Win 7 32bit and 64bit installation

April 19, 2011 at 07:42:57
Specs: Win7, Phenom2 x4 3Gig, 4Gig RAM
I wish to install win7 64 bit on my computer to gain the use of extra memory. I have 32 bit installation on a SATA drive, I would like to use a second SATA internal drive for win7 64 bit version. Is this possible?

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#1
April 19, 2011 at 08:13:26
yes.
just install and you will have a dual boot system, if for some reason dual boot does not show, download EasyBCD and setup multi boot from there

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#2
April 19, 2011 at 08:37:37
If you only have 4 gigs of ram, you won't notice any difference in performance. Make sure the drivers are available for all your hardware before you attempt this. Even with more than 4 gigs of ram, I highly doubt you will notice any difference. It's your choice.

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#3
April 19, 2011 at 09:32:00
Thankyou both for your prompt reply, I thought it was possible but wondered if adding the new drive would mess up the drive letters, obviously I can't have another c drive, I will try to set up tomorrow, thx again

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#4
April 19, 2011 at 10:13:25
Just note that each installation will consider the drive it is installed on as 'C' drive. This will initially be confusing so use the drive's capacity to keep them straight until you name each drive on both systems and that should help.

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#5
April 19, 2011 at 10:19:54
Fingers in a multiboot setup the second install is never seen as c:

Perhaps you are misreading the thread and thinking the OP is going to bios boot each drive?

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#6
April 19, 2011 at 10:55:10
I've never tried it but wouldn't there be a problem with activation of the 64bit version as the key would still be in use with the 32bit version?

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#7
April 19, 2011 at 11:17:04
You haven't been reading that rumor that started on the web a year or two ago saying its illegal to multiboot?

Its not. Also the key is not to a version. Same key works with x32 as x64. And if on the same machine MS would not see any difference upon activation.

This isn't any different than installing multiple incidences of the same OS on the same machine which people have been doing for years.

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#8
April 19, 2011 at 11:34:43
As I said, I've never tried it, but just from past experience with M$ activation I'd assumed that, even on the same hardware, performing 2 installations would be against an EULA somewhere, & even though the hardware is the same it would be apparent that the OS's were different - in fact as different driver versions would be involved I still wouldn't be surprised if there was an issue.

Edit: Just had a look at the EULA and it does say "...You may use only one version at one time...." when referring to 32bit or 64bit, though the term 'use' is obviously a bit vague.

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