Dual Boot 32bit 64bit vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Caution811, Nov 19, 2007.

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    Caution811 Guest

    Hi I have the 32bit version of vista ultimate installed and using a 1TB hard
    drive and was wondering if I would be able to install the 64bit version on a
    separate new hard drive. I plan on getting a new hard drive so I can install
    the 64bit on that but have no idea if I would have any issues or if it would
    work perfectly. I tried the search but all I keep getting is dual booting
    with xp and vista, I don’t want to use a partition just want a whole
    different hard drive. So does anyone know if it would work or would I have
    some issues since the 64bit won’t be the primary? Thanks for any help anyone
    might have.
     
    Caution811, Nov 19, 2007
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    dzomlija Guest

    Whether you install to another partition, or to another hard drive
    entirely, the process is reletively simple.

    Just choose the appropriate destination partition/hdd when necessary,
    and the installer will take care of the rest. The difference comes in
    depending on HOW you started the install.

    If you start the install from within Windows, then your first OS will
    be on C: and the seond will be on D:, even if you boot into the second
    OS.

    If you boot from the DVD and started the install from there, then if
    you boot into the first OS, it will be on C:, with the second on D:. If
    you boot into the second OS, it will be on C: and the first OS will be
    on D:.

    In either case, when you start the computer, you will get a boot menu
    that lets you choose which OS to start, with the second OS being the
    default that will start in 30 second if you do not make a choice
    yourself.

    But if you also don't mind a more-or-less off topic suggestion? I
    started with a dual-boot between XP and Vista x64. I found Vista x64 to
    be so remarkably stable and compatible, that I never booted into XP for
    several weeks. So I totally wiped all my hard disks (after a backup
    session, of course), and then re-installed with only Vista x64. You may
    find a similar experience betwen Vista x86 and Vista x64, and may just
    end up only using Vista x64. Just make sure that you have all the
    compatibility updates for your software (if needed) and all the Vista
    x64 drivers for your hardware.


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    dzomlija, Nov 19, 2007
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    Caution811 Guest

    I still want to use the 32bt since a lot of the programs I need for my
    classes only have those drivers so I can’t just wipe it yet. It would have
    been the easier choice if every program I needed had support, but for I’ll go
    the dual hard drive dual boot. I just wanted to make sure it would work and I
    won’t have any issues like having to reinstall the OS I have now with a total
    complete fresh install just to install the other version on a new hard drive
    with no bugs. Thanks for your help.
     
    Caution811, Nov 19, 2007
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    dzomlija Guest

    Glad to be of help. Setting up dual boot is a real no-brainer these
    days, especially if it's combinations of XP/Vista or Vista 32/64.

    Just the boot menu will show "Windows Vista" for BOTH entries. When you
    have it setup, either myself or someone else on this NG can talk you
    through the process of editing the boot menu to show "Vista 32 Bit" and
    "Vista 64 Bit", so that you can easily distinguish the two, and which is
    the default.

    Just reply on this same thread when you're ready...


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    you die, so shall I be Reborn-...

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    - 1207GB Total Formatted Storage
    - Vista Ultimate x64
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    dzomlija, Nov 19, 2007
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    peter Guest

    The other way to set up a dual boot would be to disconnect the 32bit Vista
    drive and then install 64bit Vista on your new drive.
    Each HD would then have its own MBR.....and after you reconnect the 32bit
    Vista drive and boot up you would need to choose which HD to boot from.
    This can be done by either entering the BIOS each time or on a lot of newer
    mobo there is the option to push F12 on boot and it shows a screen which
    gives you the option of chosing which HD to boot from. .........see if you
    mobo has that option.
    Be aware that you will need to install 64bit mobo drivers as well as drivers
    for all hardware ...Programs will also need to be installed under the 64bit
    Vista.
    If at a future date you decide to just use one Vista it is an easy task to
    format the unwanted Vista without losing your boot or having to meddle with
    the MBR to reflect that change.

    peter
     
    peter, Nov 19, 2007
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    Tom Lake Guest

    If you start the install from within Windows, then your first OS will
    If he's running a 32-bit OS then he can't install the 64-bit from within
    Windows anyway.

    Tom Lake
     
    Tom Lake, Nov 19, 2007
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    rocketman2k Guest

    Hey Everyone. I have Windows Vista Ultimate (full retail dvd)and want
    to install the 32 bit version on one hard drive and install the 64bit
    version on a different hard drive (same computer)...does the Windows
    Vista Ultimate licence allow for this?
     
    rocketman2k, Nov 21, 2007
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  8. Very easy way to edit the Vista boot manager.

    http://www.vistabootpro.org/

    Mic
     
    Michael Palumbo, Nov 22, 2007
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    Bigskysmiles Guest

    If you are inquiring about ability to use the same key code ... I am also
    curious of this ... Would like to take advantage of 64 bit but not sure of
    full compatibility of my programs. Dual booting would be a solution. Also
    would programs need to be installed 2x? Once in 32 bit version and also into
    64?
     
    Bigskysmiles, Nov 30, 2007
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  10. When you try to activate the second copy it will balk, saying the key is in
    use already (and it is) so this wouldn't work.

    You would need a second key to activate both versions.

    As to your question about software, yes, you would have to install it twice,
    once for each OS.

    Mic
     
    Michael Palumbo, Dec 1, 2007
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