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Install 64-bit And 32-bit Win 7 On A Single Hard Drive


Can i install a dual boot system of 64bit and 32bit versions of windows 7 on a single hard drive with the same installation dvd & license? I wish to try and use both the 32bit and 64bit versions on the same physical pc. Will win7 let me activate it twice, from one installation copy so that i can do this?

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Multi-boot System Win 7 64-bit & Vista 32-bit On One Hard Drive

Multi-boot system windows 7 (64-bit) & vista (32-bit) on one hard drive - do i need two hard drives?I have an existing windows vista ultimate (32-bit) system installed on a 500gb sata hard drive, partitioned into 2 partitions (c: and d:). I would like to make the system multi-boot so that i can back-track to vista if i have a problem with win7.

One issue here is that i plan on multi-booting vista 32-bit and win7 64-bit on the same hard drive without touching the d: partition of the hard drive. I don't know if this is possible, but i'm interested to see if it is.

I've done some research and have found that win7 has many compatibility modes, so maybe i don't need to worry about keeping an installation of vista on my system? I just don't want to be "caught with my pants down" if something were to go wrong with win7, like if one of my programs was incompatible or something along those lines.

If i can't multi-boot vista 32-bit and win7 64-bit from the same hard drive, can i do it with 2 hard drives having one os on each hard drive? Or, am i being much too paranoid about this and should i trust microsoft on this one that win7 will not have any large compatibility issues with my most used programs?

For reference, here are some of my most used programs: firefox 3. 5, steam, adobe photoshop (versions 7. 0 and cs3), ie tester (for web development), winamp, trillian (an im and irc program), itunes, skype, mozilla thunderbird (for e-mail), and fraps (in-game video recording software).

I know that this is a lot all at once, but does anyone see any foreseen compatibility issues with any of these programs and win7 64-bit ? I'm also worried about the compatibility of some of my drivers with win7 64-bit, but i've heard that there have been leaps and bounds made with driver compatibility on win7 64-bit (as compared to the mess it was with xp 64-bit). Is this true?


Posted On: 2009-12-13 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Specifically i want/need to know will i have to install windows xp first on that empty drive before i install windows 7, or can i just insert the xp disc as proof that its an upgrade as i have done with previous windows installations. I would just like to know what i am getting into.

I am asking because i have seen conflicting answers, such as:-i need to buy the full version (lets be honest, the upgrade price is expensive enough) because it won't let me do an upgrade. This just doesn't seem right.

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Posted On: 2010-08-05 . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-07-04 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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This will end up being a clean install. Can i use the easy files and settings transfer tool to do the file transfer between the hard drives & operating systems (vista to w7), after the clean install. The new hard is a replacement on warranty and will come pre imaged. I'm getting the w7 disc at the same time so i plan to install and convert prior to moving the files and settings.

I did have some problems with windows backup so i'm a little reluctant it will transfer everything. I also have two other back programs: norton and a seagate just in-case. My previous experience with easy file and settings transfer tools always worked well.


Posted On: 2009-10-25 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-11-02 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Can 32-bit Office 2003 Install On 64-bit Win 7 ?

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Posted On: 2009-10-23 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-07-01 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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Posted On: 2010-02-05 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-10-25 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Win7 32-bit And 64-bit Installer On Same Usb Drive

Is there a way to have all of the 32 and 64 bit installs on the same usb so that at setup time i can chose 32 or 64 bit? Currently i have different folders on the same usb drive with both, and move the files to root for whichever i want to install; but would like to make it easier, as there have been many times when i've been in a place where i can't move them and accidentally have 32 bit when i wanted 64 or vice versa.

Posted On: 2009-12-22 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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My second option is using the windows backup and restore function (i already have a dvd using the iso image which university provides). Now, i just want to know if windows backup and restore function requires a reactivation of windows or re-entering of the product key. Also, what about clonezilla?  Does ghosting, in general, require reactivation?


Posted On: 2010-02-23 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-12-15 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-10-24 . View Related Posts . . View 3 Replies .

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Anyway, ie64 bit lacks the flash player cuz adobe hasn't released a 64 bit version yet, per their website. So i can't use ie64 with xm online music stream (et al). Ie32, on the other hand, supports flash player, but won't successfully link to various embedded hypertext links, such as those embedded in an email. My initial solution was to use firefox, which served me well until an application from a local vendor will only work with internet explorer. Sigh.

I've used windows since version 2 back in the 1980s, have become stoic, and can emotionally cope with having to use 3 browsers to get the job done.

However, just for fun, my current burning question is, with two different versions of ie8 (64 bit and 32 bit) installed into windows 7, why doesn't the control panel default applications utility seem to aware of the fact that there are indeed two different versions installed? It lists firefox and internet explorer, but does not differentiate between the two flavors of ie. My goal was to set ie8 64 bit as the default browser temporarily to accommodate the vendor's application.

Fyi, by setting the default, i refer to: control panel | default programs | associate a file type or protocol with a program. Then scroll down to 'http' and click on the change program button. So in my case, firefox and only one instance of internet explorer, with no bit distinction, display as selection options.


Posted On: 2010-03-11 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

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I am planning on purchasing win 7 pro & installing the 64-bit version. I intend to make use of the "xp mode" feature if i can install 32-bit printer drivers within the xp mode, as my photo printers have no 64-bit drivers. I currently edit my photography on a win xp pro 64-bit pc, which is networked to a win xp pro 32-bitpc in order to print images. I need to know if "xp mode" is 32-bit - even when installed with the 64-bit version of win 7 pro. I want to be able to convert/edit my photos in win 7 64-bit, then print these images using "xp mode" via the 32-bit driversi intend to installin xp mode- all from the same pc. Is this do-able?

Posted On: 2010-02-18 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Ati Radeon Sapphire 5770 - Win 7 64-bit Asks For 32-bit Drivers

I have windows 7 64 bit. I recently changed my video card for an ati radeon sapphire 5770. I had an nvidia before that stopped working. I installed the lastest drivers from ati for win7 64 bit (version 10. 5) after uninstalling those from nvidia. Everything seems to be working fine, but windows keep telling me that there's no drivers installed for my card, even tho i can access the catalyst control center. When i click on the link that windows provide, it always lead to the 32 bit version of win 7. Is it a known problem? Is there something i can do to correct that?

Posted On: 2010-06-30 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Printer Sharing - 64-bit Win 7 And 32-bit Xp In Remote Desktop Session

Printer sharing - 64 bit windows 7 and 32 bit windows xp in a remote desktop session. Windows 7 machine with a local ricoh / aficio 1045 b & w multifunction printer attached. Works fine, uses 64 bit printer driver. This computer connects to a windows xp machine (32 bit) using remote desktop session (terminal services).

On the xp machine, i installed the 64 bit printer driver via printers and faxes -> server properties - drivers - add driver. I can see the driver there, successfully installed (have rebooted, etc). Despite this, the printer will still not show up when rd session is run. In event viewer, i can see there's an issue with it finding the correct driver.

I've used the terminal server printer redirection tool in the past to solve these problems (tspdrw.exe) which works great. The correct 64 bit driver is not listed as a choice when scrolling through options to reassign the driver. Hopefully that is clear, not sure what i am missing.


Posted On: 2010-03-22 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Xps M1210 Vista 32-bit Drivers Work For Win7 32- Bit ?

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Posted On: 2010-08-19 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Win 7 64-bit Problem With 4 Sata Hard Drives

How can i get windows 7 (64bit) to see 4 sata hard drives? It will only accept 2 drives; if 4 are plugged in, it freezes on the "loading windows" screen.

Board:intel dg31pr; ram: 4 gb corsair; drives (all western digital): 600gb velociraptor(c:); 1. 5tb (e:); 1. 5tb (f:); 500gb (g:). Pioneer dvdrw-108 is allocated as d:all intel board drivers are up to date. Drives are plugged into board sata ports 0 through 3 (c, e, f, g) respectively.

The only drive that i have not moved around is the 600gb raptor - it has always stayed on motherboard sata port 0. I've tried all other variations on the other three drives. In every case, the only way windows will successfully reboot is if 2 drives are plugged in. If three or four are plugged in, windows hangs at the "loading windows" screen. I can "force" windows to accept a third and/or fourth drive if i boot with 2 drives and when i get to the login screen plug the other(s) in then press .

Windows will then see all the drives, but on reboot i'll have the same hang at the "loading windows" screen. If all the drives are plugged in, i will see them all in the bios. If i use the above mentioned method to "force" windows to recognize the drives, they can be seen both in windows explorer and in control panel>administrative tools>computer management>disk management. How should each drive be partitioned?  Mbr or gpt? Is it possible to partition the boot drive as gpt?

My reading indicates that the boot drive cannot be partitioned as gpt; can you advise as to if that is correct or not?Partitioning the disk as a basic mbr disk allows only 4 primary partitions and unlimited logical volumes - correct?Partitioning the disk as a basic gpt disk allows up to 128 primary volumes - correct?I read somewhere that windows 7 adds a 200 mb hidden partition (hex 17f) for o/s recovery - is that correct?

If so, trying to add 4 disks (assuming a single volume on each disk) would result in 5 volumes thus exceeding the mbr limit of 4 primary partitions (assuming that the boot disk must be partitioned as mbr). So do i need to adjust the partitioning in some way or is this a windows 7 sata bug of some sort? Can windows 7 boot from a gpt partitioned boot disk?If so, what do i need to do to do this. I started to do this in acronis disk director 11, but was warned that the disk would not be bootable, so i did not proceed with it.


Posted On: 2010-07-08 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Posted On: 2009-12-01 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Just installed a 64 bit version of windows 7 on my pc. Done a memory scan with crucial looking to install more ram but the scan reports that i am still running a 32 bit version. What needs done so it is recognized as a 64 bit? I have 4gb at present.

Posted On: 2009-10-29 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Can i use the same family pack license to upgrade both computers to windows 7 home premium 32-bit versions, then upgrade both 32-bit versions to 64-bit versions using the same family pack license?

Will this keep the original files, folders and programs intact? Is this a reasonable process that will get both computers to 64-bit versions? Or should i just upgrade both computers to 32-bit versions of windows 7, and live with it?


Posted On: 2009-10-24 . View Related Posts . . View 12 Replies .

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I have installed 32 bit windows 7 and was wondering if i can/should go to the 64 bit version. My computer is 64 bit capable. If i upgrade will i loose all my current programs and settings?

Posted On: 2009-11-21 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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I face some of the printer and scanner 32-bit xp, vista driver can't support by windows 7. Xp or vista 32-bit can't support by win 7. If i want to use 32-bit win 7. I need to re-install all the driver program and i need to search driver can be support by win 7. If no support by win 7, i can't use this unit.

Posted On: 2010-07-21 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Can I Run 32-bit Xp In Xp Mode Virtual Host Under 64-bit Win 7?

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I'm not sure if the 32 bit limitation is in a driver, or in the main manager program provided with the neo. On a related topic, can i load 32 bit drivers in the virtual xp under windows 7, assuming i can run 32 bit xp under 64 bit windows 7?


Posted On: 2010-01-29 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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Dell inspiron 1545
Dell wireless 1397 mini card
Marvell yukon pci-e fast (88e8040)

Cisco eap-fast module version 1. 0. 13
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Cisco peap

Being flagged by microsoft advisor i know there is an update version 2. 2, but do i really need this?


Posted On: 2010-01-24 . View Related Posts . . View 8 Replies .

Rdc And Homegroup Do Not Work - Win 7 64-bit And 32-bit Network

I am having problems connecting my windows 7 pc's, i am currently running 64 bit ultimate as my personal pc , another 2 have win 7 32-bit. I also have 3 routers on the same network, but 2 are being used as switches ( dhcp turned off) and 2 other pc's are installed with vista 32 bit ultimate and win xp pro 32 bit on my trusty laptop. The network is stable and everyone has an internet connection. The problems started when i tried to setup a homegroup with the 3 win 7 pcs. The 64 bit win 7 ultimate sees only itself in the network and i cannot set anything up in this state , i have not yet made any modifications to any pc or router and through this forum can hopefully set something up that will accommodate all pc's. I also cannot get rdc to work between 64-bit win 7 and either of the other win 7 pc's. Laptop win xp pro is wirelessly connected and has all updates to date.

Posted On: 2010-01-13 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Will I Need To Upgrade All Of My Existing Software To A 64-bit Version, If I Use 64 Bit Win 7 ?

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Posted On: 2009-10-20 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

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