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05-Sep-2011, 11:07 AM #1
64bit to 32bit
Can I switch a machine that came with Windows Vista Home Premium 64bit to Windows Vista Buisness 32bit. Do I have to worry about the hardware? The machine I have is Gateway M-7315u Notebook.
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05-Sep-2011, 04:52 PM #2
It can be done, but the 32-bit will not install while 64-bit is present. You'll have to remove the 64-bit version first as the 32-bit requires a "clean" install on to an empty partition,

But before proceeding, make sure that Gateway have 32-bit Vista drivers for that PC notebook model (most likely they have but check to be sure) as 64-bit drivers don't work with 32-bit Windows.

Gateway Support: http://support.gateway.com/us/en/pro...ult.aspx?tab=1
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05-Sep-2011, 05:42 PM #3
You need to format the hard drive and then do a clean install of the 32-bit version.

Why are you wanting to change from Vista 64-bit to Vista 32-bit?

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Here is the support site for the Gateway M-7315u laptop/notebook.

It appears that it comes with 4 GB of DDR2 PC2-5300(DDR2-667) RAM pre-installed.

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07-Sep-2011, 05:47 PM #4
Windows Vista 64bit is corrupt, I have a 32bit version(Windows Vista Business).
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07-Sep-2011, 06:08 PM #5
Just be aware that going from 64-bit to 32-bit is going to cause your computer to only recognize and use 3.0 - 3.5 GB of the 4.0 GB of RAM in that computer.

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08-Sep-2011, 11:27 AM #6
Okay, but when I try to install Windows Vista Business, Windows XP 32bit or Windows Xp 64bit, I get the blue screen. In a minute I'll post what was on the blue screen.
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08-Sep-2011, 11:37 AM #7
I don't why you're trying to install so many different versions of Windows.

Don't even try installing Windows XP(32-bit or 64-bit) until you know for sure that Windows XP drivers exist for that computer.

You are aware that you need to boot from the Windows CD/DVD and then format the hard drive before you install Windows?

Are all your Windows versions on original or copied CD's/DVD's?

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08-Sep-2011, 11:50 AM #8
My goal is to install Windows Vista Business 32bit on this machine. I will accept installing Windows XP 32bit as an alternative with the intention of upgrading later to Windows Vista Business. I tried the other software in order to see if anything would work. I suspect the setting in the bios have to changed in order for the machine to run a 32bit version of Windows.
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08-Sep-2011, 01:35 PM #9
You have two threads going for the same issue. Please do NOT start more than one thread for the same thing.

As the other thread was started first, I'm closing this one.

Please continue here:

http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/1...-notebook.html
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