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Windows Vista 32bit and 64 bit

by hgilmer / January 13, 2010 4:56 PM PST

I bought me a barebones everything is running awesome but I want to install 6gb of DDR2 800 ram and the only way to read this is 64 bit. Can I install another HD and run on boot up the drive I want to boot first one with Vista 32 bit and other with 64 bit. I want to keep my 32 bit running and not lose what I created.

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full version
by hgilmer / January 13, 2010 5:18 PM PST

my Windows Vista 64 bit is full version not an upgrade

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So far. Clean installs only.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 13, 2010 8:37 PM PST

Well discussed so for now you'll want to stick to 32 bit while you plan your next move.

Yes you could dual boot but many discover there is no supported method to move your 64 boot to the primary drive and Windows keep working. While I hear you loud and clear if this was me I would know to not get too attached to that dual boot system.

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run 32 bit
by hgilmer / January 13, 2010 9:33 PM PST

well could I just bootup 32 bit on one hd but have 64 bit installed on another hd to send my data to it then bootup 64 bit when I get ready to run it. It is just don't seem right with 32 bit running 4 gb ram and it just reads 3325 total physical memory running with Everest Ultimate edition but system Control Panel\System and Maintenance\System does show 4.00 GB and I have seen and read where 64 bit will read all ram you have on MB running physical mem also on cpu-z I it shows 4096 MBytes total.

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Yes you could.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 13, 2010 10:35 PM PST
In reply to: run 32 bit

My warning was about later when you figure it all out and have time invested in the 64 bit OS then decide that's the one to run all the time. There is no supported method to remove the 32 bit version and move the 64 bit version to the boot position.

As to the unused RAM there is so little gain that for the days or weeks you spend getting it all working like your 32 bit version that you will be REALLY UPSET as you discover first hand why I warned you.

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go windows 7
by hgilmer / January 13, 2010 11:01 PM PST
In reply to: Yes you could.

well I guess the only option would be, do windows 7 64 bit upgrade and keep all my files and data? or a vista 64 bit upgrade?

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You'll likely be upset over that.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 13, 2010 11:12 PM PST
In reply to: go windows 7
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by hgilmer / January 14, 2010 12:00 AM PST

Thank You Bob
I guessed it would be hard reinstalling but it's not and just made a outlook.pst file this would be my sixth time from Win 3.1 to Win 95 to Win 98 to Win Me to XP then Vista over a good period of 17 years lol I hoped there would be something new I didn't know.

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