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Windows 7: Dual boot: one 32x, one 64x


14 Aug 2011   #1

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Dual boot: one 32x, one 64x

Greetings,

I have Windows 7 Ultimate 64x installed on my C: drive. I think to install Vista Ultimate 32x on a partition on my second drive. The reason is that I have two softwares that will not run on a 64x OS. Updating these softwares is not worth the cost because its only now and again that I use them.

While doing this is not desired I am willing to do it to save the $.

Question is, will this cause me problems?

Thanks for your thinking with me.

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14 Aug 2011   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

You can dual:
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

Have tried installing Programs in:
Compatibility Mode
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14 Aug 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Another option, as you have Ultimate, is to install Windows XP Mode, which is a full Virtual Machine copy of XP (32 bit) and run the program like that. No need to install a new OS, plus it saves you money on the license (as Ultimate already comes with a free XP license)

Download Windows XP Mode
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14 Aug 2011   #4

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by severedsolo View Post
Another option, as you have Ultimate, is to install Windows XP Mode, which is a full Virtual Machine copy of XP (32 bit) and run the program like that. No need to install a new OS, plus it saves you money on the license (as Ultimate already comes with a free XP license)

Download Windows XP Mode
I will take a look at the WinXP Mode however if memory serves me correctly it puts a big strain on your systems resources.

I don't understand your statement about the XP Mode saving me money. I have a license for all three OS's, Ultimate, Vista and XP.

Ultimate comes with a free XP license? Since when? I don't need it but its interesting to know that.
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14 Aug 2011   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Ah... I misunderstood your original post, I thought you said that you didn't want to do it, you'd rather save money... I obviously misunderstood.

It doesn't really put taht much strain on your resources. If my little Celeron can handle it, your machine definitely can.

and yes, it comes with a free XP license, to be used with XP Mode, it can't be used in a "proper" XP boot.
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14 Aug 2011   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

WinXP Mode is free with Ultimate.
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14 Aug 2011   #7

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I thank you both for your assistance. However, one of the things I wish to accomplish is to regain use of my Epson 1640SU scanner. An update to its software is no longer available from Epson so they referred me to a third party. I bought the software which is Vista compatible but not compatible to Windows 7. I don't make much use of it so I will not be buying another upgrade. Another hopeful gain will be to continue using Adobe Acrobat 7 which is not 64x compatible.

At the moment I am leaning towards deciding for a dual boot, namely, Vista Ultimate 32x and my present Windows 7 Ultimate 64x. I hesitate because it just doesn't set well with me to have a 32x & 64x installed on the same pc.
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14 Aug 2011   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Are you sure the software isn't 7 compatible?

In 9/10 cases if it runs on Vista it runs on 7. If it's a 64 bit issue with drivers, then XP Mode will probably handle that fine.

In terms of Dual booting, having X86 and X64 on the same system makes no difference Your processor is capable of handling both just as well.

It just seems like a massive PITA to dual boot just for a printer though.

Edit: Ah... I see what you mean, Epson are only offering 32 bit drivers, and you have 6GB of Ram.
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14 Aug 2011   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Do make your Recovery Disks before you start doing any of the options.
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14 Aug 2011   #10

Win7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Correctly said, the problem is as you stated, namely the 3rd party software that I purchased isn't compatible with a 64x OS.
I am not sure what a PITA is but if you mean that creating a dual boot for the sake of saving the cost of a new scanner and being able to use Acrobat 7 I agree that its a bit much but it is cost effective. The scanner is in perfect condition and I paid a few hundred for it; the same for Acrobat 7. I'd rather use the money I will save with a dual boot and use it for buying a new system.

P.S.
Why make a recovery disk before making a dual boot?
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