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Windows 7: Vista 64bit to W7 32bit

16 Sep 2009   #1
KpS

Windows 7
 
 
Vista 64bit to W7 32bit

I went from 64bit vista to w7 32 bit. I did the clean install and was wondering if there was a need for the x86 program files? If not, how do I delete it?


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16 Sep 2009   #2
Uber Philf

W7 RTM Ultimate x64
 
 

32bit shouldnt have a program files (x86) folder :S
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16 Sep 2009   #3
KpS

Windows 7
 
 

Yea, I didnt reformat or anything but when I did the Install I still have the x86 program files with all my old stuff in it. I would like to just delete it if possible and if it's not needed.
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16 Sep 2009   #4
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KpS View Post
I went from 64bit vista to w7 32 bit. I did the clean install and was wondering if there was a need for the x86 program files? If not, how do I delete it?

If you did a clean install you shouldn't have x86 folders. did you format the disk? did youhave to reinstall all of your apps?

Ken
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16 Sep 2009   #5
KpS

Windows 7
 
 

I did not reformat before the installation and only some programs work but the add or remove programs show i have no programs installed
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16 Sep 2009   #6
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KpS View Post
I did not reformat before the installation and only some programs work but the add or remove programs show i have no programs installed
Hm...this is an interesting one

I am afraid the upgrade mixed your x64 remnants of programs with your x86 Win 7 Files over the two folders

I am not sure if it would be safe to delete those folders
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16 Sep 2009   #7
septprince

Window 7 build 7600, Xp pro(VM)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KpS View Post
I did not reformat before the installation and only some programs work but the add or remove programs show i have no programs installed
I think you installed windows 7 x86 without formating it..
That is why program files(x86) is still present. delete it and also delete windows.old. And after that reinstall your programs.

But it is recommended that you format the drive before preforming a clean installation.
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17 Sep 2009   #8
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Always install with a blank, unformatted drive. If it was me, I'd back my data up, wipe the drive, and install Windows 7 again. One of the best ways to ruin a system's stability is to leave old junk sitting around.
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17 Sep 2009   #9
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by KpS View Post
I did not reformat before the installation and only some programs work but the add or remove programs show i have no programs installed

KPS

This is one of the problems with not doing a clean install. A clean install means format then install. Anything else is an upgrade. if you have a windows.old folder, or an x86 program folder you have an issue.

My advice is back up to another partiton or drive format and re-install 32bit

Ken
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25 Oct 2009   #10
kaylastrovich

Windows 7
 
 

I have a similar problem.

Here's the scenario of my laptop upgrade.

I initially did an upgrade installation (32 bit) but problems started to arise to I decided to do a clean install and because of this I also decided to go for the 64 bit version.

All seemed to be going well and I activated the product. It was after this I discovered I was having compatibility issues and decided to revert back to 32 bit. I re-installed Widows 7 (32 bit) along with my software and as everything was back to normal with no issues I activated the product and I can conform that it says so in the system properties. It would appear that you can activate each version.

I do have a Program Files and a Program Files (86) Folder with programs split between them. I thought that when a clean installation is done and the disk formatted that all previous entries are lost so why should these folders 'come back'.

I tried to do the Windows Experience Index but after going through the checks it won't give me a rating because it says there are issues. Could this relate to the folder problem or can you give me an answer.

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