I finally got around to building my new computer and it runs fine but I have an OS question now. I had a copy of Windows 7 ultimate laying around that I bought my last semester in school so after installing it I found out it was an upgrade only license. After a friend gave me an unused XP disk/key I was able to activate Windows 7. The only problem is the Windows 7 disk is 32 bit. I have 8 GB of RAM installed and it only uses 3 GB. I'm deciding if I should upgrade to a 64 bit to use all the RAM. We do some gaming and will be playing Diablo III when it is released.
I see there is a microsoft windows anytime upgrade but they only talk about going to a different version of windows 7, not ultimate 32 bit to anything 64 bit. Anyone know if this would work in my situation or would I have to buy a full license. I realize I would have to do a clean install/back up all my files.
Aside from going back in time to buy the 64 bit in the first place, any suggestions?
Can't switch to something other than Windows as my wife (no pics) plays Windows Live games that require the operating system. I've thought about installing a Linux os (probably the latest version of Mint or Ubuntu) and running Wine for the games. Anyone try this or know if it would work? Not sure if it would run the Windows Live games but might run everything else if I'm lucky.
Any other creative suggestions?
Windows 7 is activated but only 32 bit. Want to get 64 bit on the cheap to use all the RAM, suggestions?