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Windows 7: trying to restore system winimage 64bit to 32 bit system

09 Mar 2013   #21
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Helpful link System Image Recovery

Don't think you could do a recovery from a 32bit OS to 64bit . I'm going to need some more help from members here .


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09 Mar 2013   #22
mzc

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 

so this is what i'll attempt:
- after the windows 7 download finishes (anothrr 5 hrs to go), i'll
- make a winimage of the current system
- use the freshly downloaded win7 home premium x64 to do a clean install & use my original prod key
- IF it works, i'll make a winimage
- then make a repair disk
- then try to do the restore i made from the old HD

wish me luck. i feel like chucking this thing out the window
thanks for your help & feel free to make more comments, i'll keep tabs on this forum
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09 Mar 2013   #23
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

You could try to do is boot off the DVD you're downloading and try to do the restore of your image .

This link will help you

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

Read the warning from this link Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

Comment from the warning :

You cannot restore a 64-bit Windows 7 backup image on a 32-bit system.
You cannot restore a 64-bit Windows 7 backup image with a 32 bit Windows 7 installation DVD or recovery partition, or the other way around.
♦ You must use the same 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7 installation DVD or recovery partition as the backup image is.
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09 Mar 2013   #24
mzc

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 

ah, so NOT do a clean install, but try to boot from the newly downloaded dvd & try to restore. i'll try that. thanks
from what i read i need to get that downloaded file to a dvd in a special way. not just drag & drop. any advice?
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09 Mar 2013   #25
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

Take a look here

Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

You could burn the ISO to a DVD or USB flash drive with that tool.
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09 Mar 2013   #26
mzc

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 

ahh, success! after the 7 hr download, i burned the iso file to dvd & as you suggested i used it to boot from & then did the system winimage restore.
thanks for your help!!
z
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09 Mar 2013   #27
VistaKing

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-Bit & Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
 
 

You're welcome .

Remember you can't restore a 64-bit OS from a 32-bit OS . You have to use the same same bit version no matter if its a repair disk or installation disc.
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