1/08/2013

[Solved] Installing Windows 8 32-bit over Windows 7 64-bit

The newest and most awaited operating system by Microsoft is out for public and everyone wants it on their computer.

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Actually, I didn't learnt it from any guide, it was my frustration which led me to this solution. Somedays back, I got windows 8 installation file from my friend and I was really excited to use the new amazing windows, but when I clicked on the setup.exe in the root folder and the message I got was

"Use the other installation disc that says 64-bit. When you insert it, Windows Setup will restart automatically."

aah ! I understand what the problem was, I had an Windows 7 64-bit installed on my system and it was not possible to downgrade the computer system to a lower bit i.e 32-bit system in the windows environment, so the next round was to do a clean install.

The disc I had was not bootable, and to make it work, I had to buy another DVD and burn the image in a bootable format which would take too much of time and then installing through it would again take more than 1 hour and even in making the disc there were many obstacles. That was awful. Proceed with the tutorial for an easy way to install windows 8


Difficulty: Easy, actually very easy

What you don't need : USB Flash Drive, DVD, Image Burner software
What you need :  The Windows 8 setup file

1. First of all backup all your files from the drive you want to install your new OS on

2. Now see your Windows 7 or any operating system a last time 

3. Open the Windows 8 setup files folder and try again to run the setup.exe in compatibility (I know it won't work)

4. Ok, now if it didn't worked, then close all your open windows and go to the Windows 8 folder and you will see a 'sources' folder, double-click it to open the folder.



5. Scroll down and you will see another setup.exe which might be of 257kb or close. Double-click that setup.exe and run it.



6. Yay! The setup has started, you will now get an option to either install the 64-bit (x64) or the 32-bit (x86)  Windows 8, just select anyone and proceed, install it on a new partition or the one on which you currently have your OS installed and some more options will appear, just answer it and proceed.

7. After some minute your computer will restart, don't worry, let it restart and on your bootscreen you will get two option : Windows Setup and Windows 7/Xp/etc.. to proceed with the installation select the Windows Setup option and the setup will start, you might need to re-select the option your previously selected.

8. It might take 20 - 40 minutes depending on your system configurations and RAM. You don't need to worry about the installation process, it will install on it own. In the meantime you can enjoy a good TV show.

 here's a screenshot of my Windows 8, excited ? :D






Deepak Kamat Blogger Guwahati
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72 comments:

  1. hey man
    i have the disc and it's a 16in1 disc(it's not microsoft's orginal disc) and it has all the editions in both 64and32 bit but when i want to run the setup on my win7 64bit it gives me the error
    how can i run the setup in my windows?
    I want to upgrade my 64bit win 7 to 64bit win 8 and i know that there is the 64bit ver. in the disc(i have tested it on a 32bit win and saw that it has all of the versions)
    really need your help

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    1. Do you have the "Sources" folder in the root directory of the disc ? If yes then open it and look for another setup.exe and run it. It would be helpful if you tell me what error it actually shows ?

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    2. U r saying to copy windows 8 set up file to any drive and install directly from drive . I never done tht i install frm pendrive or dvd is it ok? I mean i wil get al features without any problem na?

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    3. @pritam, it's okay. There's no difference.

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    4. hey i m opening that setup but when it is opening it is saying copying files and then setup is starting and then just close please help.

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  2. oh man
    you really dont know how much Im thankful
    it worked perfectly
    you know the first time i saw the error i looked for another exe to run and i ran all exe files in sources except the setup.exe
    but when i saw your topic i looked again and yah it IS right there
    thank you so so much man

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    1. Aah, that's great. Hope you enjoy your new windows.

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  3. i ran into another problem!
    When it comes to choose the edition to install i select upgrade and pro 64bit but when it checks, it c0mes with the error that a 32bit windows cant be installed on a 64bit 0ne
    i have win7 64 and i select 8 64!
    WTF

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  4. isnt there any way to change the setup to a 64bit one
    i think it has sth to do with the setup!

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  5. i saw that many other people have exactly the same problem az i have using AIO 16in1
    any ideas?
    Also a extracted my setup.exe and opening the file 1 with n0tepad in manifest folder saw sth written as x86, can change it but don know how to compress it again as .exe so maybe it'll work
    pls i need ur help

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  7. There is no driver option for formatting the C Drive....pls help me

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  8. oh man
    you really dont know how much Im thankful

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  9. also having trouble with this, i can't boot from the disc and when i use setup.exe from the sources folder it won't allow me to install the x64 bit version, it says you can't install 32 bit win8 on a 64bit system even though i clicked on x64, any held with this guys?

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  10. Hi...but its installed.but telling me product key in USE..need different product key what should i do

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  11. Windows cannot open the required file I:\SOURCES\install.wim. Make sure all files required for installation are available, and restart the installation. Error code: 0x8007000D
    this error is aapered

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    1. Looks likes windows' having problem opening the core installation file (install.wim), it's a 3GB file which contains most of the installation data and information. Make sure that file is not broken or corrupted, if you are trying to install it from a removeable storage media, copy it to your hard drive and then try installing.

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  12. Wow !!
    Thanks Bro,You're my Hero..

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  13. I want to install windows 8 64 bit on windows 7 64bit as a dual operating system making virtual drive how is it possible. may you help me plz.......

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  14. not work on my sony vaio w7 HP 64bit..what can i do...????

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  15. Thankyou very much bro! I LOVE YOU!

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  16. Ohhhhhhhh you Are such a Great Man
    Really Help Full....

    Thanks you Very Very Much....

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  17. Thanks buddy! awesome.. stuff! You deserve a star!!!

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  18. thank you bro :) i m a turkish and i search all turkish page and i dont found solved :) thank you so much :D

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  19. Hi....after running setup.exe alsofrom source folder, m gettin d win 8 installation screen in some different language and again error message.

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    2. Hi Mrinal.....for me also the same problem, when u will get a solution please let me know.........

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  20. You saved me..
    Thanks heaps.......

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  21. Hi....after running setup.exe alsofrom source folder, m gettin d win 8 installation screen in some different language and again error message.

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  22. its not preceding without key???

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  23. Bro , it was stock in copying 0%....
    It is almost 1 hour.

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  24. thanks very much GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  25. U r genious...thnx 4 such a great post

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  26. hey i'm having windows 7 n all drivers in Local drive C.. what to do for installation on windows 8 .. they are talking about something partition n all that. what should i do to change windows 7 to windows 8? without causing any problem in it. i dont want to format it even.

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  27. hey..i have installed the windows 8 pro....but its asking to activate windows because the previous windows haven't activated.....so how to solve my problem

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  28. Windows 7 Ultimate cannot be upgraded to Windows 8 Pro. You can choose to install a new copy of Windows 8 Pro instead, but this is different from an upgrade, and does not keep your files, settings, and programs. You’ll need to reinstall any programs using the original installation discs or files. To save your files before installing Windows, back them up to an external location such as a CD, DVD, or external hard drive. To install a new copy of Windows 8 Pro, click the Back button in the upper left-hand corner, and select “Custom (advanced)”.
    what to do , i wann upgrad

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  29. ok funcionou direitinho muito obrigada

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  30. thnx a lot.... great man :) it works

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  31. i am getting another error it is saying "This upgrade path is not supported. Please close Setup and re-launch from the root of the media or try different installation disc." what should i do now!

    thanq

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  32. if i install win 7 32 bit (86x). Will then win 8 32 cd will run

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  33. Use the other installation disc that says 64-bit. When you insert it, Windows Setup will restart automatically.

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  34. hey I need help whit this, I do all you say but when the laptop start to copy the files appear this :
    Esta versión de 32 bits de Windows no se puede instalar en un equipo basado en EFI. La instalación no puede continuar. Use una versión de 64 bits de Windows si realiza la instalación en un equipo basado en EFI.

    this version of 32bits from windows cant be installed in one equip on EFI.

    Help please, im from mexico XD

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  35. Woooooowww.....
    Thanks brooo....

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  36. really help me a lot bro, thanksssss

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  37. Wohooooo Thank you so muchhh!

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  38. really help me a lot bro, thanksssss

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  39. thank you very much

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  40. You are correct dude . Thanks man it helped my sister so much .

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  41. Hats off to you bro...
    ....really worked well...
    .....thanks a lot....:):):):)

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  42. Hi Deepak Sir,
    I have latest HP PAVILION 15 NOTE BOOK. IT IS 64bit operating system structure. Windows 10 home single language. I wish to dual boot
    windows 7 ultimate 64bit & windows 10. when I
    started with your instructions as well as you mentioned in blog. I have facing problem.popup window. that says you can't install this 32bit version structure windows on 64bit efi structure .please help me out of this. Thanks

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  43. Help me , please guys ... when me instal windows 8 from 64bit to 32 bit i'm have problem ... [ this 32-bit version of can't be installed to an EFI - Based Computer] ... what shall i do for fix it ?

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  44. thanks bro.. It worked perfectly

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  45. thanks bro.. It worked perfectly

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  46. helo sir please solve my one problem when i setup.exe file run than after show " This 32-bit version of windows cannot be installed to an EFI-based computer Installation cannot proceed. used a 64-bit versoin of Windows to install to an EFI- based computer.

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