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I have some questions

  1. #1


    Posts : 43
    Windows 10 Pro

    I have some questions


    Hi, I have some questions, as well. Here's my scenario:

    I have Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit on my primary desktop that I do not want to change nor give up.

    I also have an older 32-bit Windows XP (version 2002) OS that currently is not installed on a computer (that one went belly-up on me).

    So my questions are:

    1. Can I use my current W7 64-bit machine as described above to download 64-bit W8 to burn to DVD or USB?

    a. If yes, can I then partition my SSD on which w7 is installed -- and then also install W8? (32-bit Windows XP is not installed on my SSD)

    or alternatively,

    b. Can I install 64-bit W8 on a completely different, cleanly formatted and empty internal or external hdd (WITHOUT the original 32-bit Windows XP installed), connected to the same primary desktop?

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  2. #2


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Welcome to EightForums.

    I also have an older 32-bit Windows XP (version 2002) OS that currently is not installed on a computer (that one went belly-up on me).
    If OEM, you can only install to that PC.
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  3. #3


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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by PCG View Post
    Hi, I have some questions, as well. Here's my scenario:

    I have Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit on my primary desktop that I do not want to change nor give up.

    I also have an older 32-bit Windows XP (version 2002) OS that currently is not installed on a computer (that one went belly-up on me).

    So my questions are:

    1. Can I use my current W7 64-bit machine as described above to download 64-bit W8 to burn to DVD or USB?

    a. If yes, can I then partition my SSD on which w7 is installed -- and then also install W8? (32-bit Windows XP is not installed on my SSD)

    or alternatively,

    b. Can I install 64-bit W8 on a completely different, cleanly formatted and empty internal or external hdd (WITHOUT the original 32-bit Windows XP installed), connected to the same primary desktop?
    1. Yes. Go here.
    a. Yes, using the Win8 32-bit full install system builder version under the personal use license. Also, if, for example, you have a full install ISO for 32 bit--available at least through Technet subscription for evaluation purposes.
    b. Possibly yes. But, under the MS EULA, you will forfeit your Win7 installation if you are upgrading. Also, if upgrading, presumably, you can't go from 32-bit XP to 64-bit Win8 even if doing a clean install and 32-bit XP is installed. You can do what you say with 64-bit versions of the software mentioned in a.
    Last edited by znod; 20 Jan 2013 at 11:41.
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    Posts : 43
    Windows 10 Pro


    This is not an OEM version of XP. I purchased it retail a couple of years after buying that computer in 2004 I believe it was.
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    Posts : 2,156
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    I assumed it was not OEM.
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    Good info here!
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  7. #7


    Posts : 43
    Windows 10 Pro


    Thanks for the replies! I'm up and running with dual-boot capability. It was much easier than I had anticipated. I had zero glitches during the install, and afterwards quickly figured out a brief problem in which I had no sound (went to Dell and downloaded the latest Realtec driver for that issue).

    Looking in to setting up a virtual machine now instead of dual-boot; I'm getting tired of shutting down and restarting so often.

    Thanks again!
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