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Windows 7: Clean Install Windows 7

21 Oct 2009   #50
frolix22

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Indeed. Don't worry, I know my limits.

I suppose the thing I am worried about is buying Windows 7 then having problems during installation and discovering that I am going to need a BIOS update to get it to work. Because in that case I would be in a bit of a dilemma and would probably end up abandoning the whole thing.


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21 Oct 2009   #51
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Frolix,

You shouldn't have a issue with installing the 64-bit Windows 7. If you do, take out one of your RAM sticks to only have 2GB installed, finish installing, then add the other RAM back.
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21 Oct 2009   #52
frolix22

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

That's good to know. Thanks, Brink.

Does anyone know why Windows 7 has a problem with more than 2GB of RAM on installation? That is a kind of annoying issue and one which surely Microsoft should have dealt with prior to launch.
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21 Oct 2009   #53
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

It's not Windows 7, but instead some older motherboard's BIOS that did not support installing a 64-bit OS with more then 2GB of RAM instead. I do not think you will have this problem though.
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21 Oct 2009   #54
frolix22

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Ah, that makes things clearer. Thanks again.
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21 Oct 2009   #55
jimmyt05

vista 32-bit home premium
 
 

Hi. I've never installed an OS before and am a little nervous about doing a clean install. I went ahead and backed up all my drivers, but once I'm done installing the OS, what do I do with the drivers? Will Windows automatically find them? Do I need to move them to a certain folder? Also, what are the advantages of going from 32-bit to 64-bit? I don't know if I could find all of the 64-bit drivers for everything on my computer and want to know if it would be worth the hassle. Thanks.
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21 Oct 2009   #56
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Jimmy, and welcome to Seven Forums.

For 32-bit vs 64-bit see this link below for indepth details.

64-bit: More than just the RAM - Vista Forums


You will have to reinstall the drivers just like you would any other program. You will only be able to use 64-bit drivers in a 64-bit Windows though, and only 32-bit drivers in a 32-bit Windows. It's best to have all of your driver installation files downloaded and backed up to have handy after installation in case you cannot connect to the internet until you installed your network drivers, and to make installing them faster and easier.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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21 Oct 2009   #57
frolix22

Windows 7 Professional x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Further to my earlier query about ethernet and motherboard drivers, I had a conversation with NVIDIA technical support just now and was pleased to hear that all the required drivers for nForce 4 series and above (covering my 650i motherboard and ethernet) are included in-box with Windows 7.
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21 Oct 2009   #58
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

That's good to hear. Be sure to turn on Install updates automatically (step 4) to have Windows Updates automatically update your Windows 7 and drivers for you.
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21 Oct 2009   #59
fl700815

32-bit Vista Ultimate
 
 

I have a question about upgrading 32-bit Vista Ultimate to 64-bit 7 Ultimate. I was just told by Microsoft's technical support rep that, to perform a clean installation of 64-bit Ultimate, I have to purchase the full version of Windows 7 Ultimate even though I would upgrade the current OS. Is the answer correct? Whether or not I want to upgrade, to perform a clean installation, the full version of the DVD has to be purchased?
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