32 to 64 Bit Computing

A lot of PC software today is optimised for 64 bit processors. These processors are enabled to ‘run’ at faster speeds, meaning better software and productivity. Also, under 32 bit systems, your OS will only allow you to use 3GB of your RAM, meaning whatever excess you have will, effectively, be wasted.

 But even if your computer is 64 bit enabled, your OS might not be. And know it or not, the major operating systems do not make it easy for you to upgrade – namely being Windows and Mac.

So when I installed Windows 8 on my computer, I was told it would be easy to upgrade. They were wrong. I was running a 32 bit version of Windows Vista, which wasn’t too bad. When I purchased the disc from my local store they said to simply insert the 64 bit disc (as it came with 32/64), which I had assumed. But when I inserted the disc, it said wrong disc, please insert 32. After a bit of fiddling around, I found some luck. I did it in a few steps, but had I known this before, it would have saved me a lot of time and hassle.

If you don’t know what operating system you are operating under, go to the Computer tab in Windows Explorer, right click and click properties. This will open a new window which will state your computer hardware.


  • Windows 8 CD (s) bought from a retailer (must include packaging and both 32/64 bit CD’s)
  • Optical Drive
  • A backup of all your files.

Note: Before doing these steps, make sure that your computer is able to run a 64 bit of Windows 8. If not it could cause your computer problems/errors.


Installation of 64 Bit Windows 8

Follow the article that is linked above, making sure to insert the 32 bit CDEven if the 64 bit CD was inserted, it would not allow you to install it. When personalising Windows 8 after installation, use the express settings to save some time.

2. Boot off the 64 bit Windows CD

    1. To boot off a CD:
Windows 8 CD/Product Key
Windows 8 Installation CDRef: ledfrog.com
    1. Make sure your computer is turned off. (The power button in your PC is adequate).
    2. Turn your computer back on, and a startup screen will open briefly, and will display the manufacture of your computer.
    3. Locate the button to open the boot menu – it tells you in the top right hand corner and is usually F12 but not always.
    4. Press the function key – F…
    5. Click to boot off CD (normally says CD-ROM)
    6. If the disc is inserted correctly and you followed the steps your computer will boot into a Windows Installation screen.

3. Choose the Installation Method

Although the screen is very different to the normal installation method, the steps are basically the same. Although sometimes it may asked you for more advanced things (such as time-zone and keyboard layout – which are easy to answer).

4. Wait For Windows 8 to Install

The time taken for Windows 8 to install will vary depending on your computer, and will probably take slightly longer to install than the previous installation did. Never mind, as before you can leave your computer to ‘do it’s thing’.

5. Personalise your Computer and Your Done

Now your done! You’ve got a working and legal copy of Windows 8 on your computer, not to mention without a lot of hassle. And not only did you install Windows 8, you might of also learnt how to boot from disc (which can be a life-saving feature should your computer fail).

Some of you might of been wondering why I couldn’t of just told you to boot straight from the disc, without having to install Windows 8 the first time. The answer is surprisingly simple.

Because the Upgrade disc only entitles you to upgrade your computer, Windows might not of allowed you to install a 64 bit operating system because of technical reasons. Whereas installing Windows 8 it can see that it has the files, and that it has an existing license. On the majority of computers it doesn’t work, but if you feel like trying, test it out and see if it works. But also know the consequences of a faulty installation.

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