Need to "downgrade" to 32-bit Windows 7 (from 64-bit)__

I recently got a new laptop for work (ASUS) and opted for the 64-bit version of Windows 7. Problem is half of my programs will only run in 32-bit. I have contacted the laptop manufacturer to try and get a 32-bit disc but they can't help me.

As for the programs I am running - I have asked and there are no new updates in the near future to allow for 64-bit users.

Email response form ASUS:

For your problem, I am sorry to tell you that Asus doesn't provide this service for our customer actually.
However, I suggest you contacting Microsoft to get more detailed information.
Sorry for any inconvenience this causes to you.


Question Info

Last updated February 28, 2019 Views 155,023 Applies to:
Please note, there is no upgrade path from Windows 7 64 to 32 bit, personal files, settings cannot be preserved without doing a manual backup to an intermediary storage medium such as an external hard disk if you have accumulated data on the system. Also, applications and device drivers must be reinstalled and you need to get the 32 bit equivalents to the 64 bit ones.

First thing I would do is run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to see if your system will have any compatibility issues with Windows 7 32 bit:
Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor:

As for obtaining the 32 bit media, if you know a friend or colleague who has a 32 bit version of Windows 7 that is equivalent to the 64 bit edition that came with your system, you could use it and use your product key to activate it on your system.
Andre Da Costa
Windows Insider MVP
MVP-Windows and Devices for IT

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