Reinstalling windows 7 32 bit from 64 bit

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  1. Happidaise

    Happidaise New Member

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    I was running windows 7, 64 bit on my laptop. It was factory installed (no cd). I realize that I should have chosen 32 bit, as I only have 2GB ram. I tried reinstalling windows from the computer application in windows 7, but it didn't offer me a choice of which system to install this time and instead just reinstalled 64 bit again. How can I reinstall factory settings to 32 bit instead? Thanks!
     
  2. davidhk129

    davidhk129 Senior Member

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    1.You'll need to download a Windows 7 32-bit ISO. Make sure you choose the same version as your 64-bit, ie. Home Premium, Ultimate etc.
    http://www.mydigitallife.info/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-from-digital-river/
    *** The source is 100% legal. Digital Rivers is supported by Microsoft ***

    2.Then you burn the iso file into a bootable DVD.
    http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msusa/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool

    3. Then you do a clean install using the bootable DVD. You will use your current 64-bit product key to install.
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/1649-clean-install-windows-7-a.html
     
  3. Happidaise

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    Thanks, but the computer came with windows installed, no product key...
     
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    davidhk129 Senior Member

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    Product key can be found at the bottom of your laptop.
    It is a set of 25 numbers and digits combo, divided into 5 groups of 5.
     
  5. Happidaise

    Happidaise New Member

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    Thanks so much for your help! :)
     
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    davidhk129 Senior Member

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    You are welcome.
     
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    Sorry, but what is a bootable DVD? Thanks :)
     
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    davidhk129 Senior Member

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    See my 1st reply, #2.
    It is a DVD which contains the operating system, in this case it would be a Windows 7 operating system.
    It is used to install or re-install an operating system into the hardware, the computer.
     
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    Thanks. I checked the first link, but could only see windows 7: x86 or x64, not x32...
     
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    x86 = 32-bit.
     
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    Happidaise New Member

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    Thanks David. Lol! :)
     
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    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c00859585&cc=us&lc=en&dlc=en&product=3370427

    Restore the PC to original condition with the HP Recovery Manager
    Follow the steps below to use HP Recovery Manager to return your notebook to its baseline factory condition, then allow the PC to run all the setup programs.

    Press the power button to turn on the PC, and press F11 on the keyboard immediately while the computer is starting up. The HP Backup and Recovery Manager window will appear.

    NOTE: Depending on the BIOS version, your computer may display multiple prompts during startup including F11 to start System Recovery. Pressing the F11 key on a computer with an HP factory image wiill start System Recovery even if the prompt is not displayed.

    Click Advanced options , select the System recovery option, and then click Next .

    If the Recovery Manager can access the hard drive it displays a prompt to backup up user files before continuing the recovery. You may either backup your files, or skip the backup and recover the operating system.

    If the Recovery Manager cannot access the hard drive to fix the system errors, use the set of Recovery disks that you created to recover the hard drive to its original condition.

    After the hard drive is returned to its original condition, restart the PC and allow the PC to run all the setup programs.
     
  13. davidhk129

    davidhk129 Senior Member

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    @silhouttejames ,
    How did you know the OP is using HP computer?

    Not all computers use F11 to start Recovery.
     
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    badrobot Senior Member

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    Why don't you just upgrade your RAM? Adding another 2GB of RAM will not hurt your pocket so much and is a lot easier and better than downgrading your system (that is, if your RAM is expandable). That extra 2GB will take care of the RAM hungry 64-bit systems. Just a thought.
     
    #14 badrobot, Dec 4, 2013
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