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Windows 7 won't let me install x64

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January 10, 2014 6:41:12 AM

Hi everyone, I'm brand new to the Forum and of course I waited till I had a problem to join. Sorry for being that guy.
I purchased a refurbished PC from a reputable eBay dealer. Dell optiplex with a 2.4 quad core Intel chip / 8 gigs of ram and running Windows 7 x64.
I ran into a problem with my DAW and did a complete re-install (being that it's the only thing I use the PC for) When re-installing I was never given the option to install the 64 bit version. and it did indeed install a 32 bit version.
My computer won't run boot disc installation. It will only boot to the desktop. I know there's a way to make that happen but can't figure it out. I get frustrated easily and get tunnel vision. Mainly the vision of my fist going through a monitor.
I guess I should mention that when I got the computer I needed to install the OS it was not already on there. I successfully installed the 64 bit then. So what happened?
Thank you for your time and advise in advance
Louis

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January 10, 2014 7:24:08 AM

Usually F12, F10 are the select where to boot from options then you can pick boot from dvd drive. BUT how did you install 32bit with a 64bit disc? I believe they come separate. Its either a 32bit dvd or a 64bit dvd. Someone correct me if im wrong/
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January 10, 2014 7:50:31 AM

Honestly I don't remember, but I'm usually good about keeping things in places where I can find them. To answer your question, I believe that I only have the one disc. Maybe it handles both installs? I could be wrong.
I spoke with a local PC store and the guy told me he would give me a copy of 64 bit for 5$ if I showed him my original documentation. But he first wanted to me to complete delete everything on my system including C:D rive and that weird tiny partition drive. Then try the install. Thought?

oh, also I was trying F12 and F8. F12 is scary for me and I didn't anything useful in F8.
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a b $ Windows 7
January 10, 2014 8:01:24 AM

Yeah if you don't need anything thing off of your c:\ drive then i don't see any problems with that, that is normal and as for the tiny partition drive that is just a system reserve windows 7 makes for the OS. Nothing needed there. And technically you can download 64bit and burn it to a dvd by yourself for free(since its not the image your charged for its the product key), but in the convenience of not having to go through all that(downloading the image$5 is a good price.
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January 10, 2014 8:09:25 AM

Okay Idewitt! One last thing........and I appreciate your time. I was just reading that deleting the drives is not enough. I need to use some data destruction program found here?
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproblem/ht/wipe-har...

I'm not trying to hide animal porn I just need 64 bit OS LOL What is the best way to get that thing ready for a fresh install?
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a b $ Windows 7
January 10, 2014 8:25:46 AM

To be honest if you don't have confidential information on these hard drives deleting the partitions should be enough or even just a quick format(ntfs) will do. You don't need that data destruction program.
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January 10, 2014 8:58:26 AM

Thank you sir. Have a great weekend.
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a b $ Windows 7
January 10, 2014 9:02:41 AM

Hey no problem if you have any other questions feel free to PM, post in this thread, or start and new thread and someone will be glad to help!
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January 10, 2014 9:18:18 AM

Glad to know it. I will at very least update on this thread as to the outcome.
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January 10, 2014 10:13:52 AM

ldewitt said:
Usually F12, F10 are the select where to boot from options then you can pick boot from dvd drive. BUT how did you install 32bit with a 64bit disc? I believe they come separate. Its either a 32bit dvd or a 64bit dvd. Someone correct me if im wrong/

OEM is separate disks. Retail, both are on one disk and you are queried as to which one you want.

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