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Windows 7: Downgrading Windows 7 64-bit to 32-bit

01 Aug 2010   #11

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
Here is a link direct from out tutorial section
Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create

The pertinent info in the tutorial at the intro says
Remember you will still need a valid license key specific to the version you are installing. In addition, Microsoft has eliminated the differences between the retail and OEM install discs with Windows 7, so this disc can be used to reinstall Windows 7 on PCs where the owner has lost, or is unable to find, the OEM restore discs. In order to create such a disc; just delete and remove the ei.cfg from any Windows 7 ISO to convert that image into a universal disc for all editions of Windows 7.
@Theog: sorry I wasn't clear. It changed from Vista onward is what I meant to say.....
Nice Quote.

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03 Aug 2010   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Thank you for all of your feedback. I was mainly concerned about the retail vs. OEM issue (I remember having this problem when I worked in a computer repair shop with XP).

I will find all the drivers on the Internet before installing this, and I have a restore CD in case it does not work (I'll just return to Win 7 64-bit with my tail between my legs).

The reason for doing this is that my dad needs to connect to a VPN and does not have the 64-bit software to do this. He has the DX4320.

I don't know why the Indians had me concerned. I haven't worked much with Windows 64-bit, but from my experience, I knew that 64-bit CPU's generally work in either 32-bit or 64-bit. I thought that something may have changed with the newer technology.
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