Vista Ultimate x64 on XP x86 system

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by rharlow, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. rharlow

    rharlow Guest

    So, I'm looking to upgrade my system to Vista x64 Ultimate from XP Pro
    x86 in preparation of updating to 7 Ultimate x64. (already have the OE
    x64 Vista disc with Windows 7 coupon

    Looking for a possible easier solution than having to reinstal
    everything all over again

    Can I get another hard drive, say 150gb (poss velociraptor), an
    install Vista x64 on that, while keeping my existing Seagate Baracud
    SATA 230gb with XP 32 bit

    Then overtime re-install applications to the 150gb drive, and keep th
    old 230 for data files

    Stupid question- are all the applications that would be on old driv
    unusable until re-installed on new drive

    Hopefully you can follow my thought process - any ideas. Thank

    rharlow, Oct 9, 2009
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  2. rharlow

    Rick Rogers Guest


    There isn't one.
    Certainly, but that doesn't change anything. You are still faced with
    creating a clean installation. You could accomplish the same by installing
    cleanly without formatting to the existing 230GB drive. When you do this,
    the existing x86 installation will be moved to a windows.old folder on the
    root of the drive where you can still access data.
    Not a stupid question, but you're assumption is correct. Installing an
    application adds needed supporting registry entries and places files in the
    system folders for use by the application. Until this happens, the
    application will not run correctly, if they even run at all,
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    Windows help -
    Rick Rogers, Oct 10, 2009
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  3. rharlow

    rharlow Guest

    Ok, so no easy way out.

    Next series of questions, Just ordered a WD Cavier black 640g drive to
    be my primary, and to install Vista/7

    What is the best way to handle this. Goal is to have WD drive as
    primary OS and application drive and existing Seagate drive for data
    (possibly use it for backup?)

    I will be installing Vista Ultimate x64 with 7 Ultimate x64 to follow.

    Should I clone existing drive to new WD drive and then switch them to
    make WD drive "C" drive?

    Should I remove Seagate Drive, install Vista on WD drive and then
    re-install seagate drive? (it will have old xp on it - I do not
    want/need dual boot capability)


    rharlow, Oct 11, 2009
  4. rharlow

    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Chip.
    This ought to work fine. After installing Vista x64 on your new WD HDD, you
    can plug in your Seagate HDD and use it as a data drive. No need to
    "reinstall" it; just use Vista's Disk Management to be sure the drive is
    recognized, and you probably will need to re-assign drive letters to the
    volume(s) on it.

    So far as your new Vista is concerned, WinXP doesn't exist - except as a
    bunch of files taking up a lot of room on that HDD. If you don't want WinXP
    anymore, just delete its boot folder (formerly C:\Windows - it may now be
    D:\Windows or some other drive letter) to recover all that disk space.

    As you guessed - and Rick confirmed - you'll need to reinstall your apps -
    for two reasons. First, each app's setup file will need to write entries
    into your new Vista's Registry, in addition to copying the files on the new
    HDD. Second, those 32-bit applications will need to be installed into Vista
    x64's C:\Program Files (x86) folder; in a 64-bit system, the C:\Program
    Files folder (without the "(x86)") is reserved for 64-bit applications.
    Since Win7 will arrive in just 11 more days (October 22), you might spare
    yourself some of the hassle by waiting until you have Win7 x64 installed
    before reinstalling your apps.

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    Windows Live Mail 2009 (14.0.8089.0726) in Win7 Ultimate x64
    R. C. White, Oct 12, 2009
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