If you are reading this post is most likely because you used Windows Easy Transfer to save your files and settings from your 64-bit Windows 7 computer, and now when you try to transfer those files and settings back to a Windows 7 32-bit operating system computer you are getting this fat error:

Windows Easy Transfer can’t transfer files from a 64-bit computer to a 32-bit computer:

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the error is correct, because of architecture differences between windows 7 64-bit and Windows 7 32-bit OS, the program only works one way, from 32-bit to 64-bit but not vise versa. I know it sucks, but I have a solution for you, not the best one, but still you can get your files back, if that’s critical for you.

you need to install either VMware Server or Virtual PC.  after you install VMware Server, or Virtual PC create a VM and install Windows 7 64-bit  on it. you can download Windows 7 64-bit trial for 90 days from here  after you have installed Windows 7 64-bit on the VM, run the Windows easy transfer from the VM to get the files, and then manually copy the files to your new 32-bit Windows 7 computer.

easy.

I told you it was not the best solution, but it worked for me, and it might work for you.

cheers,

Nelson.