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Licensing: Windows Server 2003 x32 vs x64

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Hi there,

I have a Windows Server 2003 COA that is printed x32 on it.  Can I install a 64 bits version of the OS?

Please provide supporting URL as well.

Thanks for your help,
Rene
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If it's an OEM key, then no you can't.  Here is a link discussing a similar request.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/winserverMigration/thread/9c7372ee-1666-4274-933a-fb309a065b7f

I would also recommend contacting Microsoft Directly and ask them.
http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/
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Lee W, MVP earned 250 total points
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Even if the license grants you the right (not sure that it does with OEM - think it should, but not sure - you'll still have to call MS since I'm fairly certain the 32 and 64 bit keys are different.
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by:ReneGe
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I just had a chat session with Microsoft.
His answer was, if I have more than 4GB on the server, I can Install x64 version.
Learning Microsoft OS is so easier than their licensing...
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Thanks mates
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