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Windows 7: Changing primary partitions to logical

03 Mar 2011   #31
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by benja8151 View Post
I got two DVDs with my computer-one for x86 W7 and the other with x64 W7, but x86 was preinstalled on the computer.
Well, there's your show-stopper. The license is likely tied up already with the x86 OS, and can't be used at the same time for the x64. One license is one computer, one OS platform at a time. If you want both OSes installed at once, you'd need two separate keys.

I was going to tell you that you don't need extra software or to format the unallocated space before starting the install, but without a second key, it doesn't matter at this point.


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03 Mar 2011   #32
Arc

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by benja8151 View Post
I got two DVDs with my computer-one for x86 W7 and the other with x64 W7, but x86 was preinstalled on the computer.
Well, there's your show-stopper. The license is likely tied up already with the x86 OS, and can't be used at the same time for the x64. One license is one computer, one OS platform at a time. If you want both OSes installed at once, you'd need two separate keys.

I was going to tell you that you don't need extra software or to format the unallocated space before starting the install, but without a second key, it doesn't matter at this point.
It would be installed, but would not be activated- isn't it ? Moreover, if it is tried to activate using the existing key, there is a fair chance that it would be blocked.

If the OP do have/ can afford a second license key, he would be able to manage the situation .
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03 Mar 2011   #33
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I've never tried, but as far as I know and have read, since the hardware hashes would match, when he tried to activate, he'd get a message that the key was already in use.
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03 Mar 2011   #34
benja8151

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Oh come on, Microsoft and it's licence keys . If a licence will be blocked, will that non-genuine sign appear also on x86 Windows?
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03 Mar 2011   #35
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

That's nothing to get angry at Microsoft for. People always have the option of using Linux if they don't like license keys, or OSX where you have to pay an OS price for what amounts to a service pack.

I believe it would fail to activate the newer, x64 OS, but would leave your older x86 OS intact. Maybe someone with more experience would chime in, but that's always been the case...and the reason I brought up the license keys way back in the early part of the thread.

The reason people don't come across this "issue", again, is something I mentioned early on...that there's no reason to dual boot the same OS. I would actually go so far as to say there's no need to dual boot at all anymore, but some people are afraid of virtualization for whatever reason.
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03 Mar 2011   #36
debugged

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Arc View Post
Dont forget to use Partition Wizard Bootable CD to create and format the new partition
Actually, I think he will be all right using the desktop PW in his 32-bit Windows 7 - he can format his partition to logical and then reboot to install the 64-bit Windows 7 to it with his DVD.
As long as he has the keys for both systems.
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03 Mar 2011   #37
benja8151

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

I'll give it a try. If x64 won't be activated, I'll simply delete it and party over.
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03 Mar 2011   #38
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You don't need to format the partition ahead of time. Call me old school, but I always install my OSes to blank, unformatted drives/partitions.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by benja8151 View Post
I'll give it a try. If x64 won't be activated, I'll simply delete it and party over.
No harm in trying it, I suppose, but one of the OSes is going to start complaining. I still wouldn't mess with partitions and second OSes without backing up important data. We've seen too many threads of people asking for help on recovering their data because they didn't back up first.
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03 Mar 2011   #39
benja8151

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Hm, now you've scared me a little bit. I will leave it as it is, it's not so important for me to have x64 Windows afterall. But I remember I have a Windows XP CD somewhere too, can I install that?
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03 Mar 2011   #40
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Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
You don't need to format the partition ahead of time.
It's when you start doing multi-boots that it is often better to format ahead of time. In this case, I have some doubts about that unallocated space, and it will all be much clearer what he is doing if he uses Partition Wizard than it would be with the Windows installation UI.
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