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Windows 7: How can I test 64-bit drivers/2nd Win7 Install

27 Jun 2009   #1
aheyn

Windows 7 RC
 
 
How can I test 64-bit drivers/2nd Win7 Install

Hi All,

I'm currently using Win 7 RC 32-bit on this comp, and am looking to move to 64-bit by the time RTM comes round.

My question is - everything except my scanner has 64-bit drivers. There is this program that included 64-bit compatibility with a large number of scanners, and mine is listed.

Is there anyway I could install a second Win7 on a third partition (of this same hard drive), and try the driver with that to check it works? As I understand it you can't test drivers etc. in a VM install.

Appreciate people's thoughts, thanks!

Andrew.


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27 Jun 2009   #2
grouchpunk08

Windows 7 Ultimate retail // Windows 7 build 7264 x64, Vista Home Premium SP2 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aheyn View Post
Hi All,

I'm currently using Win 7 RC 32-bit on this comp, and am looking to move to 64-bit by the time RTM comes round.

My question is - everything except my scanner has 64-bit drivers. There is this program that included 64-bit compatibility with a large number of scanners, and mine is listed.

Is there anyway I could install a second Win7 on a third partition (of this same hard drive), and try the driver with that to check it works? As I understand it you can't test drivers etc. in a VM install.

Appreciate people's thoughts, thanks!

Andrew.
I don't see why you wouldn't be able to install it on a seperate partition. I mean you wouldn't even need to activate it to use it long enough to test out a couple of drivers. just set aside a partition, then when you install choose advanced setup, and then specify the partition when it asks you where you want to install. Im 99% you would be able to install on another partition. Just grab a 64bit iso and test all the drivers you want lol
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27 Jun 2009   #3
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aheyn View Post
Hi All,

I'm currently using Win 7 RC 32-bit on this comp, and am looking to move to 64-bit by the time RTM comes round.

My question is - everything except my scanner has 64-bit drivers. There is this program that included 64-bit compatibility with a large number of scanners, and mine is listed.

Is there anyway I could install a second Win7 on a third partition (of this same hard drive), and try the driver with that to check it works? As I understand it you can't test drivers etc. in a VM install.

Appreciate people's thoughts, thanks!

Andrew.
yeah,make a new partition (at least 20gb) and go for it.
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27 Jun 2009   #4
aheyn

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Thanks! It won't confuse the bootloader etc?

And once I'm finished testing, I could just delete the whole partition and things should be back to normal? (ie. original W7 boots).
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27 Jun 2009   #5
grouchpunk08

Windows 7 Ultimate retail // Windows 7 build 7264 x64, Vista Home Premium SP2 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aheyn View Post
Thanks! It won't confuse the bootloader etc?

And once I'm finished testing, I could just delete the whole partition and things should be back to normal? (ie. original W7 boots).
It shouldn't confuse the bootloader no, it will just add another windows 7 option to the list. And when you finish your testing, you can delete whichever partition you choose. Although, sometimes even when you delete a partition, that choice that doesnt exist may stay there, so youl just need to make sure you click the one that still exists

Edit- What I mean is, once you delete a partition, there is a chance that the option to the deleted partition may stay in the bootloader. Just make sure you choose the option in the bootloader that still exists if that does happen. But if you slip up and choose the on thats not there, itll tell you, and you can ctrl-alt-del to restart and choose the other win7 option, cuz thats the one that will be there. Itll be trial and error to see which one is the new win7 when you finish installing it, as there will be 2 win 7 options
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27 Jun 2009   #6
aheyn

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Yes thanks good to hear - and then if the third entry is still there just use bcdedit to remove it and all will be great?

Thanks!
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27 Jun 2009   #7
tw33k

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aheyn View Post
Yes thanks good to hear - and then if the third entry is still there just use bcdedit to remove it and all will be great?

Thanks!
yep...now stop sitting there and start installing!!...lol
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27 Jun 2009   #8
grouchpunk08

Windows 7 Ultimate retail // Windows 7 build 7264 x64, Vista Home Premium SP2 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aheyn View Post
Yes thanks good to hear - and then if the third entry is still there just use bcdedit to remove it and all will be great?

Thanks!
That would be Correct
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27 Jun 2009   #9
aheyn

Windows 7 RC
 
 

Thanks heaps for the help!
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27 Jun 2009   #10
grouchpunk08

Windows 7 Ultimate retail // Windows 7 build 7264 x64, Vista Home Premium SP2 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
yep...now stop sitting there and start installing!!...lol

lol +1
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