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Issues downgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 7

By Rmarty7 ·
Once a downgrade of a Dell Latitude from Windows 10 to Windows 7 was completed I get a Kernel32.dll error when trying to install Dell drivers I downloaded from the Dell Support site. All drivers I try to run pop up this Kernel32.dll error. It say it can't find the file needed. I think it is because Microsoft has made Dell modify their Bios to stop the downgrade from working! Anyone here have any ideas? This is a refurbished Latitude E6440 with a Windows 7 Sticker on it.

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Probably need to reinstall kernel32.dll,

by wizard57m_cnet Moderator In reply to Issues downgrading from W ...

You can repair/reinstall kernel32.dll from your installation CD, just boot the computer using it. Or from a recovery CD if no installation CD available. Other possibilities could be, if available, the folder/directory C:\i386...sometimes compressed versions of system files will be stored here. If so, then from a command prompt type expand i386\kernel32.dl_ C:\Windows\system32\
and press the ENTER key, You can also issue this command from recovery disk.

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Kernel32.dll Issue

by Rmarty7 In reply to Probably need to reinstal ...

I have actually found the Fix. There is a downloadable Windows file
Windows6.1-KB2533623-x64.msu that is the fix for this problem. I was able to get a Dell tech to tell me this for a Fee! Microsoft has made it difficult to go back to Windows 7 from 10. I understand this but things like this I do think should not be done! I did try replacing the Kernel32.dll file and I re-installed my Windows 7 from four different versions and DVD's. This file is like a Service Pack that does actually points to the location of the files needed.

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