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Upgrading from Win7 86x to 64 - Make it a dual system?

Posted 28 January 2012 - 01:52 PM

Hi kids. Although I have been doing web development for a couple years, I am woefully ignorant of the internal comings and goings of my computer. Therefore I submit my question to yous guys.

I am currently running win7 Pro 32 bit OS. I want to upgrade to win7 64 bit so I can bump up my memory. Normally I would just format my hdd and install win7 64 on it, but I made the mistake of allowing my daughter to nistall a couple games and she has threatened to whine heavily if I wipe her games.

So I had a thought. What if I buy a new HDD and install the 64 bit version on it, so I would have one hdd with 32 bit and all my tax write-offs games, and a separate hdd with the 64 bit OS on it. Unfortunately, thinking about how to do this gives me a head ache.

So first question, Is it even possible? I have heard of dual boot systems, and I even set one up in college, many many years ago.

Second, if it is possible, does anyone have a nifty tutorial I can walk through.

thank you for all your pending, great ideas and advice.

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Re: Upgrading from Win7 86x to 64 - Make it a dual system?

Posted 28 January 2012 - 03:03 PM

The first question should be does your processor handle 64bit? What chip are you using?
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Posted 28 January 2012 - 03:55 PM

AMD Athlon II x4 620

and in case it matters, my motherboard is the Gigabyte MA790GPT-UD3H AM3.
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Re: Upgrading from Win7 86x to 64 - Make it a dual system?

Posted 29 January 2012 - 04:18 PM

windows will handle your dual boot, if you have the install cd then pop it in the drive and follow the instructions.

Windows will display the 2 operating systems on boot.

just make sure in setup you select the empty drive

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Re: Upgrading from Win7 86x to 64 - Make it a dual system?

Posted 03 February 2012 - 07:34 PM

Hey dude! it's very simple. You only need the x64 windows & alternative hdd (if you want a usb or an external hdd). Connect your alternative hdd, insert your x64 windows disk and power on your PC & enter in "bios setup" then select the "optical disk drive" at fist boot device (in boot order option) and restart your machine. The windows installation setup will start, you only need select the external hdd (in advanced options) at the device in which the windows files will be installed. At the end, your pc restarts and it will question what OS do you like to start (it menu is created automatic by the windows instalation) and secure you will have the x32 & x64 configurations.
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Posted 04 February 2012 - 11:22 AM

Perfect, thanks. Now I just need to wait for a sale at newegg or somewhere on hard drives. Thank you all for your suggestions!
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Posted 04 February 2012 - 05:48 PM

You could also copy the information on the hdd you are using now to a external USB / Firewire Hdd then pop in the new OS install disk do a fresh install go into your bios set it to boot to usb first and the hdd second anytime your daughter wants to play games connect the usb and it will boot that OS. If you get a large enough external you could also use this to backup your new 64bit OS.
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Re: Upgrading from Win7 86x to 64 - Make it a dual system?

Posted 06 February 2012 - 02:05 PM

Moved to Software Support -> Windows
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