fresh install Windows 10 onto panasonic cf-52 toughbook

my toughbook originally had x86 (32-bit) Windows on it but because it’s i5 based chipset (64-bit) I wanted to install Windows x64 onto it.

fortunately, i previously upgraded the factory installed 32-bit Windows 7 Pro for free to 32-bit Windows 10 Pro.

since a Windows activation key can be used for either x86 or x64 versions I decided to go a fresh install of x64 Windows 10 Pro so that I can upgrade the toughbook memory to 8GB and have the OS see it all.

so, that’s what i did and this is how long it took …