Originally Posted by funky882
hey gius i am currently running vist 64 bit on my hp and my friend is going to let me instal windows 7 on my computer.
thing is it only 32 bit.
now i am only running 2 gigs of ram so its not like i would see a decreae from ram or anything.
also my processor is 64 bit.
so will i see a decrease in performance, mainly in games?
If he is giving you the 32-bit disc because he bought the normal retail version that comes with both the 32-bit and 64-bit discs, and if he is already using and has activated the 64-bit disc
, then you can not use this 32-bit disc.
You see, the box comes with 2 discs: the 32-bit version and 64-bit version, but it comes with 1 Product Key
. This is the rule according to the EULA: that Product Key can only be activated on 1 computer at a time. If you install the 32-bit version and successfully activate it (even with the help of a live phone representative), then his installation will become de-activated within a few days. This is because Windows 7 regularly checks to see if it is still genuine (and this check cannot be disabled).
The reason why it comes with 2 discs is to accommodate everyone. I mean, not everyone will be able to install the 64-bit version. Conversely, not everyone will really want to install the 64-bit version. So they include both to give us a choice. This doesn't mean that we have 2 individual legal copies of Windows 7. After all, there's only 1 Product Key. That Product Key cannot be shared between 2 or more people.
So, if this is what you guys are doing, then stop right now because it won't work.