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Installing XP on a 64bit Vista machine

Question: Installing XP on a 64bit Vista machine

hi everyone,

I barely bought a hp pavillion dv4-1283cl Laptop. It already had windows vista 64 bit on it. I really dont like this system since first of all I feel i'm not quite in charge and second of all it doesn't work with a couple of my devices.
Anyways, I want to 1) either completely get rid of vista and get XP instead
Or 2) have xp installed alongside, if i'm not wrong called dual booting.

In order to achieve my initial goal, I put my bootable xp cd in the drive and booted from the cd, So the xp would start loading the files but at some point i would get an error message and system wouldn't do anything further so i had to restart the system. It wouldn't damage my Vista either, so i could start vista normally and used it.
here is part of the error message:
"check for viruses on your computer (I'm sure i dont have any). Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure its properly configured and terminated."

Now i'm even content if i could have xp along the vista (64 bit) if thats possilbe at all.
Using Vista's disk shrink function, i created a new partition on the C drive, just in case i could get the xp installed on it. but like i said, it wouldn't boot from the cd and when i run the xp CD in the Vista , it doesn't let me install it or do anything.

I'm positive that xp should be able to run on this machine some how, cuz on hp's website i could even download the device drivers for my computer for xp. But the funny thing is that even hp support tech couldn't help me with this

I'd really appreciate Any idea as to how to achieve either of the two goals



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Preferred Solution: Installing XP on a 64bit Vista machine

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Answer: Installing XP on a 64bit Vista machine

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If I buy a 64bit PC MACHINE, X86 WINDOWS, CAN I :

Make 4 partitions, the below
Kubuntu 9.04 64bit full dvd version [when ready]
Kubuntu 9.04 32bit full dvd version [when ready] ????

Answer:64bit PC MACHINE, X86 WINDOWS,CAN I have 32bit & 64bit vista partitions

Yes, you should be able to do that, well that is if you know how to create a partiotion..


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I have a problem and the only way I can possibly get around this problem is by having both the 64 bit and 32 bit OS installed on my PC.

I have an Epson Stylus PhotoRX685 all in one printer, for which the drivers for the scanner don't work on Windows 7 x64bit. I have been on to customer support and have been duly informed that they are not going to be making a compatable driver for the printer. I have already tried to use the Vista x64 bit driver but to no avail.

Because I cannot afford to buy a new scanner I want to install both the OS's on my PC in the hope that the x32bit driver the Windows 7 will work the scanner.

Here is my plan, I got 2 HDD's on my PC one 500GB and one 80GB, I have just created a 75GB partition on my 500GB HDD which also has the OS installed on it. I use the smaller HDD for my back ups, and I would ideally like to continue to use this HDD for my backups as it is a separate HDD.

Would I be able install the x32bit OS to the partition on the 75GB partition which is on the HDD that my main OS is on, or would I have to put it on the separate HDD?

Would I then be able to then somehow create some sort of network or would it be possible for me to just access the images that I would have scanned without having to put them on a flash drive or DVD or something and if so how?

Also would it be possible for me to us the XP mode to see if my printer would work in that or is the XP mode not a virtual machine?

All your help is greatly appreciated.

Answer:Installing Windows 7 64bit and 32 bit on the same machine!

Did you buy one key and get 2 DVD's?

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Need to know if I can install Win7 32bit On A 64bit Machine. If so, what are the advantages and disadvantages? Thanks.

Answer:Installing Win7 32bit On A 64bit Machine

Quote: Originally Posted by Tarkus13

Need to know if I can install Win7 32bit On A 64bit Machine. If so, what are the advantages and disadvantages? Thanks.

Yes you can

smaller resources footprint, less problems with drivers, less minimum system requirements

Dis advantages
Somewhat slower, can only use ~3,25 gigs of ram even if more is installed

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I am unable to get upgraded to IE 10 and I ran accross a post via google where you fixed it what appears to be the same for someone else, and I'm hoping for the same.

It goes through the installation process, then reads "restarting programs" before getting the installation failed message, the installation error code I get through Win Update is 9C59

Tried installing with a clean boot with no result.
I ran the sfc /scannow and attached the csb dir, I had to break it into two zips as it was over the 8mb limit.


Answer:Installing IE 10 Fails on my Windows 7 64bit machine

when I used IE it seemed to a little sluggish so i swapped over to firefox and IMO its much better as it does crash or slow down as much as IE I would suggest this

BUT if your heart is set on ie you can uninstall it completely and re-download it at this link(official)
Internet Explorer - Microsoft Download Center

good luck

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Hello all,
My job has me traveling 100% of the time, so I cannot go a day without a laptop. I recently found out that my computer does not like Jameson and Coke as much as I do, so I had to purchase another one asap. I'm working contract work right now on Navy installations, and as more than a few of you here know, that the NEX does not really carry next gen machines. I have the old hard drive out of my old machine and am using a SATA to USB cable to pull all of my information off of it. I than ran into a problem when trying to do some reports. I use a program called Neat Receipts for documention of expenditures and it will not run on Vista 64 bit.

Long story short, I was wondering if was at all possible to boot from my old laptops hard drive via the cable?

I was also wondering, I purchased a HP Pavilion DV2940SE because it was the "best" laptop they had there. But I ran a test and found it will not perform in the new up and coming MMO, Warhammer. I was wondering if there was any way to change the graphics card out of this system without causing more problems.

Thanks a lot!

Answer:New Machine w/ Vista 64bit

You can't boot Windows from an external drive. Since 64-bit Windows isn't supported, you'd have to install a 32-bit version of Windows if you need to use this program.

Very few laptops allow the video cards to be swapped. As far as I know, HP laptops don't support this either.

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I have been trying to install Vista for days now on my new gaming machine but it just won't work. I have a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3R Rev 2.1 mobo, Gigabyte 8800GT graphics card, 2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB drives in RAID 0 and 4GB of TEAM Xtreem Dark PC2-6400 CL4 ram. I have been into the BIOS and enabled RAID and setup a RAID array in RAID BIOS. I have also downloaded the correct RAID driver from the Gigabyte website and I load it when windows prompts me.

Here is what's happening.

Everything good during windows install until it gets to completing installation part. Computer restarts as it says and then continues to install windows. Screen goes black and I lose power to mouse, keyboard and all usb ports. Any ideas?

If it is my RAID array being incorrectly setup what would it be that I have done wrong? The BIOS seems very simple so I don't quite know how I would have made a mistake. The only thing I can think of is the stripe size part which I left at 128KB.

I have 4GB of ram in 4x1GB sticks which came in pairs. I put one pair in one colour slot and the other pair in the other colour slot. Could this be an issue? I haven't done anything with the ram in the BIOS.

In the BIOS do I need SATA AHCI Mode enabled? It's currently disabled.

I put my drives in the yellow SATAII0 and SATAII1 ports and my cd drive in the SATAII2 port. Is this correct?

I'm fresh out of ideas guys, please help.

Answer:Can't install Vista 64bit on new machine

The thing I keep seeing all over this forum is when you have 4x1GB of ram remove two of them and try again. Once you're set up and running with all downloaded patches and SP1 put your ram back in.

I hope this helps

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Firstly, I keep getting all these spam emails I can't get rid of. They are from randomly generated hotmail accounts soliciting porn. I have Adaware and spybot, as well as Kaspersky Internet Security. Adaware and spybot both give a clean report, but the emails continue. I am using an online mediacom email host, nothing like Outlook or anything like that. I've never had an issue like this and I have no idea where I could have possibly picked this crap up from. I'm quite careful about what I put on my machine and I am somewhat computer savvy. I'm running Vista 64.

Also, on a side note, Kaspersky has been of no use to me as of yet, I've had a few issues with it. Firstly, the databases are always obsolete, even immediately after an update. Secondly, it's always telling me "training" is required on 50 spam emails. When I go into this it appears that Outlook is the only email thing it can help me out with. Most importantly however, after a system scan, the program reports multiple viruses/trojans, but the "disinfect" option is faded out and I cannot clean the detected threats. Anyone that has some experience with this application willing to help me out?

Answer:Unsolveable spam emails/Infected machine Vista 64bit


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Hello out there, does any body know what causes the stop error 0x00000101? I have the i7 with 12 gig ram. This Hp machine has been displaying bsod ever since I bought it 18 months ago and nobody at hp can figure it out. Somtimes the error is the 0.....124. I get these errors a few times per week. I have a Raid 1 system if that helps. Help please Thanks for any feedback. Anthonyg

Answer:stop errors on vista ultimate 64bit machine with i7 chip.

Im looking up the other error, but 124 means hardware.
Do you get beeps on boot?

STOP 0x00000101: CLOCK_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT Usual causes: Device driver, BIOS bug, hardware defect

Its a hardware problem.
Most common is memory.

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I'm finally ready to give Vista 64bit a look-see. I'll dual-boot it with WinXP Pro 32bit.
I've set up the partitions and am ready to do the installation. My MoBo is 64bit capable.

There should be no conflicts between the 32 and 64 bit OS's. Right?

I expect a few (many?) driver problems this early in Vista's existence.
I've acquired the WDK from MS and intend to give it a look once Vista and it are installed. I'm hoping that I may be able to use it to make up drivers for some of my peripheral h/w. Although, I may be biting off just enough to choke on. Time will tell.

Is anyone familiar with the WDK who can offer advice if needed?


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I am working on a Dell Studio 1745 running Win7 64 Home Premium. I need to run a piece of hardware (Tascam US122) that is incompatiable with the 64bit OS. My plan is to partition the drive and install Win 7 32bit on the new partition so I can run the mentioned hardware. I've done this on another machine (Dual Boot XP and Win 7) and ran into a problems with the bootloader. I learned to install older OS FIRST because of that. I'm wondering if installing Win7 32bit on a current Win7 64bit machine will cause a similar problem with bootloaders? I'd rather not have to mess with the bootloaders, but I really need to run this hardware. And, since this is a Dell, with touchscreen, and most IMPORTANTLY, a friend's computer I want to be 100% sure I'm not going to cause issues I can't fix.

So, again, will installing Win7 32bit on a new partition of a Win7 64bit machine cause problems with the bootloader, or any other foreseeable problems?

Thanks a bunch!

Answer:Installing Win7 32bit on Win7 64bit machine?

This says that the drivers work with 64-bit Vista. Have you tried using the Vista driver?


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I have a new computer...well relatively new...I got it in November with Vista pre-installed. I have a Vista installation DVD, which apparently is a rarity to be shipped with a new computer. At any rate, I've read the tutorials and there appears to be issues with SATA drives and unfortunately that's what mine is.

A lot of my peripherals that I was using with my old XP machine do not work with the Vista machine and that has been a huge thorn in my side. My scanner doesn't work either. I *really* need my scanner. I have to make copies of a lot of things for business purposes and send a lot of faxes. I could do all that with XP but MS is greedy and wants me to pay extra for all those luxuries now. I don't really like MS btw.

At any rate, I read over the tutorial. I'm fairly familiar with how to set up a dual boot system. On my XP machine I used Linux as well. So, I'm not intimidated by the process. But I am intimidated about the problems there are apparently with SATA drives.

My computer is an eMachine, model W5233 (I'll post the specs below). Emachines does not have SATA drivers for XP for my model. So, I thought about trying to install it with the SATA options disabled in the BIOS. Someone had stated they had done that and asked if there were problems leaving SATA disabled. There was no reply. So, my main question is just that....Are there any long-term adverse effects from doing this?

Thanks in advance.

Oops....forgot to post my specs...... Read more

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I am trying to install XP on a Vista machine and have done so except when I try to shutdown it gets to the "Windows is shutting down" screen and the HD stops moving and it does not power down ... it doesn't lock up (mouse moves) but ctrl, alt, del does not work and the only solution is to power off using the button. Any suggestions?BTW it is an Acer Extensa 5620z ... which does come with both OS so I got the drivers from Acer's site.

Answer:Installing XP on a Vista machine

So have you already installled Windows XP.. or do you want to install windows xp. please put up some computer specs so that we can further help you out with your problem.... e.g operating system, memory, hdd space

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I recently bought an HP Pavilion dv6500z. It came with Windows Vista on it. I would like to put XP on it, but when i go to reformat with my XP cd it tells me that it cant find any hard drives. Is there a way of reformatting my hard drive and putting XP on it? I have tried reformatting with the Vista disk and then installing XP, but it will not let me. Is there any way to down grade my OS?


Answer:Installing XP on a Vista machine

I found you'll get that message because the computer has a SATA hard drive and XP doesn't natively support SATA drives.
You'll have to wait from someone who knows where to get SATA drivers and what to do to load them before you can install windows.

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I recently decided to dual-boot my Vista machine but XP won't see my HDD. I am running a Western Digital WDS2500JS SATA HDD. XP does not come with drivers for SATA HDD's. I have looked everywhere and can't find the right drivers. I am looking for the txtsetup.oem. During the XP installation, my computer shows unknown disk under the choose partition for installation part. It then blue screens with error 0x00000050 saying PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA and something about it being caused by the setupdd.sys. I made the mistake and bought my computer from Gateway. The Gateway GT5404 does not come with a driver disk. I have contacted Gateway for driver support, but they won't help me since I am installing another OS than the original one. The motherboard is an Intel 945G. Does anyone know where I can find the txtsetup.oem files and the drivers for XP? I looked at Western Digital's website and can't find the drivers.

Answer:Need Help Installing XP on My Vista Machine

I figured it out. I finally found the SATA RAID Controller and threw that on a floppy. I also had to go into the BIOs and set to configure my SATA drive as IDE instead of RAID.

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I recently built a new machine and am trying to install Windows Vista on it. I have a GeFORCE6100SM-M HT2000 motherboard, an AMD Sempron 3400+ processor, and two sticks of 1 GB DDR2 800 MHz ram.

In BIOS, everything looks okay; It detects my floppy disk drive, my compact disk drive, and my hard disk drive. It also boots from the Vista CD just fine. It goes through a process where it loads Vista's files. It then takes me to a sort of patterned blue/light blue screen that looks sort of like a desktop background. I'm assuming that this is usually where the computer would present me with options for installing Vista, however it does not. If my mouse is plugged in, I can see a cursor with an arrow and hourglass, and the cursor is not frozen. It just stays on this screen forever until I reset.

Is there anything special that I might need to do to install Vista? Are they any known solutions to this problem? Thanks.

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hi i am soon to be buying a new computer, i have a full working version of xp on cd from my old pc which i was going to install on my new computer then purchase the 64bit upgrade as my computer spec is

Asrock K10N78
600w PSU
AMD QUAD 10.4Ghz PHENOM 9950
8GB DDR2 1066

i was told i would need vista 64 bit as 32 bit does not registar over 4 gig, so is it possiqable to use a existing copy of windows xp home and install vista over it many thanks in advance

Answer:Installing vista 64bit upgrade over xp

so is it possiqable to use a existing copy of windows xp home and install vista over it many thanks in advanceI don't see why that would be a problem. Just make sure that you have a valid Vista license (CD key and the works) because the XP CD-Key can't be carried over the vista (if that's what you meant)

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My brother installed an extra 2g of ram on my computer yesterday & also upped my Vista to 64bit from 32bit. Unfortunately he has gone away now & left me with a problem).

Since then I've been getting random (every 30mins or so) BSODs for differing reasons (memory_management, IRQL_less_equal_to, system_service_exception, pen_list etc etc etc).

Is anyone able to help me fix this! please!

Have attached the zip files below.

Thanks in advance


Answer:bsod since installing new ram & vista 64bit

Hi Krissy and welcome to TSF.

It looks like your brother installed the RAM, but forgot to change the paging file.

Follow this:

Only difference is that you should change the setting to System managed size. Let us know how goes.

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If you are running Vista 64 I guess you will know what I am on about here.

You know when you install a program and it asks for a location etc to save to, ie "Program Files" or "Program Files (x86)" does Vista 64 always default this to the latter folder, ie "Program Files (x86)"?

It seems to me that it always defaults there unless I specifically change the path myself.

Are my thoughts on this be correct?

Also, if I was to add a 32bit program to the 64bit "Program Files" folder and vice-versa does this have any effect on the performance at all?

Sorry if these are daft questions but I dont want to be installing stacks of programs and find they are going to the wrong folder.


Answer:Installing programs in Vista 64bit

If the installer is built correctly it will install to the correct folder the reason is the x86 is for 32 bit and 16bit... where as the regular program files is for 64bit apps.

Just makes sorting the weat from the chaff easier.

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I just got my 64 bit upgrade in the mail. Its the 20 dollar up grade version not the ultra version thats next step up fromt he premium vista.

Im gonna do a copmlete format and install of vista on my system and was wondering how i would install the 64 bit software?

Do i freshly install 32 bit then as soon as windows loads up I should install vista 64 bit?

Or should i install all my drivers for my devcise's then install 64 bit?

If this is a stupid question then im sorry i just wanna know.

Answer:Installing 64bit from 32bit ( vista )

Is your version an upgrade version or full retail/OEM?

If it's an upgrade version you have to install over the current install, you can install the 64bit over the 32 bit that is currently installed. If your version is a full version then you would be fine to format and can jump right into the 64. After the OS installs then go and download all your 64 bit drivers. This is what I did and I've had no problems.

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My laptop came with Vista installed on a partition, you don't get the discs these days. If I install XP I am going to lose my copy of Vista. I don't want to dual boot. Is there any way around this? I want to buy a copy of XP and put it onto my pc but I don't want to lose the Vista o/s that my laptop came with - I want to be able to go back to this in the future. Any solutions guys?

Answer:Installing XP on Vista machine without losing Vista

Unfortunately there's know way I know of of installing XP whilst keeping vista without using the partition. The good thing about partition is you can have the Vista (vista will not be overwitten if you're installing xp on the other partition) partition hidden and it'lll sit on your computer at a nicely compressed 3GB and it wont effect the speed of XP one bit.
But if you want to get rid of vista totally, the only way is to reformat and then buy a copy of Vista from a shop.

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My first post - I hope this is the right forum, since this is a problem installing XP.

I have an emachines T5088 (full specs are listed below) that came pre-loaded with Vista, but since Vista can't run some of my old apps, I want to load XP onto it from my factory non-OEM XP disc. I booted from the XP disc, and it went through the usual act of pre-loading all the drivers, then when it went to actually start the installation I got a BSoD. Sorry, I didn't have the foresight to document the actual error messages on it. If need be, I can go through the process again to get that info.

Any ideas how to get around this? Or better yet, if you can tell me how to load Macromedia Fireworks 3 and Pinnacle Studio 9 on Vista (the apps in question), I'll just stick with the new OS.

I'm hoping this is just a RAM issue, because I just ordered 2 GIGs to put in it
CPU: Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor 6411
Hyper-Threading and Intel® EM64T Technology
(Operates at 3.20GHz | 2MB L2 Cache | 800MHz FSB)

Operating System: Genuine Windows Vista™ Home Basic2

Chipset: Intel® 945GC

Memory: 512MB DDR2 Memory, Dual-Channel Capable
(1 × 512MB), 533MHz (PC4200)
Expandable to 2GB
2 DDR2 Slots (Total), 1 DDR2 Slot (Available)

Hard Drive: 160GB SATA II (7200rpm, 2MB Cache) 3

Optical Drives: DVD±RW 16x Multiformat Dual-Layer Optical Drive
Up to 8.5GB with Dual-Layer Media
Write max: 16x DVD±R, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+RW, 4x DVD+R DL, 40x CD-R, 24x CD-RW
Read max: 16x DVD-... Read more

Answer:Problem installing XP on a VIsta machine

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To install Vista in addition to XP Pro (just to try it out), do I have to make a separate partition for Vista or can both OS's installed on the same logical drive (C?
I have a little over 17gb free on my drive. Using partition magic I can only create a partition 6.2gb big, but Vista needs at least 6.8gb free.
I would like to just install on C:, but since this is my office computer I don't want to screw anything up.

Give me advice :-D.


Answer:Installing Vista on current XP machine

Cant be installed with XP on same drive. Also with Vista it may say that it needs 6.8 but it will give you a hard time for anything less than 20GB.

Since ti is a Office PC i would advise against it. Since it is still Beta and some parts are still buggy you are better of waiting till Jan when it is released to give it a run.

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Okay, so I've scoured the first 10 results pages of Google or so for an answer to my problem, but haven't really found anything that fits my exact situation.

The machine I was working on has Windows Vista Home Premium edition installed. I thought that it'd be a good idea to have a dual-boot system with Windows XP Profession as well, since I'm beginning to pick up some games for the PC. After reading a few websites and whatnot, I hadn't really found many good processes to go about installing XP to a Vista machine, only the other way around. In addition to my primary HDD, I have a secondary 70 gb drive which I decided that I'd allocate to XP. Using Vista's memory management options, I reformatted the secondary HDD to prepare it for the XP installation.

I restarted my computer and loaded in the XP install disk. It loaded the necessary files for setup, and gave me the options to which drive I wanted to install XP in. I selected D: (which is my secondary HDD), and then it told me that C: was in a file format that may not be compatible with XP. Saying that it was a mandatory step, I really had no idea what to do. So, I exited installation, simply because I didn't want to deal with it at the moment.

When I restarted, though, it didn't load into Vista. Instead, it gave me the message "Error loading operating system". Not knowing what to do, I loaded in the Vista install disk, and ran all the diagnostics it offered, sans full r... Read more

Answer:Problems installing XP to Vista machine

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I bought a Brand new Dell Inspiron 531 AMD ATHLON X2 5000 + 2.6ghz 2.0 gb geforce 8600+ GT last week and I want to get rid of Vista.

Here are my reasons :
1- Nothing new on Vista except memory-eating for no good reasons ( except if you are a girl and like a animated OS)
2- Wireless internet doesnt work (REALLY I TRIED EVERYTHING )
3- Stupid pop ups : do you really want to do this ? do you really REALLY want to do this ?
do you really REALLY REALLY want to do this ? ...
4- System crashes and instability
5- Slow my system down
6- Everything is messed up and when you finally finds the dialog you were looking for, its the old XP dialog at the end of the maze.
The thing is that i tried installing Xp back but when i boot from the cd, my dell bios doesnt recognize my usb keyboard. I dont have a ps2 port nor bios option to turn legacy usb keyboard ON.
What can I do to bring back XP ? WIll my computer hardware support xp ?


Answer:Installing XP on a Vista built machine

Hi and welcome. Since you just got it, I think Dell still has/had options of ordering new systems with XP. You might call them and tell them that you aren't happy with Vista and see if you can't get them to change it to XP.

Did you go out and buy a copy of XP?

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I just recently got a Dell Ispiron 530 and it came with Vista Home Premium on it. I really don't like Vista, still to much crap don't work with it. It came with a 250 gig hd and it is currently partitioned into a 10 gig recovery and a 220 gig primary. I tired using Acronis Disk Director to resize the 220 into two different partitions and then image the Vista OS partition and then I was going to install XP, but I don't know if Dell has the hd locked or something. All my attempts to do anything to the hd have failed.

What is the best way to proceed here? Since Vista is already on there, can I just install XP Pro and then it will dual boot and I can select XP or Vista when I want or what.


Answer:Installing XP on a Dell Vista machine

If you install XP over the top of vista, I bet you're going to have problems. The rule of thumb is to install the older operating systems first....

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I am having SERIOUS problems installing my Tascam US-122 on my freshly re-installed Vista Business 64bit machine. I have gone to the Tascam website and downloaded the drivers and tried every which way to install. Nothing wrong with the hardware. This is a Vista Business 64bit problem. It demands a 'digitally signed' driver (even though it comes direct from Tascam's own site).

I also find Vista Business 64bit HIGHLY irritating in its unfriendly attitude to me.

Am I going to have to go back and reinstall Vista 32bit?


All replies and advice MUCH appreciated. Thank you

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I'm trying to install vista 64bit on my new pc. When it boots up it says loading windows (the white horizontal text at the bottom of the screen) then the vista background texture appears and i'm able to move the mouse cursor. at this time the CD drive does not appear to be spinning.

10-15 minutes later after the system has been seemingly just sitting there, it restarts and repeats this process all over again. I let it do this about 5 or 6 times last night with no avail. as a note, i tried throwing my xp disk in and it began to install windows with no problem.

pc specs:
ati 4850
2gb corsair ddr2-800


Answer:trouble during the first few minutes of installing vista 64bit

Update the BIOS if possible, and check all connections and cables. You also should probably run Memtest and a HDD diag just to be sure.

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I am trying to install a 64bit Windows 7 on my 32bit Vista computer... I have run the upgrade advisor thing and it said that it should all work...
I bought a Family Pack with 3 upgrades and it has both a disc marked "32-bit software" and one marked "64-bit software". I want to get the 64bit windows 7 home premium so I inserted the disk and tried to run the Setup.exe but I get an error saying

"The version of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows you're running. Check your computer's system information to see whether you need an x86 (32-bit) or x64 (64-bit) version of the program, and then contact the software publisher."

I then tried to run the file as administrator and then get a different error saying

E:\setup.exe is not a valid Win32 application.

What am I doing wrong here?
I have already installed 1 of my licences on another computer but then I installed a 32-bit Windows 7... I know I have to do a clean install to go from 32bit to 64bit but shouldn't the disc work on my 32bit system? :S

Answer:Installing 64bit Windows7 on my 32bit Vista

Hello Azryel, welcome to Seven Forums!

There is no upgrade path from 32-bit to 64-bit Windows, it will have to be a clean install; have a look at this tutorial at the link below and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

Do a Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

If you have to upgrade because of data you don't want to lose on Vista you can use the 32-bit disk to do so.

Just to be clear, you have to boot the Windows DVD to do the install, it can't be run from within Windows, have a look at this tutorial at the link below.

How To Change the Drive Boot Priority in BIOS

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I've got 64bit Vista Home Premium PC and i'm converting over from my old 32bit XP machine over to this new Vista machine and i'm having problems with the installation of the HP CM015 MFP. I've downloaded all 405M/bit of the 64bit software and installing it goes well until i'm asked to connect the printer. At that point the PC detects the printer and Vista asks for the drivers, but the software doesn't detect the printer and it times out saying that the printer can not be seen and completes the software installation.

I'm not sure what the issue is, whether it's with the software, the USB ports or something that Vista is throwing up. Any ideas and thoughts would be greatly appreciated please.

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Hi, i'm trying to get my HP 130nr to print on vista 64 bit premium. I downloaded the latest drivers but when i connect the printer to the computer it makes the hardware connected noise but no dialouge boxes show up to install it. any ideas?

Answer:Solved: Installing USB printer on Vista 64bit

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Trying to install Vista Ultimate 64bit get this error:
The version if this file is not compatible with the version of windows you're running. Check your computer's system info. to see whether you need an X86 (32bit) or X64 (64bit) version of the program and then contact the software publisher.

I have a Dell Inspiron 1501
AMD Sempron 3500+ (after running CPU-Z, instructions says X86-64)
Mainboard is a Dell Model OUW744
Chipset ATI express 200 (RS480)
2Gb Ram
120 GB hard drive


Answer:Problems Installing Vista Ultimate 64bit

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G'day all! (first post here!! :P) this is my situation:

I have a server...and i have installed a printer to it - the Canon LBP 3200 - the server is a 32bit machine running win7 pro...anyways...this printer does not have ANY 64bit drivers (which my main machine runs win7 ulti x64) so i am unable to install the printer on my main machine...

I was wondering, is there a way to share it from the server to the 64bit machine without installing any drivers?

Or is there a way to install 32bit drivers on a 64bit Machine?

Or can anyone find any 64 bit drivers/custom 64bit drivers?


Thanx all!!

Answer:Sharing a printer from 32bit machine to 64bit machine without drivers.

ok so i tried this method: Go to Control Panel. Choose printer. Then choose Add Printer.

Choose Add a local printer. Click on Create a new port. The default in the drop down box is Local Port. Do not change that. Click Next.

A dialogue box will appear asking for you to enter a port name. Type in the \\computer name\printer name ie. My computer's name is basement and the printer name is EpsonSty so I typed in \\basement\epsonsty

But when i make my own port name it says access is denied... :S

any help?

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Hey guys, I recently purchased vista 64 bit to upgrade my computer which is currently running XP 32. However, I can't get my computer to read the disc. I will set the bios to boot from disc and the disc just spins and eventually boots into xp. Even with the disc in Looking at it in windows explorer shows no disc in the drive.

I have no idea why I can't boot from the disc to install vista. Here are links to what I'm currently using.

I thought it may just be a bad disc but when I put it into my older laptop it said "your system can't run this version of windows" so my laptop is at least able to read the disc. Any help? As far as I could tell researching both my processor and mobo are designed to handle 64 bit OS's...I'm lost and frustrated lol

CD/DVD drive

Answer:Solved: Installing vista OEM 64 bit into an already built machine

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Hello everyone,

i will try to give as much information as i can on the problem.

The story: a couple of months ago i bought a new pc with Vista pre-installed. While i tried to get used to Vista i couldn't and they would just make me angry and kill my productivity daily. So 2 weeks ago i decided to format my c drive and install XP. I made a back-up of what i needed ( not full back-up since i didn't care and just wanted vista wiped once and for good).

Anyway i took my xp cd and booted from cd, basically i followed the format procedure i have been doing always and worked but not this time.

It boots from disk but when it restarts to continue with the installation of XP it simply starts booting again.

Then i realised i was in trouble. I started searching internet ( with my old pc) for solutions. Read about SATA and xp tried downloading drivers for my motherboard which again wouldnt work ( something about a file missing ). I even deleted partitions and created them again.

Then i got desperate and decided to recover Vista since i can't install XP.

But now i can't install Vista as well, it says that none of my drives is suitable for installing Vista.

Let me give you some specs:

HDD SATA II SEAGATE- 16MB - 7200 rpm
CPU INTEL CORE 2 QUAD Q6600 (s775/2,4 Ghz)
Motherboard ECS G31T-M&GIGA (775, DDR2,G31)

*read the sticky but i don't have vista cd obviously i only have a recovery disk which fails to work.
* downloaded these drivers and booted from di... Read more

Answer:Solved: Installing XP on a Vista machine - i am doomed

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I have Vista installed on a Raid0 on ports SATA1 and SATA2 (C: for future reference). I attempted to install XP on a new HDD on SATA5 (D: for future reference). When I attempted to do so, XP setup insisted on repartitioning the C: drive to add startup files. I'm assuming this would destroy my Vista install, so I opted not to do this. Instead, I shut down the computer, disconnected the cables to the C: array, and setup windows XP on the only visible drive at that point, the one on SATA5 (D. The installation went fine, so I now have Vista setup on C: and XP setup on D:. The problem is that the only way I know of to select which OS to boot to is to go into the BIOS each time I start the PC, and change the boot device priority. Does anyone have a solution? Here are the system specs:

Motherboard: ASUS Striker Extreme 680i
Processor: Intel C2D Conroe E6600 2.4GHz
Video Card: EVGA 880GTX 768MB
Memory: Corsair XMS2 Dominator 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240Pin DDR2 800 SDRAM
Vista HDDs: 2x WD Raptor WD1500ADFD 150GB 10k RPM Serial ATA150
XP HDD: WD Raptor WD740ADFD 74GB 10k RPM Serial ATA150
Sound Card: SB X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series
Power Supply: Thermaltake W0106RU 700W
Case: Silverstone SST-TJ07
Monitor: Dell 2407FPW

Thanks in advance for your time and help!

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hi i want to use centos in vista os using virtual machine.i install VM. when i want to install centos it shows boot failure . do we have to do any thing in the storage field of the vm setting.

Answer:installing Centos in vista using vitual machine

You don't really have to do anything in the storage field, it should create the virtual disk in the Centos folder that you downloaded and saved and should boot just fine. Maybe you can download the OS again and open the VM Player (i assume that is what you are using) Don't open Centos from the folder, open it from the VM Player. Have you tried Ubuntu in VM? It is much better than Centos.

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Alright. The reason im here is b/c microsoft wants to charge me $60.00 to help me with this DirectX 10 problem.
When i try to intall DX10 i get this error msg.
"A cabinet file necessary for installation cannot be trusted. Please verify the Cryptographic Services are enabled and the cabinet file certificate is valid."

I have seen many forms with replys to clean out %temp% dir and %windir% or clear out /system32/ somthing or another....could i get some help on this....when you say clear you mean take everthing out of that folder....if so...isn't that gonna hurt me.

Answer:DirectX 10 not installing. Vista 64bit Geforce 9800 GTX

DX 10 is integrated into vista, as soon as its installed with any 8 or 9 series card its there

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Following one of many sets of online instructions, we successfully (well almost) installed Windows XP on our new Toshiba U405-S2824 laptop, which came pre-loaded with Vista. The one thing that no longer works is the feature that enabled us to plug our MP3 player into a "hot" USB port to charge overnight. Any ideas on why it is no longer supported, and whether there is a fix for this?

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just bought 1st computer which is e-machine w/vista. Have an apollo p-2600u powered by hp new in box I had bought a couple years ago that I tried to hook up to computer. Installed w/disk on computer and when wouldn't work looked at add printer section on computer which had install for p2200-2300 series. now it at least prints test pages but nothing off of the internet. Went to but they didn't have anything for p-2600u in vista. Can anyone help me any further here?

Answer:problem installing apollo printer on e machine w/vista

since your printer is already a couple of years old, chances are those drivers are not compatable with Vista, check with the manufacturer web site to if they have updated drivers. Be advised that a lot of manufacturers do not upgrade their drivers from XP to Vista, this forces you to upgrade your products.

I did see where the Apollo homepage is up for sale

Also the latest drivers I could find were for XP

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I try to install xp on my Vista machine and when it says press enter to continue set up. I get brought to a screen that says that the computer cannot detect any hard discs. Whats that even mean. If it cant detect any hard discs what the hell does it think vista is running off of? Any way of getting around this cause I cant stand having vista on this pc.

Answer:Installing XP on Vista HP machine laptop wont work?

Tough call here. You might look into a BIOS update for your computer or you may need to load the drivers for your controller.

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I bought a laptop from Acer a while ago which came with XP media centre. I opted to get the upgrade to Vista, but stuck with XP on the laptop. Can I use the upgrade to install Vista on my desktop machine - is it possible to do with the Acer disk, and is it legal?

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Installing Vista from Acer upgrade disk to a different machine

Let me get this straight.... you have an Acer laptop with XP Media Center. Acer sent you a disc to upgrade the XP Media Center to Vista. You don't want to upgrade the laptop to Vista. You want to use the Vista upgrade on your desktop PC. Will it work? Maybe. It depends on whether or not the Vista disc has built-in drivers designed for the laptop. If the printing on the Vista disc has the model number of the laptop, and if it says something about applications and/or drivers, then it probably will not work on the desktop, not without some problems anyway. Is it legal? Probably not. You'd have to read the EULA very carefully. Generally speaking, if the Vista upgrade came from Acer, it is designated for an Acer product, namely the laptop, and using it elsewhere is probably a violation of the EULA....

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I am trying to get windows media center on vista 64 bit. To play different codecs. I have tried to do this myself for along time now and Im getting tired of failing. This is what I have done. I have downloaded and installed the latest versions of FFDSHOW and media control plugin. I have tried numerious times to get this to work with no succes. I have got the media control plugin channel to come up in windows media center. That is as far as I have got though I cant get ffdshow to transfer over to wmc. If you can pls leave step by step directions from the begeing. I mainly want to be able to do this so I can sit down and flip threw movies with the remote. I have no problems using the codecs for other players. If there are any other ways to do this id be interested in trying them cause im tired of messing with media control plugin and ffdshow haha but w/e is the best way would be great. Thank you for the help I appreciate it.

Answer:Installing codecs to Windows media Center Vista 64bit

Have you tried the K-Lite Codec Pack? It also includes FFDSHOW among other tools and tons of codecs.

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Hi all,
Have a question on installing an old piece of software on VISTA Home Premium SP1 64bit. The interesting thing is this software is installed and running on Win XP Media Center 2005 SP3 and runs like a watch. However attempts to install on my VISTA machine prove futile. I get the following message:
The disk itself states for Windows 95/98/98SE/NT ( I know this is old stuff) copyright 2000. I don't know apples from oranges about code and I'm definitely not a code monkey; but wonder if it has something to do with the way the program was written? Could it have been written in 16bit code? Like I said it installs and operates on a 32bit OS. Any ideas greatly appreciated.

I have tried running as Administrator and it makes no difference.....same message appears.

Answer:installing an old piece of software on VISTA Home Premium SP1 64bit

Hi all,
Thanks for looking. I also tried the "Windows Compatibility Wizard" and it was a nogo no matter what I did. Soooo, after much Googling and many dead ends, I finally tracked down the current company that owns the software (not the original publisher) and they cannot make it work in VISTA either. Claim they are working with Microsoft on some kind of patch. I will say this for them though they were honest enough to put this fact in 'red letters' on their Google ad. I missed it first time around. I'll just use it on my XP machine.
Thanks for the help

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I recently bought an Internal SATA II expansion card to add another hard drive (my motherboard only has 4 Sata II ports). I placed the card in the PCI-E port and followed the steps provided to get the card running with a singular drive (instead of using Striped or mirrored Raid configurations). Windows found the new hardware and windows update found and installed them. I then formatted the drive to NTFS and tested that it was reading and writing correctly, all seemed to be working fine. After a few hours (not even using the drive in this time) my computer BSOD?d and restarted with:
Windows failed to Start.

File: \Windows\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
Status : 0xc0000221
Info: Windows failed to load because the kernel is missing, or
Giving me the option to insert the windows disk and repair the file.
I reboot the machine, it brings up the "Windows failed to start"
screen that gives us the safe mode, last known good, normal etc boot
options, I choose Boot Normally and it boots right up, and has no
further issues.
A few days later it happens again, with the same error message as before, but this time it won?t get past the ?Windows failed to start? page it loops back to the message each time I reboot. Then when I remove the card it starts up fine. I then tested to see if the hard drive was the issue by replacing the Sata II cord to my CD drive with the new hard drive which worked fine for 2 days of being on.
I had a read around to see if I was d... Read more

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I have a hp M8400f with 6 gigs of ram, i know the max is 3 on a 32 bit os.
I have a full vista home premium 64 bit os dvd, but i cannot get it to run the install because of errors saying cannot install on a 32 bit OS..
Any help will be much appreciated.

Answer:Installing vista 64bit on a vista 32 bit OS?????????????

You may need to do a low level format to remove the 32 bit install before proceeding.

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Have a program that will only install and work on 32bit vista or xp business/professional systems. Toshiba Laptop I use is a 64 bit machine and currently has win7   64bit home on it. I am considering to install on seperate  partition Vista business 32 bit os . Will i be able to use program on that partion/ os ? Main point is will the Vista 32bit act as 32 bit or will it install as 64 bit and be  of no benefit for my program ?

Answer:if i install vista business 32bit on 64bit machine will os operate as 32bit


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well...since I couldn't find anything about this in the searches, here goes.

I just bought an HP machine running Windows Vista. So I went ahead and put another disk drive in and installed Windows XP on it. Now there are two disk drives, each with an OS on it. I can boot either one fine and all software meant to run on each OS runs fine. Photoshop, Premiere Pro, whatever. That is normal behavior. The problem is that I cannot connect to the internet with the Windows XP side. The Windows Vista side works fine, no problems other than the normal issues facing the current built of Vista.

I have to guess that the issue is coming from the driver for the networking card. But my solutions to that have not worked so far.

I have tried:
1) Updating the service pack
2) Using a chipset for Nvidia nforce (the manufacturer of the networking card) being sure to use XP versions of the AMD64 drivers which I believe to be correct.
3) Using an AMD chipset.
4) pulling most, but not all, of my hair out.

The error is the typical cannot open page. The network says connected so the system knows there is a network but no packets have been sent so I am not connected.

And here I had plans to install another drive with Ubuntu on it too. I wonder if that would give me the same problem with the internet connection.

There is something I don't understand here. I'm hoping someone in this community can shed some light on the situation for me. Is there an issue with the hardware? It just se... Read more

Answer:Internet connection issue after installing Windows XP on Vista machine

It could be a compatibility issue for sure. Have you checked out the HP website for the network card drivers, windows xp version? If not, download the drivers, un-install the current network card drivers and reboot the computer. Once you boot to windows xp again try installing the updated drivers.

Worst case you can just go to your local computer store and purchase a separate network card.

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I recently installed vista ultimate on my machine. Soon after, I was attempting to install a retail copy (purchased from a Best Buy) of Norton Internet Security. Apparently I am not able to proceed past the Norton Liveinstall because a prompt appears "Setup Stub has stopped working." A few minutes after, I get a promopt that says Microsoft Feeds Synchronication has stopped working. I have already disabled the UAP feature in Vista but I still get the same results. Is there something I should do here?


CPU: AMD Athlon X64 X2 Dual Core Processor 4200+ 2.20 GHz
RAM: 2 Gigs
System: 32-bit

Answer:Need Help Installing Norton Internet Security on a new Vista Ultimate Machine

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My PC come with vista64bit, may registered it ? by this way I get free Email support on windows & networking PCs in windows FROM MICROSOFT ? including setting up wireless and wired networks via ADSL MODEMS ?

I have dual boot PC [VISTA 32BIT & 64BIT]:
The below hardware does not function in 64bit but no problem at 32bit[drivers in device manager appear with a yellow icon-explanation mark] is needed drivers only ? I must register all products and after registration-success seek for drivers ? I must download drivers [since ethernet card/internet do not work in 64bit] from 32bit, save on HDD and after boot from 64bit, run them ? Is needed restart after each installation, or after all installation is ok ?

problems only in 64bit vista drivers


Answer:I have dual boot PC [VISTA 32BIT & 64BIT]---problems only in 64bit vista drivers

Hi Ise,

Yes, it's recommended to restart your operating system after each driver installation.
Please remember to install drivers running them as administrator.

Hope I could help...

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Would it work installing from a Vista Ultimate 64bit DVD using a Vista Ultimate SP1 32bit CD-Key (I know 32 and 64bit cdkeys are interchangeable, but unsure if the SP1 vs Non-SP1 throws it off).

Answer:Installing from a Vista Ultimate 64bit DVD using a Vista Ultimate SP1 32bit CD-Key?

It should work.

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My old E-machine power supply died so I purchased a COMPAQ SR1834nx. There is room for additional drives. When I installed the drive from my old machine it wouldn't boot up. What do I need to do to install my old drive?

Answer:Installing 2nd hard drive from old machine into new machine

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Situation: Win 8 Lenovo laptop is borked - necessitating reinstalling the OS - decided to ditch Win 8 (hatedit) to go with something that works, i.e. Win 7 Pro. The laptop uses UEFI.

Steps, as I understand them: please correct any errors.

Having removed laptop HDD and confirmed it is working and wiped it using my desktop, reinstalled.

Connect USB media into Desktop and format it for FAT32,
Copy Win 7 Pro 64 disk onto USB
Insert USB into laptop, boot and install from USB

Anything I am missing?

Answer:Installing Win 7 Pro onto a UEFI Machine (formerly Win 8 machine) - Check me, pls.

Download the Windows USB tool here.

This will load the iso of win7 to a usb pen and make it bootable for the installation.

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Hello -
I just went ahead and put on Vista 64 Bit OS on my PC (I was using Vista 32) because I have 4 gigs of ram and wanted full use of all of them. I run a lot of memory intensive apps, so this move made sense for me.

So, I'm just wondering if any other Vista 64 bitters out there have some tips, software suggestions, etc to pass along so I can make sure I get the most out of my OS.

I was thinking about trying Firefox 64bit (minefield), not sure its ready to play with yet tho...

Thanks for any tips or software suggestions your willing to give!

Answer:Just upgraded to Vista 64bit..any other 64bit users have tips, software hints, etc?

Some 64-bit apps I've used (show up in reg. program files or w/o *32 in taskman):

Virtual PC 2007
VMWare Workstation
Vista Virtual Desktop Manager
Bullzip PDF Printer
Intellitype Pro (MS Keyboards)

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I am owner of a Tecra S10 and using Vista 64bit as operating system.
Unfortunately Toshiba is not really supporting this OS version, because the offered drivers have to be collected over different products which are using same hardware.

Does anyone knows wether Toshiba will start sharing drivers for Vista 64bit soon and what's about Win7?

I think Vista 64bit drivers will run under Win7 as well, but **** when will they officially release drivers for Vista 64bit or Win7?

Any info would be interesting.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Tecra S10 - Vista 64bit and Win7 64bit driver question

> I think Vista 64bit drivers will run under Win7 as well, but **** when will they officially release drivers for Vista 64bit or Win7?
Why you don?t contact the Toshiba and ask the guys for this info?
Then you could share this info with us? I mean this is a user to user forum and I doubt there are some official guys from Toshiba?

But I?ve got a own theory; I think the Win 7 drivers will be released after the official Win 7 release. At this time you can get only the Beta version Win 7.

Regarding the Vista 64bit OS drives;
I checked the Toshiba European driver page and the 64bit Vista drivers are available so where is the problem?

Cheers mate

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I have a DVB card called Twinhan 1025

Twinhan company is gone so they dont provide new drivers

the driver we have is for Vista 64bit which works well with RAM more or less than 4 GB but in Windows 7 64bit it works with only RAM less than 4 GB

My RAM is 6 GB when I boot normally I am able to get the signal level and quality but cant add channels or view them

when I set the boot option the limits the memory to 4000MB I am able to view or add new channels
This is not a software issue
cause I have tried programs in compatibility mode and as administrator
and download viewers for 64bit OS and for 32 bit OS

So it's a driver problem or Windows 7 problem

Now can I do something to make Windows allow this driver to map specific range of memory ?
Please help with any solution cause the workaround of limiting the boot memory isn't a practical one

I even tried to install VM's and install Windows XP but they do not provide access to PCI slots

Answer:Twinhan DVB card driver works in Vista 64bit but not 7 64bit HELP HELP


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Hi all,

I want to update the drivers for my GTX260 graphics card.
I downloaded the appropriate driver for my OS, Vista Home premium 64 bit (OEM):
Driver: 182.06_geforce_winvista_64bit_english_whgl.
But when I try to run the driver application I get the following error:

"The version of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows you're running.Check your computer's system information to see wether you need an x86(32-bit) or x64 (64-bit) version of the program, and then contact your software publisher".

I have the same problem with 64bit NVidia networkcontrollers.

Is this a known problem or am I doing something wrong?



System: Intel Core2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz, 8GB RAM, Geforce GTX260, Asus P5N-D (nForce 750ichipset)
Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit SP1 (OEM)

Answer:Unable to install 64bit NVidia drivers on Vista 64bit

I was just wondering if this could be just an installer problem.
The filesize of 182.06_geforce_winvista_64bit_english_whql is just 22kb.
I noticed on another site (64bit and x64) they have a download of the same driver that is a 100 MB.

Is anyone familiar with Can I safely download the NVidia drivers
from there?

And do I really need to install 64bit versions of the driver or can I just as well install the 32 bit version of the same driver (even though my OS is 64 bit) ???

Any help would be much appreciated!


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We have replaced some of our machines and bought new systems with Vista, unfortunately we have a printing issue, none of the Vista users can access the shared printer attached to Window's 98 System on the parallel port.

Answer:Vista Machine unable to print to Printer attached to 98 machine thru parallel port

Originally Posted by savikalra

We have replaced some of our machines and bought new systems with Vista, unfortunately we have a printing issue, none of the Vista users can access the shared printer attached to Window's 98 System on the parallel port.

Have you installed the printer drivers on the Vista machines.?

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Hi there !

I'm user of windows 10 Pro 64bit.
I have version 1607 , OS build 14393.447.

I'm using this system/computer for producing music.
So, there are various VST instruments installed.
One program/instrument requires, when i load it, activation keys and machine ID (freshly installed windows).
Ok, so far so good.
I can register that plugin and all keys are working.
But, after some time , i guess, machine ID changes and i must require activation keys again.
That happened after weekly updates or last time i didn't even have computer connected to internet for about one week and activation keys appeared again.
Why is that happening, like machine ID is changing very often.
I don't remember that in windows 8.1 or earlier versions, just when re-installing windows or major updates.


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Intel E8500 CPU
PS I want to use this as a game server what would you recommend and I will be file sharing with my windows 7 machine

Answer:Can I install a 64bit os on this machine?

Answer to thread question: Yes.

C_N1 said:

PS I want to use this as a game server what would you recommend and I will be file sharing with my windows 7 machineClick to expand...

Not sure what recommendations you are asking for, but depending on the game/server it seems the machine will run well for what you ask of it.

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Hi all,

I need to build new computer for 64 bit edition. So I need your suggetions,



abit fatal1ty an8 sli !!!!

im goin to after christmas when i get to spend my money on myslef.

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I have a 64 bit laptop with Win 7 64 bit installed. I have an application that absolutely must use 32 bit. Can I install Win 7 32 bit O/S on this 64 bit piece of hardware?

Answer:can i install win 7 32 bit on a 64bit machine

Yes, your laptop can run either version of Windows 7. What program is it that will not run in Windows 7 64 bit? Is your problem drivers or something else?

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I ordered win7 pro 32 bit to go on my 32 bit dell computer. I replaced the HDD also. Can you install the 64 Bit version
on a 32 bit machine?

Answer:64Bit on a 32Bit Machine?

It depends on your CPU. You can't install a 64bit os on a computer with a 32bit processor,
Use this utility to find out. Any modern processor is 64bit.

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have two laptops - one running Vista and one running XP. Both have IE 7 and Norton 360 installed. I've verified the settings for IE and Norton are the same on both machines.

On my Vista machine, which is my main computer, I cannot access certain sites, specifically and They appear to be loading, but never load. I've tried with both IE 7 and Firefox, but I get the same result. In addition, the daily Dilbert cartoon that I subscribe too is received in Outlook but the graphics do not display. The graphics are not visible in my Yahoo webmail either.

However, on my XP machine, everything works just problems.

Like I said, I've verified settings on both machines...I've even done a restore to a previous restore help. I've reset my router, disabled Norton, etc...everything I can think of and nothing has worked.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


Answer:Cannot Open Certain Sites in IE or Mozilla on Vista Machine - XP Machine works fine

Please see the responses to your thread in TSF Vista Support.

Please do not create duplicate threads in the future. Thank you.

This thread closed.



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have two laptops - one running Vista and one running XP. Both have IE 7 and Norton 360 installed. I've verified the settings for IE and Norton are the same on both machines.

On my Vista machine, which is my main computer, I cannot access certain sites, specifically and They appear to be loading, but never load. I've tried with both IE 7 and Firefox, but I get the same result. In addition, the daily Dilbert cartoon that I subscribe to is received in Outlook but the graphics do not display. The graphics are not visible in my Yahoo webmail either.

However, on my XP machine, everything works just problems.

Like I said, I've verified settings on both machines...I've even done a restore to a previous restore help. I've reset my router, disabled Norton, etc...everything I can think of and nothing has worked.

Any help is greatly appreciated.


Answer:Cannot Open Certain Sites in IE or Mozilla on Vista Machine - XP Machine works fine


Disable UAC (User Account Control) and check out if the pages display ok.

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Hello everyone,

I don't know if this was asked before, please forgive me if this is just a repeat. I am new in the forum.

Does 64bit machines (Dual Processors or Quad etc) need a 64bit Vista to maximize its capabilities? I noticed that new PCs and Laptops shipped today have pre-installed Vista but 32bit OS . . . why is this? Or does it really matter? Please explain this puzzling mystery to a non-techie like me.

Thanks guys.

I like Windows 95, 98, XP and Vista!!!!!

Answer:Does 64bit machines (Dual Processors) need a 64bit Vista?

Hello Rockrus, and welcome to Vista Forums.

Yes, you get the most out of your 64 bit machine by using a 64 bit OS with it. It will not hurt anything to use a 32 bit OS though.

This article may be an interesting read for you to help explain all of the differences between 32 bit and 64 bit.

Hope this helps,

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I have Vista Premium 64bit and have noticed I have 2 Internet Explorers in my Vista Program list on the Start Menu one says Internet Explorer 64bit ! ok why 2 browsersI am also putting on Java and it detects I have 2 Internet Explorer's and says I should install both Java 32bit & Java 64bitIs this correct to have 2 Internet Explorers and also have to install Java 32bit and a 64bit version ?

Answer:Vista 64bit, Internet Explorer 64bit & Java

Power DVD v5 is compatible with Vista but not sure on Premium 64bit and still not got anywhere with Nero v7 Essentials.

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So last night I started the Win 7 Pro 64 bit "upgrade" on my vista 64 bit business OS.

Before doing this on my home machine - I tested first at work on a VM of vista 32bit business - upgrade to win 7 32 bit pro.... took about 30 min. Done. Of course thats a vanilla install too.

I dont have a lot on my PC at home... a handful of programs at most. Going on 19 HOURS later, it is still at the "transferring files, settings and programs (62%) portion of the upgrade and still shows activity happening.

Any ideas on what is taking this so long to do? Suggestions on if I should just scrap this upgrade install ?

Answer:Win 7 64bit Pro upgrade from vista 64bit business --- issue

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Hi All -
I recently built a new Win7-64bit machine which is suffering from somewhat random BSOD's (I have encountered 4 BSOD's in the past 11 days). I have the latest BIOS installed and I think I have updated all of my drivers updated. 3 of the 4 BSOD titles have been MEMORY_MANAGEMENT (the 4th was SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION), so I have run 2 different memory checks - both of which passed at 100%. The machine is for development, so SQL2008, VS2008, IIS along with Outlook, etc. are all running when it crashes. Finally, it mostly crashes at night (when unattended). Hopefully some of these clues help.

I have attached a zip of all 4 Mini dumps in txt form. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:BSOD in new Win7 64bit machine

Quote: Originally Posted by tshawver

Hi All -
I recently built a new Win7-64bit machine which is suffering from somewhat random BSOD's (I have encountered 4 BSOD's in the past 11 days). I have the latest BIOS installed and I think I have updated all of my drivers updated. 3 of the 4 BSOD titles have been MEMORY_MANAGEMENT (the 4th was SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION), so I have run 2 different memory checks - both of which passed at 100%. The machine is for development, so SQL2008, VS2008, IIS along with Outlook, etc. are all running when it crashes. Finally, it mostly crashes at night (when unattended). Hopefully some of these clues help.

I have attached a zip of all 4 Mini dumps in txt form. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

I am afraid we need the actual DMP files. use these instructions to find and upload them.


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Does it really matter if I install 32bit XP on a 64bit machine? I'm particularly concerned that games might not perform as well as they otherwise would. I'm aware that 32 bit XP will only accommodate a maximum of 4GB RAM, but apart from that, is there any difference?

Answer:[SOLVED] 32bit XP for a 64bit machine

There'll be no problem at all, the 32bit version has better drivers support and better compatibility with older softwares. The memory shouldn't be a problem either, I don't think there are many games around that can make use of more than 2GB of RAM.

Note that XP 32bit will probably not detect 4GB of memory if you have 4GB installed. If you want more information about that you can read this thread starting at "About the memory now". It won't make a big difference with games anyway, once you have more than 1GB of RAM the things that really matter are your CPU and video card performances.

Apps that are designed specifically to take advantage of the 64bit features will perform faster on a 64bit OS, but most of these are professional apps. Games may perform better if they can benefit from faster memory access but you shouldn't see a big difference.

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Ok The title pretty much sums it up, The story goes like this, on the 23/6/2012 i got my new PC after tossing out my old AMD machine the specs are as followed:

Motherboard - Intel DH67CL (With latest Bios version)
CPU - Core I5 3550 Quad core processor (Ivy Bridge)
Graphics - Default HD graphics 2500
Audio - Onboard Realtek hd Audio
OS - Windows 7 Ultimate x64 edition SP1
AV - Avg free 2013 - Was 2012

Now for the first 2 months it absolutly rocked i only ever got one BSOD in the entire 2 months and it was due to something stupid i did, besides that it was a perfect machine, anyway Then something happened to my windows (i suspect it was a damaged file or Virus), I had to remove windows and re-install it again i changed nothing, i put the same software, the same drivers, The same everything But ever since then i will constantly be getting random BSOD's at any given time for no apperant reason, even while running idle, sometimes it would run for 2 or three days non stop, then suddenly I'd decide to play a game and it would halt and display the BSOD.

I know i don't have heating issues, the temparature remains well within the 40's so its not getting hot, I tried installing SP1 hoping it would fix it, but no such luck, I take good care of my OS I regularly use cleaning tools like Ccleaner, Regcure, AVG, I defrag my disks every month and so forth but that doesn't seem to solve the problem, I tried running SFC /Scannow, it told me there were problems ... Read more

Answer:BSOD Anytime anywhere on 64bit machine

Click on User CP on the top right of this page
Click on Edit System Spec
Fill in your computer specs
System Info - See Your System Specs

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I have purchase new PC with i7 3.20 processor, want to know if you can i run windows xp pro 32bit on a 64bit machine ( I see some answers from 2007)

Answer:can i run windows xp 32bit on a 64bit machine

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Hello and thanks in advance for your help.

I currently have two 64 bit laptops that I'd like to downgrade to Windows XP Pro 32 bit.

Both are HP dv6 models.

The first is I believe a dv6-1350us and is running Windows Vista.

According to the tech guy he says I have to install a 64-bit operating system like XP Pro 64. I'd like to confirm if this is really true or not.

The second computer is dv6-1355dx and running Windows 7 Home Premium. So can I downgrade this to XP Pro 32 bit?

Supposedly there are drivers available to make this change. But according to my tech guy he believes I have to use a 64 bit operating system with a 64 bit machine. So maybe Windows XP Pro 64 bit would work.

Any help or suggestions would be great.


Answer:Can I Install XP Pro 32bit on my 64bit machine?

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As the title says, im upgrading from 32bit to 64bit(both XP). The reason is because i just ordered a 2x2gb ram sticks of newegg and i want my system to read all of my memory.

But hmpm... so i have found all of my drivers that are 64bits for my hardware. But i cant seem to find my CHIPSET driver since i dont even know where to look for it(i dont know my motherboard manufacturer, etc...)

By any chance is there some way to find it even if i dont know the manufacturer of my mobo?

Att, Rey .

PS: my mobo is compatible with vista, i remember when i bought it, like 7 months ago, the box said so.

Answer:Upgrading my machine from XP 32BIT to XP 64BIT.

What is the make and model of this computer?

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So I am building a computer and have just ordered my parts. Was just wondering would I be able to install a VM of WinXP 32bit on it if I install Win 7 64bit as the physical OS on the machine without any problems?

Answer:Solved: VMs on a Win7 64bit machine

Yes, but you will need to enable "Virtualization" mode in your BIOS before running ANY VM's.

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I have a new Gateway Vista 64 machine for my office . The old HP Pavillion Pentium 4 with XP 32(?)is networked in other room Here's my setup:
Ethernet network with a new wireless Netgear router (yes,it has places to plug in the ethernet cords).
-HP Laserjet 1200 printer is plugged directly into the Vista 64 machine.
The XP Unit is on the network.
I can see and share files between the machines just fine but I get an error when choosing the networked printer in "add printer" when setting up XP unit.
(Print sharing is turned on on Vista Machine).
I choose the networked printer found on Gateway, it says that it will install drivers onto my machine to make things work, I click ok and it says that server for my printer has the wrong driver installed, would I like to find right driver? Clk yes. It looks for a VSFILE\XP but can't find it. It tells me to manually find the file but I can't find that file on HP site or any of my discs. I've uninstalled and reinstalled original drivers onto the XP machine (PCL6) and downloaded a Universal PCL5 printer file. None correct the problem. Vista automatically loaded the printer drivers when I turned on the power. It has a PCL5 file. The 1200 printer works fine when printing from Gateway machine. Vista will only let me use the drivers already installed in the machine. When I try to manually try to install drivers downloaded from HP for an XP on the the vista then it balks and says they were not created for an X6... Read more

Answer:Solved: XP machine can't print on networked Vista Machine

I ended up hiring someone to solve this mess. He just created local ports on each machine that directs the pre-downloaded, local driver, to the printers. Worked just fine. Start, Run, //"name of network" to see if printers can be seen on the network 1st.

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what do you guys think, anybody have gone from vista x64 to xp 64? it seems like a logical thing to do since vista x64 still have bugs. at least i can address my 8gb of ram. would you or have you done it?

Answer:windows xp 64bit edition vs vista 64bit

I think I read your post backward. I thought you were asking if anyone had upgraded from XP x64 to Vista X64. Which I have done, although I differ from you -- I haven't had any issues.

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The two Win7 laptops see each other but, when I try to Homegroup with the Vista laptop I get an error "The RPC server is Unavailable"..did a search on here as well as the net and couldnt find any surefire solution or one thats understandable

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I just ordered a new T500 and it hasn't been shipped yet.  When I placed my order, I saw the Vista Business 64 option, but I also saw the Vista Ultimate with Downgrade to XP option, so I chose the latter, thinking that Ultimate would also be a 64-bit operating system.  After all, selecting the option cost more than the Business 64 version. In checking the Hardware Maintenance manual, however, it lists the OSs offered on the T500 as including Vista Ultimate in 32bit mode only. Yikes!  I need a 64bit OS!  Is there anything I can do?  My understanding is that Vista Ultimate, as shipped by Microsoft in a boxed configuration, combes in both 32 and 64 bit editions.  Will Lenovo ship me both versions?  Is there an easy upgrade path?  Or am I better off trying to get my order changed back to a Business 64 version?  Is that even possible? Thank you.


Go to Solution.

Answer:Vista Ultimate - NOT 64bit? How to make it 64bit

Replying to my own post -- ISSUE RESOLVED: I contacted sales, where they explained the following:  Selecting "Windows Vista Ultimate with XP Professional Downgrade" as your OS choice means your laptop will ship with XP (32 bit) installed, along with a DVD for Vista Ultimate (32 bit). Once I learned that, I received their assistance in changing my order to the Vista Business 64 edition. I want to point out that I received absolutely EXCELLENT customer service from various Lenovo people today, and I haven't even received the product yet.  If that's any indication, I'm sure I'm going to be a very happy customer. Thank you.

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I have a Dell Xps/410, running Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit. Intel Q6600 2.4GHz. processor, Nvidia 8600GTS 256 video card with 250 Gb. SATA II hard drive and Creative audio.
Everytime I try to install the WIndows 7 BETA version it doesn't recognize the CD. I have made the CD-ROM first priority in the system's BIOS but it still doesn't work. Anyone have any suggestion? Would this happen to have something to do with my system being a DELL?
Or maybe I should consider wiping the hard drive first and then trying to install Windows 7 version.

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I would like a copy of the following file, if someone could zip it up and attach it here, that would be sweet.


Answer:Someone have a windows 10 64bit machine, I need a file. (hidusb.sys)

Compressed/Archive file formats are not permitted to be uploaded.

A reputable file sharing host should be used.

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I've had some drama with a corrupted BOOT drive. To cut the story short I need to do a clean install on a brand new HD. I have created a Windows Easy Transfer file on an external drive.

I'm about to format the C: drive and do a clean install of Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit version. All my applications are still installed on two other drives in the same machine. I had nothing installed on the C: drive. When I transfer my settings back to my C: drive from the MIG file will I still need to re-install all my apps or will it pick them in situ, as I haven't modified any of the other drives?

Answer:Transfer to same machine (Win7 64bit ultimate)

You must reinstall all programs to a newly installed OS because they write registry keys which integrate themselves into the OS until uninstalled, which is also why they should be installed on the same partition with the OS.

You can separate your data out to another partition so if you must reimage Win7 on C because it becomes irreparable, your data is intact, current and waiting on the other partitiion.

I do not recommend Easy Transfer because it can fail and you must try to pry your data out of it. Easier to just drag your User folders to external.

Other steps here to to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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I currently have a Compaq Presario SR500 Desktop Pc which has 2GB of Ram and a 1.6Ghz processor. I have a Samsung HD161HJ 160GB Sata Hard Drive installed in it running 32-bit Windows 7 Home Premium.

I am trying to put the hdd into a HP S5300uk which has a 320GB Western Digital WD3200AAJS Sata Hard Drive installed running 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium OA running on it.

I have tried to put the Samsung HDD into the s5300uk Pc but it comes up with Windows Startup Repair and that says it cannot repeair the start up sequence. I have put the HDD back into my old pc and it works fine.

I did some nosing around using the Command Prompt and it came up that it was attempting to boot from X:\, which does not exist on my HDD.

Is there something I need to do to prepare my HDD to go into the HP PC?

Thanks In Advance!


Answer:Windows 7 32bit HDD in a 64bit HP S5300uk Machine

was win7 64 installed on that computer? if not, most likely you will have to reinstall using the vista7 64 disk.

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Upgrade from Vista HP to W7 64b on 32b comp. Curently running Vista Home Premium 32 bit and want to install windows 7 64bit. Computer has 32bit hardware. Is it even possible?

Answer:Install 64bit windows 7 on 32bit machine

It is not possible to install a 64 bit OS on 32 bit hardware.

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Hi all,
I was wondering if anyone could help me out with one of our laptops that keeps getting random BSOD.  I've attached the minidump and I've used BlueScreenView program to view the log and here's what it says:
The laptop is a Lenovo ThinkPad E540 and I've used the Lenovo System Update to update the drivers such as wireless NIC and also the BIOS but laptop is still getting BSOD.  Thank you in advance.

Answer:Random BSOD on a Windows 7 64bit machine

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post.

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Will 32bit hardware work in a 64bit machine?

I'm upgrading from win7 32bit to Win7 64bit. I'm having trouble with my sound card. It is 32bit. There are no 64bit drivers for it. However it is a Sound Blaster PCI 128 (I'm assuming 'bit'). I know its old but its reliable and it has served me very well in the past.

It doesn't seems to be able to install win Win7 64bit. (It did before on win7 32bit) The error message says "incorrect handlers" when I install the drivers.

I wonder if I have to buy a whole new soundcard or is there a trick to installing 32bit hardware on a 64bit machine.

Answer:Will 32bit hardware work in a 64bit machine?

With no 64-bit drivers available, you are going to need a new card.

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I have a surface pro running Win 8.1 and im fairly sure I have up to date Java. I am a bit of a non technical guy but keep my pc up to date. Im trying to install some software (touchgraph) and failing at first hurdle as it throws the error as shown in image below (which says cant locate suitable 32bit JRE). Can you help?

Answer:java32 bit installer error on 64bit machine

First thing to do might to check and be absolutely sure you have the 32-bit JRE or JDK installed. You might have installed the 64-bit JRE/JDK instead thinking that you needed to use that because you had a 64-bit OS. Both the 32 and 64-bit JRE/JDK should be able to peacefully coexist on the same system, so no need to uninstall one just to install the other.

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I want to upgrade a 2008 Win7 Pro 32bit computer to Win7 Ultimate 64bit.

Have new mobo, processor, 16gb memory, 256gb SSD. Would like to be able to use my 32bit programs for a while, until I can replace them with 64bit progs.

How can I do this? Or do I need to have two machines?

I have searched this forum and found some old posts that suggested I start a new thread.

Very grateful for your help.

Answer:How can I run 32bit programs on a 64bit machine? Windows 7 / Ultimate

Most 32bit apps will run fine on 64bit Windows, unless they have 32bit driver dependencies or include 16bit code.

What apps are you using, specifically, that you are concerned about? You might want to search the compatibility catalog first to see if any have been officially tested and submitted:

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My wife works at a fitness club and they recently had to replace the office XP machine and purchased a new one with Vista, They had the two machince networked together before one at the front counter and the other in the office, I can not get the new Vista machine networked at all I have searched the internet looking for answers and have tried a few things but have had no success what so ever. Is there anyone willing to help or is there a step by step website that might have good information on this subject. I have the workgroups the same on each machine. I'm lost please help


Answer:Network trouble Vista Machine To XP Machine

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Any advice on how to do this? I have file sharing enabled on both computers. When I view computers and devices from my vista machine, I see my XP machine, but it is showing up as a media device. When I click on it, windows media player opens. It doesn't seem like it should do this since I am sharing more than just media files. In windows media player i get the error, "Before you can access files in this library, you first must have access to this library".

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I have basically two questions.
1) does anyone know if Aloha Bob's PC Relocator Ultra can work with Vista?

2) Is anyone aware of anyproducts, preferably shareware or freeware that can migrate both data/settings and programs from Win98 to Vista Home Premium?


Answer:Moving from a Win98 machine to a Vista Machine

I don't imagine there are any software apps with that feature - any of them new enough to work with Vista would likely not bother with Win98. Data won't be hard to migrate, but I don't imagine Win98 programs would work the same on Vista... You will probably have to reinstall the programs - if they are compatible. (My CD burning software, for example, was compatible with XP but caused the PC to not boot when I tried to install it on Vista) Settings are probably going to be a lot different on Vista vs. Win98...

Here are some links on the subject:

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