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Windows 7: BSOD when dual booting Windows Vista 32bit and Windows 7 64bit

25 Jun 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (x64)
 
 
BSOD when dual booting Windows Vista 32bit and Windows 7 64bit

Hello,

I have another laptop and its a HP 2230s. I originally installed Windows 7 professional 64bit. But I have swapped the ram into my Lenovo ThinkPad. So the HP now has 2GB. I created a new partition and installed Vista Business 32bit on it. When I started the install windows .exe program in Windows 7, everything went well until it rebooted. When I rebooted, windows said something like:

Windows Boot manager:

The system cannot boot because of a recent change to files/hardware. (Something like that). Insert your windows disk.

So I just rebooted my laptop with the vista disk inside and installed. After, when everything was working, I wanted to go to the Windows 7 partition to un-install programs and copy some files over to the vista partition, the laptop just booted into vista.

I downloaded the easy BCD editior and visual BCD editor. (in the vista partition), I clicked the auto fix in visual BCD editor. It detected my windows installations. At the boot screen, I can select either Windows 7 or Vista. But when I select 7, the same error message appears.

Then I rebooted my laptop with a USB containing the Windows 7 (64bit) recovery tools. After, I don't have the message again. But when it goes to the starting windows animation, it stops halfway and it gets a BSOD. I tried debugging mode, it worked.

I found out that the larger partition, (Windows 7) is the C: drive. But when I boot into the smaller partition, (Windows Vista), the drive is also C:!. So I don't know what I could do.

How could I fix this? I insert the windows 7 disk and repaired my installation, it just boots into windows 7. But when I insert the Vista disk and repaired my installation, it just boots into Vista!

What could I do?

Thanks,
Fighter Pilot

P.S,

Sorry for long post!

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25 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 - Vista
 
 

Is Vista Business a full retail version?
Is Windows 7 professional x64 a full retail version?
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25 Jun 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (x64)
 
 

Sorry I know I should have included it.

I believe that my Vista is OEM and also the Windows 7.

The original Windows 7 disk is a "upgrade media" issued by HP and by my school. (This HP is a school laptop. But now, we can choose our own laptop so this laptop is just a spare). But since I have bought 8GB RAM, I specially requested the school to put the 64 bit edition. But I don't have the 64bit disk. I only have the 32bit OEM disk.

Thanks!
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25 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 - Vista
 
 

Hi -

An OEM version is tied to the system it was originally installed on forever.

You can't upgrade Vista x86 to Windows 7 x64.
Quote:
32-bit or 64-bit: Which version of Windows 7 to install?

If you're running a 32-bit version of Windows Vista, you can only upgrade to a 32-bit version of Windows 7.
Upgrading from Windows Vista to Windows 7 - Help & How-to - Microsoft Windows

If you want Windows 7 x64, you'll need to purchase it or obtain it through your school.

Sorry....

Regards. . .

jcgriff2
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26 Jun 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (x64)
 
 

I'm not upgrading. This is kinda messy but here it goes.

The HP was originally installed with Vista. But the school downgraded it to XP. So when Windows 7 came, they upgraded us to Windows 7. But I'm special because I upgraded my laptop to have 8GB ram. So they specially upgraded me to Windows 7 64bit. Now, the school lets us bring any laptop we want so instead of bring a heavy HP, I swapped the RAM into a Lenovo x61. So now, the HP has only 2GB. There's no point in running a 64bit system with only 2GB ram right? So I wanted to install vista x86 on it.

I tried dual booting Windows 7 64bit with XP 32bit on the thinkpad with no problems.

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@jcgiff2,
after what you said, I don't think it's OEM anymore. Though the product key looks like an OEM one. And I think that the school installed a retail version of windows 7. Because the so called "upgrade media" was only 32 bit.
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26 Jun 2012   #6

Windows 7 - Vista
 
 

Why not forego Vista and just install Windows 7 x64?

Windows 7 x64 can run anything Vista x86 can except 16-bit apps.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2
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26 Jun 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (x64)
 
 

Hi,

Thanks for your reply but I think that Windows 7 was used to my machine having 8GB RAM. Because it keeps on popping up messages like:

Your computer memory is low. Close programs and open them again.

So that's why I wanted to install a 32bit OS
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26 Jun 2012   #8

Windows 7 - Vista
 
 

That message usually refers to virtual memory.

Reset your page file (virtual memory settings).

My guess is that it is still configured for 2 GB RAM.

START | type systempropertiesadvanced (you can paste it in) | select 1st "Settings" | "Advanced" tab | "Change" | check box for NO PAGE file

Reboot.

Go back into the above; select "Automatically manage paging file size for all drives"

Reboot again.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2
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26 Jun 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (x64)
 
 

Sorry I think you misunderstood.

My laptop USED to have 8GB RAM. So that's why Windows 7 is so slow because Windows 7 still thinks that my laptop still has 8GB RAM.

My laptop NOW has 2GB RAM so that's why I wanted to install the 32bit Vista

Thanks!
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26 Jun 2012   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit (x64)
 
 

Sorry I think you misunderstood.

My laptop USED to have 8GB RAM. So that's why Windows 7 is so slow because Windows 7 still thinks that my laptop still has 8GB RAM.

My laptop NOW has 2GB RAM so that's why I wanted to install the 32bit Vista

Thanks!
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