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Win7 64 to 32 bit dual boot RRS feed

  • Question

  • I'm using win 32bit on drive "C" I've added a new 500Gb drive ("D") I'm attempting to load win 64 to "D". The instructions I've read states that I should be able to load the 64 on my fist start up I should get a dual boot option. this doesn't happen it defaults to win 32

    At this moment I've stared up the machine booting from dvd to load win 64 it loads the files and gives me a option which drive or partition to load 64 I choose "D" it started the installation every thing went well until it came to the restart . The machine booted to the win 32 os.

    Any ideas on how I can set up this dual boot?

    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 12:09 AM

Answers

  • my concern is why you want to install both 32 bit and 64 bit?

    most of 32 bit software can be running at 64 bit Windows 7 OS

    you will also need 2 license in order for running both Windows 7 32 and 64 bit

    if you want also to install 32 bit Windows 7, I suggest just install Windows 7 64 bit (if you want to install more than 4GB RAM in future) and install 3rd party Windows Virtualization (its cost effective and you can run both at same time) 

    • Edited by britishdhez Wednesday, February 11, 2015 7:55 AM
    • Marked as answer by bobpctech Saturday, February 14, 2015 4:30 PM
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 7:55 AM
  • Thanks for the response.

    I do have the two licenses, it doesn't go far enough into the installation of win 64 to ask for the license.

    I have 8Gb of mem

    I don't want problems with my older 32 bit programs running in 64 bit. I will eventually upgrade to later pograms to run on a 64 bit machine. I have a new program that calls for a 64 bit OS.

    What is the significance of Dual boot manager That what seems to be missing?

    • Marked as answer by bobpctech Wednesday, February 11, 2015 9:45 PM
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 7:04 PM

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  • Wednesday, February 11, 2015 12:39 AM
  • my concern is why you want to install both 32 bit and 64 bit?

    most of 32 bit software can be running at 64 bit Windows 7 OS

    you will also need 2 license in order for running both Windows 7 32 and 64 bit

    if you want also to install 32 bit Windows 7, I suggest just install Windows 7 64 bit (if you want to install more than 4GB RAM in future) and install 3rd party Windows Virtualization (its cost effective and you can run both at same time) 

    • Edited by britishdhez Wednesday, February 11, 2015 7:55 AM
    • Marked as answer by bobpctech Saturday, February 14, 2015 4:30 PM
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 7:55 AM
  • Thanks for the reply. I had addressed those suggestions in the thread prior to my initial installation. The boot still defaults to win 32 allowing no option to boot to win 64. I'm not familiar with the dual boot manager?
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 6:56 PM
  • Thanks for the response.

    I do have the two licenses, it doesn't go far enough into the installation of win 64 to ask for the license.

    I have 8Gb of mem

    I don't want problems with my older 32 bit programs running in 64 bit. I will eventually upgrade to later pograms to run on a 64 bit machine. I have a new program that calls for a 64 bit OS.

    What is the significance of Dual boot manager That what seems to be missing?

    • Marked as answer by bobpctech Wednesday, February 11, 2015 9:45 PM
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015 7:04 PM