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Windows 7: Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit Dual boot

28 Jan 2011   #11
HonorGamer

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pezzonovante View Post
When I bought the laptop I had 2 GB RAM. But since then I upgraded to 4 GB RAM. But Windows 7 32-bit could only use 3 GB, so I decided to use 64-bit for most tasks. But unfortunately I can't switch to 64-bit completely, because I have to use a couple of very old softwares which haven't been upgraded for 64-bit versions. And they are almost one of a kind, so alternatives are not available either.
Why didn't you just simply upgrade to 3GB of RAM instead of spending the extra money to go up to 4?


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28 Jan 2011   #12
pezzonovante

Windows 7 RTM x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by HonorGamer View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pezzonovante View Post
When I bought the laptop I had 2 GB RAM. But since then I upgraded to 4 GB RAM. But Windows 7 32-bit could only use 3 GB, so I decided to use 64-bit for most tasks. But unfortunately I can't switch to 64-bit completely, because I have to use a couple of very old softwares which haven't been upgraded for 64-bit versions. And they are almost one of a kind, so alternatives are not available either.
Why didn't you just simply upgrade to 3GB of RAM instead of spending the extra money to go up to 4?
Because I was misinformed at that time. I had heard 32-bit versions could handle upto 4 GB RAM. But I was proved wrong.
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28 Jan 2011   #13
gregrocker

 

Many programs which cannot run in 64 bit will install into the 32 bit Programs folder in Win7.

In fact, many would be surprised to see that most programs on their 64 bit installs end up in the 32 bit folder. Sometimes only IE8 is running as 64 bit, on a 64 bit OS!

So I would try installing those programs to 64 bit so you can delete the 32 bit Dual Boot. Let us know if you need any help getting it out cleanly.

In the meantime install EasyBCD to Add the other Win7 to Dual Boot, or if you just want to start 64 bit, mark it Active in Disk Mgmt and run Startup Repair from the booted DVD Repair console or Repair CD up to 3 separate times with reboots.
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28 Jan 2011   #14
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If you have old programs that absolutely will not run under x64, then stick with x86 for now. Or, go to x64 and virtualize XP or something like that, just for those older apps.
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28 Jan 2011   #15
pezzonovante

Windows 7 RTM x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Many programs which cannot run in 64 bit will install into the 32 bit Programs folder in Win7.

In fact, many would be surprised to see that most programs on their 64 bit installs end up in the 32 bit folder. Sometimes only IE8 is running as 64 bit, on a 64 bit OS!

So I would try installing those programs to 64 bit so you can delete the 32 bit Dual Boot. Let us know if you need any help getting it out cleanly.

In the meantime install EasyBCD to Add the other Win7 to Dual Boot, or if you just want to start 64 bit, mark it Active in Disk Mgmt and run Startup Repair from the booted DVD Repair console or Repair CD up to 3 separate times with reboots.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
If you have old programs that absolutely will not run under x64, then stick with x86 for now. Or, go to x64 and virtualize XP or something like that, just for those older apps.
Thank you for the suggestions. I will explore all of those options gradually. Obviously the best scenario would be to use 64-bit solely, but the problematic software is an input method editor which is built using some really old technologies. So it simply doesn't work under Win 7 64-bit. So, I guess I'm stuck with a dual-boot setup until I find an alternative software.

Virtualizing XP will probably be the best solution. But I have to do some research about that before I try that option.
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28 Jan 2011   #16
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Here's a tutorial that explains the process outlined earlier at the link below if you need it.


Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times
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