My computer is 32 bit, need 64 bit to install windows 7
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I had a Compaq SR1710NX with OEM XP SP3 (32bit). The system was a 32bit system.
During January 2013, I upgraded to the Win 8 Pro 32 bit. As many of you also had with an older system, the video was jacked. So I decide to rebuild the system into a 64 bit system. (AMD A10 5800K & MSI FM2-a85xa-g65 Mobo). I ordered my copy of Win 7 retail to become my new OS platform.
Now because I am using the same Hard Drives, when I go to start the system up and install my win 7 copy, tadaaaa! Win 8 Pro 32 bit starts running. I am very much in a "WOW" state for several reasons.
- I figured I was going to have to configure everything - I changed Mobo's, so I didn't think the OEM software would run with the change.
Now the two big questions:
- Can I install win 7 64bit to another drive and have it primary boot from that drive?
- Can I have the option to boot from either a Win 8 Pro 32 bit drive and a separate Win 7 Home Pro 64 bit drive (kind of as a dual boot, but not one within the other as I have seen in some forums)?
I am at a loss? I did not think you could run a 32 bit OS and, prospectively, a 64 bit OS in this way. The only reason I am now considering keeping Win 8 Pro 32 bit at all is because my Video is completely awesome now.
I have not even loaded the MSI Mobo software yet either.
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You can install Win 7 64 bit on another harddrive - just shut down the computer and
disconnect the Win 8 drive and install win 7 64 bit on the other drive -