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Windows 7: Windows 7 32 bit, - want to add W2K8R2-64bit to make dualboot laptop

21 Feb 2015   #1
PJdB

Windows 7 Enterprise 32 bit
 
 
Windows 7 32 bit, - want to add W2K8R2-64bit to make dualboot laptop

I have a i5 laptop, 4GB ram with Windows 7 Enterprise 32 bit running on a single partition, which takes up the entire 240Gb HDD.

I would like to keep this OS, and install a second OS - W2K8R2-64 bit. (I want the W2K8R2 OS to be a nice stable area for running DJ software)

Would the best way to achieve this be to shrink the current partition, and literally just put in the W2K8R2 disc, and install it on the newly created partition? Or, am I going to run into problems? Will W2K8R2 cause problems to my current Windows 7 install?

I don't want to go the VHD route...

Any help would be much appreciated.


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21 Feb 2015   #2
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
I've never seen or heard of anyone having both 32 and a 64 bit system on the same machine in dual boot :/

Seems you'd have a better chance with the 64 bit installed first but would it work either way ?
Cheers.
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21 Feb 2015   #3
Randycool79

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows xp Media center edition x64(Dual boot)/Windows10,Windows7,Ubuntu(64)
 
 

Well if you want another is on your pc, you need to get the x32 os version. Then you partition your hard drive in disk management.
Then you have a partition and make it as a hard drive. Now you have another hard drive for dual booting. Now install the x32 so on that partition. Now you have dual boot. Reply to me if you need help

Randycool79
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21 Feb 2015   #4
Randycool79

Windows 7 Ultimate x64/Windows xp Media center edition x64(Dual boot)/Windows10,Windows7,Ubuntu(64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
I've never seen or heard of anyone having both 32 and a 64 bit system on the same machine in dual boot :/

Seems you'd have a better chance with the 64 bit installed first but would it work either way ?
Cheers.
It will work. I tried it on my windows xp pc. Windows xp was installed as a 32 bit os then I installed Windows 7 on my partition which was x64 bit version
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21 Feb 2015   #5
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Randycool79 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
I've never seen or heard of anyone having both 32 and a 64 bit system on the same machine in dual boot :/

Seems you'd have a better chance with the 64 bit installed first but would it work either way ?
Cheers.
It will work. I tried it on my windows xp pc. Windows xp was installed as a 32 bit os then I installed Windows 7 on my partition which was x64 bit version
I done this as well

Here is what I had

Windows 7 64 bit
Windows 10 32 bit preview
Lubuntu 32 bit.

I also had
Windows 7 32 bit
Windows 10 64 bit preview
Lubuntu 32 bit.

I got Lubuntu 64bit 14.10 once I realized that I could install wine 32 and still run windows 16 bit programs.
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21 Feb 2015   #6
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Thanks all
I always thought os's were codependent on the original install even though a machine might be 64 bit compatible once a 32 bit os exists your set to that bitness :/

Look forward to the op's update
Cheers.
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21 Feb 2015   #7
DavidE

Multi-Boot W7_Pro_x64 W8.1_Pro_x64 W10_Pro_x64
 
 

It can be done on a single HD/SSD with multiple partitions, or with each OS on a different storage device (HD/SSD).
Right now my test box is a triple boot on a single SSD with W8.1 x64, W7 x64, and W7 x86.
The W7 OS's were installed over 5 years ago, and 8.1 was an "upgrade" from XP less than a year ago.
My primary box is a dual boot, each OS is on a different SSD/HD.

You have Enterprise now, is this a business/company PC ?

imho the best way is to have each OS on a different HD/SSD, if possible.
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21 Feb 2015   #8
PJdB

Windows 7 Enterprise 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
I've never seen or heard of anyone having both 32 and a 64 bit system on the same machine in dual boot :/

Seems you'd have a better chance with the 64 bit installed first but would it work either way ?
Cheers.

Hey - thanks - and thanks everyone for all the quick replies - seems like a busy forum

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Randycool79 View Post
Well if you want another is on your pc, you need to get the x32 os version.

Randycool79
Sorry - I'm not clear on what you mean here?

So, it's perfectly possible to create a dual boot laptop with a 32-bit6 & 64-bit OS's.

You're saying above that I need to get the 32-bit version of W2K8-R2 though?





Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DavidE View Post
It can be done on a single HD/SSD with multiple partitions, or with each OS on a different storage device (HD/SSD).
Right now my test box is a triple boot on a single SSD with W8.1 x64, W7 x64, and W7 x86.
The W7 OS's were installed over 5 years ago, and 8.1 was an "upgrade" from XP less than a year ago.
My primary box is a dual boot, each OS is on a different SSD/HD.

You have Enterprise now, is this a business/company PC ?

imho the best way is to have each OS on a different HD/SSD, if possible.

Yes, this is a company laptop. It's a Toshiba A11-11H - so single HDD.




What about my suggestion of shrinking my current drive (I have loads of free space). And install W2K8R2 on that? Do you think it'll be as straight forward as that, or will I need to modify any of the boot files or whatnot?


Cheers
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21 Feb 2015   #9
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
From the responses I would say yes it's just that easy,
No modifications are necessary provided you have permissions to do the partition and install
Dual boot in general is pretty straight forward and as you described already my quirk was with the different bitness not the actual process,
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutsearch...dual%20boot%20
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21 Feb 2015   #10
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Of course you can install 32 and 64 bit on the same machine, why do you want Server ? You won`t find any graphics drivers. But if that`s ok then go fo it.

Some sort of experiment ?
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