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Can I have 2 hard drives. One with Win 7 32bit and the other with win 8.1 64bit and choose which system to boot into?

Hi. I have a Dell Dimension 9150 with a 3.2gig Dual core processor and 4x 1gig ram. I am currently running Win 7 32bit on a 320gig hard drive. I have a second 500gig hard drive installed. I am toying with upgrading to 64bit and as a test I would like to install either Win 7 or 8.1 64bit on the second drive. In doing so will I be able to choose which system to boot into at start up and possibly retain both systems, please?
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  1. I don't think the Pentium 4 (w/HT which makes it look like a Dual core) is 64 bit compatible. I think there are a few s775 Pentium's that were, but I don't think yours will work. I could be wrong but from what I've read (here is one post to look at).
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    Hello,

    If you are willing I recommend you download CPU-Z from www.cpuid.com. Install and run program, and about 1/2 way down first screen you will see a section labelled "Instructions" - If you see EM64T listed then your Intel CPU supports 64Bit operating systems.

    As far as running a Dual-Boot setup, it is definitely possible to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 from 2 separate hard drives, though I do not know the specifics on doing so personally, but a quick search engine lookup should answer that in detail.

    http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2344-dual-boot-installation-windows-8-windows-7-vista.html

    Hope this helps
  3. lunyone said:
    I don't think the Pentium 4 (w/HT which makes it look like a Dual core) is 64 bit compatible. I think there are a few s775 Pentium's that were, but I don't think yours will work. I could be wrong but from what I've read (here is one post to look at).


    Anonymous said:
    Hello,

    If you are willing I recommend you download CPU-Z from www.cpuid.com. Install and run program, and about 1/2 way down first screen you will see a section labelled "Instructions" - If you see EM64T listed then your Intel CPU supports 64Bit operating systems.

    As far as running a Dual-Boot setup, it is definitely possible to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 from 2 separate hard drives, though I do not know the specifics on doing so personally, but a quick search engine lookup should answer that in detail.

    http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2344-dual-boot-installation-windows-8-windows-7-vista.html

    Hope this helps


    Hi. Thanks for the reply. I have already determined (using CPU-Z) that the processor will support 64bit, and I can't see any reason that it would not work with 2 separate drives but I thought it best to query before proceeding. Just in case.
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