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Windows 7: 64 Bit to 32 Bit

09 Jul 2010   #11
jwhill8

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

OEM
I am working with a program "parallel", just haven't perfected it yet.

MM
I did not see that, yes I do have both listed, I will check it out when I get home this eveniing.


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09 Jul 2010   #12
OEM

OS3.5
 
 






Can I run 32-bit programs on a 64-bit computer?

Most programs designed for the 32-bit version of Windows will work on the 64-bit version of Windows. Notable exceptions are many antivirus programs.
Device drivers designed for 32-bit versions of Windows won't work on computers running a 64-bit version of Windows. If you're trying to install a printer or other device that only has 32-bit drivers available, it won't work correctly on a 64-bit version of Windows. If you are unsure whether there is a 64-bit driver available for your device, go online to the Windows Vista Compatibility Center

Source: 32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions
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But I'm sure I've seen/heard of people force the install of a 32-bit driver on a 64-bit system. Sorry I just can't find it, which might be just what MS and other Software & Hardware manufactures want, this way they force you into updating your software & Hardware. Having said that, I know there are programs out there that haven't been updated to run on 64-bit systems, so what is one to do ???

Good Luck, And if all else fails, if you just bought this PC from Gateway I strongly recommend calling them and inform them that you were unaware of the differences and what they can they do for you. Let them know politely if they wish to keep you as a customer, that you really would need them to resolve this for you.
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09 Jul 2010   #13
jwhill8

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Thanks OEM. My son is a student and I see as a student he can get a Windows 7 Pro upgrade for $29. I think I will do this an re-install using the 32bit install.

Hopefully this will work.
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09 Jul 2010   #14
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jwhill8 View Post
Thanks OEM. My son is a student and I see as a student he can get a Windows 7 Pro upgrade for $29. I think I will do this an re-install using the 32bit install.
Why pay for another license? You already have a license for Windows 7 x86, you just need the install media.
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09 Jul 2010   #15
jwhill8

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jwhill8 View Post
Thanks OEM. My son is a student and I see as a student he can get a Windows 7 Pro upgrade for $29. I think I will do this an re-install using the 32bit install.
Why pay for another license? You already have a license for Windows 7 x86, you just need the install media.
The desktop did not come with a CD/DVD with the OS. I did the backup download that is allowed with the license, do you think with this I could reinstall, this time, using the 32 Bit option?

Thanks!!
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09 Jul 2010   #16
OEM

OS3.5
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jwhill8 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jwhill8 View Post
Thanks OEM. My son is a student and I see as a student he can get a Windows 7 Pro upgrade for $29. I think I will do this an re-install using the 32bit install.
Why pay for another license? You already have a license for Windows 7 x86, you just need the install media.
The desktop did not come with a CD/DVD with the OS. I did the backup download that is allowed with the license, do you think with this I could reinstall, this time, using the 32 Bit option?

Thanks!!
That is definitely a possibility, try it out, I'm pretty sure if it doesn't offer the 32-bit option that you can abort the re-install so you don't loose whats installed now.

Try it and if it does offer 32 bit, back out of it and backup all your data, favs, doc, etc, and then re-install.

Edit/Added:

I bought a retail copy of Ultimate Upgrade and it came with both flavors, so it might also be offered both 32&64 during the built in system recovery.

Have you searched Gateway support regarding recovery and the options that it may offer?
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09 Jul 2010   #17
jwhill8

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OEM View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jwhill8 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Why pay for another license? You already have a license for Windows 7 x86, you just need the install media.
The desktop did not come with a CD/DVD with the OS. I did the backup download that is allowed with the license, do you think with this I could reinstall, this time, using the 32 Bit option?

Thanks!!
That is definitely a possibility, try it out, I'm pretty sure if it doesn't offer the 32-bit option that you can abort the re-install so you don't loose whats installed now.

Try it and if it does offer 32 bit, back out of it and backup all your data, favs, doc, etc, and then re-install.
Hey, it's worth a shot. I'll try that this evening when I get home.
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09 Jul 2010   #18
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

it's quite a process to go through, without knowing that you've got a problem in the first place.

it's your machine after all, do what thou wilt
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09 Jul 2010   #19
OEM

OS3.5
 
 

You didn't specify your system model, but doing a Gateway PC support search, it appears you most likely have the option as most PC's do, to create system recovery discs. I would imagine that during the creation of the recovery disc if it will offer the option to install either 32 or 64, it will happen during this DVD recovery disc creation. You can try that first, rather than doing the automated recovery directly from the HD.
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09 Jul 2010   #20
jwhill8

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by OEM View Post
You didn't specify your system model, but doing a Gateway PC support search, it appears you most likely have the option as most PC's do, to create system recovery discs. I would imagine that during the creation of the recovery disc if it will offer the option to install either 32 or 64, it will happen during this DVD recovery disc creation. You can try that first, rather than doing the automated recovery directly from the HD.
You are correct; what I have are the system recovery DVD's and I am hoping on it will give me that option.

I called our IT dept and they told me most all of our software is compatible with the 32 bit version and the ones that are not, they have a workaround.

I will try this tonight and report back what happens.
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