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Dual boot Win7 32 bit and Win8 64bit?

Discussion in 'Windows 8 discussion' started by finamd, Oct 17, 2011.

  1. finamd

    finamd Guest

    In anticipation to the final version of Windows 8 being available to the masses, I would like to know what are the possibilities of installing Windows 8 64bit when Windows 7 32bit is already installed.
    Would Windows 7 32bit and all 32bit drivers have to be reinstalled with 64bit versions?
    Would all settings and saved data be retained?[​IMG]
    Would it mean a complete reinstallation of all existing/installed applications or partitioning the hard drive and start from new again?
    Or would installing another hard drive be more appropriate?
     
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  2. ps355528

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    do you have 64bit hardware?
     
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    Recommend a new hard drive, very cheap and if testing a Beta version if it crashes better off reformatting the hard drive then reinstalling an updated version. Even the finished version may have bugs and may give you headaches, having a safe stable backup will save you grief in the long run.
    I used this approach when trying Win7. If I encountered a serious problem, just pulled the Win 7 HD, went back to XP then waited for an update to fix the issue and reformayyed and reinstalled on the Win & HD again.
    Plus, you don't have to worrying about buggering up the system beyond repair.
     
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    note previous direct question went unanswered.. sounds like somebody doesn't have 64 bit hardware (which turned out to be a dead end except for servers.. mainly because microsucks only released crappy second rate noobs software for it until it was too late.. a 2.8 64 chip and os still outperforms a dual core 32 at the same clock.)
     

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