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Install 2 versions of Windows 8

Winuser

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If I install a different version of Windows 8 so I can dual boot would it cause any boot problems? I would like to dual boot Windows 8 Pro 64 bit and Windows 8 32 bit to run older programs. My computer was pre-installed with Windows 7 so i don't have UEFI. Windows 8 32 bit will be a full install.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP ENVY 700-074
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 4430 @ 3.00 GHz
    Motherboard
    MS-7826 (Kaili)
    Memory
    12 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GT 740
    Sound Card
    Integrated IDT 92HD68E2 Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung S27C230B
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    240 GB Kingston SSDNow V300 Series
    PSU
    stock
    Case
    stock
    Cooling
    stock
    Keyboard
    Logitech K520
    Mouse
    Logitech M310
    Browser
    Fire Fox
    Antivirus
    Eset Smart Security 7

caperjack

Just the Janitor
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32bit programs will run on 64bit windows ,just not the other way around .

it is possible ,i kind of do it now ,just that both of mine are 64bit .
you would need to partition the hard drive to create two partitions ,one for each version of windows .if you have win7 installed now you could use disk manager to shrink the original partition to make room for the second partition .

this tutorial is for win7 and vist but the idea is the same i think .
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista - Windows 7 Help Forums
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    win8.1.1 enterprise
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Hinze57
    CPU
    AMD FX 6100 6core 3.30gHz
    Motherboard
    gigibyte ga-78lmy-s2p
    Memory
    4gig ddr3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Radon hd5000 Series
    Sound Card
    onboard realtek hd
    Monitor(s) Displays
    19" viewsonic/ 22"Samsung
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    128gig ssd Kingston
    80gig WD 10000 rpm spinner
    Case
    micro
    Keyboard
    microsoft curve 200
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless M215
    Internet Speed
    high speed 20
    Browser
    ie 11
    Antivirus
    windows defender
    Other Info
    updated enterprise apr 2/14

Winuser

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I have some hardware I want to start using again that only have 32 bit drivers. I also have some 16 bit programs I want to use. I'll be installing to a separate hard drive. I already have the Windows 8 disk that I was going to install to an old laptop. I'm still deciding which direction I want to go.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP ENVY 700-074
    CPU
    Intel Core i5 4430 @ 3.00 GHz
    Motherboard
    MS-7826 (Kaili)
    Memory
    12 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia GeForce GT 740
    Sound Card
    Integrated IDT 92HD68E2 Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung S27C230B
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    240 GB Kingston SSDNow V300 Series
    PSU
    stock
    Case
    stock
    Cooling
    stock
    Keyboard
    Logitech K520
    Mouse
    Logitech M310
    Browser
    Fire Fox
    Antivirus
    Eset Smart Security 7

roodap

New Member
save all your data. i am not very sure if 32 bit install later to 64 bit version if can bring in boot troubles.
first 32bit and then 64 bit may not give problems.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 8 and 7
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    toshiba satellite c855d s3252
    CPU
    amd64
    Motherboard
    toshiba
    Memory
    4 Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    built in amd64/ati
    Browser
    ie10,opera
    Antivirus
    microsoft essentials
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