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Windows 7: 32 bit laptop w/ 7 Home Premium 64 bit Installed on 500GB HDD -read on

28 Apr 2012   #1
AllTheGoodRats

7 Home Premium 64
 
 
32 bit laptop w/ 7 Home Premium 64 bit Installed on 500GB HDD -read on

Is there a way to easily downgrade to Windows 7 32 bit without having the 32-bit disc? Maybe a program to do all the bitchwork while I basically sit back? I'm so confused and I'm hoping someone would be so kind as to help me. Thank you so much.




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28 Apr 2012   #2
seavixen32

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

You can only 'downgrade' to the 32-bit version if you clean install from a Windows 7 32-bit DVD.

This explains how when using a retail version: Clean Install Windows 7

This explains how with an OEM version: Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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28 Apr 2012   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Why do you want to go to 32bit in the first place. It is hard for me to see a good reason for that. All 32bit programs run on a 64bit system.
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28 Apr 2012   #4
AllTheGoodRats

7 Home Premium 64
 
 

No no - the Inspiron 1525 is a 32-bit processor and Windows 7 Home Premium on the HDD is a 64-bit with all 64-bit programs etc... and everything is running slow as shit. Basically I took the HDD from an Inspiron 1545 and put into the carriage of the 32-bit Inspiron 1525. I do not have the Windows 7 64-bit or Vista 32-bit CD(s) to even reinstall CD(s)
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28 Apr 2012   #5
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

Back up your data.

Download a 32-bit ISO of the Windows version for which you have a valid Product Key--presumably the Product Key on the Inspiron 1525.

Burn that to a disk and reinstall from scratch. Activate with your Product Key.
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28 Apr 2012   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The 1525 came with many different CPUs and most were 64bit capable. Yours must be a Celeron. I assume that was a Vista system and the COA product key is for Vista.

Moving a HDD from another system is not the way to do it. You have a few options:

1. Buy a Windows7 32bit - e.g. an OEM version for appr. $100
2. Use the free Windows 8 Consumer preview which will run until Jan. 2013
3. Find a Vista installation disc that corresponds to the key on the COA sticker
4. Use any free Linux distro. The new Ubuntu Unity is very nice.
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28 Apr 2012   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Back up your data.

Download a 32-bit ISO of the Windows version for which you have a valid Product Key--presumably the Product Key on the Inspiron 1525.

Burn that to a disk and reinstall from scratch. Activate with your Product Key.
Ignatz, this is most likely a Vista COA key. And there is no Vista download like for Win7 from Digital River. He has to see whether a friend has one. Or maybe he still has the recovery partition on the original HDD.
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