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Windows 7: 32 bit or 64 bit version on a partitioned hard drive

21 Aug 2011   #21
Kazza

Window 7 Home premium
 
 

Yes I am facilitating training in the Microsoft Office Applications for versions 2003, 2007 and 2010.

When you say "then there are some things you cannot do in vBox", what are these things?

Tripple Boot???? Now I am getting confused again. Is this where you partition the single hard drive into 3 partitions and then load each operating system onto each partition and then each Microsoft Office Application version onto the respective drive? This is getting back to the first question I posed. JustAnswers gave me the impression that this was more problematic than the Virtual Box option.


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21 Aug 2011   #22
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The main restrictions in vBox are in the area of device support. But if you do not have to accesss external devices, that may be no big deal. If you do use vBox, make sure you install the Guest Additions which you find under the "Devices" Tab. (see picture).

One of the advantages of vBox is that you can then (with guest additions) switch seamlessly between the host system and the guest system. E.g. the picture below I took with a snipping tool that is on my Windows7 although the guest is Ubuntu.

Triple boot is not a big deal either. But as Zonbie suggested - if you are only showing Office, it may be an overkill.


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21 Aug 2011   #23
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Kazza, welcome to Seven Forums!


It would be easiest with less boot issues to use a program like VirtualBox to install separate Operating Systems to a single virtual Hard Disk Drive, you would have to create one large enough to contain all three, say 100GB.

Of course you would need valid Windows activation keys for each OS installed as well as keys for the different Office versions, these would be needed whether you install using VBox or to 'real' partitions on the PC HDD.
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21 Aug 2011   #24
Kazza

Window 7 Home premium
 
 

If going the VirtualBox Option, the devices I might intend on using as part of the training are:
- printer
- usb
- the laptop's cd/dvd burner
- an external harddrive for backups

Would there be any problems using these devices?

Would there be any problem with linking each of the outlook versions to my internet/email provider?
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21 Aug 2011   #25
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kazza View Post
If going the VirtualBox Option, the devices I might intend on using as part of the training are:
- printer
- usb
- the laptop's cd/dvd burner
- an external harddrive for backups

Would there be any problems using these devices?

Would there be any problem with linking each of the outlook versions to my internet/email provider?
I am not 100% certain whether this will all work - especially the Outlook part which I have never used. I will send a PM too Kari who is a real vBox expert. Will ask him to have a look at it.
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21 Aug 2011   #26
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kazza View Post
If going the VirtualBox Option, the devices I might intend on using as part of the training are:
- printer
- usb
- the laptop's cd/dvd burner
- an external harddrive for backups

Would there be any problems using these devices?

Would there be any problem with linking each of the outlook versions to my internet/email provider?
Just an idea, I think I would do it like this:
  • Install one of the Office versions to your host machine (let's say 2003)
  • Install VirtualBox
  • Download free 90 day trial of Windows 7 Enterprise, install it on two separate VirtualBox virtual machines
  • Install Office 2007 on first vm, and Office 2010 on second
  • Set your email accounts on every version of Office, don't forget to check that messages are not deleted from server when read to Outlook
This way you really don't have to think if three different versions of Office are disturbing each other. I have set up Outlook on 4 different computers, all checking the same mail addresses, without a problem, all staying in sync. Important is to leave a copy of the message on server, otherwise different Outlook PST-files don't stay in sync.

VirtualBox vm's can access the printer, USB ports and CD/DVD burner of your host without any problems. They can also access an external HD connected to host.

The 90 day trial of Windows 7 Enterprise runs 90 days. However, it can be legally rearmed 3 times, giving you over a year to think another solution .

Kari
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21 Aug 2011   #27
GEWB

Several flavors of Linux (Mint primary) / 32bit XP, Win7 HomeP / 64bit Win7 Pro, Ultimate / 64Win8.1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kazza View Post

The solution is to download virtual box...

Does anyone have any comments about the above before I take this route?
That is how I would approach it (I feel your pain).

Regards,
GEWB
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21 Aug 2011   #28
Kazza

Window 7 Home premium
 
 

If going the VirtualBox Option, the devices I might intend on using as part of the training are:
- printer
- usb
- the laptop's cd/dvd burner
- an external harddrive for backups

Would there be any problems using these devices through VirtualBox?

Would there be any problem with linking each of the outlook versions to my internet/email provider?
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21 Aug 2011   #29
GEWB

Several flavors of Linux (Mint primary) / 32bit XP, Win7 HomeP / 64bit Win7 Pro, Ultimate / 64Win8.1
 
 

Hello Kazza -

The forum has a great Virtualization section and knowledgable users. Be sure to start with this current thread:

Windows Virtual PC fail

Regards,
GEWB
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21 Aug 2011   #30
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

THis thread is a duplicate of this one:

http://www.sevenforums.com/installat...ard-drive.html

and the virtualisation/triple-boot guys have already offerred good suggestions there.

Kazza, I suggest not duplicating your questions across the forum.

Regards,
Golden
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