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Windows 7: Considering buying refurb w/64-bit Windows, but install disk is 32-bit

27 Aug 2015   #1
Zindar

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Considering buying refurb w/64-bit Windows, but install disk is 32-bit

To elaborate, I found a deal, but haven't yet purchased it, from a Microsoft registered refurbisher. It's on a Dell Optiplex 760 Mini Tower, with Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium installed with COA and reinstallation disc included, but the reinstallation disc is for the 32 bit version.

I infer though that the computer has 64 bit Windows installed on it, because it's advertised as having a recovery partition that will allow me to reinstall 64 bit Windows if/when needed. The seller says that if I like, I can download and burn a 64 bit reinstallation disk (as opposed to relying on the recovery partition). It's this last statement I'd like to verify. Can I really do that, would the download be free, and where would I download it from?

I suppose I may be over worrying, because if the computer never gives me problems, I won't really ever need to reinstall Windows, but what if (theoretically), the hard drive crashes at some point in the future? Then this recovery partition will be out of commission, and the disc he'd giving me is just the 32 bit disc. So I'd think at that point, I'll want a 64 bit install disk.

Also, I'm not sure if when I install peripheral devices, if it will occasionally ask me to insert a Windows disc (maybe to search for drivers). If it does, could I insert the 32 bit supplied disc, even though the installed OS is 64 bit? And it would find whatever it needs? Or maybe I should find and burn this 64 bit disc he speaks of, and insert that whenever I'm prompted for it.

I just want to know what I'm hypothetically in for should I buy this computer, as it seems like a good deal financially, otherwise.


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28 Aug 2015   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
No a 32 bit of anything isn't going to help you recover a 64 bit install,
Not even sure if this so called refurbished version is worth messing with

Contact the manufacture for a real reinstall disk it may cost more but at least it will be genuine well worth it,
Otherwise buy another oem/ system builders disk and do a clean install
There are still around and last I saw running about 90.us
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28 Aug 2015   #3
Zindar

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

So when the seller says "you can download and burn the 64bit disc", you think he's lying? I did send him a question yesterday on this, but he hasn't answered me yet.
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28 Aug 2015   #4
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zindar View Post
So when the seller says "you can download and burn the 64bit disc", you think he's lying? I did send him a question yesterday on this, but he hasn't answered me yet.
Did he tell you from where it can be downloaded?

Probably not.

You can download it from a jillion places if you are indifferent to whether or not you'd be getting an undoctored official Windows, just as if you got it from Microsoft.

At one time, Microsoft made it easy to find and download Windows. Those days are gone. You can take your chances on what you can find on the Internet, borrow a disk from a friend, or otherwise beg, borrow, buy, or steal it.
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28 Aug 2015   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zindar View Post
So when the seller says "you can download and burn the 64bit disc", you think he's lying?
Anyone just selling keys is way too fishy all keys come with disks
I have to now wonder if the key is any good :/

How was your luck last time you went to Vegas
It was a lot better than this bet
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28 Aug 2015   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I wouldn`t buy anything refurbished from Dell, I wouldn`t even buy a brand new Dell, no way
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28 Aug 2015   #7
Zindar

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Well, looking through ads for refurbished Dells, lots of them say they have official licensed copies of windows installed, with the official COA sticker as proof, but most seem to be missing the physical disk.

A few of the ads do include the physical disk, so maybe I should confine my search to those to be safe. (As I say, if the hard drive never goes bad, I may be worried about nothing, but if I ever have to replace the hard drive - which wouldn't be the first time - I'd be supremely annoyed if I couldn't get Windows reinstalled.)

I guess I'm looking at refurbished, because I've had such good luck with them in the past, and they cost so much less money than brand new.

By the way, I guess I'm not partial to Dell, and in fact, I've been using an old e-machines with windows Vista, but my office where I work uses Dells, and they are lightening fast compared to my home computer, which is part of why I'm in the market for a new computer. And these Dells were probably manufactured at least 6 years ago, and they are still lightening fast compared to my home computer.

By the way, I just looked, and my work computer actually has the 32 bit version of Windows 7 installed (even though the hardware would support 64 bit), and I'm very happy with that 32 bit speed, but I've read some articles that seem to like the 64 bit versions better, and I figure if I'm going to buy a computer and have a choice of OS, maybe I should opt for the superior 64 bit version before I lock myself in to a particular OS.

I'm also starting to rethink which computer to get, as I've been looking at dual core CPUs, but for just a little more money I could get a quad core CPU.
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28 Aug 2015   #8
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Quote:
A few of the ads do include the physical disk, so maybe I should confine my search to those to be safe. (As I say, if the hard drive never goes bad, I may be worried about nothing, but if I ever have to replace the hard drive - which wouldn't be the first time - I'd be supremely annoyed if I couldn't get Windows reinstalled.)
Simple resolution.

1. Create recovery disc set once you get the computer. All Dells have this capability.
2. Do an image backup to an external hard drive (the better alternative) using Macrium Reflect Free or equivalent.
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28 Aug 2015   #9
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Yes quad core is obviously better but also more expensive
Also 6 and 8 core is the same

Do as you wish times are much different now days iso downloads are all torrent's and can be altered and you'd never know it also against M$ copy writes terms to even provide them.

It's always best to have an official disk that has a key on an unopened product that does not say recovery or specify a manufacture other than M$ or oem/ system builder channel
Best is retail but those are like bigfoot
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28 Aug 2015   #10
Zindar

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
Quote:
A few of the ads do include the physical disk, so maybe I should confine my search to those to be safe. (As I say, if the hard drive never goes bad, I may be worried about nothing, but if I ever have to replace the hard drive - which wouldn't be the first time - I'd be supremely annoyed if I couldn't get Windows reinstalled.)
Simple resolution.

1. Create recovery disc set once you get the computer. All Dells have this capability.
2. Do an image backup to an external hard drive (the better alternative) using Macrium Reflect Free or equivalent.
Wow, that does seem like a simple solution. I just read some Dell articles that explain that solution 1 will also work on a brand new blank hard drive, but that it doesn't include drivers - those are from a different DVD (not the recovery disk), but I think they can be downloaded from dell's site using the service tag number.

I'm guessing the advantage of solution 2 is that it eliminates the step of installing drivers, as I guess the whole drive is restored in a fell swoop. But to me a disadvantage of solution 2 is that I worry that if I download Macrium Reflect Free that maybe I'll get a virus. I've downloaded lots of free software from the internet, and had my antivirus bless it and everything, but then I still get a virus. But solution 1 would seem to eliminate that risk.

So it would seem that as long as the PC comes installed with a genuine certified copy of Windows, I would be okay then, as long as I immediately back it up. Still I have to wonder why so many sellers don't give you the physical disk. That part doesn't make sense to me.
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