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Windows 7: Dual Booting Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit)

11 Nov 2009   #1
TJR357

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
Dual Booting Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit)

Is it possible to dual boot Windows 7 Pro, one partition being a 32 bit system, and one being a 64 bit?
I have a program that just won't run on 64 bit, and my processor doesn't allow for Virtual PC, so can I have a separate partition with 32 bit Windows 7 Pro running?


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11 Nov 2009   #2
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Yes its possible to dual boot Windows 7 32bit and 64 bit. Install Windows 7 64bit on one partition. Then shrink that partition and install Windows 7 32bit to the new (shrinked) partition. Also, use VMWare player or Sun Virtualbox to run Virtual OS. No need of any Virtualization support CPU.
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11 Nov 2009   #3
TJR357

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dinesh View Post
Yes its possible to dual boot Windows 7 32bit and 64 bit. Install Windows 7 64bit on one partition. Then shrink that partition and install Windows 7 32bit to the new (shrinked) partition. Also, use VMWare player or Sun Virtualbox to run Virtual OS. No need of any Virtualization support CPU.
What tool do I use to shrink my current 64-bit partition? Will the installation media then recognize the new partition as available for 32 bit?
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11 Nov 2009   #4
wallyinnc

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

I use GParted. You can use Windows 7 itself to do it. Right click my computer, manage and disk management.
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11 Nov 2009   #5
TJR357

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wallyinnc View Post
I use GParted. You can use Windows 7 itself to do it. Right click my computer, manage and disk management.
Okay, thanks. And why would you choose GParted, rather than using Windows 7 natively?
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11 Nov 2009   #6
wallyinnc

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Not necessarily. I actually used it when solving an install problem, so I didn't have Win7 yet. GParted will allow you to move partitions to the left as well, Win7 won't. But to shrink one and create another on its right side, Win7 disk manager will be a better option.
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11 Nov 2009   #7
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Hi, follow this tutorial to shrink the volume:
Partition or Volume - Shrink
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11 Nov 2009   #8
TJR357

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dinesh View Post
Hi, follow this tutorial to shrink the volume:
Partition or Volume - Shrink
Very good info.
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12 Nov 2009   #9
TJR357

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

What does the boot screen look like? Will it say something along the lines of "Windows 7 Pro 64-bit", and "Windows 7 Pro 32-bit" as options to log in?
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12 Nov 2009   #10
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TJR357 View Post
What does the boot screen look like? Will it say something along the lines of "Windows 7 Pro 64-bit", and "Windows 7 Pro 32-bit" as options to log in?
No. It just says Windows 7 (version). Like for me, it says Windows 7 Ultimate.
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