installing 32 bit on a 64 bit pc

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June 23, 2011 at 14:19:40
Specs: Windows 7, AMD Athion 11 x4 635 4 gb ram
I have a Acer X3400 with win 7 64-bit installed from the factory. I have several old 16-bit programs that simply will not work on this OS. I would like to install win7 32-bit on the computer. the computer come with 4gb ram and 1tb disk. Can I install win 7 32-bit over the 64-bit version?

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#1
June 23, 2011 at 18:12:56
I believe you can install 32 on a 64 machine; you just cant do 64 on 32.

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#2
June 23, 2011 at 18:41:01
It would be easy if you have all the needed files. One might need drivers or applications. Assumes you have the DVD for 32 bit also.

All 64 bit home computers will run in 32 bit mode.


Might be able to run a virtual machine with an old os on it or take an old setup and use a P2V app to convert the whole install.

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#3
June 23, 2011 at 23:40:14
You cannot install 32-bit Windows over 64-bit nor 64-bit Windows over 32-bit. In either case, you have to make a clean installation.

Another suggestion could be, you can shrink the first partition, create a second partition and install 32-bit Windows in parallel to 64-bit.

But first you have to be sure your 16-bit program will run on 32-bit Windows 7. There is no guarantee that it will.

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#4
June 24, 2011 at 09:45:41
my 16 bit software ran in win XP. Which by the way I wish I could install on my new computer with win 7. I tried to install XP on the computer but it wouldn't let me.

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#5
June 24, 2011 at 10:24:41
have you tried to install in compatibilty mode?

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#6
June 24, 2011 at 13:23:12
I don't know how to install in compatibilty mode when I put the CD in that I want to install I get a message that says I can't install this software, or something like that. It won't even read the CD. I did copy a couple of backup folders for software that would not install to my C drive, right click on the .exe and click propertys, then check the box that says run in windows XP SP3 compatibilty mode. But the program doesn't perform as well as it did in XP. Also every time I try to run the program I get a window that says are you sure you want this program to make changes to your computer. I wish I could install XP on this computer.

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#7
June 24, 2011 at 14:48:53
COMPATIBILITY MODE SOFTWARE:

1. Place the applications installation file on the Desktop.

2. Right Click the applications installation file and select Properties/Compatibility Tab. Select the appropriate options from the list in the following image.

3. Click Apply/OK.

4. Right Click the file and select the Run As Administrator option to install.

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#8
June 29, 2011 at 13:08:08
I bought a windows 7 32 bit cd from amazon and when I got it in the mail the box says OEM System Builder Pack Intended for system builders only... will this do a clean install on my computer that already has windows 7 64 bit installed from the factory?

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#9
June 29, 2011 at 13:30:29
Yes, although you have to use the key on the cd.

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#10
June 29, 2011 at 16:51:44
It may have been easier to install a virtual Machine and install your old XP SP2 on that running within Windows 7, then you would be able to install the program under the XP within the virtual machine. Many here can give you links to virtual machine programs you can download, you would just need your old XP disk.

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#11
June 29, 2011 at 18:40:23
I tried virtual machine once and i got xp installed but i could not get my verzion broadcard to work on it.

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#12
July 31, 2011 at 08:00:46
I just figured out how to run and install 16bit installers on 64bit PC's/Laptops. I don't know if this will work for vista but might work on vista pro.

I am running Windows 7 Pro and installed XP mode along with Windows Virtual PC. It is all free and easily found. Use IE to install though. Seems to work better on it.

Once you have it all installed and set up load XP mode; for CD's (Like me) Insert it and in XP mode go to my computer and install it from there. Will start to install fine.

I presume you can drag and drop installation files for 16bit into XP mode and go from there but have no need to do it. Any questions? E-mail me: dingoo.noodle@hotmail.co.uk

Hope this helps (:


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#13
July 31, 2011 at 10:12:00
Side note: If you have Win7 Pro / Ultimate, you can download a free VM of Windows XP Pro.

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