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Windows 7: Need expert help! Setup cant find/create partition

13 Jan 2010   #11
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Hi Jonathan_King

Win 7 64bit installed, trying to install 32bit.

That looks like a downgrade.

Faust why do you what 64bit & 32bit.


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13 Jan 2010   #12
Faust

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

it IS a downgrade. I need it because I'm writing software for Data Acquisition in a pilot-scale installation. This means I need to control pumps, valves and flowmeters. The manufacterer software that is needed for some of it will NOT run on 64 bit and will NOT be supported on 64 bit. This is the one and only reason for this major pain.
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13 Jan 2010   #13
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Just a suggestion, if you have Professional, you can get a virtual XP machine. http://www.microsoft.com/windows/vir.../download.aspx
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13 Jan 2010   #14
surfasb

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jonathan_King View Post
I don't think you can run a 32-bit Windows installer in 64-bit Windows, but you can try.
You cannot start a 32 bit Windows Install from a 64 bit installation. You'll be asked to reboot.
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13 Jan 2010   #15
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Faust View Post
Tried that, also tried using a new HDD that was blank and partitioned it with the win7 setup as a primary NTFS partition. No go. I will try to do it with the link you have posted
Did you try unplugging the other HD when you formatted the second HD to install?

If it works, it would allow you to dual boot via the BIOS Boot Menu shortcut key, which is less complicated. Or you could create a Windows Dual boot afterward using EasyBCD to Add the missing OS. Ask us how.
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14 Jan 2010   #16
Faust

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

SOLVED! Thanks to the last guy replying here. The second HD with only a 1 tb logical partition on it was the problem. I do not know why, but apparantly this inhibits a correct windows install. There is nothing on there besides data, and its a LOGICAL partition, no primary!

Reconnected the disc later and experienced no problems. 64 bit and 32 bit are running perfectly as dual boot from one physical HD on different partitions. Thanks everybody for support!
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14 Jan 2010   #17
gregrocker

 

It confused the installer. Glad it worked for you.
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