affect which version I install (32/64 bit)?
Is each disk specific to a version (i.e. Pro x86 and Pro x64 require different installation disks)?
Does product key affect version or 32/64 bit installations?
Here's the situation that prompted the questions if anyone could help with this also...
I got a MSDNAA version of Windows 7 Pro (x86) and a product key to use for it from my school. I want it to install a 64-bit version instead and I expected there to be an option during setup that would let me choose but that asumption was false and all of a sudden all of my 64-bit machine was running 32-bit windows and I was very unhappy.
I've been considering ways to remedy this, and I want to know if there's anything I can do differently during setup to install 64 bit instead (using the same product key preferably). My other option is I can get a $30 product key for a 64-bit Pro Upgrade license, and I'm wondering if I can install that over my 32-bit Pro OS, since usually the upgrade requires vista or XP.
Bottom line..How can I get my machine back to 64-bit for under $199
Thanks to the useful info that the product key is not tied to the x64/x86 architechure, I have come up with a plan that is working so far. Since I have an original disk for each architechture, I'm just doing a clean install on each computer and using the same product key on each machine. In case you're wondering why I didn't just do this in the first place, I couldn't use my laptop key on my gaming machine because it was an upgrade key and the gaming machine had no previous OS. Thanks for your help.