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Can a 32bit and 64bit Windows Be Installed On The Same Desktop?

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#1 graybeard47


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Posted 15 July 2012 - 02:58 AM

The above two will not be on the same drive. One drive will be a hybrid and the other a ssd. Each will be mounted on an internal sata mobile rack using their own individual tray: one tray will have to be removed before the other one can be inserted and not "hot" swaped.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:05 AM

Yea as long as the HDD/SSD is partitioned or you are using a virtual environment such as Parallels or Virtual Box.

A x86 and x64 would be treated as two different operating systems.

Edited by KING_OF_SAND, 15 July 2012 - 03:58 AM.


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Posted 15 July 2012 - 03:51 AM

As @king_of_sand said, yes you can.
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 06:15 AM

I had this running for a while actually, first install the 64-bit.
Then custom install the 32-bit on another physical drive (preferably), like KING_OF_SAND said.

I'm not sure about what you plan to do exactly with removing / hot swapping, but they happily co-exist on the same system.
With 2 correctly installed OS (or more) on the same system at the same time, you'll get a boot-menu before any OS is loaded, and you may choose witch one to load at that point.

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Posted 15 July 2012 - 07:55 AM

Easy answer if I understood the question correctly is yes.

From what you described only the drive with windows 32 bit or 64 bit will be in the computer at one time. so no gyrations needed. Just power down, swap boot drive and go.

However Legally and for activation you will need to use two licenses.


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Posted 15 July 2012 - 10:44 AM

Yes, create a partication... :D sorry on my phone so .. Start , right click on computer, mangage, disk management, right click on the biggest part witch will say C drive or primary partition and right click on expand and then type the amount needed in mega bytes.
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