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Windows 7: Help Downgrading from Win10 to Win7 and 32gbit vs 64gbit advice please

20 Aug 2015   #1
monstermunch

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
Help Downgrading from Win10 to Win7 and 32gbit vs 64gbit advice please

Hi there, newbie here, pls be gentle.

Have a Laptop which used to work absolutely fine but then I upgraded to Windows 10 but one of my favourite games won't play properly and have found out it's an issue /conflict with W10 - so I'd like to go back to Windows 7 if I can.
Questions are:

My Machine is 64bit but I have an original Windows 7 32bit disc etc, can i use that? If so, would there be any performance issues, someone mentioned the machine would run slower due to suppressed RAM usage (currently have 8gb and need every bit of it for the game)

Any advice greatly appreciated, if not I'll just throw this lappy and buy a brand new one with Win7 on it, wish I'd never changed

Thanks guys.


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20 Aug 2015   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
You be best to stick with 64 bit and I don't believe you can use a 32 bit install disk to do that
Windows 10 - Go Back to Previous Windows - Windows 10 Forums

Follow ups should be posted on the above tutorial site
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20 Aug 2015   #3
monstermunch

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Oh poo, oh well, new lappy it is then

Thanks for your quick and helpful reply.
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20 Aug 2015   #4
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Yep a reliable system image and recovery disk would of been a great idea before upgrading your previous install
Imaging with free Macrium

Win-7 64 bit home premium are still available and pretty cheap at Amazon/...
Or you could borrow a friends if the version is the exact same as yours,
A lot cheaper than a new laptop
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20 Aug 2015   #5
monstermunch

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Yep a reliable system image and recovery disk would of been a great idea before upgrading your previous install
Imaging with free Macrium

Win-7 64 bit home premium are still available and pretty cheap at Amazon/...
Or you could borrow a friends if the version is the exact same as yours,
A lot cheaper than a new laptop
I did think about that tbh, but I never know what to trust and which disc is going to work the best. They are all over ebay and Amazon and range from 35 to 100 but for some reason I'm loathe to do it... maybe I should have a deeper look into it ... thanks for that.
Oh, it also says that the discs are for "builders" and not "end users" (like myself) how can I get round that or would it be OK?

MM
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20 Aug 2015   #6
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

You should be able to easily go back to Win 7 on that machine. See this article: How to Uninstall Windows 10 and Downgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1
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20 Aug 2015   #7
monstermunch

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
You should be able to easily go back to Win 7 on that machine. See this article: How to Uninstall Windows 10 and Downgrade to Windows 7 or 8.1
Hi,

Thanks for that but it seems that's different to my situation.
I bought my laptop with Windows 8.1 on it and only upgraded to Windows 10 recently (like most) and I didn't really like Windows 8.1 (although the game worked well with that) but ideally if I'm going to revert backwards I would rather go to the one that was always the best imo and that's Windows 7.

I'll have to have a think about it

Thanks again for all your help.
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20 Aug 2015   #8
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You can still buy a Windows 7 64-bit license that would allow you to use all 8 gb of your RAM. You can't use over 3 plus with 32 bit.
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20 Aug 2015   #9
monstermunch

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You can still buy a Windows 7 64-bit license that would allow you to use all 8 gb of your RAM. You can't use over 3 plus with 32 bit.
Hi there

Yup, thanks for that, understand now but what about the question I posed regarding the installation of it as an end user and not a "builder" ? I can buy one from Amazon sure, or ebay or other retailer but they all stipulate they should be used by machine builders and not end users for up/downgrades... is there any way round this?
I need all 8gb I have so wouldn't consider going down to 32bit as I said...

Cheers
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20 Aug 2015   #10
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

You can use a so-called "System Builder's" version like these:

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit - Operating Systems - Newegg.com

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit - Operating Systems - Newegg.com

Professional or Home Premium; take your pick;

I'd be careful about where I bought it.

Ebay: no

Amazon; ok if you buy from Amazon DIRECTLY rather than from someone selling on Amazon.

Newegg: ok

It's been a long time since I heard about anyone having problems with System Builder versions.

You MIGHT have a problem if at some time in the future you replace the motherboard in your PC.

I assume you have some type of laptop, so a change of motherboards isn't likely.
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