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Windows 7: Can I run both a 32bit and 64 bit window 7 at the same time?

08 Dec 2016   #11

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.3 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit

You could run both at the same time if you use a VM for one of the installs.

You can download VMware Player for free.
Since it's impossible to work out how to get it from the VMware site, you can get it from places like FileHippo.

If you choose to use a VM you should:
  • Install W7 64 bit on your physical hardware
  • Install VMware Player
  • Create a W7 32 bit VM

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08 Dec 2016   #12

Windows 7/8.1/10 multiboot

Is the 16-bit program a DOS program? If so, maybe DosBox will fit your needs. If it might, there's no harm trying the portable version (doesn't require an install) just to see what it does and tinker around with it.

Of course, it's no good if your 16-bit program needs network access or access to your physical hardware (printers, COM ports, etc.), but if all you need is to manipulate files on your hard drive that you can later access from Windows, DosBox may be enough.

DosBox is kind of a lightweight virtual machine, so could be useful if you only have one application needing it and for which a full blown virtualization environment (VMware, VirtualBox, VirtualPC) would be overkill.
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