Switching to 32bit Vista from 64bit Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Joel, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. Joel

    Joel Guest

    I purchased windows Vista Ultimate which contained both 32bit and 64bit
    versions of which I installed 64bit. After much frustration over hardware
    and software not being compatible I now would like to switch to the 32bit. I
    do not want to uninstall 64bit. How can I accomplish this?
     
    Joel, Dec 17, 2007
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    philo Guest


    If you don't have a 2nd partition reconfigure
    then install on the empty partition
     
    philo, Dec 17, 2007
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  3. Joel

    Mick Murphy Guest

    Legally, you can only run one version at a time!
     
    Mick Murphy, Dec 18, 2007
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  4. Joel

    roy69 Guest

    How about we try and get the better 64bit working?
    List your system specs, motherboard and everything connected. Including
    printer,scanner and monitor.
    The software not being compatable will more than likly be your driver
    issues.
    It may be that after you install the 32bit version you have the same
    driver issues so you will have the same software issues.


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    roy69, Dec 18, 2007
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  5. In theory you could activate the 32-bit version without uninstalling the
    64-bit version, but if you tried to run both versions you would be in
    violation of your license. You are licensed to use only one or the other,
    not both.

    That said, your best bet is to back up important data and documents, wipe
    the system, clean install the 32-bit version.

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    Richard G. Harper, Dec 18, 2007
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  6. Joel

    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Joel.

    My advice is to spend the effort to go forward with x64. It won't be any
    harder than to go backward to x86 - and you'll have the inevitable
    transition to x64 in your rear-view mirror, not waiting around the bend
    ahead of you.

    RC
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    R. C. White, Dec 18, 2007
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    Peter Foldes Guest

    To switch to the 32 bit it would be best that you uninstall the 64 bit and then install the 32 bit. By trying to accomplish what you want to do can possibly work in theory but not in practice
     
    Peter Foldes, Dec 18, 2007
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  8. Joel

    Gene_fitz Guest

    There are only a couple ways to go about it.

    1: Try to stick it out with 64 bit.
    Look, Most hardware now has a 64 bit drivers, 90% of your drivers for 32 bit
    will install under Program Files X86. The transition may be a little
    difficult at first but give it a honest chance, and you may find it works
    better.
    2: Use an external or second drive to back up your mail (in Windows Mail
    goto tools/options/advanced tab/Maintenance button/Store Folder
    button/Change) And change your mail store folder to a folder on that
    external drive.
    Back up your favorites.
    Then re-install in 32 bit.
    You can't install 32 over 64, or 64 over 32. You have to re-install, and
    start from scratch.

    Sorry, wish I had better news..
     
    Gene_fitz, Dec 19, 2007
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  9. Joel

    Gracie61 Guest

    When I purchased my computer. One of the BIG selling points of it was it has
    Vista Ultimate and I am suppose to be able to use either 64bit or 32 bit...I
    have yet to be able to change from 64 to 32.. My Computer Associates
    antivirus is not compadable with 64..As well as my video converting
    software..My computer did NOT come with any disks. Sowhat am I suppose to
    do???
     
    Gracie61, Mar 14, 2008
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  10. Joel

    John Barnes Guest

    If your computer came installed with OEM 64-bit Vista Ultimate, you need to
    contact the person who told you you would be able to use either. Retail
    comes with this feature, but OEM does not and they would have to provide you
    with a 32-bit version.
     
    John Barnes, Mar 14, 2008
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  11. Stay with the 32-bit version of Vista unless you have
    programs specifically written for 64-bit Vista.

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    Microsoft MVP
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    :

    When I purchased my computer. One of the BIG selling points of it was it has
    Vista Ultimate and I am suppose to be able to use either 64bit or 32 bit...I
    have yet to be able to change from 64 to 32.. My Computer Associates
    antivirus is not compadable with 64..As well as my video converting
    software..My computer did NOT come with any disks. Sowhat am I suppose to
    do???
     
    Carey Frisch [MVP], Mar 14, 2008
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  12. Joel

    John Barnes Guest

    He wants to change from 64-bit.

     
    John Barnes, Mar 14, 2008
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  13. Joel

    DevilsPGD Guest

    In message <#> "Carey Frisch [MVP]"
    I realize reading isn't your MVP specialty, but did he not indicate he
    wants to switch to the 32-bit version?

    In other words, you're suggesting he do what he's already trying to do.
     
    DevilsPGD, Mar 14, 2008
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