Downgrade from Windows® 7 64-bit to 32-bit
What is the need to downgrade from Windows 7 64-bit version to Windows 7 32-bit version?
Windows 7 is the latest operating system launched by Microsoft. There many versions of Windows 7 available and each version has different features and tools. Windows 7 is available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Operating System manages all the hardware and software components and is responsible for system performance. Your PC may be equipped with the latest processor, RAM and most modern hardware devices but, your computer would not perform at its best unless you install a suitable Operating System. Windows 7 64-bit Operating System is capable of managing large size of system RAM more efficiently than Windows 7 32-bit. Hence, Windows 7 64-bit OS can process higher amount of data in lesser time than a Windows 7 32-bit OS could process.
The following are the needs to downgrade from Windows 7 64-bit version to Windows 7 32-bit version and tips to downgrade from Windows 7 64-bit version to Windows 7 32 bit version are:
- Need to downgrade Windows 7 64-bit to 32-bit
- Things to keep in mind while downgrading
- Tips to downgrade
Need to downgrade Windows 7 64-bit to 32-bit
Most of the application programs run on 32-bit. Keeping that in mind, Microsoft has included a WOW64 feature on all versions of Windows 7 64-bit version to run 32-bit Windows based applications. But, some of your customized application programs like your office software, accounting package etc. might not work on Windows 7 64-bit Operating System. If your computer does not have sufficient RAM, the computer could run slow after upgrading the operating system to Windows 7 64-bit. In all such cases, you can downgrade the operating system to the 32-bit version.
Things to be done before downgrading
You need to do a clean installation of Windows 7 32-bit to downgrade the OS, which means you need to re-format the hard drive and then install the 32-bit OS. So, back up all your data to a safe location so that you can reinstall them after you install the 32-bit operating system. You might have to install the some device drivers for the downgraded OS. Make sure that you have the driver CDs to reinstall them. All the applications and Internet settings, e-mail client configuration would be erased. So, make necessary arrangements to re-configure the computer after the reinstallation.
You need to get a bootable installation CD/DVD for Windows 7 32-bit Operating System with genuine license for your computer. Set the first boot device as CD/DVD in BIOS to start the installation process. Now, you could boot the computer from the Windows 7 32-bit installation CD/DVD and follow onscreen instructions to proceed with the installation. You need to format the drive on which Windows 7 64-bit operating system and continue with the installation Wizard. This process would erase the Windows 7 64-bit OS and install Windows 7 32-bit.
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