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hi,

i was trying to execute a fresh install of genuine windows 7 ultimate 64 bit (from 32 bit non-genuine win 7). Atfer booting from the CD drive i formatted the partition the old setup was on (from the cd's setup options) and ran the 64 bit setup.
After the initial installation process the computer does not start after the first reboot (just stops at a blinking cursor). The 32 bit setup runs fine and reboots.
I checked with a program called Securable which told me i was fully 64 bit compatible and also the information in windows' 'processor and information tools' says the computer is 64 bit capable.

What is the problem?
The hard drive does have an OEM reserved partition (vista 32bit i think). do i need to delete this? Or change/update the BIOS? Is 32 bit info on my 3rd partition interfering with the 64 bit OS?
 

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hi

its a full install. do i have to enable something in the bios for the 64 bit OS?

I've tried flashing the BIOS in windows but the BIOS updates acer provides dont work.

im pretty sure windows setup formating did its job as the partition showed all disk space as free after it was wiped.

any other suggestions? or someone who can help me update the bios (which is currently the first version for this model and pre-windows 7)
 

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I would stay away from flashing the BIOS, especially through Windows. Try booting to the Win7 DVD and go into Repair then try the startup repair option when you're in the console.
 

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i rang microsoft and they told me that the version i was sold was the 'microsoft developers network' version, not for use on home computers. This wasn't stipulated in the product's information page on amazon (i got it from one of their independant vendors), nor on the packaging or in the setup guide. I think i have been conned by an ambiguous product description. Anyhow, i'll try and get my money back on this and switch to Home Premium to save myself further hassle.

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Same thing happened again. This time bought a copy of Home Premium from a third party vendor on amazon who had 100% positive reviews of 15 or more customers- some 'stating' that they were happy with their genuine copy of windows. And guess what: it didnt work because, once again, microsoft tell me its registered as an MSDN version. So whilst it is genuine it explains the knock down price these guys can sell it at.

A warning to all...
 

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Same thing happened again. This time bought a copy of Home Premium from a third party vendor on amazon who had 100% positive reviews of 15 or more customers- some 'stating' that they were happy with their genuine copy of windows. And guess what: it didnt work because, once again, microsoft tell me its registered as an MSDN version. So whilst it is genuine it explains the knock down price these guys can sell it at.

A warning to all...
I hope you gave it a 16th review:grin:
 
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