Downgrading to XP Pro 32bit

Discussion in 'Windows 64 Bit' started by Rich, Mar 1, 2007.

  1. Rich

    Rich Guest

    I think I made a mistake in getting the 64 bit version. I have been told
    that it is possible to downgrade. Can I use the same product key with a 32
    bit version of XP pro? If not does anyone know the procedure for downgrading?
     
    Rich, Mar 1, 2007
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  2. Rich

    Rich Guest

    After doing some more reading let me clarify. This is not a preinstalled or
    OEM version. I built a new system and purchased this x64 license myself. I
    have been told by the field support group at my office that they have been
    allowed to downgrade licenses, but I didn't have time to find out the
    procedure that they use. I am not even sure that it would apply to me
    anyway. What I would want is to be able to either trade in this license or
    get a none-license key version of x32 and use the same key if that is
    possible.
     
    Rich, Mar 1, 2007
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  3. No, you can't downgrade or re-key your version. There are no such rights for
    retail versions or for OEM versions. (and your XP x64 must be OEM, since
    there are no retail XP x64 editions.) Only corporate (volume license)
    versions are treated as downgradeable.

    You will need to buy a new copy of XP. You should install it into a clean
    partition - do not attempt to overwrite your existing installation without
    formatting it first.
     
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Mar 1, 2007
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