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Windows 7: Can't Install Windows 7 32-bit on 64-bit laptop

30 Jan 2010   #1
dfs4

Windows 7
 
 
Can't Install Windows 7 32-bit on 64-bit laptop

My dell laptop came with vista 64-bit. Now when I try to install windows 7 32-bit on C drive, it keeps telling me it is not possible to install a 32-bit windows os on 64-bit laptop. I can install it on another partition but it doesn't make sense because I thought it would accomodate the lesser 32-bit on more powerful hardware. This is really annoying and if it is dell's problem and not windows 7 then it sort of makes the laptop useless because I hate working with a 64-bit windows os.


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30 Jan 2010   #2
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

you can not upgrade/downgrade 32bit>64bit, are you trying to upgrade , is the win7 disc you have an upgrade version ,an oem version etc its a matter of general opinion that it is better to do a clean install as opposed to an upgrade look in the tutorial section of the forum on how to do a clean install using an upgrade disc hope that helps ,if you need more help please post back
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30 Jan 2010   #3
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Do a clean install:

Clean Install Windows 7
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30 Jan 2010   #4
dfs4

Windows 7
 
 

right I just found out through google as well that a clean install might solve the problem. problem is I have the RC version installation files on my HD. is it possible to do a clean install without a CD/DVD/USB stick or I would have to get them burned on a cd/dvd/usb stick first?
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30 Jan 2010   #5
pebbly

win 7 ultimate32bit, Win8.1pro wmc 32bit
 
 

i think it would be the better to burn to a disc that way you will always have the media available to you follow theog,s post#3
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