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

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


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!


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

I recommend downloading and running Reimage. It's a computer repair tool that has been proven to identify and fix many Windows problems with a high level of success.

I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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In the attached link there is a performance comparison between 32bit and their parallel 64bit softwares for different CPUs(under Windows XP 64bit).
As we can see passing to 64bit brings to an
improvement up to more than 100% !!!

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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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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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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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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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Which is better for gaming? The 32bit windows 7 or the 64bit?

Answer:32bit or 64bit windows 7?


A very debatable question, IMHO its 64bit if the game supports it, but as most dont then still if its a game that will run on 64bit Windows 7 then go for 64bit Windows 7, I'm running 64bit Win7 Ultimate and current games like CoD MW2 run great.

But also depends on your hardware, do they all have 64bit drivers? if you have to hunt and fudge drivers to work then go with 32bit Windows 7 but again if drivers are available, running Vista drivers while many work, they will only be a workaound and not native Win7 drivers so not the best fit.

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Hi all,

I like to install Windows 7 but which one?

Is 64bit a lot better than 32bit in stable faster etc?

Answer:Windows 7 32bit or 64bit

I can't make a call on which is 'better'. I can offer my opinion on what I am going to do ( and have done with the beta). I have run 32 bit XP pro prior, and 32 bit Vista right now. If I go to Win7 when it's release (and I did this with the beta also), I'm going to 64bit, it just feels like it's the right time, for me, to make the switch......

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So I got windows 7 Home Premium back in 2009, however I got the 32bit version, and right now im thinking I want to get the 64bit version. However the problem that I face is that I only have a 32bit disc as they did not send me a 64bit version and I got Windows 7 cheaper via the student deals...

Is there a place where I can download Windows 7 Home premium 64bit legit and for free, and will my 32bit key work on 64??

Answer:Windows 7 32bit to 64bit

It's my understanding that the product key that came with your Home Premium 32-bit can also be used to activate Home Premium 64-bit. (One or the other, but not both at the same time.) It should not make any difference if the original Home Premium 32-bit was a retail version or an OEM/System Builder version*. Sometimes people experience problems activating online, but Microsoft has a telephone activation process that can get around that. Just explain you did a clean install from Home Premium 32-bit to Home Premium 64-bit.

Activate Windows 7 by Phone

You can get an official ISO of Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit from Digital River (an official Microsoft download site.) Download the ISO and save it to your desktop. Then burn it to a DVD at no more than 4x speed. Many folks recommend using the free ImgBurn.

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

The Official ImgBurn Website

*NOTE: An OEM/System Builder operating system and its product key will always be tied to the original computer. You cannot legally move the OS or use the product key on a different machine the way you can with a retail version.

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As I am about to reinstall. I am thinking on going Windows XP 64bit. Would it be a good choice as either stay on the same level of performance or improve it? I believe all my hardware has the correct 64bit drivers out there.

Help is appreciated.


Answer:Windows XP 32bit or 64bit?

If you have 64bit Proc. Go w/ 64bit O/S like windows. Even though Apps don't run on x64 code, XP has WOW64 which will allow the apps to run on 64bit Windows.

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OK I just finished building my new system and I have a few questions. I own both a copy of XP Pro in 64 bit and 32 bit. Which would be better to install on my system. As far as I know some programs wont even run on the 64 bit version. Is there a noticable performance gain I would get from installing 64 bit version? Thanks, much appreciated.

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keI have a toshiba satellitle L505d-S5983 with a windows 7 32 bit OS and currently 3GB of Ram(MAX 8GB). I want to do a clea uninstall of the 32 bit and reninstall 64 bit. The OS was OEM so Toshiba is currently only offering a recovery disc ( I am waiting on a callback from escalations at Toshiba.)

I do not wish to use an ISO file. I can use the ei.cfg tool but is my key still only for a 32-bit?

Will I have to buy another key? This seems so stupid: I OWN windows 7. but i can only use one version when retail customers get 32 and 64 bit? This is really sad. Any knowledge and advice would be great.

If my product key only works with a 32 bit system, what do I do? This is ridiculous. Basically, Toshiba sold me a stripped software (pirated, incomplete) and they get away with it.

Answer:Windows 7 32bit to 64bit

You can`t use the tool to get 64 Bit if your recovery is only 32 Bit and why are you calling it pirated ?

You can use your key, but you are going to have to download the 64 bit installer. It`s perfectly legal.

And you don`t uninstall Windows 7 it just gets written over.

If I`m not correct about using the OEM key please set me straight.

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As far as I know I have a 32bit laptop in windows 7 I never got an indication that I'm on a 64bit machine. Here is a screenshot:Am I missing out on anything?

Answer:Windows 8 32bit on a 64bit

Your processor has 64-bit support, but runs 32-bit programs and OSes perfectly.

So what your seeing is perfectly normal.

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I am planning to build a PC with AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+ processor (2.30GHz, 1MB Cache). The programs that will be open: Photoshop CS3 or CS4 (depending on the choice made), iTunes, Firefox 4. I am unsure whether to set it up with: Win7 32bit and 2GIG RAM or Win7 64bit and 4GIG RAM Can anyone advise? Will there be a huge difference in general usage speed? Please give reasons. PLEASE NOTE : I have read the comparison sticky on here - I am after advise regarding day to day use. Just web and the occasional picture edit

Answer:64bit or 32bit? Windows 7?

2Gb is just about the minimum to run Win 7. I would think if you are going to make heavy use of Photoshop you will need more. That means that you really ought to go with x64. It will also give you the opportunity to upgrade to even more ram in the future.

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Hi, I have Thinkpad T410i series with Windows 7 Professional 32Bit version bought in USA. I really need to convert the factory OS and recovery disk to 64 bit. I know the recovery disk would help here but being out of USA currently, I am unable to get my hands on one. I contacted online support in India but they said they do not support OS related issues and suggested to go to technical support center at some location. They said, they do not support OS related issues as well. All I want a recovery DVD with following parts number (04T1589 or 04T1568). The customer service support in India is pretty useless and some even suggested to buy OS from Microsoft (which is silly as I was looking for Recovery drive with drivers from Lenovo. The advantage of recovery drive is, it will convert or create the recovery drive and OS as it it like it came from factory). Anyone from India, anyone gone through same experience? It would be great help if someone can suggest how can I get a recovery drive for Win7 64 Bit Professional (T410i 2516-CTO) model? I wish lenovo would have extended it's recovery DVD orering site to all regions of the world. Thanks,VS

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I'm planning to install windows again since my hard drive died of vista and i'm wondering whether 32 bit or 64 bit would work better with my specs in terms of watching movies, playing games, extracting etc (or maybe 32 bit or 64 bit doesnt do that...)

I have a Gateway fx6800
Radeon ATI 4850
Intei i7 2.66 GHz processor
9 GB ram ddr3

Answer:windows xp 32bit or 64bit

Only a 64bit OS will take advantage of 9GB of RAM.

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Can someone tell me the difference between the Windows 7 32bit and the 64bit?
Do most folks run 32?

Answer:Windows 7 32bit vs 64bit?

This link is for Vista, but holds true for Win 7. In short, if you have a 64-bit processor, then you should install the 64-bit OS.

A description of the differences between 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista

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After i recently went through a series of mishaps and bad luck my HP ProBook 4520s had to have its hard drive replaced. During its repair process i had an extra 4gb ram put in so i now have a total of 8gb ram. Sadly only 2.98gb is usable.

now here is my problem: -my computer has Windows 7 pro 32bit pre installed
-my computer did not come with an installation disk for windows
-I would like to upgrade to 64bit with a clean re-install
-How can install windows 7 64bit without spending more money?

ps: I do have the serial for my computer's windows 7 (not sure if it only works on 32bit)
pss: I understand that this might be a common question but please let me know if you have any suggestions.

also yes my computer IS compatible with 64bit

Answer:Windows 7 pro 32bit to 64bit

your serial for pro 32 will work with pro 64. go to MS and download the iso file for windows 64 then install it using your current key.

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Hi can anyone tell me if it is possable to change from 32bit to 64bit I have a Dell 1545 inspiron with Intel(R) core(TM)2 Duo T6400 @ 2 Ghz and 3gig DDR and 320 gig HDD Running windows 7 32bit.
I have a disc for 64bit should it be possable to install it and use my same wndows 7 product key,will i have to do a full instilation or can i just do a upgrade
cheers GM

Answer:Windows 7 32bit to 64bit

ummm, not 100% sure about this, but I think I saw another post.....where someone was wanting to go from Win7 64bit down to Win7 32 bit, and the reply was that BOTH come on the same disc and that all they had to do was reinstall Win7 and use the same key.....

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Is it possible to install and run Windows Xp Pro x64 on an Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme X6800 2.93GHz 4MB 32bit CPU? I know the CPU has 64bit extensions, but I don't understand if that applies only to 64bit applications that run on the 32bit OS.


Answer:Windows Xp 64bit on a 32bit CPU?

It is possible to run 64 bit hardware on a 32 bit OS.

It is not possible to run 64 bit Applications on a 32 bit OS.

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Last year our local 'pc doctor' upgraded my Vista operating system with windows 7 64bit,because I was having big crash problems running video editing programs, but this 64bit version of windows causes problems with several bespoke programs eg Adobe who have not written drivers for 64bit operating systems. my question is can I load Windows 7 32bit operating system over the 64bit?

Answer:Windows 7 64bit to 32bit

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The key that they provide when you download Windows 7....does that only apply to the version you download? I downloaded 32bit, but wanted to try 64bit, but I don't know if the key they provided me will also work with 64bit.

Unfortunately the downloads for Windows 7 are closed.

Answer:Windows 7 key regarding both 32bit and 64bit

They have a specific key for 32 Bit and a specific key for 64 Bit. At least thru the public they did. I do not know if the 32 Bit will work or if they have the Beta locked down for serial access.

Can try it. But i can not guarantee success. As i do know that there was separate versions.

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If your computer came with 64bit is that the best option if you do a windows clean install? or can u pick and choose? I heard if u got 4 gigs u want to have 64bit?

also if u have a newer computer u can expect all drivers to work right?

says put a network driver on a flash drive just in case correct? Im just prepairing in case I decide to do this because of all the issues I have. I waiting find out if this would void warrenty for sure.

the computer has a issue just not sure if windows or not. Hope so that be easy fix :P

also if u got factory restore cds u don't need to back up the drive right? Just ur data? or is it worth it? feels weird backing up the drive when not working right. Btw already a recovery partion on the HD

Answer:windows 32bit or 64bit

other wise would be that bad to just factory restore using back up cds? I dunno clean install seems troublesome if windows error a factory reset do same thing right?

I miss days of running norton utilites and fix everything (back when mac was king lol)

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If you running a new labtop with 4 gigs of ram (which you may update some day)

Its a 64bit windows system and your doing a clean install of windows wouldn't it make sense to stick with 64bit windows?

all the drivers are in 64bit, and someday I may upgrade it (soon possibly)
all drivers are 64bit from toshiba there are no 32bit drivers

I mean I don't do heavy video editing or anything but wouldn't it just make sense to stick with 64bit I don't like idea of having change operating systems a lot and im looking into using my computer for schooling possibly conputer programing or online classe's I won't want to clean install again (except maybe linux to play with) if I get into that im just wondering what the pros and cons are of 32bit over 64bit?

I do only have 4 gigs now and I will say computer isn't great at multi tasking my procesor gets a very low score one the assesment test. So would 32bit kick it up a bit on processing? or is that not what 32bit does?

Any web pages articles on this be great im in no rush just trying get as much info on this as possible...


Answer:windows 32bit or 64bit

Here is a good thread explaining the differences and the cons and pros.
32 bit vs 64 bit Comparison
As you can see there isn't a reason to not use 64 bit unless you don't have a 64 bit capable processor and less then 3gb ram most processors since 2004 are 64 bit I believe


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I am posting this because I have windows xp 32bit and also have a hard drive with windows xp 64 bit but found out that there is alot that is not supported by 64bit. For example (Wireless Adapter, Service Pack 3). What are your guy's thoughts on each type of xp.

Answer:Windows XP 32bit VS. 64bit


32-bit windows xp is supported/ has support for most hardware out on the market and is great for most computers, now 64 bit has many incompatibility's just because a machine has a 64 bit compatible processor does not mean all the hardware in the machine is/ has compatible drivers to make them work. The advantages of 64 bit are most noticeable or useful if you have a large amount of ram ie, 4gb or more of ram. Now since xp is getting up there in age say about 8 years old now, we have windows 7 which is in 32 bit and 64 bit which 64 bit support is growing and eventually all new computers will most likely have 64 bit on them. But in you case i would stay with 32 bit for now unless you plan on getting windows 7, if you do just make sure you check all you hardware on the machine to make sure it is compatible with 64 bit and has 64 bit drivers.

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I have 32bit 7 on my pc now but was thinking of putting 64bit on it and just wanted to now what 1 was better and what are some of the advantages and dissadvantages of them both?

Answer:What is better 32bit or 64bit windows 7?

differences in 32 bit 64 computing - Google Search

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I have an HP G60-447CL laptop with a Dual-Core T4200 processor in it right now. I am currently running Windows 7-32bit. When I purchased the laptop it came with Vista 32-bit and I issued an upgrade to Windows 7 once it was released (as a part of my purchase of the laptop).

I looked online at the specs of my processor and it says that my processor supports 64bit. I downloaded the 64bit version of Windows 7 online through my school at no charge since I'm a student and I want to uprade. I have downloaded it and just am as lost as can be. I don't know what to do from here. (The download is 100% legitimate. There are several programs I am allowed to download through my school and this is one I would love to take advantage of it I can.) Any help?

If you need any further information from me please don't hesitate to ask. I'll supply everything I can.

Thanks so much for your time!


Answer:windows 7-32bit to 64bit

to go from 32x to 64x requires a clean install

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Hi, currently I'm running Windows 7 32bit and I want to switch to the 64bit since many people been using 64bit these days =)
So how do I do it?
I put the 64bit disc into my DVD drive?
I start up the CD from boot?
then I choose Custom Install?
then I choose the HD I want to install it on?
and then I click Advanced Setting?
then I click Format button?
then its all OK right?
are those the steps guy?
thx =)

Answer:Windows 7 32bit to 64bit possible?

Yes, that's correct to do a clean install.

Make sure you've backed up all your important files first.

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Hey guys,
Today i go reinstalling ntb HP 15-r008nc and here its original preinstalled OS (Windows 8.1 with Bing 64Bit)
Ntb have 4GB ram, intel celeron n2840 @ 2.16Ghz..
My question is which version of OS you recommend.
Windows 10 32bit or 64 bit ? (I think for this NTB)


Answer:Windows 10 32bit vs 64bit

With 4gb RAM (or less), I would go with 32-bit Windows 10 - unless you plan on upgrading the RAM in the future. 64-bit won't hurt anything, but it isn't needed until you go above 4gb RAM.

WARNING: You cannot download Windows 8.1 with Bing anywhere! I would create an image backup of the entire hard drive (I prefer Macrium Reflect Free) in case Windows 10 goes bad or you need a driver or something from the factory Windows 8.1. At a bare minimum, I would use the factory installed program to make the recovery drives/disks.

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I have an old ThinnkPad T61 (6459CTO) now running 32bit Windows XP SP3.  Although XP is telling me there are only 3 GB of RAM, the BIOS says 4 GB are installed.  Both agree that the processor is an Intel Core2 Duo T9300 -- not certain if this is a 32-bit or 64-bit processor and associated chip set.  The original HD is 160 GB.  I'm not planning to upgrade any components but just to wipe the HD and install a new copy of Windows 7 Professional. I should know the answer, but I just want to make sure this machine will run the 64-bit version of Windows 7 before I buy it.  Assuming so, are there any good reasons to use the 32-bit version other than cost (e.g., more appropriate demands on exsiting hardware, compatibility with existing MS Office 2007 suite, etc.), or is 64 bits a no-brainer? -- JCW2  P.S. -- Does anyone know where to get a new genuine Lenovo main battery for this machine?  It now has a 6-cell, but a 9-cell would do if that's all I can find.  How about a replacement BIOS (system) battery, assuming I ever need one? P.P.S. -- And does anyone know how to find a Bluetooth Laser Mouse that will work with this old machine?  I tried buying a new one from Lenovo, but it won't stay connected, perhaps because of a newer version of the Bluetooth communication standard?  The buttons on my existing mouse are becoming unreliable. Thanks for any and all advice! -- JCW2

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Answer:Windows 7 - 32bit or 64bit on Old T61?

good to go-- T9300 will run 64bit no problem at all.

Cheers Paul :-)T61,T9300,4GB,SSD,DVDRW,3G,Sata2,14.1-(4:3),IntelX3100,x2usb3 express, Win-10

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I've been only using 32 bit so far. My concern is if I go 64bit if I will run into hardware or software issues.

Can anyone help out with this concern?

Answer:Windows 7 32bit or 64bit?

64bit, no question. Unless you're using hardware from the stoneage you can almost definitely find drivers.

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I am building a new computer with an Intel i5 processor. I intend to install Windows 7, prefferably the 64bit version,which I understand will run faster with the i5, but I don't know if there are any issues as regards running 32bit programs with this configuration. Any advice greatly appreciated since I am a novice in the computing world.Del

Answer:Windows 7 32bit or 64bit

I havent come across any problems,hope this link helps here

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I have installed adobe flashplayer but its not working . When I try to watch anything it tells me to Install the Flashplayer . Is that cos I've got the 64bit ? I'm running Windows 7.

Answer:i have windows 7 64bit but i want 32bit

You should run 32-bit IE instead of 64-bit IE to visit web pages. Then you can install and run flash player with no problem.CoolGuy

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I think that these days pretty much all software has support for 64bit, is this assumption correct? What I'm trying to do is decide if I want to use the 32bit or 64bit version of Windows 7.
I game a lot if that helps. Does it pretty much come down to me having to research all the software/games I use to verify they have a 64bit version? A 32bit only software wouldn't work in a 64bit system right?

Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Conroe 2.4GHz 4M shared L2 Cache LGA 775
CORSAIR XMS2 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit
MSI 8800GTS-T2D320E-HDOC GeForce 8800GTS 320MB 320-bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP
GIGABYTE GA-965P-DS3 LGA 775 Intel P965 Express

Answer:Windows 7 32bit vs 64bit

vitalym said:

I think that these days pretty much all software has support for 64bit, is this assumption correct?Click to expand...

Does it pretty much come down to me having to research all the software/games I use to verify they have a 64bit version?Click to expand...

No. Unless its 10+ years old, it will probably work, and work well.

A 32bit only software wouldn't work in a 64bit system right?Click to expand...

No, it will work just fine.
Prepare for this thread to get ugly, this question has been beaten to death many times over here and the answer is there is absolutely no reason not to go 64bit.

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I wonder if anyone can help me. I've searched exhaustively on this subject and haven't found a definate answer.

I have recently purchased a Samsung R720 (PS02UK) laptop with Windows 7 32bit Home Premium (OEM of course). The processor is a Core 2 Duo (P7450 - 64bit compliant). The computer came supplied with 4GB of RAM and has a 1GB dedicated video card.

Now my problem is obviously Windows can't address all this RAM (about 0.8-1.2GB is sitting hardware reserved for video memory, giving me over 2GB for the graphics card to use - which is pointless, it doesn't need that much!!)

OK, so my question is how can I move to 64bit Windows 7 without buying a full retail version. The OEM key is only suitable for 32bit versions (I called Samsung and asked). Will using an upgrade package work in this case? I am aware that it will be a custom install and as such will be a fresh install - this doesn't bother me as it is a new computer.

I have a copy of Windows 7 Professional 64bit upgrade to hand that I can use if it is possible. I obviously don't want to shell out for a full version just for 64bit, I don't think that would be worth it.

If anyone has any clue on this I would be very grateful to hear from you as I really don't know how to proceed!



Answer:OEM Windows 7 32bit to 64bit

Welcome James, You might want to look at this tutorial,
Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version
Hope that helps you out.

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Hi, I currently want to try out 7 without my XP gone so I'm going for a dual boot. But I didn't know should I install 64bit 7 or 32 bit 7. I'm currently running on AMD Athlon 64 X2 4400+, so 64 bit or 32 bit should I install?

By the way, is it x86=32bit and x64=64bit?

Answer:Windows 7 64bit & 32bit

x86= 32 and x64= 64 bit is correct, either will run on your system, check for printer and scanner. camera drivers you need if all the 64 bit drivers are available give the 64bit a try.

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Hi,I have a Win7 Home Premium 32bit PC. When I upgrade to Win10 can I upgrade to 64bit?
Posted via the Windows Central App.

Answer:Windows 10 32bit or 64bit ?

First you can upgrade on July 29th 2015. Second, your free upgrade, based on the OS you listed, will be a 32 bit version of Windows 10 Home.

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I am doing an entire new build. It will be built around the i7-920 2.66Ghz core. I have always used the 32bit version of XP because more software supports it. So with the new Windows 7 should I switch to the 64bit? Is it widely supported? Any help would be appreciated as this issue is my last one in my build. Thanks.


Answer:Windows 7 - 32bit or 64bit

I went from XP Pro 32-bit to Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. You won't notice a thing. Programs that aren't 64-bit will run just fine.

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Hey guys,
I've been using Windows XP Home 32bit for a few years now. Recently, I stumbled upon the 64bit version and the Intel x86-64 architecture. I did some more research and found that my Pentium 4 HT 630 processor supports EM64T or 64 bit architecture. Would it be wise and better to switch to the 64 bit operating system or stick with the 32 bit one? Also I've been itching to ask this for a long time: Whats the difference btw. Windows XP Home and Professional? Thank guys in advance for all your help.

Answer:Windows 32bit and 64bit.

Stick with the 32 bit version, because the number one issue with the 64 bit, is drivers. It has a lack of compatibility with them.

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Based on this:
XPS 630, Intel Core2 processorQ6600 (2.40Ghz,1066FSB) w/Quad Core Technology and 8MB cache
4GB DDR2 SDRAM at 800MHz

Which should I get?


Answer:32Bit or 64Bit Windows 7


You'll be able to use all of your 4 gigs of memory, you can add more without an OS re-install, and it's more secure and stable, due to ASLR and mandatory driver signing, respectively.

Were there any specific apps you were concerned about?

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my question is. should i go 32bit or 64bit of windows 7??

my specs are: its a hp pavilion notebook

intel pentium dual core 1.6 ghz (1.8 ghz)

4gb ddr2 ram

nvidia geforce 8400m gs 256 mb ddr2

so whats best for my pc. 32 bit or 64bit??. i want to my laptop to be optimal and fast as possible.

Answer:32bit or 64bit of windows??

Take a look at this thread

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Hello all.
I bought a license key online for Windows 8.1 Pro from "Moon Box Software" and I'd like a bit of clarification. The product doesn't specify whether or not the key is for 64bit or 32bit, then again it doesn't specify it on the Windows 8.1 Pro install available through the official Microsoft Store.

So I'm wondering, will the key work on a 64bit install, which is what I'm intending to use? If not, I'll have to cancel my order. I'm guessing as I just bought the license key, I can install either 32bit or 64bit and the key will work for it. Whether or not that's right, I don't know. Might sound a bit of a noob asking it but I've never bought a copy of Windows this way - I bought XP, Vista and 7 from retail stores!

Thanks for any help.

Answer:32bit or 64bit Windows 8

Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: Keys are version specific but architecture independant.

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i want to upgrade 32bit to 64bit and can i do it? if i can,how can i do?

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I had Windows 7 64 bit installed on my computer but I decided to upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro so I bought a key online and downloaded&installed windows 8.1 pro not realizing it was 32 bit althought I need(ed) 64 bit. Now my plan was to download&install windows 8.1 64 bit, but since I'm running 32 bit I can't run the installation file, not even when I boot from USB (with my installation files on it). Do you have a conclusion? Please let me know, I really do appreciate it! Thanks

Answer:Can't run Windows 8.1 pro 64bit installation on 32bit

As you have not mentioned the make and model of the computer we cannot see the specs. Can you processor handle 64bit and did you run Windows Update advisor?

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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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I have windows 7 64 bit instaled, but its runing at 32 bit can tell me what to do?

Answer:Windows 7 64bit is running at 32bit

What does it say in System Properties?

Does it say 32bit or 64bit?

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Want to find out the risks of running a 32 bit antivirus on a 64 bit OS.

Answer:can I run 32bit antivirus on 64bit Windows 7?

You should run a program designed for 64 bit. A lot of programs come in both versions.

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I am running windows 8 32bit and I wanted to upgrade my 4gb Ram to 8gb Ram But the 32bit will only recognise 3.5 of Ram So I need to upgrade to 64bit. How can I do this?
Thank you flobby

Answer:Windows 8 Can I change from 32bit to 64bit

Thank You.
I will do that on my sons computer, Cheers, Flobby

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hi, I need to downgrade my pc to 32bits, I installed the DVD integral 32bit, it start instalation and at once it stops and says that could not instal it!, and start over, and it does not you know how to instal it. the cd is ok.thanks

Answer:I need to downgrade Windows 7 64Bit to 32Bit

are you putting the dvd in the drive and then starting your computer, or trying to run the dvd from inside the x64 win7.drop the dvd in the machine, reboot, press any key to boot from dvd when the message pops up, it should install normally, if not your dvd reader or dvd is at fault, try creating a bootable usb, and set the bios to boot from usb.i hate computers!but cant help myself....

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I have upgraded my PC by installing a new motherboard, processor, ram and a second hard drive.In order to retain all my data I attempted to clone my original HDD onto the new one, using Acronis. The new drive is now not visible under windows although it shows in the BIOS. If I try to boot from the new disc I get the message insert recovery disc. As this came with the original set up will it work. The reason for wanting to install XP on the new disc is that Windows & 64bit apparently needs to overwrite the 32 bit XP installation.

Answer:Upgrading XP 32bit to windows 7 64bit

I had the same basic problem when my computer had a failing hard drive. What I decided to do was install a new larger drive and, at the same time, replace the Windows XP 32 bit operating system with a new Windows 7 installationMy attempts really fell apart because I couldn't get w7 64 to work when it found the existing 32 bit XPWhat I did in the end was disconnect the old drive and install W7 on the freshly formatted new drive. The point is not to install the software code when first asked but to do it laterYou'll obviously need to set the bios to look for the dvd drive first so that you can boot from the windows 7 discIf you read through thisclick hereyou should find it works

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I have made a terrible mistake when I installed the Windows 8 90-Day evaluation.
I have a 64-bit CPU (AMD 5800K) and 8GB of Ram, and I accidentally installed the 32-Bit version of the trial.

Is there any way I can upgrade without having to do a fresh re-install?

Any help would be appreciated,


Answer:Upgrading Windows 8 32bit to 64bit

Sorry, no.

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I ordered my thinkpad in July, so I was entitled to the free Windows 7 upgrade. However, Lenovo shipped me the 32bit version .... But isn't this laptop 64bit? Is there an advantage of using 64bit instead of 32bit?  If so, how do I get the 64bit version?  Will the Product Key that I have for the 32bit version also work for the 64bit version?  

Answer:R500 - Should I use Windows 7 64bit or 32bit?

Hi hstraf, Welcome to the Lenovo forum. Here is what Microsoft has to say on the subject. Other websites are split on whether to prefer 32 or 64 bit versions: Personally I don't see an advantage to running the 64 bit version right now:To get more than 4GB in your R500 you'd have to use at least one very expensive 4GB DDR3 DIMM.32-bit drivers are apt to be more stable (better tested) than 64-bit drivers for awhile still.The 64-bit version will tend to use more memory for a given program than the 32-bit version will.Of course others (and you!) might have a different opinion.  Best regards,Frank

---------Results of Your Ideal Business-Class Laptop survey, concluded 2009-07-29.Did someone help you?Say thanks! with a kudo.Even better: Pay it forward, help someone else.

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For example can I run HL2 64bit or Farcry 64bit using windows xp 32bit

Answer:Can I run 64bit programs using 32bit Windows xp


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Hi, i ungraded windows 10 free copy and it is 32bit ,whereas my laptop supports for 64bit os. Is there any way to get it convert or reinstall for 64bit..?

Answer:Upgrade Windows 10 32bit to 64bit

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So today I got my computer working which I had re-built with completely new parts. I started downloading some programs, for example TeamSpeak 3. I downloaded it as 64bit version, because thats what my computer is, it even says in the system information that it is. After I got it installed I tried to open it but it didn't open, it just shows in the task manager processes for a while. So after re-installing it once and finding out that it wouldn't work, I installed the 32bit version which actually did work, it was pretty weird but wouldn't really care for it so i just went with it. Later this night I got a game installed (Battlefield 4) which did the same thing in x64 mode, it wouldn't start! So again I tried the x86 version which is 32bit obviously, and it did start up. This is so weird and I cannot seem to find a fix for this. Would it have something to do  with activation of windows as this is still unactivated atm. I would really appreciate if someone found out what does this mean. It's windows 7 professional. And yeah my computer did work great in 64bit mode with the old parts before rebuilding it, and this is indeed the same windows 7. EDIT: FIXED, WAS BECAUSE OF SERVICE PACK UPDATE THAT DIDN'T SHOW UP AT FIRST

Answer:Windows 7 64bit acts as 32bit. Please help

What new parts did you put into the computer?  There are hardware giants in here [I'm not one of them] who can take your list of what you just recently put in -- and come up with some possible causes and possible solutions. Give manufacturer names, model names & model numbers.

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Hey guys, im really stuck here.. i spent all day yesterday trying to get this working but i just couldnt, im having that problem creating the ISO file using the command propmt with the expandedSetup file and I keep on getting error 123 or 5 its really frustrating, any1 got any ideas?

Answer:Windows 7 Student 32bit to 64bit HELP

error 5 is access denied btw

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I bought windows 7 64bit upgrade version for students. However I want to use 32 bit now, since I have simply had too many problems. Is it possible to install Windows7 32bit and register it with my CD Key (which I got for 64bit Version)?


Answer:Windows 7 64bit Key with 32bit version possible?

Quote: Originally Posted by Dandukovic


I bought windows 7 64bit upgrade version for students. However I want to use 32 bit now, since I have simply had too many problems. Is it possible to install Windows7 32bit and register it with my CD Key (which I got for 64bit Version)?


yes it is

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Dear all,
I just had a new laptop with Windows 7 (64bit) installed, most of my software that i was running on my old windows 7 (32bit) was managed, and now they are running very well on my new machine, but only one software (QQ Messenger), I've been using this messenger for like 3 years, n i canot imagine stop using it jst cuz of this (32-64) issue, anybody can show me a way to run it up, or if anybody knows any version of QQ that can work on 64bit....

thanx a lot

Answer:how to run windows 7 (32bit) software on (64bit)?

Download a fresh copy ... it should work.

QQ Messenger - Download

32 bit version softwares run well on 64 bit OS. Sometimes some old paid softwares are to run using compatibility mode. As QQ is a free one, better you try a recent copy.

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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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I really hope someone here can help me, I am doing my nut in with this problem.

At the start of this year I got myself a new Toshiba laptop, pimped out to the max. It is a P500 ST6822, 18.1inch screen, 6GB RAM, HDD 500GB x 2, 1GB DDR2 Video RAM. You get the idea.

I have been using Linux for the last 5 or 6 years, mainly because the contracts I had were with companies who used Linux. I had now settled down, and my offices, while the network backbone was Linux, I needed to have a windows machine that would run the windows based SW that was being used by so many.

One of the first things I did was to download and install Firefox. That was, and still is my default browser on Linux, and I have built up a collection of add-ons that I have grown very comfortable with. I knew, based on everything I had read, that there wouldn't be a problem with installing the standard FF 32bit on Windows 7 64bit.

How wrong my information was.

I installed FF and as soon as I tried to run it, a few seconds later a little window popped up informing me that FF had crashed, would l like to let Mozilla know and would I like to restart it.

I ok'ed all the options, and waited for FF to start, only to be greeted with the same pop-up as before. This time I cancelled the restart of FF and decided instead to shut down the laptop then do a cold restart and then try to run FF, which I did.

It didn't help.

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Answer:Firefox 32bit will not run on Windows 7 64bit

There's a reason why everyone is still using 32 bit browsers, because many plug-ins, such as Flash, don't work, or don't work well with 64 bit browsers.

That being said, something else is the culprit, because Forefox 32 bit works just fine on Windows 7 x64, as well as the flash plug-in for it. It sounds like you may have gotten a corrupt installer, or you have something else conflicting in the system that's preventing Firefox from running. I don't have any other suggestions, other than to trying downloading it again, or getting it from another source, like I have it running on four x64 systems without issue....well, usually Firefox issues, but that happens on any OS.

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Hi Guys.

I've recently upgraded from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1, but for some reason it installed Windows 8.1 32-bit, instead of the 64 bit version. I've left it this way for a week or so but some of the applications I use need to be 64 bit.

Basically, how do I upgrade to a 64 bit version of Windows 8.1? Microsofts website is about as helpful as a chocolate teapot.

Thanks a bunch in advance

Answer:Upgrading from 32bit Windows 8.1 to 64bit.

If your processor is X32, it cannot be upgraded to 64 bit Windows. Only X64 and X86 can. Check your cpu specifications.

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I have a Satellite laptop which came with Windows 7 Home Premium pre installed as 64 Bit. I have a software package (Axo Nobel Paint System) which will not run on 64 Bit. Because windows 7 was pre installed I do not have a 32 bit disk.

Is it possible to downgrade to 32 Bit or do I have to buy another 32 Bit version of the software?


Answer:Windows 7 64bit downgrade to 32bit possible?


I think, you can't downgrade to win7 32 bit, you need a Windows 32 bit instalaltion disk and make a clean nstalaltion. Don't forget to make a recovery disk if it's not created yet.

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i have a newish computer that has win 7 home premium licence on it. unfortunately the hdd has failed and i dont know if i had 32bit or 64bit installed. i can get a dvd to install the software but i dont know which bit version i had. is it possible to tell from the coa licence whether it was 32 or 64bit? the pc came with no disks (i know i should have made recoverys!).
thanks for any help

Answer:windows licence 64bit or 32bit

This thread on confirms that: yes, you can. You will have to phone up for activation as the product key on the sticker will not activate online.

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I've recently purchased a game and stupidly not checked the requirements my machine runs a 32bit operating system whereas the game requires 64bit, how can I upgrade this ?

Answer:Windows 7 upgrade from 32bit to 64bit

You cant 'Upgrade' the 32 to a 64 you will need to perform a clean install of Windows 7 64 bit.

You will to ensure your hardware can handle a 64bit OS, if you do go down this route it may be worth upgrading to Window 10 64bit as long as your system can handle it.

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I am new to this forum and looking for some opinions. I recently built a new desktop and installed Win 7 64bit and it was a walk in the park. So now I am going to upgrade the wife's laptop. It is a HP Pavilion zv6270us. It has a Athlon 64 3500+ at 2.0GHz with 2GB DDR PC2700 Cl 2.5 333mhz memory. I dual booted Win 7 RC 64bit to test and had a few driver problems since HP won't support this unit for Win 7. I was able to use some Vista drivers with a hack to get the sound working. Only thing not working is the Fax Modem which I never use. We use the laptop for E-Mail, Web browsing and wife is addicted to "Bejeweled 2" which runs fine under Win 7 64.
I was thinking of installing Win 7 32bit and wondering if 64bit was worth the effort as far as bootup time and performance. I was thinking 32bit might have better drivers and might even perform better.
All opinions welcome and thanks in advance.


Answer:Windows 7 64bit or 32bit on old Laptop

Hello Jim, Welcome!

I would strongly recommend using the 32 bit version. Besides having better driver compatibility, it uses less resources. It is misunderstood that 64-bit is faster. Long story!

The only reason to go x64 is if you have 4GB or more of RAM. 32-bit cannot address more than 4GB, but in practice, it will only address about 3.5GB.

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Hi, i have a Toshiba L505-10V and the original cds(2) with Windows 7 prenium 32-bit.

I have downloaded windows 7 prenium 64bit from here

I use the key from 32 bit but it says its not valid. Is it possible to work with the same key?

Also i download belarc to recoginise my 32bit windows key and it shows me different key from that is on the base of my pc.

Answer:Can I use product key from Windows 7 32bit to 64bit?


According notebook specification your notebook was delivered with preinstalled Win7 64bit Home Premium and you got 32bit version on recovery DVD.

Both recovery versions are designed for your notebook model and both versions contain activation code so that both versions must not be activated.
I presume you didn?t create recovery disc for preinstalled Win 7 64bit version.

You cannot use product key listed in 32bit version. If you use own Windows version you must enter valid product key that you must buy from Microsoft.

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My current specs are listed, I have 2x 2gig ddr3 ram. Think ill need anymore? Or will the performance difference with more ram be minimal with windows 7?

Answer:How much more RAM will 64bit Windows 7 need compared to 32bit XP?

It depends. For regular use, 4Gb should be perfectly adequate. For image manipulation, some high-end games, the more the better.

In general if you have experience with Vista, you will find Win7 better, faster and more efficient than Vista on the same hardware.

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...hello all, is it possible to update Windows 7 32bit to 64bit without the clean installation? if so;

- how to do it?
- how reliable it is?

...reason is because I already have a lot of applications installed and configured in my machine and it will be time consuming to re-do the process from scratch. Thanks.

Answer:Upgrade Windows 7 from 32bit to 64bit..How?

Quote: Originally Posted by mangjun

...hello all, is it possible to update Windows 7 32bit to 64bit without the clean installation? if so;

- how to do it?
- how reliable it is?

...reason is because I already have a lot of applications installed and configured in my machine and it will be time consuming to re-do the process from scratch. Thanks.

NO, clean install.

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I'm about to reformat and reinstall Windows 7 on my computer. I bought Ultimate, which came with a license key and two discs, the 32bit version and the 64bit version. Can I now install the 64bit version and use the same license and reactivate it without issues?

Answer:Reinstalling 64bit Windows 7 instead of 32bit?

Sorry for disappearing, but I was sat here ready to go when I posted that and hoped for a fairly quick response because I didn't want to start if I wasn't going to be able to activate it using the same key (since I'd already activated using the 32bit version). And since my frantic Googling didn't seem to be yielding particularly clear answers. After an hour I finally Googled across my answer so I went ahead, then in the moment of reinstalling I totally forgot I posted this.I see the topic kind of snowballed after someone automatically assumed I was doing this on a Mac based on my system spec, sorry about that but I didn't notice that's what it said, in fact I don't actually ever remember writing it down as just "Macintosh", I'm fairly sure I used to have it saying that I had multiple systems, two PC's running Windows 7 and a few Macs running either OS X 10.4, 10.5 between them.As it happens this question was pertaining to a PC, I already knew my computer could run 64bit OS, I built it that way. The problem was when I came to install WIndows 7 on it originally a few years back I decided to stick with 32bit since at the time 64bit would have held no benefit to me. So I installed and activated it on 32bit. It just happened that when I went to reinstall last week for the first time in years I realised I can actually benefit from having a 64bit OS now, but I just didn't know if since I'd already activated the licence once on the 32bit version if Microsoft allowed it to be reactiv... Read more

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Hi -ive exhausted all options and would really appreciate some help...

I have an operating system which can handle 64bit no problem. I recently bought the windows 7 home premium and by mistake installed the 32bit version (doh!). I then inserted the 64bit disk but keep getting the following message:-

this installation disc isn't compatible with your version of windows, to upgrade you need the correct installation disc. (which I have since it came with both 32bit and 64bit).

Ive tried everything to try to boot from the 64bit disk (including adjusting the BIOS settings) but it keeps on going straight to windows (I also read somewhere the windows 7 disk is not bootable..?)

1. Is it possible to boot from the 64bit disk? If so, how?
2. Is there any other way to upgrade/change from 32bit from 64bit?

Any tips, suggestions etc welcome


Answer:Upgrading windows 7 32bit to 64bit

Quote: Originally Posted by Irish Lout

Hi -ive exhausted all options and would really appreciate some help...

I have an operating system which can handle 64bit no problem. I recently bought the windows 7 home premium and by mistake installed the 32bit version (doh!). I then inserted the 64bit disk but keep getting the following message:-

this installation disc isn't compatible with your version of windows, to upgrade you need the correct installation disc. (which I have since it came with both 32bit and 64bit).

Ive tried everything to try to boot from the 64bit disk (including adjusting the BIOS settings) but it keeps on going straight to windows (I also read somewhere the windows 7 disk is not bootable..?)

1. Is it possible to boot from the 64bit disk? If so, how?
2. Is there any other way to upgrade/change from 32bit from 64bit?

Any tips, suggestions etc welcome


Hi irish and welcome

There is one thing you might try unplug the HD and give it no other option.
Ken J+

EDIT you could also put the image on a USB stick if you have one

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I can run the MediaCreationTool.exe from my x64 laptop which has Windows 7.
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