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Windows 7: Duel booting

30 Sep 2014   #1
newbytinkerer

Windows 7 Pro. 64bit.
 
 
Duel booting

Hi, please bear with me if it is a daft question but, I have looked at tutorials on duel boot systems, and that each partition is looked on as a separate disc, so why can I not use two separate hard drives? and why do I need two copies of a anti virus.(too much time on my hands) Thanks.


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30 Sep 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by newbytinkerer View Post
so why can I not use two separate hard drives?
You can and it's probably the recommended method if two drives are available. I guess most of the info out there is just written on the premise that the PC contains only a single drive.
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30 Sep 2014   #3
theog

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30 Sep 2014   #4
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

You need multiple copies of your AV software because each OS you boot would need it's own copy. In fact, ALL programs you use will need to be installed for each OS. You could set things up so that you dual boot the OS and both OSes share the same data but you can't share programs.
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30 Sep 2014   #5
newbytinkerer

Windows 7 Pro. 64bit.
 
 

Hi, thanks to all for replies, I am surprised by answer about hard drives. I have Windows 7 on main hard drive, and Windows 8.1 on old Pc with firewall and anti virus, so I could put old hard drive in new Pc and that would give me a dual boot system with no hassle?
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30 Sep 2014   #6
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Since the Win 8.1 hdd is coming from another computer, it is questionable as to whether or not it will boot or not. The old computer has completely different hardware than the new so all of the drivers and such will be for that old computer, not the new.
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30 Sep 2014   #7
newbytinkerer

Windows 7 Pro. 64bit.
 
 

Hi, yes, just realised old PC is 32bit and new is 64bit, so clean install would be required anyway. But thanks all the same.
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30 Sep 2014   #8
strollin

W10 Pro desktop, W10 laptop, W10 laptop, W10 Pro tablet (all 64-bit)
 
 

Actually, you could have a 32-bit OS on 1 hdd and a 64-bit on another, that wouldn't be an issue.
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30 Sep 2014   #9
gregrocker

 

You can move the old HD to the new hardware but it would first require on the old PC to run SysPrep: Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer,

or you can use a boot disk after moving the HD ot new hardware to try to Adjust Win7 to boot on new hardware with Paragon Adaptive Restore CD
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01 Oct 2014   #10
newbytinkerer

Windows 7 Pro. 64bit.
 
 

Hi, I think you have given me some ways to fill that time I had! The Windows 8.1 OS is on the 32bit drive, and I think eventually I would wish to have that as the main OS on 64bit, but you have given me ways to try. May even look at Windows 9! Thanks to all for replies. (Oops sorry, Windows 10.)
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