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Windows 7 won't let me install x64

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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  1. 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/
  2. 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:drive 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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-hard-drive.htm

    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?
  5. Best answer
    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.
  6. Thank you sir. Have a great weekend.
  7. 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!
  8. Glad to know it. I will at very least update on this thread as to the outcome.
  9. 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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