Can I dual boot Windows 7 32-BIT & 64-BIT?

Microsoft Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit
July 9, 2010 at 04:50:00
Specs: Windows 7
I need to know whether I can dual boot and how
to configure the boot manager or whether it would
be easier to install grub. PC was preinstalled with
x32 want to dualboot x64 for gaming as pc has
4gb ram.

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#1
July 9, 2010 at 13:07:58
Why not stay with MS's loader?

There is no reason to use 64 bit though. You will take more overhead in filespace and ram use. Since you don't have way more than 4G you don't need more ram addresses. I never heard of any game that was faster in 64 bit but there could be. Some of the 64 bit compiling tools are a bit faster so the apps could be faster.

Look at a stripped down 64 bit just for gaming or just for that game to try to improve speed. I doubt you will gain anything after all of that but if you have seen tests to prove it then try it.

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#2
July 9, 2010 at 18:05:32
Yeah, I know, but I would like to try it though. What im asking is
how to configure MS's bootloader when I install the x64 version.

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#3
July 9, 2010 at 21:47:02
the answer is YES..just install both OS on different partitions and the loader will show the choice of 32 or 64 bit at start...you can even use the same key for each OS on the same machine.

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#4
July 9, 2010 at 22:50:16
Ok thanks, I was just wondering if I had to configure it.

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#5
August 3, 2010 at 08:08:58
So following that logic, are you saying it would also be possible to dual boot 32-bit Windows 7 and 64-bit Ubuntu 10.04 on different partitions? Don't know if this is a dumb question but I'd like to know as I really don't know the answer :-S

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#6
August 3, 2010 at 08:45:47
i would say thats possible, however you will have the grub loader instead of the win 7 loader, but it will not make any difference, so long as your machine can run x64, each OS loads independently of the other, so its the same as running win 7 32bit and x64..

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#7
October 1, 2010 at 10:27:41
Just to ask, when I install it on a partition, will it erase anything from what I already have on the 32 bit part? Also will all of my information on the 32 bit side be used when I boot with the 64 bit? Thanks!

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#8
October 1, 2010 at 12:06:00
Each Windows 7 OS should have no problem accessing files from the other (and Linux can access your Windows files) but you could not access programs, they will need to be installed for each OS. You may consider adding another partition just for your files. To reduce confusion, add names to the drives ('Win 7 32bit' , 'Win 7 64bit' , ''Storage') in each OS, since each OS will label their OS primary drive as 'C'.

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