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How can I do a clean wipe windows 8 64 bit

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 64bit

    How can I do a clean wipe windows 8 64 bit


    I need to install windows 7 32 bit over Windows 8 64 bit but so far I have not been able to format it or wipe over it as most of the programs like hiren's boot disk and kill disk and all the others that I have tried are 32 bit programs and Windows 8 64bit will not even boot off of them any help on doing this would Bo great.

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Glenn, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    It all depends on if you have Windows 8 installed with UEFI or Legacy (BIOS).

    BIOS Mode - See if Windows Boot in UEFI or Legacy Mode


    If with UEFI, then see: Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

    If with Legacy (BIOS), then you should be able to just boot from your Windows 7 installation media to do a clean install of Windows 7.

    Clean Install Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version - Windows 7 Help Forums

    Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    I don't know if it still holds true, but in the past when I've beta tested Microsoft OSes, rolling back to the former OS isn't always easily done. IOW, when Windows 7 beta was on a hard drive and I wanted to roll back to Vista (heaven forbid), I couldn't format the hard drive. So, I'm not sure that after Windows 8 has been on the drive, if there'll be problems formatting and reinstalling Windows 7.

    When that happens, I use Terabyte Unlimited's Copywipe TeraByte Unlimited :: Downloads :: Free Software :: Hard Drive Management

    Terabyte is a valuable and safe resource; I've been using their products for many years. Especially the free ones.

    Another good one is BurnCDCC which burns an ISO to DVD. Very easy to use.
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  4. #4


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Is there such a thing as a full retail version of Windows 7, 32 bit ?

    If so, and you can spare the money, problem solved.

    If I am incorrect, please tell me.

    EDIT--- $199 at WalMart.
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  5. #5


    Texas
    Posts : 1,022
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Is there such a thing as a full retail version of Windows 7, 32 bit ?

    If so, and you can spare the money, problem solved.

    If I am incorrect, please tell me.

    EDIT--- $199 at WalMart.
    Sounds to me like the OP probably already has Windowe 7 32 bit, which could be from his original installation. And, yes, as you discovered, there is a Windows 7 x86. I just checked my Technet subscription and there are the following versions of Windows 7: Starter, Home Premium, Home Basic, Professional and Ultimate in x86 and x64. These versions all come with SP1, even. There is also that N package that I don't understand except that when downloading, I'm to avoid.

    All in all, I've learned more than I ever wanted to know about the number of Windows 7 versions (brings back memories of my testing days though).

    Edit: Win 7 Home Premium $99 at Newegg; Professional $139 and Ultimate $189; all of which are OEM. Non OEM are a few bucks higher.
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