Windows 10: Windows Activation Error after significant Hardware change and going from 32bit to 64bit

Discus and support Windows Activation Error after significant Hardware change and going from 32bit to 64bit in Windows 10 Updates and Activation to solve the problem; Hi all, today I upgraded my ancient PC from an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 to a Ryzen 5 2600, including changing the motherboard, and the boot drive.... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Updates and Activation' started by TulkasAstaldo, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Windows Activation Error after significant Hardware change and going from 32bit to 64bit


    Hi all,

    today I upgraded my ancient PC from an Intel Core 2 Quad Q8200 to a Ryzen 5 2600, including changing the motherboard, and the boot drive.

    With that change I also went from x86 to x64 architecture because the new system includes 8 GB of DDR4 RAM.

    After setting everything up, the Windows activation troubleshooting agent wasn't able to transfer my Windows 10 Pro licence (which is actually linked to my Microsoft account and e-mail).

    Is there any way to transfer this licence?

    :)
     
    TulkasAstaldo, Dec 6, 2018
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  2. 32bit to 64bit

    You can run 32bit Setup from a 64bit desktop because a 32bit program can run on 64bits so a "down"grade will run.

    But you cannot run 64bit Setup from a 32 bit desktop because a 64bit program cannot run on 32bits, so Bilal's reply is correct since the OP is going from 32bit to 64bit.

    When, as in your case, you go from 64bits to 32bits you may find you have a Programs (x86) folder, which a 32bit version of Windows should absolutely not have. There are other anomolies. It is because the 32bit installer cannot remove certain 64bit elements
    of the old OS.

    It is not a good idea to "down"grade the architecture. It is safer to do a clean install of 32bits.

    You may have a confused OS. I have done this (back when 64bit Windows first released) and I have no confidence in the results.
     
    Cbarnhorst, Dec 6, 2018
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  3. Windows10 32bits to 64bits

    Hello i upgraded my windows 7 32bit to windows 10 32bit and already activated. I'm trying to perform a clean installation of Windows 10 64bit but my key isn't working. Can i change the architecture or not? In a post here it says that you can change the
    architecture with this method but isn't working for me.
     
    LeviathanS, Dec 6, 2018
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  4. Windows Activation Error after significant Hardware change and going from 32bit to 64bit

    Change to Windows 10 64bit from 32bit

    I have updated my Windows 7 home 32bit to Windows 10.

    If I were to do a clean install to a new ssd drive of the 64bit version of Windows 10 would I have any issues with activation? or will it only activate a 32bit version?

    Thanks.
     
    RobertMassie, Dec 6, 2018
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