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Possible to install Win 8 x86 on a Win 8 x64 Preloaded PC?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8.1 x64

    Possible to install Win 8 x86 on a Win 8 x64 Preloaded PC?


    Hi Everyone,

    I have an application for work that can only be used on a 32-bit system. (Something in MS SQL Database 2005 is preventing any instruction set bit from operating properly). I wanted to purchase a Surface Pro 3, then uninstall the factory OS, then install Win 8 x86. Was wondering if this was at all possible? And, if not possible with the Surface, would it be possible with a different PC/Tablet/Laptop, perhaps?

    (...and yes I know I'd unfortunately be limiting myself to 2GB's RAM)

    Appreciate any feedback, thank you!

    Chris

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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    64bit pc's will run 32 bit windows softare
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  3. #3


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    It's 4 gigs max address space for 32 bit windows by the way, not 2 gigs. And as mentioned, it should be doable. Have you thought of running it in a 32 bit Virtual Machine run from 64 bit windows?
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  4. #4


    New York, USA
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    Windows 8.1 64-bit (6.3, Build 9600)


    Yes, It should be possible. But it will only run in 32 bit? that seems strange
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    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    I would also recommend the virtual way. You will, however, need a seperate product key for the x86 OS.

    VMware Player - Install Windows 8
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    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Guys, thanks so much for the replies; for some reason the system didnt email me with the replies, and I just checked back now and saw them!

    Yes I understand your concerns, I don't have that much knowledge regarding the issue other than this piece of software Im using requires MS SQL Server 2008, 32 bit Express version. If that particular version IS NOT installed, then my program will not install correctly. I have no idea why, unfortunately, so I Cannot troubleshoot the problem.

    I am very interested in the VM machine, though. I dont mind purchasing another product key, either. Is the interface and installation pretty straight-forward? What does it entail bascially, starting up the VM software as a template then executing the .exe installable file of my program from 'within' the VM window?

    Thanks again!
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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    VMware Player - Install Windows 8

    or if you really need that program - download the 32bit version of windows 8
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    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by KYHI View Post
    VMware Player - Install Windows 8

    or if you really need that program - download the 32bit version of windows 8
    Thanks,

    Yes, I've looked at the installation tutorial and I see the steps involved, but I was inquiring as to basically how does the interface of VM ware operate, would I have to have it running in the background? Is it a practical work-around for a program that's used throughout the day?

    Also, this is a very finnickey program (this 32 bit version of the program I speak of), and if an install on a 64 bit machine isn't possible, I'm not sure how an install on an emulator would work, either. Seems the installer package/SQL express database would find some runtime error, etc. due to the fact that it's an emulator.

    But, perhaps its worth a try?

    In regards to my original question, I ask because all Surfaces are 64-bit, therefore it could be assumed that MS does not provide support for 32-bit drivers for the Surface. So, the question is then about functionality. It may not work at all under 32 bit Windows 8...

    It would be interesting to speak with someone that has actually done this, but I doubt I will find such a person. =(

    Thanks again!
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  9. #9


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Running under VMware Player is like running on the real machine. There may be some restrictions regarding access to special hardware, but else it is the same. And you can always try whether yor program runs. It is quickly installed and uninstalled. The virtual partition is just 1 folder.

    Here is an example I recorded that gives you an idea how it works. This is me running Windows 8 on a Windows 7 system.

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    Posts : 19
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Oh wow, great...

    So, each time I wanted to access the program I would have to fire up the VM ware? What about saving files, pdf and such to folders, does it store on the 'virtual' folder or the actual 'host' folder??
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