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Windows 7: Windows 7 32 to 64 bit

01 Dec 2009   #11

Windows 7

Well, I am not having much luck. I used the F12 key to try and boot on the dvd-cd drive and it wouldn’t. I tried it by inserting the disc when I selected the “boot on dvd-cd drive” also tried it with the disc already in the drive. Guess I am doing something wrong. I opened the files on the disc and one is a text file called autorun. It has the following; [AutoRun.Amd64] open=setup.exe icon=setup.exe,0 [AutoRun] open=sources\sperr32.exe x64 icon=\sperr32.exe,0. I tried changing the reference to 32 and it wouldn’t let me save it in the autorun file. This is the message I am getting.

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01 Dec 2009   #12

Windows 7

I had this problem once where I was trying to boot from the DVD and no matter what I did in the BIOS, it would still boot from hard drive. I fixed it by disconnecting the hard drive physically, booting from DVD, and reconnecting hard drive while in the setup process. setup still detected the hard drive no problem.

The best way for you to get this to work is by booting from DVD, not by trying to "trick" the system into thinking its a 32bit app.
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01 Dec 2009   #13
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Did you enter the BIOS setup page (using the esc, f1 or f2 keys - it should say on first screen) to set the Boot order for DVD drive first, HD second?

If so, it should prompt you to hit any key. Try that rather than the Boot Menu F-key.

You may need a BIOS update. Check System Information to see BIOS version. There is a version A05 for that model here:

Do you have a 4 gb flash stick? If so, plug it in to Disk Management, format primary and copy the DVD's folders into the root exactly as they appear on DVD, seven folders in root of flash stick? Then restart and try to boot using your F12 Boot Menu shortcut key - flash will normally be selected amongs the Hard Drives.
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01 Dec 2009   #14

Windows 7

It is done!!! By using the F2 key and opening up BIOS I was able to change the boot sequence to boot up on the CD/DVD drive. The rest was pretty easy and I did not run into any glitches. Now the time consuming part is re-installing everything that got hosed by doing a “clean” install. Thanks to everyone for the help. My next project is to add memory.
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