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Windows 7: 64-bit worked before System Recovery


22 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
64-bit worked before System Recovery

Hello,

So I decided to do a system recovery on my laptop. I had Windows Ultimate x64 previously installed and everything worked. I did a system recovery and it took me back to vista. I think, "No problem. Let's go dig out your old 64-bit Windows 7 disc from storage and get this show on the road so I can get back to my oh so meaningful life."

I did a full system recovery, which I assume would be a "clean" install. I updated my monitor and display drivers and tried changing the resolution settings, but it only gives me the option for 16 and 32 bit true color options.

I just find it odd that it worked before and now it doesn't. I have a 64 bit processor, but I have no idea what is wrong. My Windows 7 tech support abilities also conveniently expired so any help would be greatly appreciated.

Side note: Tried re-installing iTunes. After downloading it told me I needed to download the 64 bit version. I'm sure it's some sort of update, but I even tried updating random devices that seemed relevant, but everything is up to date.

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23 Oct 2010   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LeykisMinion View Post
Hello,

So I decided to do a system recovery on my laptop. I had Windows Ultimate x64 previously installed and everything worked. I did a system recovery and it took me back to vista. I think, "No problem. Let's go dig out your old 64-bit Windows 7 disc from storage and get this show on the road so I can get back to my oh so meaningful life."

I did a full system recovery, which I assume would be a "clean" install. I updated my monitor and display drivers and tried changing the resolution settings, but it only gives me the option for 16 and 32 bit true color options.

I just find it odd that it worked before and now it doesn't. I have a 64 bit processor, but I have no idea what is wrong. My Windows 7 tech support abilities also conveniently expired so any help would be greatly appreciated.

Side note: Tried re-installing iTunes. After downloading it told me I needed to download the 64 bit version. I'm sure it's some sort of update, but I even tried updating random devices that seemed relevant, but everything is up to date.

Is the display the only problem or will it not boot at all?
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23 Oct 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

 

Try booting the installer to wipe the HD of all factory and possibly infected code before installing: SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation

The installer is mostly driver-complete, with newer arriving quickly via optional Windows Updates. Any drivers then missing in Device Manager can be found on the Support Downloads webpage for your model computer or device.

Install updates and then programs slowly over time to gauge performance after each. Don't let any programs write themselves into msconfig>Startup as they become freeloaders on your RAM/CPU and can spy on you. I only allow AV and gadgets. http://www.sevenforums.com/crashes-d...-msconfig.html

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23 Oct 2010   #4
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello LeykisMinion, welcome to Seven Forums!



Be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.
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23 Oct 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by zigzag3143 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by LeykisMinion View Post
Hello,

So I decided to do a system recovery on my laptop. I had Windows Ultimate x64 previously installed and everything worked. I did a system recovery and it took me back to vista. I think, "No problem. Let's go dig out your old 64-bit Windows 7 disc from storage and get this show on the road so I can get back to my oh so meaningful life."

I did a full system recovery, which I assume would be a "clean" install. I updated my monitor and display drivers and tried changing the resolution settings, but it only gives me the option for 16 and 32 bit true color options.

I just find it odd that it worked before and now it doesn't. I have a 64 bit processor, but I have no idea what is wrong. My Windows 7 tech support abilities also conveniently expired so any help would be greatly appreciated.

Side note: Tried re-installing iTunes. After downloading it told me I needed to download the 64 bit version. I'm sure it's some sort of update, but I even tried updating random devices that seemed relevant, but everything is up to date.

Is the display the only problem or will it not boot at all?
Yeah Everything works fine. It just simply won't display in 64-bit color
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23 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

To GregRocker: Thanks for that. I'll have to try that. I'm recalling this same problem the very first time I installed windows 7 on this laptop. I just can't remember what I did to fix it. I coulda swore it was simple updating some device. I even tried getting the nvidia download the display drivers from their site, but it said something about not being compatible with my current software - which I thought was weird cause I triple checked that I had the right one.
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23 Oct 2010   #7
Microsoft MVP

 

Check optional Updates for a newer Display driver, or the Support Downloads webpage for your computer model which you didn't fill in.

I rarely have a 64 bit install that goes as smoothly as 32 bit. There are always these issues which I find annoying since most the programs won't run in 64 bit anyway. Last time I installed 64 bit the only program actually running in 64 bit was Internet Explorer which couldn't even run flashplayer in 64 bit.

I spent days trying to get my friend in OKC computer working in 64 bit to benefit his heavy graphics and video programs. He finally said screw it and went back to 32 bit. But that was a year and half ago and since then many/most new computers are coming pre-installed with 64 bit, so i am going over there next week to try again to see if 64 bit will take hold this time for him.
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23 Oct 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

*gregrocker: lol went to the Support/driver downloads section for my hp pavilion dv2000. put in the model. no option for windows 7 under the operating system option so I clicked on "I don't see my operating system." Pop-up stated that they have no software or driver downloads available.
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23 Oct 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ult, Windows 8.1 Pro,
 
 

What the heck is 64 bit color? There is no such thing on any of my systems and they are all 64 bit. It's 16 bit and 32 bit far as I know. This has been the case long as I can remember.

I can also tell you that the reason Vista installed is because there was a copy of it still sitting on your harddrive, using the recovery CD is the reason Vista was reinstalled. This is typical for any laptop because they would rather waste your harddrive space and have you do some lame recovery from the HDD rather than giving you the clean Vista CD to reinstall from.

The only problem with going to Win 7 is it may take some time to track down the correct drivers for your system but it's usually not too difficult and well worth the effort.


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23 Oct 2010   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

Try the Vista drivers for your model. But only if the Windows 7 installer or optional Windows Updates doesn't give you ones which work correctly.
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