can you use a 32 bit OS on a 64 bit computer

August 16, 2011 at 18:26:34
Specs: Windows 7, 4 gig
I have a new 64 bit windows seven and computer and I want to put a clone of my old XP which is 32 bit on a partition. will this mess things up?

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August 16, 2011 at 18:42:24
You'd need to install it, not just clone the installation from another machine (which XP would balk at anyway). You also need to consider that there's likely few XP drivers that will work with your 64-bit machine as well. Also, you'd need to install it on a separate partition and probably edit the start-up files so you'd have the option to boot to either OS.

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August 16, 2011 at 23:25:26
Yes, you can run a 32-bit OS on a 64-bit computer.

No, you can't clone your existing 32-bit OS. As explained above, it probably won't run. If it did run it would need to be reactivated with a retail key (an OEM key wouldn't work because of the change of hardware). If you have a retail key you should have (or can easily get) an install CD. Install the XP from scratch.

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August 17, 2011 at 10:22:32
Also be aware that a 32 bit os is limited to 3 gb of ram tops. A 64 bit os doesn't have that issue.

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