My present computer can take 8 GB of RAM and I would like to take advantage of that with Win 7 64-bit. Presently I'm running XP 32-bit with 4GB of RAM.
I did some research and found that some of my hardware (particularly my scanner that I need often) won't work under 64-bit - or it will after some "fiddling".
My computer hardware does not qualify for virtualization, so running Win 7 in XP mode is not an option.
Therefore I would like to create a dual boot with XP 32-bit and Win 64-bit. That would give me time to get Win 7 64-bit running smoothly with all hardware that I need while at the same time I can do all my tasks under XP.
Presently Win XP is on my C:\ drive; for Win 64-bit I'd use my internal D:\drive (SATA - 250 GB).
Question 1: It is my understanding that each OS would have its own drivers
Question 2: I am aware that Win XP 32-bit can use only 4 GB of RAM. What happens if I install 8 GB RAM - will XP 32-bit crash or anything? Or will it just ignore the additional 4 GB RAM?