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

08 Dec 2016   #1
rbico

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

I want to jump to 64 bit OS, but I have a 16 bit program that is one of my primary tools. I know there is a way to run and emulator, or whatever it's called, inside of a 64 bit OS - but it looks stupidly complicated for as much as I use the 16 bit program.

I am interested in 64 bit mainly for extra oomph for Photoshop and video editing which I do only second to the 16 bit program.

Any advice appreciated!


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08 Dec 2016   #2
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Please edit your profile and add all your hardware specs.
You can install win 7 64 on another disk or partition and choose witch one to boot on, but you cant run it at same time.

Most programs can "run as" in compatible mode. The 16 bits program is XP, Win 95 / 95 or Win 3.1 ?


This is what I would do.
Put a blank HDD on your computer, detach all other HDD and do a Win 7 64 SP1 clean install.
One done, install all drivers till device manager doesn't show any alerts.
Install the 16 bits program. Right click on the program link - properties - Compatibility tab - and choose the Win version to run on.
If it runs well, then you can decide what to do.
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08 Dec 2016   #3
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

What version of Windows 7 is installed on your PC?
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08 Dec 2016   #4
rbico

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
Please edit your profile and add all your hardware specs.
You can install win 7 64 on another disk or partition and choose witch one to boot on, but you cant run it at same time.

Most programs can "run as" in compatible mode. The 16 bits program is XP, Win 95 / 95 or Win 3.1 ?


This is what I would do.
Put a blank HDD on your computer, detach all other HDD and do a Win 7 64 SP1 clean install.
One done, install all drivers till device manager doesn't show any alerts.
Install the 16 bits program. Right click on the program link - properties - Compatibility tab - and choose the Win version to run on.
If it runs well, then you can decide what to do.
Thanks. That is a great idea. I read that 16 bits just flat out will not run on 64 bot, but I never thought of just trying it.
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08 Dec 2016   #5
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I`m sure you mean can you have a 32 bit install and a 64 bit install, of course you can
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08 Dec 2016   #6
rbico

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mitchell65 View Post
What version of Windows 7 is installed on your PC?
service pack 1 32 bit.
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08 Dec 2016   #7
rbico

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
I`m sure you mean can you have a 32 bit install and a 64 bit install, of course you can

I want to have both running at the same time so I can jump to 64 bit to work on Photoshop then bounce to 32 bit to work on the stupid 16 bit program.
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08 Dec 2016   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Then no.

You`ll need 2 computers.

Next
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08 Dec 2016   #9
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rbico View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
I`m sure you mean can you have a 32 bit install and a 64 bit install, of course you can

I want to have both running at the same time so I can jump to 64 bit to work on Photoshop then bounce to 32 bit to work on the stupid 16 bit program.
That is not possible. There is no way more than one operating system can run on the same hardware at the same time. I cannot conceive, even in principle, how such an operating system could be possible.

There is no way a 64 bit version of Windows can run 16 bit software outside of a virtual machine. There are no conceivable compatibility settings that will make this possible. 32 bit versions of Windows have a 16 bit subsystem that allows running 16 bit software. 64 bit systems do not have such a subsystem because it could not run.

The only way to run 16 bit software on a 64 bit version of Windows is under a virtual machine.
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08 Dec 2016   #10
rbico

windows 7
 
 

Thanks LMiller. That's what I thought I might just set up a tester PC to see how tricky the virtual things is to deal with.
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