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

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

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 ?

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

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


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Hey guys, I've seen a few threads on 64 bit and 32 bit but I'd like to narrow it down to my use.

Through my school, I can get either the 32 or 64 bit version of Vista Business, and was wondering which would be best if I'm into gaming.

Is a 64-bit operating system still plagued by driver/game incompatibilities?

Answer:Vista Business 64bit vs 32bit

Volume said:

Is a 64-bit operating system still plagued by driver/game incompatibilities?Click to expand...

If you got a 64bit processor, there is absolutely no reason not to get a 64bit operating system to go with it, the most current up to date and well compatible operating system sporting 64bit is, Vista64.

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Just wondering what the upgrade path here is? I'm guessing i have to wipe out the os partition and do a clean install, and reinstall all programs? Usually wouldn't be a problem but it's my work computer and it'd take a day or 2 to reconfigure everything, not sure if that'd fly.

Answer:Easy to go from 32bit vista business to 64bit?

Yep. You can't "upgrade" from a 32 bit OS to a 64 bit one, it requires a clean installation of the OS as you can't just dump the 64 bit one on top of what's already on the drive. Too many differences, even if you're using the same OS (Vista Business) just in 32 bit form.

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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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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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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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Virtual Machine for Gaming--- Host is Vista 64 Business; I want XP Pro 32bit as guest

I hope I can do this, and I hope I can game from within XP Pro.

Virtual PC 2007 Free Download from MS

I like my Vista 64 bit Business gaming machine. I have a Q6600, some new nVidia graphics card (I forget; 8800 something) 4 Gb memory. Some games play fine in Vista, but many do not.

I hope to install XP Pro as a guest within the Vista 64 Business using the Virtual PC 2007. I've never done a VM before, and I have some concerns.

Will the XP Pro get to use the full functionality of the nVidia graphics card so games can be played at 1600x1200? If I can't use the graphics card for games, that would be a deal breaker for me.

Thanks in advance.

Let me know if I missed anything!

Answer:Virtual Machine for Gaming--- Host is Vista 64 Business; I want XP Pro 32bit as guest

It will work. I actually have a similar setup, being that I Vista Ultimate with XP 32-bit on Virtual PC 2007. I use it for older games that aren't exactly Vista compatible. I've honestly haven't used any 'graphically intense' games on the guest OS.

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OS: Win 7 64bit.

Is it generally not a problem to choose to install a piece of 32bit software outside the win 7 default program folder for 32bit software?
Or is 32bit software only supposed to be running flawlessly, if installed in that
default 32bit folder?

Answer:W7 64bit:Ok to install 32bit programs outside the 32bit programfolder?

Go ahead and install the program wherever you want. The different folders make no difference. It's just to help you keep track of which programs are 32-bit and which are 64-bit.

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Hello everyone,

I'm trying to figure out why I can not install sp2 for my Vista 32bit business sp1 OS. I have a lenovo thinkpad, so it didn't come with a OEM media for Windows. I tried to call their tech support and they said I have to reimage my laptop to factory settings. So this is my last resort before starting all over again.

I attached the CBS.log, checksur.log files. I had to xip he cbs.log because the file was too big.

Thank you in advance for any help.


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Sory this is Vista Business 32bit but now too many folks on that forum. What had happened when I tried to the the install I deleted the space where it says unallocated (see pix) so now when I start my pc I get the boot screen and have the choice of starting w/ a older version of Windows or Vista I click on Vista and it runs ok?

Also I noticed that the Vista install almost took up 80gb if space so I guess I really screwed up...

Answer:How do I wipe my HD for a fresh install? (Vista Business 32bit) Sorry

Do both listings on the Boot Menu work when you choose each? If so you might have installed a second Vista to the other HD which should have been unplugged during the install. Look on that drive now to see if you see Windows or User folders.

If not you likely just have a ghost boot listing which can be removed by typing msconfig into the Start Search box, then on Boot tab delete the other listing.

If you ran the install from Vista and did not correctly boot the installer, it might have created a Windows.old folder in C which archives all of the old OS. If so once you have everything needed out of it you can delete it using Disk Cleanup.

Or you can start over and follow the same steps for a Clean Install Windows 7
using the Drive Options in Steps 7/8 to delete all partitions on Disk0 to create and Format a new install partition. Be sure to unplug the other HD, or at least make sure you don't select it during install.

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how to install windows vista 32bit instead of 64bit, i don't like 64bit, i tried google, i cant find anything, reason i don't like it, beacuse my ps2 eye toy cam wont install the drive, beacuse only works for 32bit, i dont want a new webcam

Answer:how to install windows vista 32bit instead of 64bit

format and reinstall

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Is there an emulator I can d/l so that I could possibly get this driver running. It is for my mouse, not a big deal but would nice to customize the buttons a bit.

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Is there an emulator I can d/l so that I could possibly get this driver running. It is for my mouse, not a big deal but would nice to customize the buttons a bit.

Answer:64bit Vista trying to install 32bit driver

What's the mouse? Are there no 64bit drivers for it?

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I'm waiting for some parts to roll in from newegg which will be used to build an almost new rig (hard drives, processor and the sound card will be migrated to new rig) and the 64bit version of Vista seems the only logical choice since I'll have 4gb ram and two ati 4870 cards running in crossfire. all my components/peripherals will be fine except for my fujitsu scansnap fi-5110EOX2 scanner. Fujitsu doesn't offer 64bit vista drivers for it. Is there a way to get Vista64 to somehow except the 32bit drivers? I know that I'm grasping at straws, but I thought that I'd ask anyway.

Answer:Is there a way to install 32bit drivers on a 64bit vista?

When you get it, hook it up, turn it on, and go into device manager. You should see a yellow !. Right click and update driver, search automatically, then use 'check online'. Sometimes you get lucky.

Also, my version of Vista Business x64allows me to edit the sharing properties and add additional drivers, including x86, for people who share the devices, but are using another version of windows. But I don't know if it would let you print if you use it if you install the x86 version, but not the x64.

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I saw the thread on clean installs with a upgrade disk but I'm still confused. I want to use a update disk to install a 64bit version of windows 7 from a 32bit bit version of Vista.

1) I have no extra hard drive
2) I have a Compaq F500 (laptop) with 1 gig of memory with a AMD64 Athlon x2 processor
3) I used the checker from Microsoft to see if I can it gave me a O.K.

So, can I do a clean install with a upgrade disk and how do I. I ask now in part because I don't know if any new updates from Microsoft would prevent this.

THX in advance.

Answer:Clean Install of Window 7 64bit from 32bit Vista

You'll have to boot the installer to clean install a different bit-version, however the installer should still detect Vista to allow use of Upgrade version key up front during install.

If not leave the key blank then after install do the quick registry workaround used to clean install Upgrade version to a clean HD: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version

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I want to try the 64bit version of Vista before committing to a permanent change from 32. I don't want to dual boot. Rather than asking you how, I'm hoping you can instead just react to what I think might work. I would appreciate any insights. I'm using Vista Business 32bit (upgrade, retail) using 26gb hd space, w/apps.

I have downloads of all 64bit drivers ready on CD and floppy for nVidia 590 chipset, 7600GT /oc, etc. I also purchased 64bit option DVD from MS for $10 that relies on the same installation key as current install.

This is my planned approach:

1. Physically disconnect my Vista 32bit HD
2. Remove 2gb RAM to avoid 4gb 64 install issues.
3. Boot the 64bit DVD and point setup to a separate drive (I have an older Raptor 36gb) reformatted with NTFS.
4. Say "no" to entering the key during setup, and uncheck Auto Activation box.
5. Complete basic install, including all 64 bit drivers, but without adding programs.
6. Reinstall 2gb and check for stability w/4gb total. Remove 2gb again, just in case.
7. Reboot Vista 64 DVD, and "upgrade" with key, but without Auto Activate box checked.
8 . Reinstall 2gb RAM and test out all critical applications during unactivated "trial period".
9. If satisfied, Activate 64 by phone, as replacement of 32. if not-step 12.
10. Disconnect 64 drive, connect 32 drive, boot into Bootit NG, and delete 32 version. .
11. Reconnect 64 drive, boot into 64, re-use old 32 bit drive for data, e... Read more

Answer:[SOLVED] Will this Vista 32bit to 64bit install work?

I went ahead with this this morning. Booting from the dvd offered only a clean install so I did not have to do the repeat install trick. All went well with a glitch free install. When I added back the extra 2gb though I got a BSOD on all bootups (I thought the issue with V64 and 4gb was with installing, not running!).

Updating the Crosshair BIOS to 904 solved that completely. Now running fine with all 4gb seen. Windows Experience Index dropped from 5.5 to 5.4 on the processor, with no change in BIOS settings - don't know why or really care - just curious.

The only problem I've encountered is that PCTools Spy Doctor will not install on Vista 64. Displays message that it is incompatible. Too bad, it is one o the best anti-spy apps. I'll live with it. All other 32 bit apps are automatically installed into an separate x86 Programs folder.

I have a 30 trial period in which to experiment. If all OK, I'll delete 32 bit and activate 64 with same key.

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how to install windows vista 32bit on a 64bit disc or computer?

i can't find any good site which tells me how to install windows vista 32bit with a 64bit disc, i don't know if my computer is 32bit or 64bit, i wanna install 32bit not 64bit, i need a site with screenshots or video

Answer:how to install windows vista 32bit on a 64bit disc or computer?

The disks are different. Vista comes in 64-bit and a 32-bit DVDs. If you want to install the 32-bit version, you need to have the 32-bit DVD. Vista Ultimate, for example, comes with two DVDs; the 32-bit and the 64-bit versions.


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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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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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I am running 64 bit Vista but have a client who is running 32 bit Vista. I need to troubleshoot some problems they are having with Windows Movie Maker. Can I install the Vista 32 bit MovieMaker on my PC, and if so, where can I download it. I know I can download 32 bit MovieMaker 2.6 from MS but I believe this is the XP version.


Answer:Need to install Vista 32bit MovieMaker on 64bit Vista

Why do you believe the client's problems to be related to the "bitness" of their OS and/or WMM?

I'd suggest describing the real problem (what is it that doesn't work?) so that you don't run the risk of investing effort in the wrong direction.

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Hi all,

I am not a huge liker with Windows 7 and the concept of the 64bit system. Lots of programs and games I used to use don't work and some new software still doesn't seem to work with 64bit systems.

So my question is, even if I loaded WinXP 32Bit on my 64bit machine which now has Win7 64bit, will my chances of running older 32bit programs increase or is it up to the 64bit processor and not the OS to determine if I can use older software or not?

Answer:If using WinXP 32bit on 64bit comp. My chances of using 32bit software increase?

You won't have, or shouldn't have any problems because of the CPU.

I suggest making sure you can find WinXP 32-bit Drivers for all of your equipment.

How much ram does your system have? The 32-bit version of XP will only use 4GB of memory total, that's 4GB counting the memory on the video card and any other component with on-board memory.

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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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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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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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My 3000 J 115 Windows Vista Home Premium desktop configuration is as follows:- an EISA area- 2 SATA HDD- 2 IDE HDD- 1 IDE DVD-RW drive I changed the BIOS boot order so that the CD/DVD drive is first. Upon rebooting, the CD/DVD drive light comes on at bootup time, but later it proceeds to boot from HDD. I tried removing all other HDDs from the boot device list so that the CD/DVD drive is the only boot device - then I get the msg "NTLDR is missing. Press CtrlAltDel to restart". The machine will boot only if the C drive HDD is on the bootable device list - the C drive is on the original disk that came with the machine (that disk also has the EISA partition). And then, it wont boot from the CD/DVD even if it is the first on the boot device list. Finally, it shows up all OS's on the OS selection screen at bootup even when the HDDs on which those OS's reside are not present in the boot list (I guess this is again because of the EISA). I need to boot from the CD/DVD to do a clean install of Windows7 64bit from the bootable Windows installation CD. How can I get my machine to do that? (I checked my jumper and cable settings for the IDE drives and they seem to be ok)  

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Can I install Vista 64-bit on a Vista 32-bit window mode or should I make a clean/modified OS install?

Answer:Can I install Vista 64bit over Vista 32bit?

You have to make a clean install which means you have to boot from new Vista 64bit DVD and should follow the instruction on the screen.

In my opinion the ?upgrade? from 32bit to 64bit is not possible.

Check this Microsoft page point:
+Can I upgrade from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows?+


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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 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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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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So, as the title says, I had Win7 - 32bit first...
I decided to dualboot it with 64, so I could have a clean partition (64bit) and still have all my programs of my 32bit...

When I boot, the 32bit gets a BSOD, and even windows startup repair can't repair it... But 64bit does launch great!

My specs;

Processor 2 GHz Intel Core 2 Quad-processor Q9000
Memory 4 GB DDR3
HD 320 GB @ 7200 rpm
Graphic card; nVidia GeForce 9600M GT 1gb etcetcetc

TY for your help

Answer:BSOD on 32bit after dualbooting Win7 32bit with 64bit

Can you boot into Safe Mode? Press F8 at startup to access the menu. If so, remove Daemon Tools or whatever other virtual drive software that you have installed.

Bugchecks 0xC5, 0x7E, and 0x8E:

Microsoft (R) Windows Debugger Version 6.11.0001.404 AMD64
Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Loading Dump File [C:\Users\Devin\AppData\Local\Temp\Rar$DI07.894\012910-30716-01.dmp]
Mini Kernel Dump File: Only registers and stack trace are available

Symbol search path is: SRV*c:\websymbols*
Executable search path is:
Windows 7 Kernel Version 7600 MP (4 procs) Free x86 compatible
Product: WinNt, suite: TerminalServer SingleUserTS
Built by: 7600.16385.x86fre.win7_rtm.090713-1255
Machine Name:
Kernel base = 0x8304b000 PsLoadedModuleList = 0x83193810
Debug session time: Fri Jan 29 15:13:16.774 2010 (GMT-5)
System Uptime: 0 days 0:00:16.506
Loading Kernel Symbols
Loading User Symbols
* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *

Use !analyze -v to... Read more

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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 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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Hi everyone,

I have a laptop install with vista business 32bit. Currently, I am trying to install visual studio 2005 pro edtion on it. But its seems like the installation n update patches all went thru without any error.

But whn i try to launch the vs2005.
I have this pop up window telling me that:-

"The proper type library could nt be found in the system registry.

An attempt to repair this condition failed because you do not have the permissions to write the system registry or because the type library could not be loaded.

This can be fixed by a system administrator running this program once, which will cause the proper file to be registered. if problems still persist, then

try repairing this application from the setup program."
I already, tried installing everything in administrator mode. I even create a new administrator logon to do all the installation. But everything doesnt seems to solve the error. I even call mircosoft. But seems like no one know the answer......

Answer:Vista Business 32bit with vs2005pro

have you tried running the application in administrator mode ?

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I have a toshiba satelitte u300 vista 32bit business.

Everything was working completely fine, until i got a blue screen and had to restart, when i loaded back up no usb devices work, when i go into device manager, they all have a yellow sign next to them, i have tried updating that doesnt work, i removed them all restarted and still they dont work. i have never had this problem til i got the blue screen everything was working fine. in device manager it sais "Windows cannot initialize the device driver for this hardware. (Code 37)"

Please help

Answer:Vista Business 32bit USB Driver Failure


Originally Posted by dztrbd__


I have a toshiba satelitte u300 vista 32bit business.

Everything was working completely fine, until i got a blue screen and had to restart, when i loaded back up no usb devices work, when i go into device manager, they all have a yellow sign next to them, i have tried updating that doesnt work, i removed them all restarted and still they dont work. i have never had this problem til i got the blue screen everything was working fine. in device manager it sais "Windows cannot initialize the device driver for this hardware. (Code 37)"

Please help

Hi dztrbd. . .

Welcome to the Tech Support Forum - Vista Support!

The screen you are referring to is none other than the infamous Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) which indcates a rather major system malfunction. I believe that I might be able to help you get to the root of the problem, but I need some help from you first.

Each time a BSOD appears it [should] leaves a memory dump behind that I can run through a debugger and hopefully give you information related to the most probable cause. So... please get those dumps, copy them to your desktop via Windows Explorer. Once on your desktop, you can zip them all and attach a single zip file to your next post (preferred). If zipping them is not an option for you, then upload the individual dump files and attach to an email and send it to "TSFjcgriff2*at... Read more

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Gonna reformat and set up a partition for 64 and 32 bit versions of XP. Which should I install first? Also, will I be able to change which OS boots up as the default at a later date or no? I mean I'm not sure if I want 64 to load up without hitting F8 or if I want 32 to be the one, so if I'm able to change that after the fact it's no big deal.

p.s. 64 bit version/patch of Far Cry came out finally.

Answer:Should I install 64bit or 32bit first?

32 bit first.

As you boot, you'll be given the option of which system to boot in-to.


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So I messed up my laptop, it was Win 7 home 64bit. I formatted it and do a clean install, but I can only install 32bit. When I try to install 64bit, I get "hardware problem and installation could not be complete" what's that?

Answer:Able to install 32bit but not 64bit

Make sure it is 64-bit capable. If possible run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor . I would personally not run 64 bit on 3gb RAM but would want at least 4gb, so if it's 64-bit capable google a RAM upgrade for the model.

Boot into BIOS setup to see if there is an EFI Boot disk in the BIOS boot order Priority list. If so then either remove it and enable Legacy BIOS to install 64 bit normally, or follow these steps for UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums.

If not then post back the verbatim error message and at exactly which step it occurs during Clean Install Windows 7

Follow these steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

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So i just found out that my processor supports 64bit.
Would it be better to install 64 bit?

Answer:32bit vs 64bit install.

If you can find all the drivers for your hardware, then i would go for the 64bit.

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I have Vista Ultimate 64bit OEM that I never registered. I have access to Ultimate 32bit disc and was wondering if I could register/activate Vista with the 64bit key?

Answer:Use 64bit key on 32bit install?

I think you can. That's the opposite way round to how people usually do it though! Usually people with the 32-bit keys are trying to get hold of the 64-bit version.

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I have a slight issue.

I have downloaded Windows 10 and created multiple USB's using Rufus/Windows7 USB Tool/Even The Win 10 Creation tool, however everything time I try to install using UEFI the USB drive is never detected therefore it can't boot. I change it to legacy and it does boot and will only install the 32bit version...

I have downloaded the 64bit image only numerous times, created it with either with one of the above methods, even with Rufus settings correct, I can never install the 64bit version. As a test I did the same steps for Windows 8 media and it works fine under UEFI and install the 64bit version.

UEFI is selected in my bios, secure boot is off (even tried it with it on) - Even burn them all to DVD to no avail.

Has anyone else had issues doing a clean install with the 64bit media.

PS I even install the 64bit version of 8 then tried to run the setup within the ISO of 4 different downloads of either both images and the 64bit only image but all state that I need to insert the 64bit media and setup can not install.

Does anyone have any ideas??

Answer:Cant install 64bit only allows 32bit

Step One:

Create a 64-bit Windows 8.1 USB flash drive and then clean install Windows 8.1 64-bit.

How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 -> link

Here is info about UEFI Boot Mode (installing using the GPT partition style) and Legacy BIOS Boot Mode (installing using the MBR partition style). -> link

How do you select UEFI Boot Mode.

The UEFI firmware settings determines what type of boot devices are available in the boot menu: UEFI, Legacy BIOS (aka CSM), or both types of boot devices.

Normally, you do not need to turn Secure Boot off to install Windows 8/8.1/10 in UEFI Boot Mode. You only need to turn Secure Boot off to install Windows 7.

You do not need to change the boot order of drives in your UEFI firmware settings.

- Connect your Windows 8/10 64-bit USB flash drive (Note: FAT32 file system) or insert your Windows 8/10 64-bit DVD.
- Restart the computer.
- Press the correct key to enter the boot menu (Esc, F8, F9, F10, F11, F12).
- Select to boot from the "UEFI: USB/DVD device name" (see screenshot below).

Step Two:

Create a 64-bit Windows 10 USB flash drive.

Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

Step Three:

To Upgrade to Windows 10 with USB Installation Media

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How do I install a 64 bit OS using my OEM Recovery installation DVD I initially created after I unboxed my laptop? I initially chose 32 bit by accident, but now I want the 64 bit OS.
I have an HP Compaq 6715b Vista Business. I tried to follow your tutorial, but I don't have an option to delete my partition and create a new one. I also don't have the option to choose 32bit or 64bit. I had the option to choose 32bit or 64bit on the initial install when I unboxed it and set it up. Please help. Thanks.


Answer:How do I install 64bit from 32bit?

Hello Jimmy, and welcome to Vista Forums.

The tutorial is for doing a clean install with retail Vista installation media instead. What you would be doing is considered a factory recovery of Vista on your HP computer instead.

I haven't seen where you could select between 32-bit or 64-bit before, but you might see if the link below may help.

HP and Compaq Desktop PCs - Performing an HP System Recovery (Windows Vista) - c00814731 - HP Business Support Center

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I know how to install windows from usb, and know how to tweak it so I can install home/prof/ultimate from the same iso, but is there a way I can have both 32 and 64 bit copies on the same disk, without having to move files around before I boot from the usb?


Answer:Anyway to have 32bit and 64bit on the same usb for install?

Yes, see here: creating a 2 OS thumb drive

I know this works because I have also done it. I have a 4GB flash drive with all versions of Windows 7, 32 and 64 bit installable from there.

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Hi, Has anyone got any suggestions and some advice on which version of Vista is better, 32Bit or 64Bit and why? My T500 has 4GB memory, but this is the maximum, at the moment, not sure if this will change when the 4GB SDIMM's will be realeased. I've currently got Vista Business edition 64Bit installed on it but I'm having issues, not sure if it's me or the software, but would like to get some input from those who have 32Bit and 64Bit version of Vista on their T500. Thanks in advance,  

Answer:Vista 32Bit or 64Bit?

Every 32 Bit OS can only address up to 3GBs of RAM. if you use more 64 BIT can address up to a couple of gigabytes of memory. So in this case the 64 bit version sounds good. It can use all the memory available. It would be therefore helpful if you could describe your issues because nobody can tell you what could be wrong unless you provide us with useful information about the software installed and when the problem occures. Cheers

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(I probably shouldve posted my other forum in this section so sorry about that) Hi. I am building a gaming rig and am trying to decide which version of vista home premium to go with. Im not sure wheter or not to get 2GB or 4GB of RAM or which os to get. I play some older games and I want them to all work. Has the driver situation in 64 bit improved much? Is there a point to getting 4GB of RAM for 32-bit? Any help is appreciated as this is my last problem before I build (im hoping to start ordering parts tomorrow).

My "to be" specs:

Case: Antec 900 ATX
CPU: Q6600 (i will probably oc it sometime to around 3GHz)
Cooling: Zalman CNPS9500 (with LED)
PSU: PC Power and Cooling Quad Silencer 750W
Mobo: ASUS P5Kn32-E SLI
Vid. Card: PNY XLR8 8800GTX
Memory: 2GB (or maybe 4GB) Crucial Ballisitx DDR2 800Mhz
Hard Drive 1: Raptor 10000RPM 150GB
Hard Drive 2: Seagate 250GB 7200RPM
DVD: Two 20x DVDRW w/Lightscribe
OS: Vista Home Premium (32 or 64 bit?)

Answer:vista 32bit or 64bit?

Please use the Search function. This question has been asked hundreds of times and the answers are all there.

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I have a Dell XPS 410.

As many Dell owners know the CD-key for the OS is printed on the service sticker.

If I put my friends 64bit dvd in and use my Dell provided key will it recognize it?

Also if I build a new system will it work as a cd-key for a custom build non Dell system?

Answer:Vista 32bit to 64bit

What you're wanting to do is not allowed by the OEM license. You are licensed to use the 32bit version only, and only on the Dell it came on.

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Hi all,

I am sorry if this question has been asked a lot to you, but i just want to know for sure.

Currently i am a Windows Vista Home Premium (32bit) user. I am registered to a site which offers Windows 7 Upgrades for a reduced price to students (Ultimate upgrade costs 60 euro )
However, the site gives 2 differrent items:
-> Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit) dutch Upgrade
-> Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) dutch Upgrade

As you can see i want to upgrade to 7 ultimate , which, according to MS official website, should be no problem.
However, I want to change from 32 bit to 64 bit, which requires a clean installation.
Will it be possible to run a clean installation with an Upgrade version of W7?
So can i install Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) on a computer which used to run Windows Vista (32 bit)?
Or will i encouter some difficulties?
Please help me
Thanks in advance

Answer:Vista (32bit) TO 7 (64bit)

Quote: Originally Posted by bitquestion

Hi all,

I am sorry if this question has been asked a lot to you, but i just want to know for sure.

Currently i am a Windows Vista Home Premium (32bit) user. I am registered to a site which offers Windows 7 Upgrades for a reduced price to students (Ultimate upgrade costs 60 euro )
However, the site gives 2 differrent items:
-> Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit) dutch Upgrade
-> Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) dutch Upgrade

As you can see i want to upgrade to 7 ultimate , which, according to MS official website, should be no problem.
However, I want to change from 32 bit to 64 bit, which requires a clean installation.
Will it be possible to run a clean installation with an Upgrade version of W7?
So can i install Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) on a computer which used to run Windows Vista (32 bit)?
Or will i encouter some difficulties?
Please help me
Thanks in advance

Yes you can do a clean install with an upgrade version.
Yes, you can install a 64 bit on a computer than ran 32 bit. But check to make sure that your computer meets the required specifications.

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can i still play all the games with 64 bit vista

Answer:32BIT OR 64bit vista

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Whats the difference between a 32bit os VS a 64bit?

Answer:Vista 32bit VS 64Bit

Sorry, gotta do it. There are like 15 other threads that are within the past 2 months and they cover a lot of ground. You're better off searching for them, going back through the past two months or so of postings, even 3 months might be better, and reading those instead of expecting everyone to start yet another one.

Search is your friend, so please use it.

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I went to Costco a couple of days ago to purchase a new laptop and found to my surprise that the better HP laptops (3 out of 5) were all 64 bit Vista OS. I was wondering if it isn't a bit early for a 64 bit OS and whether drivers would be available (other problems?). Would purchasing an older 32 bit version of Vista be wiser? I guess I am just surprised that HP would be selling so many of these in what I imagine would be one of their premiere sales outlets. Any input would be most welcome as it will be a significant investment for me. Thanks!

Answer:32bit vs. 64bit OS (Vista)

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I have Home preimium 32 bit and i ordered the 64bit version because my CPU is a 64 bit so you would think it runs better right? Well i just got the 64bit version and now idk if its such a good idea. I hear 64 bit isnt good at all is this true?

Answer:Vista 32bit or 64bit?

This topic has been convered ad nauseum on these boards, so a simple search will turn up more than you'd care to read. Everyone's system is different. That being said, no one can answer this question fully, but you. Check your hardware and software for compatibility issues and driver availability. Most drivers I've seen have both flavors available, but don't take my word for it.

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Have just got a Maxdata laptop with Vista basic pre-installed.Need to download canon printer drivers. How do I know which version installed? Can't seem to find it anywhere.Thanks

Answer:Vista 32bit or 64bit How do you know ?

Working of memory (not had vista long myself) its "Start" then click on control panel. You then get a list, of which one should be System. Click on that one and somewhere in there is system details, click on that and it brings up your full spec. When I start up I get a square box that has various options to click on (ie internet) at the top of the box it gives some system details (ie ram) you can expand this box by clicking on it. It may be in there as well.

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Will installing the 64bit instead of 32 cause any major gaming compatability issues? Is it too soon? Or would it be fine? I'd like to run 64bit for a couple reasons, 1 being greater than 3Gb memory support (yeah yeah over 3g isnt needed etc..) and 2nd reason is that... I don't really have another reason. Seems to me I'd just like to have the 64bit lol. I just wanted to know if there were any major known issues over the 32 right now? Thanks for any help

Answer:Vista 32bit vs. 64bit

The only problem you might run into is older hardware having driver issues and some older games not wanting to run, but thats more of a vista issue than 64bit.

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is it possible to run Vista 32bit & 64bit on 1 PC w/ 2 HDDs? I've ran XP w/ Vista on 1 PC with 2 HDD's, Just wondering if it's the same. If it can be done with EasyBCD or do I need a different boot loader.

Answer:Vista 32bit & 64bit Together?

It can be done, but what would be the point? If it's going to run on one, it will run on the other. You'd also need to own two licenses.

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I've got a question.
Currently I am using a PC running Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit.
I am considering a Windows 7 upgrade
But about one thing I'm not sure:
Windos Vista -> Windows 7 Ultimate is no problem,
HOWEVER, is it possible to do an upgrade from an 32 to 64 bit OS?
Its no problem in the full version, but is it possible for the Upgrade version as well?
In conclusion, I want to upgrade Vista (32bit) to 7 Ultimate (64bit).
Thanks in advance!

Answer:Vista 32bit -> 7 64bit

Hi. You will need a clean install and not upgrade. Can't go from x86 to x64 or vice-versa.

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hi, just recently got a new comp and installed windows xp 32bit home then a upgrade version of vista 32bit. I recently ordered the free copy of the 64bit version of vista. can i upgrade my current 32bit vista to 64 bit vista when i get it? will i have any problems?

btw my processor is an athlon 64 x2 dual core 5600+ processor.

any info would be great~


Answer:32bit to 64bit vista

Unfortunately it is not possible to do an install an upgrade version of 64bit vista on top of 32 bit windows xp, however if you have a full version you can do a clean install of 64bit vista. If you do this you should have no problems.

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Where do I go to download Vista SP1?
I received my system disc and recovery discs today and laptop is working fine now, but my previous OS was a 64 bit and this one is 32 bit. Is there a big difference or should I not worry about it? Thanks for all the past help, I'm almost past "beginner" now!

Answer:Vista SP1 - 32bit/64bit

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I got a free copy of Vista Business through a Microsoft promotion ( Got it in the mail yesterday, and the license key for it is to activate the 32bit version.

My question is how do I get the 64bit version?

It is not included on the DVD, nor are there any phone numbers to call on the packaging. It specifically says there is no telephone support for this product on the back of the jacket. I followed some of the support links in the Vista section, but non linked to how to upgrade from 32bit to 64 bit.

I know I have to ask Microsoft to send me a 64bit copy, and pay something but I cannot find any information.

So anyone know where / how?


Answer:I Have Vista 32bit, how do I get 64bit?


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Hello, im going to go from vista home premium 32bit to home premium 64bit. will i have to do a fresh reformat? or is it a swappable upgrade like home premium going to ultimate can be?

Answer:Going from vista 32bit to 64bit Q

No you can't upgrade from 32bit to 64bit. It requires a complete reinstall.

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I went from 64bit vista to w7 32 bit. I did the clean install and was wondering if there was a need for the x86 program files? If not, how do I delete it?

Answer:Vista 64bit to W7 32bit

32bit shouldnt have a program files (x86) folder :S

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Hi all, I have fianlly managed to upgrade my PC and got a new Mobo, Intel Dual Core Processor and RAM (just saving for the graphics card now!). Anyway, I never really done any research into the dual-core world so I have a couple of questions:1. Are all dual core processors 64bit, or is there a difference between DC and 64bit?2. Can Vista 32bit (or XP, since thats what I'm using atm) use both cores, or would the 64bit edition be the way to go?3. If Vista 64bit is the way to go then where can it be bought?Thanks in advance everybody,Jay

Answer:Vista 32bit or 64bit?

1) Pretty much all CPUs are now 64 bit2) 32 bit Vista (and XP) will happy use all the cores on your CPU, but this doesn't provide as much benefit as you might expect.Individual programs will only use a single core, so they won't run any faster than normal, but because different programs can use different cores, you can run more programs at once than you could on a single core.Some programs, like Photoshop, are multi-threaded, so they can make use of multiple cores to run faster.3) Don't bother with 64 bit Vista unless you need to use masses of RAM, because it needs specially written and signed drivers, some programs won't work on 64 bit versions of the OS either.The only real advantage with a full 64 bit OS is the ability to address more than 4gb of RAM.A small side note - whilst 32 bit Vista can theoretically address 4gb of RAM, that doesn't mean if you install 4gb in your new PC you will be able to see it all, for reasons that are many and varied you'll only be able to see & use about 3gb of the RAM, which makes me wonder why PC manufacturers install 4gb in new PCs but only install 32 bit Windows, thereby wasting 25% of the RAM.

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I am getting a new laptop with 4GB of ram. I am able to either install Vista Business 32bit or 64bit. Would I receive any benefit by going with the 64bit version? I have read a ton about all of the hardware and software issues about this, but my question is, will I see any performance enhancements at all with 64 over 32?

Answer:4GB Ram Vista 32bit vs 64bit?

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Hello, I am building a new system. I will be running vista, with these specs

samsung spinpoint 500gb hd
2gigs ddr2 800
8800gts 640mb
asus p5k wifi

I was just wondering, if 32bit or 64bit windows is better. I will also be getting the OEM version for system builders, is there any difference between that version and say the retail version?. I will also probably might be upgrading to 4gb of ram in the future if games need it. I just want to have the best OS with the best stability and features.

Answer:Help, 64bit or 32bit vista!

For 4GB of RAM, you'll want x64. Vista x64 also has some extra security features, and I suppose one could say its demanding of signed drivers does lead to better stability. As for OEM, I believe it can only be used on one machine, while retail can be transferred but only used on one machine at a time.

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nice simple question.going to take the plunge and go for Vista but not sure whether 32 or 64 bit. my pc is geared up for 64bit. any advice would be grateful

Answer:vista 32bit or 64bit?

A start for you, the pros and cons. click here

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I just want to know which will be a better in the long run. I probably won't want to buy another operating system until Windows 7 dpending on backwards compatiblity. I just want a solid compatible OS to most software/hardware and video games.

I plan on injecting my PC with a 4Gb Mushkin 1000 Redline Kit and Possibly upgrading to a 8Gb if worth it. I plan on playing the latest games at 1024x1280 resolution since I have a 19 Inch monitor. Also will be going Quad come this August.

I have also heard of tricking your XP 32 to think theirs more then 3GB of ram.

Any help would be great.

Answer:XP 32BIT Vs. Vista 64BIT

You can also make your 32bit Vista think there's more than 3-3.5gb of ram, but it's better to have 64bit straight out.

I use 32bit myself, but it wouldn't be a problem for me to switch to 64bit whenever I need it.

I'd go 64bit.

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I am debating on getting vista ultimate 64bit or 32bit.

Now I used xp 64bit before and had troubles installing programs on it because they were not compatable with 64 bit.

My main question about the 64 bit windows so far is, have they made it backwords compatable with the older bits, such as 32 bit, 16 bit, and so on? Because I still play some old games.

Also any pros and cons that you can mention would be helpfull. I currently have Vista home premium and am having no problems with it at all.

Answer:Vista 32bit, or 64bit

No, Windows x64 does not support 16-bit apps. It's never going to be re-added. 16-bit code no longer belongs in modern operating systems.

Please name some applications you could not run in XP64 that were not 16-bit applications.

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because maybe its just been too long since ive formatted, but this is my first 64bit experience and all i can notice is SPEED. everything seems instant... and i mean everything....

Answer:is 64bit vista that much better then 32bit?

Well, keep in mind if you're using Aero interface, that will speed up the OS tremendously, because all the windows are 3d accelerated. Also, Vista SuperFetch, caches data into the ram, so programs launch faster.

The benefit I noticed in x64 is that, under load, 2 GB system can still lag quit a bit if your multitasking. Where, if you're on x64 and have 4GB of ram, even while under tremendous load, the system stays really responsive.

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Im running 32Bit at the moment and think its great.

But my PC is way more than capable of running 64Bit.

What is the difference between 32 and 64??

Is it worth digging into my pocket to find the change for 64Bit??

And can 64Bit Vista run my 32Bit programs??

Thanks alot

Answer:Vista 32Bit and 64Bit

Follow this post, some of us are writing about the pros and cons of vista 32 and 64...

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Computer running Vista Business 32-Bit. On boot up, I get the following error message :-

Error in custom action. The library C:\windows\78A41D5A9454E856BFE39F852FD90.TMP\WiseCustomCalla.1EB6
B3A8_27D3_4C80_9197_150567A00312.dll is invalid or could not be found.
This messages as only come up in the last day or so. It also seems to affect Vista Prerfomance when comes down to opening up applications like Windows Explorer.

Virus scans have come up with nothing.
I have done some googling, and one site is suggesting that is a part of McAfee, however there is no McAfee produces install on this PC.

I know that some new USB hardware has been added lately,
- Epson RX610 Printer.
- Pen Power Chinese Writing Board.
- USB Bluetooth adaptor.

I have removed drivers and done various System Restores todays about 1 week before the problem orginally showed up.

Any ideas on where WiseCustomCalla is coming from? Google is giving me mixed results on whether or not this is a good file or a bad file.

Answer:Vista Business 32Bit - WiseCustomeCalla Error Message

Well for one i would say it is a bad file. There is no file created by Windows or any software i know of that uses that type of folder name. Most of the folder names like that are from updates that have been installed and the folders can be removed.

I would strongly suggest a removal of that file and folder. Unless you know of that folder for some reason. It should not be there.

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At the minute I have XP 64x but want to switch to Vista. Would my PC work OK with the vista business 32bit?

My PC has a dual core processor 5600+, 8GB RAM, 160GB HD and graphics Nvidia 9800 gtx+ if that's any help.


Answer:Would Vista 32bit Business Edition work on this computer?

Can anyone help with this? I'm being offered vista 32 business for 30 quid and have to get back to the guy.


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Hi guys.

Very strange problem when i trying to install win 7.
I changed the bios setting to boot from cd and it works graet.

After the windows 7 install finish, the laptop resets and when the Windows 7 flag appears it's just freeze.(the keeps moving but nothing happend).

I allready tried 3 versions of windows 7 and always the same problem.
I also use Arconis via Hiren's and i cleaned the hard drive and installed again but..... the same problen accured.

any suggestions??
thanks a lot

Answer:Satellite L50-A-1d5 - cannot install Win 7 (32bit or 64bit)

What BIOS settings did you change exactly?
Usually you need to disable the secure boot and have to change the boot mode from UEFI to CSM mode.

By the way: did you use the clean original Microsoft installation disk to install the system or did you use an ?image? backup for OS installation?

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I have XP SP3 32bit right now. tried installing win7 64 and got the "setup is not a valid win32 application" thing

which is understandable.. so I burned it onto a DVD and the DVD doesnt boot. yes I have the drive set to boot before the HD

so my question is, the setup.exe is supposed to be in the root directory of the DVD right? asking because mine came in a "expandedsetup" folder. and I didnt burn that folder on, just the contents within (all 3gb)

Answer:install probs. 32bit -> 64bit

it sounds like you didn't make the DVD correctly.

See this:
Make bootable iso from student d/l

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Forgive me if this is the wrong place to post this, but I just joined and still figuring out Windows Seven Forums, so I apologize in advance.

I currently have Windows 7 Home Premium running on my desktop that is about 3 years old (give or take a month or two) and I have the 64bit version on my laptop (which is about a year old) and love both. However, I do most of my work on my desktop, and would like the comfort of 64bit.

I'm aware that you can't upgrade 32bit to 64bit, so I've been contemplating the option of saving all my important content and then doing a fresh install of the 64bit Windows 7 Professional, then putting my info back on the computer.

Is this realistic thinking? Or am I better off just living with 32bit until this computer craps out, then buy a new one eventually? I can only imagine with all the data and programs I have, that it seems like a bit of a long shot to somehow preserve all the data from the last 3 years, and reinstall all my programs and expect things to work without any problems.

Answer:32bit to 64bit (Fresh Install)

Quote: Originally Posted by Bitter

Forgive me if this is the wrong place to post this, but I just joined and still figuring out Windows Seven Forums, so I apologize in advance.

I currently have Windows 7 Home Premium running on my desktop that is about 3 years old (give or take a month or two) and I have the 64bit version on my laptop (which is about a year old) and love both. However, I do most of my work on my desktop, and would like the comfort of 64bit.

I'm aware that you can't upgrade 32bit to 64bit, so I've been contemplating the option of saving all my important content and then doing a fresh install of the 64bit Windows 7 Professional, then putting my info back on the computer.

Is this realistic thinking? Or am I better off just living with 32bit until this computer craps out, then buy a new one eventually? I can only imagine with all the data and programs I have, that it seems like a bit of a long shot to somehow preserve all the data from the last 3 years, and reinstall all my programs and expect things to work without any problems.

When going from 32 to 64 you do need to do a clean install. You will have to re-install you apps not matter what. You may be able to import the data if its application has an import function

The "comfort" of 64 bit? How do you use your computer? any heavy usage apps?
We could use your system specs if we dont already have them

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Hello everyone,

Only just discovered this forum - looks really interesting. I currently have an OEM copy of Vista 32bit which I run quite happily, but would like to install x64 on another hard disc to test it out etc.

I can borrow an x64 installation disc from a friend, can I install and activate x64 using my 32 bit key? Like I said, its the same system but will be installed on another hard disc ...

Will it allow me to activate? Or do I have to buy another copy of x64 OEM?

Thanks all for any replies.

Answer:install 64bit with 32bit key on same computer?

Yes u can Install X64 with a 32-bit key.
But i guess for it to be Legit u gotta use only 1 at a time.

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So I removed a virus infection in ie9 32 bit by replacing the whole internet explorer folder from program files (x86) with the internet explorer folder from the 64 bit program files.
Now I need to compile projects in Visual Studio , the program needs the 32 bit version of ieproxy.dll but when I add the 32bit backed up version I cannot browse the internet, IE won't even startup at all! So I replaced it back, I don't have a system restore point from before the 'shit'. Also using 'turn windows features on or off' doesn't seem to fix my browser problem, it remains 64bit.

I have downloaded the 32bit installer but it says the 64bit OS is not supported! What the Heck? ! So I extracted the contents of the package with Universal Extractor but it's a huge mess.. I don't know what to copy and paste etc.. about a few hundred thousanmd dll inf and exe files just to install ie9 32bit?

Also I did run "sfc /scannow" to remove the virus from my computer, but IE9 32 bit still remained infected! conclusion: sfc does not repair IE.
addition : I also ran sfc /scannow to remove the virus from my system but IE9 remained affected, that is why I did the above steps!

Please help me out, can somebody upload their %program files (x86)%/Internet Explorer/ directory, please? (internet explorer 9 ofcourse).

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Cannot install IE9 32bit on 64bit W7 OS! Really need help after virus!

For 64-bit systems, you need to download and install the 64-bit version of IE9. The 64-bit version also includes the 32-bit edition, and both will be installed.

Download Internet Explorer 9 - Microsoft Windows

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Hello all,
I have a system that support windows vista 32 bit as the shipped operating system but I am thinking of installing windows7 64bit operating system in it. Please I need to know the consequence of doing that. Does it have any likely hardware problem with the laptop? Thank you

Answer:[SOLVED] Can i install 64bit os on 32bit pc

First and foremost, your laptop must have a 64-bit processor (CPU) in order for it to able to run 64-bit Windows. You can determine that in this manner:

Open Performance Information and Tools by clicking the Start button, clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Maintenance, and then clicking Performance Information and Tools.

Click View and print details.

In the System section, you can see what type of operating system you're currently running under System type. Under 64-bit capable, you can see whether you can run a 64-bit version of Windows (it will say "Yes" or "No").

If your laptop is 64-bit capable, you then need to check that your PC manufacturer has 64-bit Windows 7 drivers for it on their website, because you cannot use 32-bit drivers on 64-bit Windows.

Additonally, any external devices (eg printer, scanner etc.) that you intend to use on that laptop will also need 64-bit Windows 7 drivers, so check those manufacturer's websites too.

If you can tick all the boxes to the above requirements, you can install 64-bit windows 7.

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I have Window 7 Ultimate official box set and installed the 32bit in my old PC few years ago, it was fine till recently the hardware failure from time to time, so I bought yesterday a new set PC (DIY) without OS.
Now I want to transfer the Window 7 license to the new one but use 64bit version. I fully understand the license key only work for 1 PC, therefore I intend to deactivate/ uninstall 32bit in old PC, and use the same key (I read your forums and it should work) for 64bit in the new PC.
Could anybody help to let me know the procedures for deactivate/ uninstall the 32bit from the old PC? prefer step by step, as I am not good at such modification work.
I wonder this procedure should not just been done in the old PC only, I expect it should use LAN connect to Microsoft Web somewhere, to let their product key register servers know that I did uninstall 32bit, so that the product key will be valid again. Please let me know the procedure of that and is this connection/ register servers are regional related (i.e. globally all in US MS HQ or in local MS office Asia)?
Moreover, I believe the installation of 64bit in new PC just like the fresh new installation. Load the software and key in the product key to complete. If any problem or points need to be noted, please kindly advise me as well.
Thanks for your help.

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I currently have XP on this old computer and would like to install W7 then W10. When I run the W7 advisor program it says I can put W7 32 bit on. My computer has an Intel Dual Core 6400 processor that I believe is a 64 bit processor. Can someone explain what W7 I install and what other drivers I may have to replace? Thanks.

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Answer:M55 8811DIU install W7 32bit or 64bit

Yes, supports 64-bit.   If you're going to install 4GB or above memory, then go with 64-bit.   3GB and below, 32-bit.
Update BIOS using CD ISO method.   Installing optional Win 7 updates will update hardware drivers.   Check Levono's M55 support page for anything newer. 

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I have Windows 7 32bit with an upgrade disc (so it only has the 32bit on it) and I would like to put 64bit on. I don't care about my data or programs (they are backed up) but I am wondering where I could get iso images and whether my product key will work.

Answer:How do I install Windows 7 64bit instead of 32bit

Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River ? My Digital Life

Your product key will work for the version to which it applies--Home Premium, Professional, etc.

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On an old laptop, I was trying to install windows 7 64 bit but was told that the device only supports 32bit.
That determines how a PC can run 32 bit instead of 64 bit?

Answer:can only install window 7 32bit not 64bit.

It depends on if the CPU is 32bit or 64bit. You can find out your CPU bit by using the GRC utility here. Yours  will show as 32bit.

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My DV7-6178US quit charging and turning on out of nowhere so I replaced the motherboard (659093-001) which I sourced off of Ebay.  The bios of the new board identifies itself as a "Casablanca h710".  I have updated the bios to the latest available, F.1B Rev A.  The problem is that I can install 32 bit Win7 but if I attempt any 64 bit installation it fails.   During installation Win7 64 bit gives a stop error of 0X0000007E or 0X0000001E everytime.  Ubuntu 64 bit mentions a lack of IRQ interrupt/handler and quits.  One thing noteworthy is that 32bit Win7, AMD Catalyst and HP Support assistant were never able to correctly identify the Radeon 6470m video card.  HP just plain failed to offer video drivers at all and windows grabbed a 7400M series driver which rendered the card inoperable.  Once I manually selected the correct driver it worked just fine.  DXDIAG never finds a problem but it doesn't see the NVIDIA 6470M either, only the onboard Intel VGA. The board also states that Vista was the original OS, if that is of any interest. The computer was down for a long time so I formatted the drive and used it as storage for a while so the HP recovery is not an option, I have to do a regular OS install. I have tried everything I can think of in the BIOS which is spartan at best.  I have tried both switchable/fixed graphics to no avail.  There are no options for setting PCI/AHCI.  I have tested m... Read more

Answer:Can install 32bit Win7 but not 64bit

  Not a "solution", but a question/suggestion: > Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-2670QM CPU @ 2.20GHz (8 CPUs), ~2.2GHz> Memory: 8192MB RAM> Available OS Memory: 2510MB RAM Given that 32-bit Windows 7 has a minimum requirement of 1 GB of RAM, will you "settle" for having "only" 4GB of RAM installed (i.e., you remove 4GB), given that 32-bit Windows will use between 3.0 GB and 3.2 GB of the 4 GB ? It's kind of a "waste" having 8 CPUs, when you probably will never need all of them, but sticking with 32-bit Windows will give you a "working" computer, instead of a non-working "pile-of-parts".  

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Hey guys,

I'm getting a new Macbook Air without an optical drive in a couple of weeks so I'm trying to create a bootable USB drive so I can install Windows 7 on it on day one (can't live without a bit of Windows 7)

I'm currently running Windows 7 on my Dell XPS M1330 which is a 32 bit install, but I want to create a 64bit bootable USB (the new version of Windows 7 I have is 64 bit and the new computer has 4 gig of ram).

When I try and do this through Microsoft's USB DVD Download tool, though, I get an error:

'Files copied successfully. However, we were unable to run bootsect to make the USB device bootable. If you need assistance with bootsect, please click the "Online Help" link above for more information.'

The online help section didn't even mention bootsect, but I'm pretty sure this is an issue because I'm trying to create a bootable USB install stick of a 64 bit version from a 32 bit version.

Does anybody know a way around this without installing 64bit Windows 7 on my computer? Any help would be greatly appreciated, this is driving me nuts


Answer:Creating 64bit install USB from 32bit W7 OS

You can make 32bit USB from a 32bit ISO
You can make 64bit USB from a 64bit ISO

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create

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what version of windows 7 shall i install as the retail box consists of both ver, i cant decide, my computer can support 64bit and ive heard all the program etc are backwards compatible ie games, office etc, what you think?!

Answer:install windows 7 32bit or 64bit

I think this is a decision for you to make. We cant tell you what to do. Win7 64 Bit works perfectly just as Win7 32 Bit does. I have no program compatibility issues. If you have proper driver support for both versions then you have to make the choice, not us.

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My parents got an Equium A200 - 1V0 (Model #: PSAF5E)

I ran the Windows 7 Upgrade advisor and have been trying to address the issues reported. It's been going fine, with the exception of one item, "Value Added Package". It reports that an updated version is available, but the link only leads to the generic URL

I believe the original version was 1.0.x and I installed the latest version I could find for Vista 32bit when I went to the product page.

But after updating to 1.1.7 the advisor still reports that there is an update available - but I can not find it. Nor does the advisor state if the update is required, it just says they don't have compatibility information about this version.

So I was wondering if anyone knew if I can ignore that warning then?
Anything to be aware of when upgrading the product? Or can I just insert the W7 DVD and hit Upgrade?

Answer:Equium A200 - 1V0 Upgrading Vista 32bit to Windows7 32bit


i checked on Toshiba driver page Win 7 32 bit available for equiim a200 including Vap utility:

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guys, whats the easiest way to upgrade my Vista to 64 bit?

Answer:How to upgrade 32bit Vista to 64bit ?

Nom Anor said:

guys, whats the easiest way to upgrade my Vista to 64 bit?Click to expand...

Save data, boot from vista 64 disk, format (or install 64 on seperate partition for a dual boot) and install 64bit version. I'd say that's the easiest way.

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I currently have Vista Home Premium 32bit installed on my computer. I am thinking of upgrading to Win7 Home Premium 64bit. What would be the best way to do this? Will my program files transfer automaticly? Should I do a clean install or just the upgrade? Would it be better to stay with 32bit Win7? I am only moderatly computer literate and would like to keep it as simple as possible. The reason I want to go to 64bit is to get more RAM for gaming. Thank you for any and all advice you can give.

Answer:Win Vista 32bit to Win7 64bit

Don't do it - unless you are damn sure that you can find x64 drivers for ALL devices - check the Device manager.

Unless the games are pure x64, they will still be limited tom the limitations set forth by x86.

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Hi all,

Is there a price difference between the two versions? What is a good link to buy them?


Answer:Vista 32bit vs. 64bit (Pricewise)

No price difference. I got Vista Home Premium 64-bit OEM from

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I currently use Vista home premium 32bit but I want to upgrade to windows 7 ultimate 64bit. I can buy an 'upgrade' pack for ?57.99 as I am a student.

However on the chart regarding upgrade it says i require a 'custom install'. Will an upgrade pack work for this or do I need to purchase the full version?

Answer:32bit Vista to 64bit 7 upgrade

Your only option in this scenario will be to perform a clean install, which is a format of the hard drive then install. Upgrading a 32 bit edition to 64 bit or downgrading a 64 bit install to 32 bit using the in-place approach is not supported.

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hi there,
about to upgrade my ram and now realise i should have bought a 64-bit version of vista, alas i have a 32-bit copy.

Does this mean i have to purchase another copy of vista? or can i use the same serial number and use anyones disc?

second, to upgrade from 32 to 64 do i need to do a complete re-install or can i merly upgrade my os? (i fear this won't be possible)

all my components seem to say that there 64 bit compatible.


Answer:Solved: from 32bit to 64bit vista

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How can I tell if the Vista version running on my computer is 64bit or 32bit? I tried to download and install Zone Alarm and found that Zone Alarm products won't install on Vista 64bit. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Solved: 64bit or 32bit Vista?

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Hey guys!

I have just purchased a XPS M1530 from Dell with Windows Vista Ultimate 32 bit edition installed. I am just wondering what the easiest way to get from 32 bit Ultimate to 64 bit Ultimate is.

Thanks for any help,


Answer:Vista Ultimate 32bit to 64bit

There isn't one

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Whats the diff between 32b and 64b vista?

ps. im a noob with XP for the past 7 yrs

Answer:Vista 32bit VS 64bit (im a noob)

I see your new, so i'll go easy. You need to learn to use the seach button for such a broad/basic question. Also, google is your friend.

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I have been looking for this information for a while. All the rumors drive me crazy, such as they'd be on the same dvd, or both versions will be in the box, or you'll have to call and pay a fee to have them ship the 64bit version to you.

According to the compusa website, both versions are in the box, and from how I read it.. each one is on its own dvd.


This line is on that page, for those not wanting to visit the page..

Note: Windows Vista Ultimate ships with 32-bit and 64-bit DVD and information on obtaining 32-bit CDs, additional fees may apply.

Answer:CompUSA - Vista 32bit and 64bit both in box

yeah but that is ultimate. after playing $400 i would think ms would have been nice enough to include the x64 version so customers don't have to ask them for it. prolly should do that for all of em but meh. i know customers might be too confused but all they gotta do is put in big letters on the dvd...X64 VERSION, PLEASE CHECK COMPATABILITY LIST INSIDE BOX...and then they can have a list at the time of printing which CPUs they can install it on. then they can put the same thing on the install screens even if someone tries to do it anyway. meh.

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