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Windows 7: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit


09 Dec 2012   #1

windows 7 professional 32-bit
 
 
Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Hi,

I recently acquired a sony vaio S-series vpcse17gg laptop which had windows 7 pro 64-bit already on it. I was told that this is the factory settings.

However, the recovery discs that came with it is only for 32-bit. I tried reformating without the disc using the in-built recovery but it was also 32-bit.

Any idea how I can get it back to 64-bit. Is there anything in the system that I have to extract? Or can I download win 7 pro 64-bit from somewhere and use the same product key that is being used for my current 32-bit?

Right now my system is running on win 7 pro 32-bit after I reformatted it.

Thz in advance...


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09 Dec 2012   #2

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Windows 7 Pro 64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to forum,

This tutorial will explain how to do that and it has an official download link for the 64 bit version.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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09 Dec 2012   #3

7 x64
 
 

Did you buy it NEW? If not then someone changed the OS from 32bit to 64bit. Your best bet is to contact Sony and see if you can get a Real Sony Win 7 64bit reinstall DVD.

If you don't have more then 4GBs of RAM installed then I wouldn't worry about it. If there is more then 4 GBs of RAM then you really need to be running the 64bit version to use all the RAM.
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09 Dec 2012   #4

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How to order Sony Recovery disks:
1.Go to http://servicesales.sel.sony.com.
2.Enter your computer's model number (for example, PCV-XXXX), and click List Parts and accessories.
3.Follow the online instructions to order the Recovery Media Kit.
If you are not able to access the Sony Direct Accessories and Parts Center Web site, contact a customer service representative at 1-800-488-7669.
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10 Dec 2012   #5

windows 7 professional 32-bit
 
 

Hi, first and foremost... thz for the replies


derekimo - im gonna try this method first i guess... thz

edwar - yes i bought it new months ago... i check the specs for this model online and it does indeed comes with the 64-bit installed but only with the 32-bit disc. Someone helped me did a reformat to factory settings before and it came out 64-bit (but i cannot locate him now haha). And yes.. i have a 8GB Ram.. thz for the info...


theong - thz... this will probably be my last resort...


To all: will update my progress again.. any other feedback is appreciated and welcomed... thz!!!
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10 Dec 2012   #6

7 x64
 
 

There should be a Utility on in the system to create a set of System Discs, which may very well include the 64bit version of the OS. Now that the system has been restored once that utility may not work but if you still have the factory Recovery partition it should contain a .wim file that is the 64bit version of the OS. you can convert a .wim file into a work .ISO file so you can make a 64bit DVD or USB thumb of the OS.
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11 Dec 2012   #7

windows 7 professional 32-bit
 
 

edwar - may i know what is the .wim file u r toking about? perhaps an example please? thz...
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11 Dec 2012   #8

7 x64
 
 

a (DOT).wim file is the MS version of an ISO file. it is a compressed file containing all the install files for Win 7. MS does not like to use industry standards. So they create their own file format for certain thing.

A Google search for WIM file would give you more info then you could ever need.
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11 Dec 2012   #9

windows 7 professional 32-bit
 
 

edwar - a whole of stuff and explaination hahaa... where can i locate it in my laptop (most likely where)?...
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11 Dec 2012   #10

7 x64
 
 

It should be in the Recovery partition that was created by the manufacture. You may have to boot the system from some type of utility program as sometime these recovery partitions are hidden from the Windows OS. Then again you may not. It may be displayed in Win Explorer.

Open Disk Management and post a screen shot of the full DM window.
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