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Windows 7: Dual Boot Win7 32bit and Win7 64bit on a second SSD drive

23 May 2013   #11

Windows 7 Pro 32bit / Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drathbun View Post
Thanks for the link. So to clarify, if I d/l the ISO and create a DVD and install the 64bit version of Win7 on my SSD drive to do a dual boot 32/64, within at least 120 days I will have to activate the 64 which will make the 32bit install non-functional?

If this is the case, I would rather use the new purchased OEM DVD Win7 64. Then I can be sure to use both for as long as I wish. Have I got this right?
Well I tried D/L'ing the 64bit ISO, burning it to a DVD and installing it using my existing license. It wouldn't accept the code. So I installed the OEM 64 bit version I had purchased. Of course, now it doesn't even recognize my motherboard (or my GTX 660ti graphics card, or my MAudio Delta audio card, or my DLink Wireless card etc etc) and has taken two hours to d/l 108 updates from Windows. I knew I put this off because of the pain. Good thing I have a few days off.. I'll need it.

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24 May 2013   #12

Windows 7 Pro 32bit / Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Well the good news is I have the dual boot working now using the EasyBCD program (thanks so much!).

I have installed the 64bit Win7 OS on the SSD drive and installed my most used programs on that drive (photoshop, lightroom etc.). I will install my other programs (Office etc) on the 1TB drive.

I ran into some trouble with the Windows updates. It seemed the computer went into a loop; it would spend an hour doing 108 updates, reboot and the updates would get to about five and then fail, reboot, update, fail, reboot etc. So I finally turned off the auto updates and after about four reboot cycles I got it to stop. I assume it is choking a driver here or there. Any way to figure out which one?
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24 May 2013   #13
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If the Product Key for the same version was rejected during reinstall what was the reason given? It is almost always because of a wrong character being inputted - an 8 looks like a B.

It will during activation ask if more than one copy is installed to which you can only answer 1. This will deactivate the other install for this Product Key.

Install the Updates in smaller groups to isolate any specific Update that is failing. Sometimes Updates are failing and re-running while I am setting up an install but are almost always sorted by the time I'm finished. If not it may take some Troubleshooting starting with System Update Readiness Tool.

It's a hassle and shows how badly we need SP2 which is being withheld while MS pretends Win7 is being phased out for Win8 - even as the business world migrates 100% into Win7 from XPired. Until they snap out of it you can create your own current installer using Update 7 installation media - Windows 7 Help Forums.
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 Dual Boot Win7 32bit and Win7 64bit on a second SSD drive

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