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Windows 7: How To Switch From 64 to 32 Bit?

01 Jun 2011   #31
beman36

Se7en X64 ultimate/Se7en X64 ultimate
 
 

here is an example of what I was able to make using a free photo editing software! I'm not saying your gonna be able to do stuff llike that but I'm trying to show you how much theres better software out there for ya without going through all the hassles of trying to upgrade and downgrade this and that!
https://www.sevenforums.com/1421973-post1509.html


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01 Jun 2011   #32
Milanodan

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Make sure the Pro upgrade in a Genuine Windows DVD, there's a lot of fakes out ther and some with nasty malware installed.
It seems the upgrade is the better idea, you'd get WiFi and your software useage with XP mode.
Good idea! That way I should be able to easily do a clean re-install--I hope. Plus I'll have the DVD (s) to fix my future screwups.

Hey, I'm no longer a JUNIOR member!!!
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01 Jun 2011   #33
beman36

Se7en X64 ultimate/Se7en X64 ultimate
 
 

trust me learning a new software is WAAY LESS OF A HASSLE than trying to downgrade/upgrade and the best ones are not that difficult to use! I find paint.net is the easiest to use and learn!
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01 Jun 2011   #34
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I have to respectfully disagree with your Beman. You are a GFX-er and graphics program may be 2nd nature. I can reinstall or upgrade a system much easier than learning Gimp as example.
I am trying Gimp and paint.NET too, but look at my sig.
Milanodan we have laid out many options for you here, pick one and let us know how it goes.
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01 Jun 2011   #35
PeaB4YouGo

Microsoft Windows 10 Home Build 15036
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Milanodan View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Thank you Greg, I was unaware of that stipulation.

There you go Milanodan, but first you should check to see if the software you have is even compatible with Win7.
It sounds like it may be too old?
Yes, my old software is a problem. It runs fine on W2000. If I could get W2000 to work with WiFi I'd be all set. That's why I think I need both op. versions with some kind of boot manager.
This post makes me think you might be served by VM VirtualBox from ORACLE, or something similar.
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02 Jun 2011   #36
WebMattR

W7 Professional x64
 
 

Okay. Kids. We have WAY too many hands in the cookie jar. No offense, I understand everyone wants to help and has different ideas on how to do it, but if we all tell him how to do six different things at the same time, he'll probably get a headache.

Personally, I'd say try GIMP out. I know you said you don't take well to new software, but we're more than happy to help. PLUS, it's eons easier to install this software than pretty much anything that's been suggested.

Download GIMP: GIMP - The GNU Image Manipulation Program
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02 Jun 2011   #37
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

This is an interesting thread since it touches on a rather generic issue - hardware manufacturers seem to have a rather limited support cycle for their products and are not eager to update their software once the new OS appears on the market. Given that there is very little one can do to influence the manufacturers, there are several options available, most (if not all) of them already outlined in this thread. Unfortunately, there seems to be none that would not incur at least some additional expense.

Since you have the Home edition of Windows 7, the XP mode is not available for you. But if you have already purchased a Win2K DVD, as you have indicated, then I would simply go with the dual-boot scenario. Just follow the steps in the tutorial (use method two, since you have Windows 7 installed already) and it's not that hard.

I would not worry about the fact that Win2K is not supported anymore by Microsoft. However, I would use it only to run that software that does not run on Windows 7, such as things needed to run your scanner, and keep it offline (after getting all the available updates, I think these are still available even though there will be no new ones). This way you won't need to spend money on an anti-virus for Win2K. if you need to share your images on the internet you could always switch to Windows 7 after the scanning is done. This might be less convenient compared to running just one OS for all purposes, but then you would need to purchase a new copy of the Photoshop and from what I understand something to actually run the scanner - I am not sure, if Photoshop can handle that part as well (Nikon software for the scanner does not appear to get updates for Windows 7).

Finally, there is indeed free graphics software. But, if you have an older scanner, you need something to run it and here GIMP and company won't help you. They can be used for working with the scanned image, but let's face it, they are not as capable as Photoshop. Of course, I don't know your skill level or your intentions, for some tasks GIMP is quite sufficient, for others Photoshop is necessary.
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02 Jun 2011   #38
Nigsy

openSUSE 13.1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unifex View Post

Finally, there is indeed free graphics software. But, if you have an older scanner, you need something to run it and here GIMP and company won't help you. They can be used for working with the scanned image, but let's face it, they are not as capable as Photoshop. Of course, I don't know your skill level or your intentions, for some tasks GIMP is quite sufficient, for others Photoshop is necessary.
In GIMP:

File > Create > scanner/camera and it will pick up Twain devices and allow scanning.

If you are proficient in photoshop, you will find Gimp and excellent free alternative. I switched to it for the same reasons as the original OP - I had a free version of photoshop (Came with an old scanner) that just would not run in a 64 bit environment.


I agree with going for a dual boot scenario - If you already have the w2000 disc, why pay out more money for an upgrade, install XP mode blah blah.

Just set up a dual boot system, and switch OS when you need to.

Have a look at the below link for W7/W2000 dual boot setup guide.

http://www.thpc.info/dual/win7/dualb...k_on_win7.html
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02 Jun 2011   #39
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nigsy View Post
In GIMP:

File > Create > scanner/camera and it will pick up Twain devices and allow scanning.

Well, trouble is you need a driver for your device. Here's a quote from the TWAIN website:

"Question: I lost the driver diskette or CD that came with my scanner or digital camera. Where can I get the TWAIN Driver for my device? Answer: You need to get the driver for your device from the scanner or digital camera vendor. The TWAIN Working Group does not maintain any scanner or digital camera drivers."

Similarly, the SANE project page lists supported devices and your particular device might or might not be supported. In particular, Nikon Coolscan support is rather poor.

If you're lucky and your older device is supported, i.e. you have a working driver and GIMP picks it up - great. But there is no guarantee that will actually happen. I am not saying that Photoshop is any better in this regard, you still need drivers, but if the OP has a software bundle that's already working for him on Win2K, then it seems that dual-booting with Win2K is the easiest way to keep using the old scanner.

Of course, one could buy a whole new scanner and avoid all these problems, but that's a whole different investment and it does not look like that's what the OP is looking for...
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02 Jun 2011   #40
Nigsy

openSUSE 13.1 64bit
 
 

Well you live and learn....I've never had a problem with gimp picking up my old lexmark or HP scanners nor my old Kodak camera...I will agree on the dual boot scenario, it is the forward in this case.
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