32 bit back to 64 bit?

Hey there. I have a problem with my Hp Pavillion A1619.uk. If you research it you will find it has an AMD Athlon 64 processor. Sure enough, it had 64 bit XP pre-installed. I got this computer from a person i know. He only gave me the computer, the keyboard and the mouse. It is a great computer. Problem is, i turned it on one day and it wouldn't load. Turns out the OS files were corrupted. My friend said he didn't have any recovery CDs with it. I haven't got ANY 64 bit operating systems and i don't like Ubuntu that much (coz of the compatibility). The built in HP recovery doesn't actually work. Is there any way to get a 64 bit recovery CD or something to get 64 bit back up and running? I looked on the HP website and it linked me to a site that has recovery CDs. Unfortunately they cost £35. I can't spend that much since i am a student and i have more important purchases. Can anyone help?
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  1. If you can post more details of the files which were said to be corrupted, someone may have an answer. Repair is always preferable to reinstallation and in your circumstances, is a necessity.
  2. It was most of them. I'm pretty sure it was a virus.
  3. Tap F8 repeatedly on startup, and boot into safe mode with command prompt.

    At the C: prompt, type %systemroot%\system32\restore\rstrui.exe and press enter. This will open the system restore points, and you can roll it back to before the problem occurred.
  4. I'll give it a shot aford10. I'll tell you how i get on.
  5. Ermm..... I can't boot into anything. It doesn't load the OS.
  6. I've tried repairing it. Its a gonner.
  7. By built in recovery, do you mean the restore partition? If so, how is that failing?

  8. As this situation gets increasingly gloomier, are you starting to overcome your dislike of Ubuntu? I'm not over keen on it myself - I don't like Debian in general and Gnome in particular but at the end of the day, it's only a different GUI to get used to and a decent 64 bit solution to your problem.

    Which compatibility issues do you think you'll have, given that Xover and WINE can help you use M$ compatible software if there isn't anything in the Gnu market.
  9. I could use Ubuntu but i have a lot of programs that i need. Even though you can use Wine it is very irritating.
  10. I have a copy of the 64 bit Windows 7 Enterprise 90 day trial on the ready but it can't boot into the dvd.
  11. @dadiggle Where from?
    Forgot to say that the recovery disks online are 32 bit.
  12. Lol. You mean something that ends and begins with t, has 2 r's an n and 2 e's?
  13. I'll advise you to end it there guys. I think you both know why.
  14. Yep. I think so too. I'll... see what i can do...
  15. I installed Ubuntu 64 bit to see if i can install Windows 7 Enterprise on it. It just comes up with an error.

  16. I can't see the reason for going outside "proper" software to fix this. When you say the DVD won't boot,exactly what's going on? Is BIOS set to recognise the optical ROM
    as first boot device?
  17. No, Windows 7 Enterprise Edition doesn't support boot installations. Its designed like that.
  18. huze5 said:
    No, Windows 7 Enterprise Edition doesn't support boot installations. Its designed like that.


    I've actually just done a couple W7 enterprise installs here at work. You should have no problem booting off that disc, and doing an install.
  19. I know it can install from the desktop of a Windows pc but it won't boot from BIOS.
  20. I booted off the disc, from the BIOS. Are you sure you have a legal version?
  21. Yeah. ITs off of their TechNet site. When you boot into it it just says "A:\".
    Nothing happens, no matter what you type in.
  22. You have to change the first boot device in the BIOS, so it'll boot off the CD drive.
  23. I did. And i pressed any key to boot from the dvd when it told me to.
  24. huze5 said:
    I did. And i pressed any key to boot from the dvd when it told me to.


    You could check that DVD to make sure there's a bootable ISO in there by using ISOBuster.
  25. As i said earlier, the Enterprise (90 day trial) doesn't support any BIOS boot.
  26. huze5 said:
    As i said earlier, the Enterprise (90 day trial) doesn't support any BIOS boot.


    There is no such thing as bios boot, the boot sector is on the disc not in the bios the bios only tells it which sequence to take.

    Try to get another copy because all the Win OS discs are supposed to let you boot from them, unless it's a burnt copy of a win OS then we can't help you there.
  27. What i mean by booting from BIOS is that i boot the DVD through the BIOS menu.

    My uncle does have a Windows 7 64 bit OS on his laptop but it doesn't have a recovery disk. Would i be able to somehow copy the OS over?
  28. huze5 said:
    What i mean by booting from BIOS is that i boot the DVD through the BIOS menu.

    My uncle does have a Windows 7 64 bit OS on his laptop but it doesn't have a recovery disk. Would i be able to somehow copy the OS over?



    No, because that would be piracy and wouldn't work anyway.

    The disk is the answer here - if you have the burning facility to pop an ISO on to it. However, given that M$ don't include one, it's probably what they would term as borderline illegal and may not work anyway. There must be a reason why it won't boot - have you checked it in another machine?

  29. No, because that would be piracy and wouldn't work anyway.

    The disk is the answer here - if you have the burning facility to pop an ISO on to it. However, given that M$ don't include one, it's probably what they would term as borderline illegal and may not work anyway. There must be a reason why it won't boot - have you checked it in another machine?


    I have installed the 32 bit version on my other computer. But its a trial so i had to put XP back on. When i installed the 32 bit version it didn't work when i tried to boot it from the disk. It worked when i ran it from my desktop.
  30. Here is the solution:

    Save up for the recovery disc!
  31. I would but the only recovery disk they have is the 32 bit version.

  32. I could point you to a nice 64 bit trouble free OS called Ubuntu but I expect you've already been down that route.
  33. I like Ubuntu and the UI but it doesn't have the same amount of compatibility as Windows. I can't really play games on Wine coz its a bit sluggish.
  34. aford10 said:
    I've actually just done a couple W7 enterprise installs here at work. You should have no problem booting off that disc, and doing an install.


    You said you did a few installs at work? Which program did you use to burn it to a disk? Can you tell me how? Thi is really bugging me right now.
  35. It was a disc burned from a volume license ISO.

  36. You could put an ISO on a flash drive and add the data from the CD - might work but as I said above, M$ would possibly take a dim view. Even posting this might be against Forum Rules so don't tell Aford10! :D
  37. Meh....
  38. aford10 said:
    It was a disc burned from a volume license ISO.

    How exactly do i do that?
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