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Dual Boot - Will 64-bit Os Be Able To Read Data On 32-bit Os Drive ?


If i do a clean install of 64 bit win 7, and dual boot my computer with a 32 bit windows vista will the 64 bit os be able to see and read data on the 32 bit drive?

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Dual Boot 2 Hard Drives Xp 32-bit With Win 7 64-bit

I would like to set up a dual boot system with windows xp and windows 7. I have 3 hard drives in my system now, one as xp system disc, another for storage and one unallocated that i want to install windows 7 pro(64). I want to leave my xp installation intact for now. I have been trying to research just what i need to do to install windows 7 on that extra drive and i am seeing all kinds of conflicting answers. First, i have all my original operating system disks so i want to purchase an upgrade version of windows 7 pro.

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.

I have to install xp first on that empty drive before i can install the upgrade version. No mention what-so-ever of the windows 7 checking for a previous version of windows even when viewing detail installation instructions regarding installing windows 7 on a separate drive with xp installed first on another. 95% of installation instructions assume you are just doing an upgrade right on top of the old windows xp installation, maybe 4% a dual boot where you are partitioning a single drive and i think my eyes are starting to bleed from reading and sifting through all the tutorials that don't apply to me lol.


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

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 .

External Hard Drive Data Is Read Only

I am using several different computers and to make life easier i have my data on an external hard-drive. Now with windows 7, every time i try to use the data it is read only and i cannot reset the security settings. Anyone have any suggestions.

Posted On: 2009-11-09 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Dual Boot - Can't See Win 7 Drive After Removing Other Boot Drive

My mobo (msi p7n diamond 780i sli / 570i sli) has a sata raid controller providing 6 sata interfaces
These are organized thus.

Sata 1 - [partition 1 - windows xp] [partition 2 - windows 7 beta (64bit)]
Sata 2 - ocz vertex - windows 7 home (64bit) retail version
Sata 3 - mirror a
Sata 4 - mirror b
Sata 5 - mirror a
Sata 6 - mirror b

The system was originally running xp on sata 1. I added a partition to sata 1 and installed windows 7 beta some weeks ago. The system dual booted to xp or win 7 beta fine. I then added the ocz vertex drive and installed the win 7 retail version, and i am able to dual boot to all three systems just fine.

However - i really want to do away with the xp and win 7 beta partitions and just run with the ocz drive. However if i disconnect the drive from sata 1 the system will not boot up. Can't find ntldr or bootmgr or something similar. I have changed the boot sequence in the bios to point at just the ocz drive - but it just won't boot from it.


Posted On: 2009-11-12 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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?

Posted On: 2009-10-13 . 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 .

Dual Boot - Move Boot Image To Second Drive

I have a problem with two different drives both running win7, one 32 the other drive64, on a dual boot system. I want to pull the win32 drive, but it also has my boot information for the win64 drive. When removed it will not boot. I have been working on this for 5-6 weeks. I want to remove the win7/32 and put the boot image of win7/64 on the second drive.

I booted from the win764 install dvd, and went to there pair your computer. The placethat displays the operating systems installed, none will show. I have tried bootsect from the command prompt. It seems to work, but tells me no partition on the second drive. Or on another attribute used, it can not find the path to the drive. I have tried rebuild bcd, fixmbr, etc.


Posted On: 2010-01-16 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Downgrade To 32-bit - Does It Wipe Out Programs / Data ?

I just loaded windows 7 64-bit. It's working fine except i now have a compatibility problem with my scanner. If i downgrade to the 32 bit o/s will i still have everything that i've loaded or does it wipe out all info. I'm using windows 7 64 bit. I want to reload windows 7 in the 32 bit mode. If i do will it leave all the programs and data i've loaded or will it wipe everything out as a clean install?

Posted On: 2009-10-25 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Installer Put Boot Data On Wrong Drive

My computer has a new sata (c:) drive and an older ide (d:) drive that i use for infrequently used items. When i installed windows 7, even though i chose the sata drive to; 1)create the new partition, 2) format the partition and 3) install win 7. The install was successful and i was able to use the os. However, i couldn't restart without inserting the install disk. After some investigation, i discovered that the windows 7 installer had put the boot information on the ide drive.

Now i can set the bios to use the ide drive as the primary boot device, and everything works ok (windows runs from c: ok), but i wanted to remove the ide drive from the computer, since i no longer need it. So!  Is there any way to transfer the boot information either from the ide (d:) drive from or the install disk, to the sata (c:) drive, so that i can boot from the same disk from which windows actually runs?  I tried booting from the windows 7 install disk, opening a command prompt and executing the "bootsect.exe" file, but that didn't help (even though it indicated successful execution).


Posted On: 2010-03-30 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

How To Make Dual Boot ? Vista On 1 Drive, Win 7 On Another Drive

Have vista ultimate on 1 drive, installed windows 7 ultimate on another drive, how do i make it a dual boot, where i get choice at startup which system i want to log onto? Can someone give me some easy to understand help with this problem, also, i can only see 4 of the 5 hd's i have installed. The one that does not show is not a drive with a system on it.

Posted On: 2009-10-30 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Upgrade On Athlon 64-bit Dual Core Processor

I have an athlon 64 bit dualcore processor with 3 gig of ram and windows vista 32 bit os, can i upgrade to the windows 7 64 bit os?

Posted On: 2009-11-21 . View Related Posts . . View 4 Replies .

Running Xp 32-bit Driver On Win 7 64-bit Or 32-bit

Ive a roland v-synth midi keyboard usb xp 32bit driver that i want to install on a windows 7 64 bit or 32 bit. Is this possible at all. Or to convert the driver to windows 7. If so how is this done.

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

Can't Use Dual Monitor With Win 7 64-bit Geforce 9800gt

This has been an unsolved issue for me since i installed windows 7 last year. I've read numerous articles, none of which have solved the problem. I have windows 7 64-bit installed on a core 2 duo 2. 2 ghz, 2gb ram, and using a geforce 9800gt video card.

Problem: as soon as i connect a second monitor (dvi to hdmi or dvi to vga) the original monitor goes black and there is no display on the 2nd, newly connected, display. If i disconnect the second display, the 1st monitor remains black until restart. Note: i had both connected during the original install and the install could not finish as the monitors went blank, so i had to reinstall with only 1 monitor connected.

I have the latest nvidia drivers installed and all critial updates installed. How can this be solved?


Posted On: 2010-03-29 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Dual Boot - Xp And Win7 Install On New Hard Drive

I would like to set up my dell laptop to dual boot to xp and windows 7. I have found several articles that go into details explaining this procedure and it seems things are complicated due to the fact that there is no way to adjust partitions in xp. I also just had to replace my hard drive so i have to do fresh installs of xp and windows 7 on the new hard drive so my question is this:

Can i just create the separate partitions needed when i install xp then install windows 7 on the partition i created in the xp install? I have never set up a dual boot before so i'm a newb in that respect. I have the xp pro re-installation disc as well as the 7 ultimate install dvd (not upgrade). Any feedback or links to useful information would be appreciated.


Posted On: 2009-11-26 . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

Xp On Separate Drive To Win 7, Setup Dual Boot

This is my first time on the forum and even though i know a little about computers i could certainly use some advice & assistance here. Presently i have xp pro installed on a 500gb drive(which is partitioned) and i have a 750gb drive that i will be installing windows 7 pro(which again is partitioned)onto. My question is thus: how can i make a dual boot with xp & w7.

These are my specs: drive "c" has xp installed with a partition("d"). Then i have a separate disk with drive "e" which is empty with a partition("f")also empty. Then i have "g" & "h" as my 2 dvd/cd burners. Lastly i have an an external wd my book essential which is drive "j" and the smartware is showing as drive "i". Soin 'my computer' there are drives c, d, e, f, g, h, i &j. I am running a gigabyte ep45t-extreme m/b with 4gb of 1333mhz ddr3 corsairram, performance is by the intel core2duoe8500
Chip(3. 16ghz).

I do not want to have both xp & w7 on the same disk, rather on 2 separate drives. Since i have xp pro already installed as "c" drive how can i make "e"the other os for dual boot. Remember that "e" is on a separate drive. I did have it set up as a dual boot before but my little tacker played his game and things went haywire, so therefor me & all my wisdom decided that i could get it back to normal and yep, you guessed it, i absolutely stuffed it up even more.

Can somebody be so kind and inform me as to how i can make my system a dual-boot once again ?. If you can then i will be eternally grateful. I look forward to hearing from you.


Posted On: 2010-04-18 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

Xp 32-bit On Drive C And Win 7 64-bit On Drive D

I am running windows xp 32 bit on drive c, just purchased windows 7 64 bit and would like to install and run on drive d, will this work?

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

Installing Xp On Win 7 As A Dual Boot On A Seperate Hard Drive

So yea just like the heading says, can i do that? I tried doing the bcdedit thing, i got stuck on. "Drive :windowssystem32bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=x:" because im doing it on a separate hard drive and not a partition im kind of stuck, im trying to look for the command for this. The drive im trying to install it on says "new volume (g:)".

See i have a program that doesn't run well on windows 7, the program has a beta version but its not so good. So until the real version comes out i want xp on a separate drive.


Posted On: 2010-03-30 . View Related Posts . . View 2 Replies .

64-bit Boot Delay On Logo

I wish i could pin down exactly when this started, but it became much more noticeable after installing an ssd. When the windows logo first appears there are about 2 seconds of disc activity. After this, the computer sits there animating the logo for about 1 minute. After this idle time, the disc activity starts again and i am at the login screen in about ~10 seconds.

If boot logging is turned on windows stalls at the screen that notifies me that it is in boot logging mode. (After an initial scroll of drivers). I have installed the operating system multiple times. I don't believe that the rc1 release of windows had this issue, but i cannot remember.


Posted On: 2010-01-12 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Dual Boot Works But Drive Letters Don't Match

I took a 1 tb drive and split it into 2 primary partitions. I installed xp on partition c with an image. I installed win 7 on partition d from scratch.

The dual booting works fine. However, in win 7, the drive i installed win 7 on is listed as drive c. The drive i installed the xp image on is listed as drive d. The files for each, however, are listed on the original drive letters (xp on c and win 7 on d). It really gets confusing with i install a program in win 7. It claims it's installing the program on drive c but it's actually installing it on drive d.

Any idea what happened, or how to correct this? I've set up systems to dual boot in the past and never ran into this problem.


Posted On: 2009-10-24 . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

Win 7 64-bit Doesn't Distinguish Between Ie8 64-bit And Ie8 32-bit

Windows 7 64bit doesn't distinguish between ie8 64 bit and ie8 32 bit when attempting to set a default browser using the control panel default programs 'associate' utility. My new windows 7 64 bit pc (luv that i7 920 intel cpu) came installed with both ie8-64 bit and ie8-32 bit (nothing more need be said regarding the absurdity of having to deal with this in the first place - i should have gone with the imac).

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 .

Xp Mode Is 64-bit Or 32-bit In Win 7 64-bit

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 .

Can Different Partitions On Hard Drive Have 32-bit Or 64-bit Partitions ?

Can different partitions on a hard drive have 32 bit or 64 bit partitions? New my-built computer with windows 7-64 bit. Have usb/sata external drive which is used to back up old computer and a laptop (windows xp-32bit). Both the windows 7-64 bit installed hard drive and the external hard drive have unallocated space. I could partition a part of the installed drive to a separate 64 bit partition to use as a backup. Can i create a 64 bit partition on the external hard drive out of the unallocated space that so far has only the windows xp-32 bit partition?C.

Posted On: 2010-07-04 . 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 ?

Xps m1210 with vista 32 bit- will the drivers for vista 32 bit work for windows 7 32 bit? I have had very little help from dell on this one- so far from what i have found, it sounds like the drivers for vista should work fine for windows 7, but i want to be sure before i install windows 7 on this computer and end up making it useless for days because a wireless card driver wont work or something. Can anyone tell me with certainty if the drivers will or wont work for windows 7?

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

Bought Hp Laptop With Win 7 64-bit But Work Requires Use Of 32-bit

Just bought a new hp laptop with windows 7 64 bit. But work requires the use of 32 bit windows. I'm in big trouble if i cannot download works antiquated system. Can i download 32 bit windows? Will i lose programs by doing this? Can i downgrade to 32 bit windows 7?

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

Scan Reports Running 32-bit Version After Installing 64-bit

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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I have two computers with vista home premium 32-bit oem versions on them. I want to upgrade both of them to windows 7 home premium 64-bit versions, without losing any files, folders or programs.

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?


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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 .