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Windows 7: Custom build i5 using 32 bit Win 7

07 Apr 2014   #1

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Custom build i5 using 32 bit Win 7

Decided to upgrade from old Pentium board running WIN 7 to i5 processor. Hoped the 32bit Win 7 would work without spending $$$ for new OS but W7 hangs at Welcome screen using the old HDD. Will i5 load a 32 bit OS if I try a repair? Thnx.

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07 Apr 2014   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro + Windows 10

If tour windows is retail, the key will work for X64 too

Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO from Digital River My Digital Life
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07 Apr 2014   #3

windows 7
32 bit win 7 with i5

Thanks, Well the 32 bit Win 7 is an upgrade from Dell XP but the 32 bit Win 7 was licensed so I will now try to do a repair. If all else fails, guess I will have to buy a 64 bit Win 7 or (8 OS ugh). Thanks Tex, we lived there 40 years near Dallas. Bye
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07 Apr 2014   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64

if you swapped motherboards, you will have to reinstall windows.
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10 Apr 2014   #5

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit/Windows 8 64-bit/Win7 Pro64-bit

n00berg00ber, it is not required. You can run Sysprep to transfer the os. It is transfer to a new computer in my signature. Remember to keep your key and if it is OEM, you will need to call Microsoft to have it activated. Read all warnings as they will prevent problems in the future.
And n00berg00ber, its okay, everyone makes mistakes. No hard feelings.
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11 Apr 2014   #6

7 Ultimate SP1 x64

You are going to have to buy an x64 version anyway because you have 8GB RAM. If you try and skate on x86, your system will not use more than 4GB of RAM, so you’ll be wasting 4GB. Further, because this was an upgrade of a preloaded OS and also because you did change the motherboard, odds are very high that it will not take your OS license now, no matter what you try. Calling MS does not always "get you a free pass" here... depends on the person you speak with.

So, I would recommend OEM (System Builder) 7 Home Premium x64 SP1. Get it from a reputable source, such as Amazon {not marketplace}. You also want a PHYSICAL disk not just a license key; reason being M$ is not keeping the ISOs available and when they are, they don’t actually work (IME, the x64 SP1 u Media Refresh versions of both 7 Home Premium and 7 Ultimate are NON-FUNCTIONAL as of two weeks ago (sorry, didn't feel like wasting more disks finding out if the others are borked or not too). There are either outright inappropriate .dll files or they are in the wrong place... whichever of the two it is, they completely halt installation before you actually get down to it, so are useless. Whichever you buy, get a physical disk.
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