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Windows 7: From 64 bit to 32 bit

02 Jan 2015   #1
rjordan393

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 
From 64 bit to 32 bit

I made a mistake when I reinstalled windows 7 and used the wrong disk. Windows 7 originaly had 64 bit version and now I am stuck with the 32 bit version. When I tried to use the 64 bit version, I get an error that says it does not match the windows version. I have two sets of the 64 bit version; one is from the manufacture and the other is from microsoft and both give me the same error.
Is there a fix to get me back on 64 bit version?
I also have a system image backup consisting of four disks which I made in 2013. When I started with the first disk, a message appeared stating to place the last disk in drive D. The backup started to run smoothly until a message appeared that i need a driver to proceed. At this point I am lost. How do I find the driver I need and how do I recognize it?


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02 Jan 2015   #2
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

The only way to go from a 32 bit to 64 bit or 64 bit to 32 bit OS is to do a clean install or restore from an image. The similar GUI tends to hide the fact that internally they are very different. Most system files and the registry are different and in very significant ways.
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02 Jan 2015   #3
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Aren`t these discs marked ?

As suggested , just do another install with the right disc.

Clean Install Windows 7
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02 Jan 2015   #4
rjordan393

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

yes,
They are marked and my computer knowledge is limited. I do not even know what the system specs mean other then memory which is 4 GB and a hard disk capacity of 466 GB.
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02 Jan 2015   #5
gregrocker

 

If you are receiving that error message then you're trying to run the reinstall from within WIn7 and not by booting the disk. Reboot and tap the Dell F12 key to get the boot menu, select DVD drive.

This time stick with the steps to get and keep a perfect Clean Reinstall Windows 7, reading the Special Note to Dell Owners at the end before you start to test the bootable hardware diagnostics via F12 so that if they still run you save the Dell Utility partition, but delete all others during the booting install.
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02 Jan 2015   #6
rjordan393

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks all,
But there are too many steps for me to do a clean install. I worry about making a mistake and making the problem worse. I will ask a computer repair shop to do this for me.
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02 Jan 2015   #7
gregrocker

 

That's up to you if you want to spend the money, but we've had over a million consumers do a Clean Reinstall Windows 7
without a single failure or complaint, nor have any come back with subsequent problems who stuck with the tools and methods given. So it's not only a great learning experience, but will give you the best install of Win7 one can have. Plus we are here to help every step of the way.
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02 Jan 2015   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I`ll do it for you, you only live 20 minutes away
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