Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Dual boot 32 and 64 without hiding?

26 Jul 2010   #1
mpab

Windows 7
 
 
Dual boot 32 and 64 without hiding?

I have a 1TB HD and a 500 GB one. The first one dual-boots W7/32 and Ubuntu 10. The second one, I use for storage/backup only. The first one has perhaps 300 GB free and the second one, about 250.

I was given a program that will run only in 64 bit W7. According to my research, there's no safe way to upgrade from W7/32 to W7/64 and I'm not eager to spend days reinstalling software and configurations.

So, I want to install W7/64 in the second hard disk and add it as an entry to my GRUB.

In my past experience, 2 windows installs in the same PC had to be kept from each other by having a bootloader that would hide the partition that was not chosen at the start. Otherwise, errors would ensue because of duplicate system files.

Does anyone know if the same would happen by having two W7 installs in the same system, or if it's already fixed? I would like to avoid keeping a good chunk of gigabytes blocked.

Thanks.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
26 Jul 2010   #2
zigzag3143

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mpab View Post
I have a 1TB HD and a 500 GB one. The first one dual-boots W7/32 and Ubuntu 10. The second one, I use for storage/backup only. The first one has perhaps 300 GB free and the second one, about 250.

I was given a program that will run only in 64 bit W7. According to my research, there's no safe way to upgrade from W7/32 to W7/64 and I'm not eager to spend days reinstalling software and configurations.

So, I want to install W7/64 in the second hard disk and add it as an entry to my GRUB.

In my past experience, 2 windows installs in the same PC had to be kept from each other by having a bootloader that would hide the partition that was not chosen at the start. Otherwise, errors would ensue because of duplicate system files.

Does anyone know if the same would happen by having two W7 installs in the same system, or if it's already fixed? I would like to avoid keeping a good chunk of gigabytes blocked.

Thanks.

First partitions arent hidden.

Second a win 7 32bit and win 7 64bit and a linux flavor can co-exist quite nicely. Im doing it now.

What do you mean by ".. a good chenk of gigabytes blocked"?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Jul 2010   #3
mpab

Windows 7
 
 

What I meant was: If I have to "hide" a Windows 7 partition and all it contains whenever I use the other one, I'm blocking good gigabytes either by being unable to use them or by having to keep two copies of the same information in either partition.

That's why I want to know if I can have another Win7 install in another partition that's fully visible to the one that's got the active OS. I once installed XP and XP MCE (different languages) in two partitions and upon finding "system files" out of place, the whole system went nuts trying to "fix" it.
Partition Magic's Boot Magic (form a few years ago) was a bootloader that woudl automatically hide the other OS's partition along with its data, thus preventing this kind of mess up.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

26 Jul 2010   #4
gregrocker

 

One solution may be to create a data partition for your WIn7 installs then link your User folders in both OS's to that data. User Folders - Change Default Location

You can also keep your data on one Win7 installation and link the other Win7's User folders to the ones in the first Win7 installation.

There are no worries any longer about multi-boots messing with each other at all similar to what you experienced in XPired.

As I don't use Ubuntu I don't know if the same data can be linked into Ubuntu but know that it can for Win7 multi-boots.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
27 Jul 2010   #5
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Just out of curiosity, why waste two licenses of Windows 7 by dual-booting the same thing on the same system? There's very little to no reason to need both Windows 7 x86 and Windows 7 x64 on the same system, and it would also require two separate licenses.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Dual boot 32 and 64 without hiding?




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Hiding system partition - will it boot?
Friends I have this partition configuration on my Win 7: C: Healthy (Boot, Page file, Crash Dump, Primary partition) 145 GB E: Healty (System, Active, Primary Partition) 608 MB Programs D: Healty (Logical drive) 312 GB Service002 H: Healty (primary partition) 700 MB I would like to...
General Discussion
Going from XP/XP dual boot to Win7/XP dual boot on a new drive
Hi, This is my first question on this forum. The drives on my PC are currently configured the following way: Disk 1 (600 GB) - Partition 1: C: "System" (XP, bootable) (50 GB) - Partition 2: D: "Music" (XP, bootable) (50 GB) - Partition 3: E: "Samples" (500 Go) Disk 2 (1 TB) -...
Installation & Setup
hiding a windows 7 dual boot completely?
I've searched extensively and can't find a solution for this; I can do it with a dual boot of two different XP installs, but Win7 and XP is eluding me. It's easier if I just tell you the end result of what I want things to look like; then maybe someone will know how to accomplish it. I...
Installation & Setup
dual boot , reinstall the windows and lost dual boot
Hello Everyone , i was wondering if anyone could help me in this matter : i have windows7 and Redhat on my Laptop , i have removed and reinstalled the Windows7 last night and after that lost the Dual boot option , in fact the system is booting on windows7 and there is no option to chose...
Installation & Setup
Dual Boot Issue (Lost my Dual Boot Menu)
Hey Guys, So I just got my hands on Windows 7 and wanted to play around with it, and everything works but: Previous Computer Setup: I had a dual boot with XP and Vista that worked perfectly (both OS's were on separate HD's and worked / booted correctly.) Drive C: --------> Vista (Now...
Installation & Setup
Need help with dual boot, hiding a partition
Hi, I've just installed Windows 7 64-bit on my desktop PC as it worked so well for the past month on my laptop :D I shrunk my Vista 64 partition and installed Win 7 x64 build 7000 on the new partition. All went smooth and well! As I wanted to transfer some files and settings from my Vista...
Installation & Setup


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:27.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App