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December 8, 2009 12:24:38 AM

I have two hard drives in my machine and want to choose which one boots when I power up. One has win 7 64 bit (default load) the other Win 7 32 bit. The 64 bit does not play my games right while the 32 bit is perfect. I do want to keep the 64 bit for my other applications. Thanks

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December 8, 2009 1:27:43 AM

Start, run, msconfig, boot tab. Here you can find your two OS, win 7 32 bits and win 7 x64. Look for the "time out" and rise to 30 seconds.
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December 8, 2009 2:15:07 AM

saint19 said:
Start, run, msconfig, boot tab. Here you can find your two OS, win 7 32 bits and win 7 x64. Look for the "time out" and rise to 30 seconds.


I have the same situation on my test/backup PC.

I have been changing the boot order in bios which works fine, but is obviously not convenient.

On 32 bit, computer shows both drives, while boot in msconfig only shows one OS, and not the 64 bit version. The timeout is at the 30 second default.

I think another step is needed.
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December 8, 2009 4:46:36 AM

geofelt said:
I have the same situation on my test/backup PC.

I have been changing the boot order in bios which works fine, but is obviously not convenient.

On 32 bit, computer shows both drives, while boot in msconfig only shows one OS, and not the 64 bit version. The timeout is at the 30 second default.

I think another step is needed.



that seems to be an issue with the Master Boot Record then. saint19's steps should have worked perfectly.
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a b $ Windows 7
December 8, 2009 6:22:28 PM

Download Vistaboot pro, with this, in the "manage OS entries" tab, you can add the second drive boot. Is a program for Vista, but work on win 7 with out problems.
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December 16, 2009 4:21:12 PM

saint19 said:
Start, run, msconfig, boot tab. Here you can find your two OS, win 7 32 bits and win 7 x64. Look for the "time out" and rise to 30 seconds.


Ran msconfig, 32 bit HD does not show up under boot tab. Both show in my computer. Also, both drives are SATA, if that makes any difference. Thanks
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December 16, 2009 4:21:45 PM

win7noob said:
I have two hard drives in my machine and want to choose which one boots when I power up. One has win 7 64 bit (default load) the other Win 7 32 bit. The 64 bit does not play my games right while the 32 bit is perfect. I do want to keep the 64 bit for my other applications. Thanks


Ran msconfig, 32 bit HD does not show up under boot tab. Both show in my computer. Also, both drives are SATA, if that makes any difference. Thanks
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a b $ Windows 7
December 16, 2009 4:40:03 PM

Do you try with the program that i said up? Vistaboot pro
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December 16, 2009 4:44:03 PM

saint19 said:
Do you try with the program that i said up? Vistaboot pro

Is dual boot not a supported windows-7 capability?
Should it really be necessary to use a separate program to do it?
If possible, I would prefer to have fewer added programs and rely on microsoft supported solutions.
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December 16, 2009 5:18:32 PM

saint19 said:
Do you try with the program that i said up? Vistaboot pro


Really wanted to do this somehow free, veen though Vistaboot is only $10.00
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December 16, 2009 7:04:35 PM

win7noob said:
Really wanted to do this somehow free, veen though Vistaboot is only $10.00


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Download and use this ( http://vistabootpro.en.softonic.com/ ), is free. Say that need 2000/XP/Vista, but i used this with Win 7 without problems.
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