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

09 Mar 2013   #1
mzc

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 
trying to restore system winimage 64bit to 32 bit system

Hello, here’s my situation. I have 2 dell laptops, one is 32 bit (running win 7 ultimate), the other is a 64 bit (inspiron 14R) (was) running win 7 home premium. I’m currently overseas and the HD died on the 64 bit. Dell Thailand came and installed a new HD. BUT I have no Windows 7 disk for that pc. I thought I was safe because I backed up all my files, etc (using easeus sw) and I had made a Windows 7 restore disk, and I had a system image (winimage) that I could restore.

In my silliness, I thought I needed to put an OS on the pc before I could restore the winimage. I had forgotten that one pc is 32 bit and the other 64 bit. My actions and problems are…

- Installed Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit on the 64 bit pc
- After successful installation tried to do a restore from the winimage (following instructs from these forums). The msg I get is: ‘the selected system image cannot be restored in this recovery environment’ is this because the winimage was made from a 64 bit system and I am trying to restore it to a 32 bit??
- Then I tried to use the restore disk I made for the 64 bit pc. It bombed with error msg: ‘error 4001100200001012’

I have researched online these 2 msgs and I get nowhere. The new HD is exactly the same size as the old HD. I even uninstalled the 32 bit Windows 7 and tried to use the 64 bit recovery disk. No go. I tried to use the recovery disk from the 32 bit pc. It worked (I read online that it makes no difference which pc made the recovery disk), but I was still not able to restore my win image.

I really don’t want to reinstall all the programs (a lot) on the pc again and set up all my preferences. On the dell website I submitted the form asking that they send me the Windows 7 OS disk to my USA address. I should be back in the US in a few months. I haven’t heard from dell so don’t even know if they will send it to me.

That’s the saga, my more specific questions would be:

- Does it make a difference that the current windows on the 64 bit pc is 32 bit and I’m trying to restore a 64 bit system image made from windows itself? Should I be able to do this?
- If so, any advice on how to do this?
- if i cannot do this, any issues with running the 32 bit win 7 ultimate on the 64 bit laptop? i have some 64 bit sw, must i now use 32 bit sw?

Thanks in advance
z

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09 Mar 2013   #2

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

Hi mzc

♦ If you need a Windows 7 installation disc look at the link below .

Windows 7 Direct Download Links
Note   Note
Just use the Product Key you have for the version of the OS you have


♦ You could not upgrade a 32-bit OS to a 64-bit OS . You would have to do a clean installation of the 64-bit OS . If the laptop has more than 2GB of RAM I'd personally have a 64-bit OS on the laptop . Now for software a 32 bit OS can't install a 64 -bit application . A 64-bit OS could install both applications 32-bit and 64-bit .

♦ Might want to take a look at this link as well

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

♦ Here is a tutorial that will show you how to have one DVD with both 64 and 32 bit OS versions

Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create
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09 Mar 2013   #3
mzc

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 

hello vistaking,
thank you for you quick response! now, if i understand you, you are saying i can:
- download the 64bit win 7 home premium & use my prod key to install it? it will automatically 'install' over the 32 bit win ultimate?
- & then i can do the system image restore so i don't need to reinstall all the programs again?
thanks,
z
My System SpecsSystem Spec
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09 Mar 2013   #4

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

No you would have to format the drive to install 64-bit OS . Which means you will need to reinstall the software .

The link I provided you with is just the OS . You would have to pick which OS you want . For example if you need an Ultimate x64 bit ISO download the Ultimate x64 ISO if you need a 32 bit download the 32 bit .

Note   Note
If you have a Product key for Home Premium it will not work for Ultimate


Take a look at this link . It will show you how to create a Windows 7 USB FLASH DRIVE

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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09 Mar 2013   #5
mzc

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 

sorry, i'm not understanding you.
as i write i am downloading Windows 7 home premium x64 - which is what was originally on the dell 64bit & for which i have the prod key.
ultimately what i would like is to get 64 bit sw back on the 64 bit pc & THEN use my winimage of that same pc (before the HD died) to restore it the way it was. is this possible?

you say i need to format the pc. the pc was originally 64 bit when it was shipped from dell. so are you saying that because i loaded 32 bit Windows 7 on it, i need to reformat it now (any tutorials you know to help with this?)

after i do the reformat, i would need to do a clean install from the file i am now downloading?

then after i do the clean install i should theoretically be able to do the restore from the winimage?
thanks
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09 Mar 2013   #6

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

To go from 64-bit to 32-bit OS you would need to do a clean installation

Clean Install Windows 7

From a clean install of Windows . Install the programs you want to install then create an image

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup


If you have the winimage disk that you created of the 64 bit you may use it

System Image Recovery

What did you use to Create the winimage ?
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09 Mar 2013   #7
mzc

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 

hi again.
perhaps i am misunderstanding you. this is what i have done:
- had a 64 bit dell laptop running Windows 7 home premium x64
- the HD died & dell installed a new one
- i installed 32 bit Windows 7 ultimate.
- tried to restore winimage so i don't need to restore all programs/settings. it didn't work
- assuming/hoping/thinking that if i get the PC back to 64bit OS, the winimage restore will work
- the winimage was made on the dell before the HD died (hw 64bit & Windows 7 64 bit). i made the winimage using the windows software.
thanks for your patience
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09 Mar 2013   #8

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

To do a restore of an image you don't need to have an OS installed .

See if this link will help

System Image Recovery

But if you have an OS already installed you need to wipe the hard drive them restore the image .

Did you get an error massage when you tried to restore the image ? What did it say if you received one
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09 Mar 2013   #9
mzc

windows 7 home premium 32 bit
 
 

yes, in my initial posting i wrote:

Installed Windows 7 ultimate 32 bit on the 64 bit pc
- After successful installation tried to do a restore from the winimage (following instructs from these forums). The msg I get is: the selected system image cannot be restored in this recovery environment’
is this because the winimage was made from a 64 bit system and I am trying to restore it to a 32 bit??
- Then I tried to use the restore disk I made for the 64 bit pc. It bombed with error msg: ‘error 4001100200001012’

I have researched online these 2 msgs and I get nowhere. The new HD is exactly the same size as the old HD. I even uninstalled the 32 bit Windows 7 and tried to use the 64 bit recovery disk. No go.

the winimage would not be restored. i faithfully followed the instructs from these forums.

thanks.
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09 Mar 2013   #10

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

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