Windows 8 32 bit 64 bit upgrade issue

I recently upgraded the windows 8 pro on 32 bit version of windows 7 by using upgrade assistant, but my pc is 64 bit capable, I by mistakenly upgraded to 32 bit, can it be possible for me to get the 64 bit ?, please help
 

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Last updated March 24, 2018 Views 150 Applies to:

32 vs 64

When performing the upgrade process the upgrade assistant determines your existing architecture, downloads the same architecture and installs.

To change from 32bit Windows to 64bit Windows a clean install will be performed (will have to reinstall applications etc…) and it will be necessary to purchase Windows 8 as a DVD.

Below is a web page that has additional information regarding Windows 8

Upgrade to Windows 8

You can go to a computer running a 64 bit version (Vista or Windows 7) and do the download there and create a bootable copy.

32 vs 64 bit

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/32-bit-and-64-bit-Windows-frequently-asked-questions

Windows 8 64 bit comes in handy when you need to address at least 4 GBs or more of RAM. Windows 8 32 bit can utilize up to 3.2 GBs of RAM. Because the memory address space is much larger for 64 bit Windows, that means, you need twice as much memory than 32 bit Windows to accomplish some of the same task, but you are able to do so much more, you can have more applications open, do things like run an Antivirus scan in the background without it affecting your system performance. Windows 8 64 bit is more secure too, malicious code cannot easily infiltrate it, drivers are more reliable since they must be signed before they can work with 64 bit Windows 8.

As for compatibility, you will need 64 bit device drivers for any hardware devices you might have. Also, there is no 16 bit subsystem in Windows 8 64 bit, which means, your applications must be 32 bit only, not 16 bit installer or uninstallers.

If you need to upgrade to the 64 bit version, you will need to do a custom over your 32 bit installed. You said you ordered the backup DVD with your order, so you will have the 64 bit disc.

You will have to do a clean installation, there is no in place upgrade path from Windows 7 32 Bit to 64 bit. Lauch the Windows Easy Transfer utility in Windows 7 and create a WET file (Windows Easy Transfer file), if you have an external hard disk, you can have it stored there so you can access it later when you do a clean install of Windows 8 64 bit disk.

http://www.notebooks.com/2009/10/07/using-windows-easy-transfer-in-windows-7/

Once you have done that, simply do a clean install of Windows 8 64 bit disk. In Windows 8 64 bit disk, launch Windows Easy Transfer, follow the on screen wizard, point to where you stored the the WET file (external hard disk), and it will restore your personal files and settings. Reinstall any necessary applications.

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I wanted to upgrade from vista 32 bit to windows 8 64. My computer is 64 bit compatible. Via download I could only upgrade to 32 bit windows 8 so I ordered the two backup discs. However, the 64 bit disc will not install- it gives the message ' incompatible installation media' 'system is 32 bit'. There is no option to do a 'custom install' or any other install. The installation discs are behaving the same as the download. It says 'insert the 32 bit disc' and that starts to run. 

Do you have any suggestions?  I researched everywhere before I sent for the backup discs and even asked microsoft helpline if the 64 bit would install and was told it would. Maybe some wires got crossed there but I did say I was going from 32 bit to 64 bit

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