dual boot after the fact

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  1. Lynn McGuire

    Lynn McGuire Guest

    I have a brand new dual Opteron PC that I am running WinXP x64 on.

    I would like to convert this to a dual boot PC with Win XP Pro 32. Do
    I have to install a separate partition ? Here is my drive C: info:
    Drive C: 40376800000 bytes free, 72587968000 bytes total, 44% full.

    I already am kinda dual booted since my C: drive was formatted was
    FAT32 and DOS 7.1 installed on it. When I boot, it give me a choice
    of DOS or WinXP x64.

    Thanks,
    Lynn
    Lynn McGuire, Jun 14, 2005
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  2. If you create a new partition in x64 and install Windows XP 32-bit, you will
    have do a repair install of XP Pro x64, sine you are installing an older
    version of Windows.
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    "Lynn McGuire" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    >I have a brand new dual Opteron PC that I am running WinXP x64 on.
    >
    > I would like to convert this to a dual boot PC with Win XP Pro 32. Do
    > I have to install a separate partition ? Here is my drive C: info:
    > Drive C: 40,376,800,000 bytes free, 72,587,968,000 bytes total, 44% full.
    >
    > I already am kinda dual booted since my C: drive was formatted was
    > FAT32 and DOS 7.1 installed on it. When I boot, it give me a choice
    > of DOS or WinXP x64.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Lynn
    >
    >
    Andre Da Costa [Extended64], Jun 14, 2005
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  3. "Lynn McGuire" wrote:
    > I have a brand new dual Opteron PC that I am running WinXP x64 on.
    >
    > I would like to convert this to a dual boot PC with Win XP Pro 32. Do
    > I have to install a separate partition ? Here is my drive C: info:
    > Drive C: 40376800000 bytes free, 72587968000 bytes total, 44% full.
    >
    > I already am kinda dual booted since my C: drive was formatted was
    > FAT32 and DOS 7.1 installed on it. When I boot, it give me a choice
    > of DOS or WinXP x64.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Lynn

    Ensure you're using a different partition for each, as there are different
    cores, and some directories have different purpose : for instance
    \windows\system32 is for 64-bit modules in x64, etc...
    =?Utf-8?B?Q2hyaXM=?=, Jun 14, 2005
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  4. Lynn McGuire

    Lynn McGuire Guest

    > Ensure you're using a different partition for each, as there are different
    > cores, and some directories have different purpose : for instance
    > \windows\system32 is for 64-bit modules in x64, etc...


    Yeah, I had noted \windows\system32 ... seems kind of short sighted.
    I would have thought that the new directory would be \windows\system64.

    But, no telling what software depends on that directory being in that place.

    Lynn
    Lynn McGuire, Jun 14, 2005
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  5. Hello Andre,
    You don't need to do a repair after installing 32-bit Windows as long as
    you install to a different partition/drive.
    The only files that come into play are the files in the root of the boot
    device.
    So that should be boot.ini which should be fine.
    NTLDR and NTdetect which should be backed up first and then replaced after
    installing 32-bit Windows.
    You should be good to go.
    Repair is overkill for this.
    Thanks,
    Darrell Gorter[MSFT]

    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights
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    <"Lynn McGuire" <> wrote in message
    <news:...
    <>I have a brand new dual Opteron PC that I am running WinXP x64 on.
    <>
    <> I would like to convert this to a dual boot PC with Win XP Pro 32. Do
    <> I have to install a separate partition ? Here is my drive C: info:
    <> Drive C: 40,376,800,000 bytes free, 72,587,968,000 bytes total, 44% full.
    <>
    <> I already am kinda dual booted since my C: drive was formatted was
    <> FAT32 and DOS 7.1 installed on it. When I boot, it give me a choice
    <> of DOS or WinXP x64.
    <>
    <> Thanks,
    <> Lynn
    <>
    <>
    <
    <
    <
    Darrell Gorter[MSFT], Jun 15, 2005
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  6. Ahh, thanks for correcting me Darrell.
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    ""Darrell Gorter[MSFT]"" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hello Andre,
    > You don't need to do a repair after installing 32-bit Windows as long as
    > you install to a different partition/drive.
    > The only files that come into play are the files in the root of the boot
    > device.
    > So that should be boot.ini which should be fine.
    > NTLDR and NTdetect which should be backed up first and then replaced after
    > installing 32-bit Windows.
    > You should be good to go.
    > Repair is overkill for this.
    > Thanks,
    > Darrell Gorter[MSFT]
    >
    > This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights
    > --------------------
    > <From: "Andre Da Costa [Extended64]" <>
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    > <If you create a new partition in x64 and install Windows XP 32-bit, you
    > will
    > <have do a repair install of XP Pro x64, sine you are installing an older
    > <version of Windows.
    > <--
    > <Andre
    > <Extended64 | http://www.extended64.com
    > <Blog | http://www.extended64.com/blogs/andre
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    > <
    > <"Lynn McGuire" <> wrote in message
    > <news:...
    > <>I have a brand new dual Opteron PC that I am running WinXP x64 on.
    > <>
    > <> I would like to convert this to a dual boot PC with Win XP Pro 32. Do
    > <> I have to install a separate partition ? Here is my drive C: info:
    > <> Drive C: 40,376,800,000 bytes free, 72,587,968,000 bytes total, 44%
    > full.
    > <>
    > <> I already am kinda dual booted since my C: drive was formatted was
    > <> FAT32 and DOS 7.1 installed on it. When I boot, it give me a choice
    > <> of DOS or WinXP x64.
    > <>
    > <> Thanks,
    > <> Lynn
    > <>
    > <>
    > <
    > <
    > <
    >
    Andre Da Costa [Extended64], Jun 15, 2005
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