Downgrading from Windows Server 2008 64-bit to 32-bit

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32- versus 64-bit Windows OSes
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Can a Windows Server 2008 64 bit operating system be downgraded to 32 bit without having to reinstall the operating system?

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You can not install x86 over x64. You would need to format the machine first.

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  • Stevesz
    I agree with Mrdenny., you'll need to wipe the drive and reinstall the whole shebang. However, before you do that, why are you doing it?More and more programs that run on servers are looking for the 64-bit OS. You can handle a lot more memory for your server with 64-bit OS. If thee is a particular program you need that is 32-bit, more than likely you can run it under th e64-bit OS, and, if not, virtualize it in a 32-bit virtual machine under the 64-bit OS.
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  • Troubleshooter24
    [...] 3. Mrdenny and Stevesz give a member some tips for downgrading from Windows Server 2008 64-bit to 32-bit. [...]
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