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How can i change my 64bit windows 7 to 32bit licenced version

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March 26, 2010 8:01:34 AM

I have a laptop with preinstalled windows7 64 bit. I want to install windows 7 32 bit with the same licence. what should I do?
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March 26, 2010 8:12:18 AM

I see no reason why you would want to switch to 32-bit, but if you insist on it, you will have to to a clean install. The retail Windows 7 version has both 32 and 64 bit discs and you can use the same license for both.
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March 26, 2010 8:14:25 AM

A preinstalled OS will be an OEM version. I believe that licence only covers the specific version that you have. If you really need 32-bit Windows 7 (why ?) you'll have to buy another copy.
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March 26, 2010 8:29:26 AM

+1 to that, I actually should have stated it more explicitly.
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March 26, 2010 9:01:24 AM

OEM versions do not let you choose between 32 and 64 bit
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March 26, 2010 9:04:43 AM

My issue is backwards of this, but... I have a laptop preinstalled with 7 32 bit. I made the restore CDs via Toshiba's process. Now, can I take my Windows 7 Pro 64 iso and extract the files out of there to inject into the Toshiba made CDs, like the old days of replacing the i386 folder in Windows NT and 2000?
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March 26, 2010 11:16:14 AM

If i'm not mistaken, licenses dont cover the Bits, so you can change it at will, if you have a friend that has a Windows 7 DVD, format your harddrive and install the 32 bit version but with your license number. you can try to ask the folks where you bought the laptop but they are surelly gonna charge you something for their troubles.
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August 5, 2010 5:55:04 PM

Herr_Koos said:
+1 to that, I actually should have stated it more explicitly.

do the preinstalled windows7 have 64bit and 32bit .
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August 5, 2010 8:32:33 PM

N19h7M4r3 said:
If i'm not mistaken, licenses dont cover the Bits, so you can change it at will, if you have a friend that has a Windows 7 DVD, format your harddrive and install the 32 bit version but with your license number. you can try to ask the folks where you bought the laptop but they are surelly gonna charge you something for their troubles.


Do not do this, you can't use a retail Win 7 DVD with your OEM license. From what I have seen, Win7 OEM disks are also not compatable between brands, so even if you happen to have an OEM disk from another manufacturer, your key will not work in it.
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