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Windows 7: loaded 32 bit on a 64 unit in error

15 Mar 2010   #1

windows 7 home premium 64
 
 
loaded 32 bit on a 64 unit in error

I just loaded windows 7 on my new computer with the 32 bit disk. The computer is 64 and i have the 64 disk. It seems to work fine.
If i go back and reload with the 64 disk will i lose the software already loaded and will I have to contact MS to re activate?

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15 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

You will definitely lose the software you installed (clean install only, no in-place upgrade).

You should have no trouble activating, but in the event you do, a call to Microsoft takes care of it.

The 32-bit version will work just fine; however, if you have 4GB or more of RAM, it will not recognize it all.
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15 Mar 2010   #3

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As my distinguished fellow guru Mr. King here above told you, 32-bit works fine for you. I can see from your system specs you have 3 gigs of RAM, I would recommend to stay on 32-bit if you are not going to increase RAM in any time soon.

Kari
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15 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I agree with Kari. Stay with 32-bit unless you plan to increase RAM. If you have the 64-disc, why not save for installation on a different computer in the future If you are interested in reading more about 32-bit vs. 64-bit, here you go: 32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions.

Cheers,
Cassandra
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15 Mar 2010   #5

windows 7 home premium 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
You will definitely lose the software you installed (clean install only, no in-place upgrade).

You should have no trouble activating, but in the event you do, a call to Microsoft takes care of it.

The 32-bit version will work just fine; however, if you have 4GB or more of RAM, it will not recognize it all.
Thanks... using a new dell C521 as a second unit . Limited but the price was right !
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15 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

IMO, Windows 7 is the start of 64-bit as a standard, whereas Windows XP x64 and Vista x64 were more proof-of-concept than polished and ready for consumer usage. Maybe it's just me, but at this point running Windows 7 x86 just seems unecessary. Besides, like Johnathan_King mentioned, any 32-bit version of Windows (ie XP, Vista, 7) will only see up to about 3.5 GB of RAM, whereas for 64-bit versions of Windows 7, you can have up to:
  • Starter: 8GB
  • Home Basic: 8GB
  • Home Premium: 16GB
  • Professional: 192GB
  • Enterprise: 192GB
  • Ultimate: 192GB
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