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Solved: 32-bit - 64-bot - can it be determined by looking at files on the Setup DVD

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by Alex Ethridge, Feb 23, 2011.

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  1. Alex Ethridge

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    I have a copy of a Windows 7 setup disk here. Is there a way to determine whether it is 32-bit or 64-bit by examining some of the files on the setup disk?

    If so, how?
     
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    Having a copy and not knowing from which version it was copied makes me wonder if we should be trying to help on this, Alex. Making a copy for one's own backup is allowed, but ...
     
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    Come on, Alex, give me something to relieve my suspicious mind. :)

    In the meantime I checked--open the .inf file in the DVD root with Notepad. If you see a "64" it's 64-bit. If no "64" it's 32-bit. At least that's what I found on my Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade DVDs.
     
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    I'm working on a machine with 8 Gigs of RAM. I would assume (don't know for sure) it is 64-bit Windows; but, I cannot get anything on the screen but solid black screen with a white mouse pointer. That's the problem I'm attempting to solve. Anyway, the owner gave me a 32-bit repair disk. That doesn't make sense for a machine with 8 Gigs of RAM. He also gave me a copy of a Windows Home Premium disk that has no product key; but, it isn't marked as to whether it is 32-bit or 64-.

    Looks like we may be in a situation where I'm gonna have to tell him to buy a copy of Windows and drop it off here, that is if he doesn't have the original and I can't repair his Windows.

    Where on the hard disk would I be able to view something that tells me whether it is 32- or 64-bit installed? Bear in mind I'm using Bart's PE to do the viewing.
     
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    Both installed versions include a C:\Program Files folder. The 64-bit also has a C:\Program Files (x86) folder.
     
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    Thanks. This tells me he has a 32-bit OS with 8 Gigs of installed RAM. I'll give him a call and tell him he has a mismatched system that is wasting the benefit from all RAM over about 3.5 Gigs and see what he wants to do.
     
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    One might think that as much of this work as I do that I would know more about these things than I do; but, except for this forum and what I read out of necessity to solve specific problems, I'm pretty much isolated here.

    Thanks again.
     
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    :D:D

    Sounds like a good plan. :)

    EDIT: this was in reply to your post # 6, not your last one.
     
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    He dropped off a copy of Windows 7, 64-bit this evening. All is well with the world now.
     
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