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# 175102 17-Jun-2015 13:00
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My laptop (Acer Aspire V5) came with Win8 64 bit but I didnt like it so ended up installing Win7 32 bit from my previous machine. Now that Win10 is on its way I want to make sure I get the 64 bit version so went to install WIn8 from my recovery disk I made but I cannot get into the bios to change the boot order.
Before Windows starts there is a message to press F2 or F12 but neither get me into the bios.
If I leave Win7 on, does that mean I will end up with WIn10 in 32 bit or will I have the option to install the 64 bit version?
Plus, any thoughts on how to get into the bios?
Thanks.

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  # 1326483 17-Jun-2015 13:10
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How to access your UEFI (BIOS) on newer computers running Windows 8. Changing your boot order to start from a bootable USB drive or CD/DVD.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C50dJf5MweM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM9UyNcSEU0








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  # 1326484 17-Jun-2015 13:15
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Thanks but that relates to Win8 and I have 7 installed.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1326486 17-Jun-2015 13:19
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peejayw: Thanks but that relates to Win8 and I have 7 installed.


Doh!. I was rushing into that.

Try removing the Hard disk. Boot the laptop at the same time holding down the F2 key rather than just pressing the key.

Also try re-flashing the firmware of the BIOS with the same version or newer.





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  # 1326487 17-Jun-2015 13:21
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tried pressing DEL?

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  # 1326502 17-Jun-2015 13:39
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Not sure on the acer system, but usually you can select a boot device as a one off, I think F8 or F10 while the startup logo is onscreen is the key for my PC.





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  # 1326503 17-Jun-2015 13:39
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Thanks but Del key just pops up a screen that says "Choose an operating system to start" with the only option being Win7.
I can get into a screen that says " Edit boot options for Windows
                                                 Path:\ Windows\system32\winload.exe
                                                 Partition: 2
                                                 Hard Disk: 7bc1a
                                                 [  /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN

but not sure where to go from there.


 
 
 
 




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  # 1326504 17-Jun-2015 13:42
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Removing the hard-drive on this machine means a total dissasembly, way past my skill level :-)
Tried holding down F2, no luck.



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  # 1326611 17-Jun-2015 16:08
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Solved! Flashed a new bios and it shows up again under F2. Thanks for the suggestions.

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  # 1326628 17-Jun-2015 16:14
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peejayw: Solved! Flashed a new bios and it shows up again under F2. Thanks for the suggestions.


Great News! Good luck with the readiness for Windows 10.





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  # 1326677 17-Jun-2015 16:40
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peejayw: My laptop (Acer Aspire V5) came with Win8 64 bit but I didnt like it so ended up installing Win7 32 bit from my previous machine. Now that Win10 is on its way I want to make sure I get the 64 bit version so went to install WIn8 from my recovery disk I made but I cannot get into the bios to change the boot order.
Before Windows starts there is a message to press F2 or F12 but neither get me into the bios.
If I leave Win7 on, does that mean I will end up with WIn10 in 32 bit or will I have the option to install the 64 bit version?
Plus, any thoughts on how to get into the bios?
Thanks.



yes there will be a way for you to do this with Windows 10, by using your Windows 7 key which will be disabled, and you will be able to download an offline image of Win10 you can install.

moving architectures from x32 to x64 will require a reinstall though, no upgrades

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