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Windows 7: Possible to dual boot windows 7 with windows 7?

03 Apr 2011   #1
shaun166

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 
Possible to dual boot windows 7 with windows 7?

Hi guys, is it possible to dual boot windows 7 with windows 7? As my school software does not support 64bit os and i don't wish to downgrade my main os to 32bit(my laptop got 8gb ram). If possible is there any cons about it?


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03 Apr 2011   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello Shaun.


Yes it is possible but the same activation key cannot be used for both installs, each will have to have its own unique activation key for OS activation; this tutorial at the link below can be followed for the set-up and installation and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.


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03 Apr 2011   #3
shaun166

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks. Sony provided me a 32bit windows 7 professional recovery media disc. I think it should work without anything key for activation?
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03 Apr 2011   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

If an activation key isn't added and activated to the 'new' install it will only be usable for 30 days before it times-out and becomes usable.
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03 Apr 2011   #5
shaun166

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Oh ok! Is there any cons about having 2 windows 7 on different partition?
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03 Apr 2011   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by shaun166 View Post
Oh ok! Is there any cons about having 2 windows 7 on different partition?

No.
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03 Apr 2011   #7
shaun166

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

thanks for the ultra fast and clear reply you solved all my worries! THANKS A LOT!! )
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03 Apr 2011   #8
Esaias

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Pherhaps typing this in the wrong place but what the heck.

Is it possible to run a XP install and overwrite my W7 without deleting any programs etc?
Could i then dual boot W7 and XP (XP preinstalled) with the same product key as i used the first time i installed w7?
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03 Apr 2011   #9
gregrocker

 

No it is not possible to in-place downgrade Win7 to XP. If you'd like to explain what you want to do better, start back at the Installation forum main page and click "New Thread"
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06 Apr 2011   #10
shaun166

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Erm guys the person told me that my os will crash if I dualboot both same windows 7 but different bits. Why?
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