Windows 10: Upgrade 8.1 to 10 Pro 64-bit

Discus and support Upgrade 8.1 to 10 Pro 64-bit in Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade to solve the problem; I have a new Dell laptop. It now shows the OS is 8.1 but last week it showed 8.1 Pro 64-bit and even displayed the Build number (I swear). In my... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Installation and Upgrade' started by jbates99, Aug 25, 2015.

  1. jbates99 Win User

    Upgrade 8.1 to 10 Pro 64-bit


    I have a new Dell laptop. It now shows the OS is 8.1 but last week it showed 8.1 Pro 64-bit and even displayed the Build number (I swear). In my attempt to upgrade to 10 Pro perhaps it reverted to 8.1 I have to assume the Home edition although I don't know how that could have happened.....
    So my question is, if it now has 8.1 Home, will I be able to upgrade to 10 Pro 64-bit? That's what I want and that's why I paid an extra $99 to Dell to get the Pro edition of 8.1 in the first place.
    I appreciate any advice. Thanks.

    :)
     
    jbates99, Aug 25, 2015
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  2. Tried twice to update from Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit to Windows 10 Pro 64 bit, only I get Windows 10 Pro 32 Bit

    Original Title: 64 Bit Upgrade and NOT 32 Bit!

    I tried twice to update from Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit to Windows 10 Pro 64 bit, only I get Windows 10 Pro 32 Bit! Can't the upgrade process know that my version of Windows 8.1 Pro is 64 Bit and upgrade it to that? I can't use 32 Bit Windows 10 Pro!
     
    Joseph Corredor, Aug 25, 2015
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  3. Best way from 8.1 32-bit to 10 64-bit - price is an issue

    It is explained elsewhere that there is no easy route from Windows 8.1 (Pro) 32-bit to Windows 10 (Pro) 64-bit, BUT...

    ... there are three obvious possibilities:

    1. "Simply" install Windows 10 Pro 64 bit from an ISO image.

    2. Upgrade free to Windows 10 Pro 32-bit first, and then install Windows 10 Pro 64-bit from an ISO image.

    3. Install Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit from an ISO image first, and then upgrade free to Windows 10 Pro 64-bit.

    Are these three routes valid?

    Which is best?

    Which is cheapest?

    Thanks.
     
    XenosSasaki, Aug 25, 2015
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  4. NavyLCDR New Member

    Upgrade 8.1 to 10 Pro 64-bit

    NavyLCDR, Aug 25, 2015
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  5. jbates99 Win User
    That's a nice tool, NavyLCDR. Thanks
    It does show product Name: Windows 8.1 OEM edition: Win 8.1 RTM Core OEM

    So at this point, should I call Dell Support or can I actually upgrade to 10 Pro 64-bit myself?
    Thanks, John
     
    jbates99, Aug 25, 2015
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  6. popeye Win User
    Going to have to see if that key will upgrade you to 8.1 Pro 64-bit first, otherwise Dell pulled a fast one on you.
     
    popeye, Aug 25, 2015
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  7. NavyLCDR New Member
    Yes, you need to get a Windows 8.1 pro key from Dell if that is what you paid for. Somewhere in Windows 8.1 (I can't remember where) is an option to enter the product key and it will download and install the upgrade to Pro.
     
    NavyLCDR, Aug 26, 2015
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  8. WhyMe Win User

    Upgrade 8.1 to 10 Pro 64-bit

    I **think** you get the opportunity to enter a key from within the add features dialog if I remember correctly. It asks something like 'do you want to buy a key' or 'would you like to enter a key you already have'. Though I could be wrong...
     
    WhyMe, Aug 26, 2015
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  9. jbates99 Win User
    Thanks again NavyLCDR and WhyMe. I called Dell and was able to get an 8.1 Pro product key.
    Just to document the steps that may help others:
    - At Start screen, I entered "Add features to Windows 8.1"
    - then click Settings
    - click Add features......
    - next click 'I already have a product key'
    - enter the product key (Do not enter the dashes)
    - the upgrade process begins and the machine will automatically restart
    That's all. Now your 'System' properties will show 8.1 Pro. As I understand it, all Pro editions are 64-bit by default
    I may wait a few weeks before upgrading to 10 Pro. I think MS is still fixing a few bugs.
     
    jbates99, Aug 26, 2015
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  10. NavyLCDR New Member
    It is impossible to go from 32bit to 64bit without a complete new install of the OS. You are still on the same bit level that you were on home edition.
     
    NavyLCDR, Aug 26, 2015
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  11. jbates99 Win User
    Beside Operating System: it shows 64 bit Before tonights upgrade to Pro, it didn't show Home, just Windows 8.1 Core
    So I'm a bit confused at this point.
     
    jbates99, Aug 26, 2015
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  12. NavyLCDR New Member
    Windows 8.1 Core is 8.1 Home edition. And if you have 64bit pro now, then you had 8.1 Home 64bit, which is the most common version manufacturers supply with computers 4gb of memory or larger.
     
    NavyLCDR, Aug 26, 2015
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  13. jbates99 Win User

    Upgrade 8.1 to 10 Pro 64-bit

    My Windows Edition now shows: 8.1 Pro with Media center
    System: 64-bit
    Now, if I can just figure out how to force it to upgrade to 10 Pro 64bit
     
    jbates99, Sep 2, 2015
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  14. NavyLCDR New Member
    I would say just run the 64 bit Media Creation Tool and select "Upgrade this PC now".

    if you plan on doing a clean install after the upgrade, then make a USB with Windows 10 Pro 64 bit (use the "for other PC option". For the upgrade, just put in the USB while running Windows 8.1 and run setup.exe from it. If it asks you to enter a product key during the upgrade, something is wrong.
     
    NavyLCDR, Apr 4, 2018
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