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Windows 7: Installing both 32bit and 64 bit on same hard disk?

07 Sep 2010   #11
farhi

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

There you go
Thanks!




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07 Sep 2010   #12
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

@DNG, why post it if it has no relevance, you're just confusing the issue.
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07 Sep 2010   #13
Dark Nova Gamer

Windows 7 Ultimate, OS X 10.7, Ubuntu 11.04
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
@DNG, why post it if it has no relevance, you're just confusing the issue.
All I was pointing out it was a possible upgrade path. Nothing else was meant by it.
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07 Sep 2010   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by farhi View Post
There you go
Thanks!
From that you can easily remove the XP partition and reclaim the space back into the Windows 7 partition using this method (delete the XP partition first).

Delete and Extend a Partition with Disk Management

Then if you're serious about the dual boot, have a look at this one.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post

If it is your intention to migrate to the 64-bit version at a later time, you may care to have a look at this first tutorial at the link below as it will make removing the older OS easier later.

Dual Boot : Create Partitions Using PWBD
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07 Sep 2010   #15
farhi

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

But why should i migrate both drives? Shouldn't I keep the XP partition and install the Win7 64bit on it?
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07 Sep 2010   #16
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Yes, install the 64-bit Windows 7 to the XP partition.
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07 Sep 2010   #17
gregrocker

 

Since you have separate HD's you have the ability to do the cleanest possible Dual Boot : via the BIOS, using either the BIOS boot order or one-time BIOS Boot Menu key. This keeps each OS HD independent to come and go as you please.

If you wish to use this method, install 64 bit Win7 to the other HD while the current WIn7 HD is unplugged. Then after install, plug XP HD back in to boot it via one-time BIOS Boot Menu key:
Asus - F8
HP/Compaq - Esc
Sony - F2
Acer - F2
Gateway - F10
eMachnes - F10
Toshiba - F12
Dell - F12
IBM/Lenovo - the blue Thinkvantage button

This also allows you to try 64 bit first without activating for up to 120 days using this method: Use any version of Windows 7 free for 120 days

If after that time you decide you want to get rid of 32 bit on the XP drive, run an XP Repair Install to write the System MBR back to XP, next use free Partition Wizard CD to Delete 32 bit WIn7 then Resize XP into the preferred lower (left hand) HD address. Activate 64 bit at Computer>Properties link.
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14 Jan 2013   #18
JoyDeb

Windows 7 Home Basic 64 bit
 
 

I have a 4GB RAM and a processor speed of 1.4GHz and have windows 7 home basic 64x...
Can I install windows 7 32 bit os along with it, as some softwares still dont run satisfactorily on 64 bit??
Please also tell how as I am very new to this field...
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14 Jan 2013   #19
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

32 bit programs install fine on 64 bit. If they are not running well on 64 bit, they aren`t gonna run any better on 32 bit. You have a slow CPU, that`s probably the problem..

But yes, you can dual boot 32 bit if you want to see if they will run better.

This is the closest tutorial I could find. Works the same.

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

P. S. You should have started your own, new thread.
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14 Jan 2013   #20
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I'm going to mimic others on here and say that if you really need some kind of backwards compatibility, you can virtualize any OS you want, but I'd install Windows 7 x64 as your primary and only OS. Besides that, there's no need or reason to dual boot two copies of Windows 7 anyway.
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