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Windows 7: how do i install windows 7 x64 and windows 7 x32 together?

16 Nov 2011   #1
erniemink

windows 7 ultimate x32
 
 
how do i install windows 7 x64 and windows 7 x32 together?

I am going to buy two separate solid state hard drives, both sata III, 120 GB. I will also have a regular spindle sata II 500 GB used just as data, not to boot from. I want to install Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit, one version on each solid state hard drive. I want a boot up screen to come up that lets me choose if i want the 32-bit or 64-bit. I also would like to be able to log off on the desktop screen within each version and quickly go to the other hard drive and fully change to that version quickly just in case I need to. How do all of this properly and effectively?


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16 Nov 2011   #2
logicearth

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

The second bit you cannot do...But dual booting is what you want.
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16 Nov 2011   #3
erniemink

windows 7 ultimate x32
 
 

ok what software do i use to dual bott when i start my computer?
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16 Nov 2011   #4
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

No, add-on software needed.

You use the base of this tutorial:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista
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16 Nov 2011   #5
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 
 

With separate HD's it is cleaner to boot via the BIOS having the preferred HD boot first, then if you want the other one use the one-time BIOS Boot menu key. This keeps them independent to come and go as you please.

This is accomplished by unplugging the existing OS HD during install to the second OS HD.

If you don't like this arrangement and want the prettier Windows Boot menu which interlocks the HD's making one harder to remove later without surgery, keep both plugged in during install of the second one and it should auto-configure the Dual Boot menu. If not install EasyBCD to the booted one and add the other.
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