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How can I do a clean wipe windows 8 64 bit


GlennMc7

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#1
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. :shock:
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 64bit

Brink

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mvp
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#2
Hello Glenn, and welcome to Eight Forums.

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

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/29504-bios-mode-see-if-windows-boot-uefi-legacy-mode.html


If with UEFI, then see: http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/13326-downgrade-windows-8-windows-7-a.html

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
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

Wynona

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#3
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.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    HP Pavilion 500-056
    CPU
    AMD Elite Quad-Core A8-6500
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 8570D
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 23"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 TB
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Mouse
    Logitech M510
    Internet Speed
    Fast
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
#4
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.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Gateway
    CPU
    AMD K140 Cores 2 Threads 2 Name AMD K140 Package Socket FT1 BGA Technology 40nm
    Motherboard
    Manufacturer Gateway Model SX2110G (P0)
    Memory
    Type DDR3 Size 8192 MBytes DRAM Frequency 532.3 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    AMD High Definition Audio Device Realtek High Definition Audio USB Audio Device
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Name 1950W on AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x76
    Screen Resolution
    Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x768 pixels
    Hard Drives
    AMD K140
    Cores 2
    Threads 2
    Name AMD K140
    Package Socket FT1 BGA
    Technology 40nm
    Specification AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon HD Graphics
    Family F
    Extended Family 14
    Model 2
    Extended Model 2
    Stepping 0
    Revision ON-C0
    Instruction
    Browser
    Opera 24.0
    Antivirus
    Avast Internet Security

Wynona

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#5
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.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    HP Pavilion 500-056
    CPU
    AMD Elite Quad-Core A8-6500
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD Radeon HD 8570D
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer 23"
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1080
    Hard Drives
    1 TB
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wave K350
    Mouse
    Logitech M510
    Internet Speed
    Fast
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender