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Dual boot with Windows 8.1 32 bit and Windows 8.1 64 bit RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have 32 GB of RAM, and the current OS is Windows 8.1 32 bit - which by nature cannot access the full RAM capacity.  I want to install Windows 8.1 64 bit to handle more RAM as the 32 bit Windows OS crawls when more files are opened due to its architectural inablity to use all the RAM available.  Hence I want to install Windows 8.1 64 bit to overcome the problem.  However, I want to do a dual boot system.  I need instructions how to do this.

    Thank you

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015 12:41 AM

Answers

  • To run 32bit & 64 they have to be on separate disks.  We need more info before we can give you a more comprehensive answer.  Using 64 bit only makes sense if you have 8 gigs or more

    Wanikiya and Dyami--Team Zigzag

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015 12:54 AM
    Moderator
  • most of people who doing dual boot for 32 and 64 bit is for testing software

    my suggestion is you install Windows 8.1 64 bit as primary OS (since you cant maximize your RAM usage), then set as Windows 8.1 32 bit as Virtual Machine (pro and enterprise Windows 8.1 32/64bit only), the advantages is you can run both OS at the same time. Please also make sure your PC support 64bit architecture

    but if you want to install dual boot just make sure Windows 8.1 64bit and 32bit on the separate partition

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015 4:38 AM

All replies

  • To run 32bit & 64 they have to be on separate disks.  We need more info before we can give you a more comprehensive answer.  Using 64 bit only makes sense if you have 8 gigs or more

    Wanikiya and Dyami--Team Zigzag

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015 12:54 AM
    Moderator
  • most of people who doing dual boot for 32 and 64 bit is for testing software

    my suggestion is you install Windows 8.1 64 bit as primary OS (since you cant maximize your RAM usage), then set as Windows 8.1 32 bit as Virtual Machine (pro and enterprise Windows 8.1 32/64bit only), the advantages is you can run both OS at the same time. Please also make sure your PC support 64bit architecture

    but if you want to install dual boot just make sure Windows 8.1 64bit and 32bit on the separate partition

    Wednesday, June 3, 2015 4:38 AM