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Windows 7: Can a 32-bit OS be installed on a machine that had 64-bit OS?

25 Feb 2013   #1
TBolt

Win 8.1 Pro
 
 
Can a 32-bit OS be installed on a machine that had 64-bit OS?

Someone here had a Windows Vista 64-bit OS on their laptop. Gateway never provided the OS on disc, and the son wiped their recovery partition.

This office has only 32-bit Vista. Will it load on the machine?

I don't think any of them are 'power users' -- wouldn't notice a difference in performance.


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25 Feb 2013   #2
gregrocker

 

If it has more than 4gb RAM you'd want to run 64 bit to utilize all of the RAM. You can type Resource Monitor in Start Search box to see how much is also apportioned to hardware, on the Memory tab.

Use the latest official Vista ISO download to burn to DVD using ImgBurn at 4x speed or write to bootable flash stick using UltraISO Software To Create Bootable USB Flash Drive.

Follow these same steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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25 Feb 2013   #3
TBolt

Win 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If it has more than 4gb RAM you'd want to run 64 bit to utilize all of the RAM. You can type Resource Monitor in Start Search box to see how much is also apportioned to hardware, on the Memory tab.

Use the latest official Vista ISO download to burn to DVD using ImgBurn at 4x speed or write to bootable flash stick using UltraISO Software To Create Bootable USB Flash Drive.

Follow these same steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
Thank you, gregrocker!
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