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Windows 7 64bit OEM -to- Win 7 32 bit... is this possible?

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So I built a new system for a buddy and we used windows 64bit OEM version. He has a SCSI card and a scanner that only have 32 bit support he wants to connect and use these... so I advised that we should install win 7 32bit to make this work. I'm assuming that the 32 bit drivers from 2001 will not work.

I'm wondering if it's possible to install win32 if we only have the OEM 64 disk (for system builders).
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No. You can not convert a 64 bit install to 32 bit. you need to reinstall.
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right but what I'm asking is if it can be done with the current OEM windows 64 license. Will microsoft allow a 32 bit install?
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Yes the key works regardless

You just need the 32 bit install dvd
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post #5 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Tw34k View Post
You just need the 32 bit install dvd
we I'm sure you can imagine that the OEM pack didn't come with extra 32 bit disks so am I correct in assuming that Microsoft has plans in place for this contingency?
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What version of window 7 do you need?

You can sometimes find iso's for download online and burn your own disk.
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Yes, you can do it, but it's probably better long-term to replace the offending hardware.
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Thanks fellas

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post #10 of 11
Quote:
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right but what I'm asking is if it can be done with the current OEM windows 64 license. Will microsoft allow a 32 bit install?
I misunderstood the question. yes, you can do that. You just need the 32 bit media.
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