Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Bought 64bit - anyway to get 32bit?

15 Jan 2010   #1
Murdoc

Windows 7
 
 
Bought 64bit - anyway to get 32bit?

Howdy,

I bought win 7 64 through my student account and installed it; it's running fine except the inital bluescreens(they stopped, mysteriously) but the performance is usually crap in games, specifically Valve games (L4D, TF2) I really don't know why, but it never did this in Xp and I'm sure it isn't the OS taking the extra memory(8 gigs)

So someone suggested going to 32 bit, but does that mean I need to buy win 7 again? Or is there a way to install/get 32 bit if i bought the 64 bit version?

Thanks


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
15 Jan 2010   #2
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

I believe that your key can be used to activate either 64 or 32 bit versions.

(You've already used it, so you may need to activate a new installation by phone.)

If you have ready access to the 32 bit installation media, you should be OK.

The 32 bit versions doesn't support above 4GB of RAM, though. (I'm not sure it will run properly, beyond the fact that you won't be able to access it.)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jan 2010   #3
Murdoc

Windows 7
 
 

Oh really? so back to xp limits with the ram? Well thats dissapointing.

Thanks for the help.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

15 Jan 2010   #4
ski

windows 7
 
 

Check the CPU Usage and Used Physical Memory in Resource Monitor before you start gaming. If either one is excessive, then shut down unnecessary stuff that's running in the background. Also, make sure the vid card/adapter is configured for max acceleration.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jan 2010   #5
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Murdoc View Post
Oh really? so back to xp limits with the ram? Well thats dissapointing.

Thanks for the help.
I think that you may have misunderstood the above poster. You can use your DVD and the 32 bit key. Worse case scenario, you have to activate by a touch tone phone and maybe talk to someone, but you will get it. You are entitled to it.

A little hint. Do not give your key number, until fully installed. Dont check the box asking to activate automatically. Use the system for up to 30 days, install your programs etc. When happy call the number. You paid for this, use it if you want.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jan 2010   #6
Murdoc

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks for the tip Rich; I did understand that I can used, it's just if its only going to recognize 4 gigs I might as well just use my copy of xp. I'm more comfortable with it anyway and I know it works on my comp.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jan 2010   #7
richc46

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

There are no right and wrong answers. Do what makes you comfortable.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jan 2010   #8
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

What are your system specs? 7 is vastly different to XP. This isn't 7's fault - its your hardware and drivers.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
15 Jan 2010   #9
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Murdoc View Post
Oh really? so back to xp limits with the ram? Well thats dissapointing.

Thanks for the help.
There is not an "XP RAM Limit". That limit is caused by the limitations of the x32 architecture. It is "removed" in x64 systems.

~Lordbob
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Bought 64bit - anyway to get 32bit?




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
32bit or 64bit?
Hi All, Well I have decided to try out and install Win7 64bit onto my system. I have been using the 32bit Win7 Ultimate since day 1 and have been satisfied with all aspects of the 32 bit system. You see I don't consider myself a power user and multi-task. My family and I surf the web, email and...
General Discussion
32bit to 64bit
Well ok, but what if i've got dell xps 1530 and on their web page there are only drivers for vista 32bit and i have win7 and now i want to migrate to 64bit? I have to choose different model but in the other model they inserting different components. Not all of them but some. Why the hell people...
Software
W7 64bit:Ok to install 32bit programs outside the 32bit programfolder?
OS: Win 7 64bit. Is it generally not a problem to choose to install a piece of 32bit software outside the win 7 default program folder for 32bit software? Or is 32bit software only supposed to be running flawlessly, if installed in that default 32bit folder? Thanks.
Software
64bit VS 32bit
hi i have laptop DELL latitude D520, intel T7200 2.0GHz, 4G memory and i work with Win-7 32bit. if i install the 64, is my laptop will work faster ? (i work on Visual-Studio, sql server, Oracle and internet) is my laptop fits for Win-7 64bit ? thank's in advance for any help
General Discussion
From 32bit to 64bit.
Hello, I would like to know if I can switch from my 32 bit install to a 64 bit. These too installs are on the same license. So my final question is if doing it is possible? Thanks.
Installation & Setup
Help - going from win 7 32bit to 64bit
Hi guys, So I upgraded to Win7 32bit, but now I bought a 64 bit version as well. However, i burn the ISO for it (digital download) and when I put it in it errors out telling me the install disk cant upgrade my installation, which I understand. However, I put the disk in and try to boot from...
Installation & Setup


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 20:34.
Twitter Facebook Google+ Seven Forums iOS App Seven Forums Android App