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Windows 7: I want to use 32-bit sometimes as well

13 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
I want to use 32-bit sometimes as well

Hey People,

I am not the best with installing software etc, but I am willing to give it a shot.
I am currently running on Windows 7 Home Prem 64-bit and I want to use 34-bit sometimes as well? What will I need to make this work? Any directions would be so appreciated.

Appreciate it so much

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13 Jun 2011   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello Holland90, welcome to Seven Forums!

Start by having a look at this tutorial at the link below, just replace where it discusses Vista with your 64-bit Windows 7 as it's the same theoretically and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

How to Do a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista
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13 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Is there a specific reason why wou want to use 32 bit? Are you having a program compatibility issue? Dual-booting can bring on a whole new host of issues, and I honestly have avoided it for a few years now. Virtualization makes it a thing of the past. You could run XP Mode, or us another free solution, like VirtualBox. This way, if something goes wrong, your primary OS isn't affected.
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13 Jun 2011   #4

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1

Do you just want to run 32bit programs? if so they will install and run on 64bit win 7 with no problems unless they are really old. In which case you would have similar compatibility problems with 32bit windows.
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13 Jun 2011   #5

Windows 10 Pro X64

When you buy Win 7 you get a 32 and 64 bit DVD but the key allows you to use one of them at a time, not both. You would need to buy another key to use both.
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