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The End User License Agreement for Windows 7 entitles you to activate either the 32-bit or 64-bit configuration of the edition you bought on one PC. Problem is, system builder DVDs come with only 1 configuration. Although Microsoft doesn't talk much about it, they make available the resources for obtaining the 64-bit c… see more The End User License Agreement for Windows 7 entitles you to activate either the 32-bit or 64-bit configuration of the edition you bought on one PC. Problem is, system builder DVDs come with only 1 configuration. Although Microsoft doesn't talk much about it, they make available the resources for obtaining the 64-bit configuration which you can activate with the product key that came with the 32-bit. All you need is a blank DVD (because you most likely have access to a PC with a DVD burner [also called a SuperDrive, NOT a Combo drive]), a fast internet connection (you're going to be downloading at least 3GB of data) and a simple utility that lets you select Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate from a single .iso image. The instructions are here: http://tinyurl.com/LegalWindows7SP1Download The DVD you create is the same type a PC tech would use to install Windows 7 64-bit on a customer's PC running Windows 7 32-bit. The new installation wipes out the old one, and that's what keeps things legal. I used the homemade 64-bit DVD on my MacBook Pro and activated the operating system with the product key from the 32-bit DVD I had bought from Amazon.com. If Microsoft's activation server had detected any monkey business, the activation would have failed. The installation also passes Microsoft's Genuine Windows validation. see less The End User License Agreement for Windows 7 entitles you to activate either the 32-bit or 64-bit configuration of the edition you bought on one PC. Problem is, system builder DVDs come with only 1 configuration. Although Microsoft doesn't talk much about it, they make available the resources for obtaining the 64-bit configuration which you can activate with the product key that came with the 32-bit. All you need is a blank DVD (because you most likely have access to a PC with a DVD burner [also called a SuperDrive, NOT a Combo drive]), a fast internet connection (you're going to be downloading at least 3GB of data) and a simple utility that lets you select Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional or Ultimate from a single .iso image. The instructions are here: http://tinyurl.com/LegalWindows7SP1Download The DVD you create is the same type a PC tech would use to install Windows 7 64-bit on a customer's PC running Windows 7 32-bit. The new installation wipes out the old one, and that's what keeps things legal. I used the homemade 64-bit DVD on my MacBook Pro and activated the operating system with the product key from the 32-bit DVD I had bought from Amazon.com. If Microsoft's activation server had detected any monkey business, the activation would have failed. The installation also passes Microsoft's Genuine Windows validation.

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