dual boot x64 & x32 XP

Discussion in 'Windows 64bit' started by Guest, Apr 29, 2006.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I think I made a mistake; I had new PC built with an AMD 64bit dual core
    with the intention of starting to get familiar with x64 but I wanted the x32
    for my everyday work. The technician set up a dual boot but loaded both (the
    x32 XP Pro & the x64 XP Pro) onto the 'C' drive with no partitions.

    I am having lots of problems; is my only alternative to reformat the drive
    into a 'C' & 'D' and reinstall both OS's, each in their own partition? If so
    which should I load first?

    Guest, Apr 29, 2006
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  2. Andre Da Costa [Extended64], Apr 29, 2006
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  3. A wise, cautious approach to a new operating system....

    Then he was no true "technician." He's a completely incompetent hack;
    don't allow him to touch your computers in the future.

    Yes, that's to be expected. It's been widely known among experienced
    technicians since the advent of WinNT that, under normal circumstances,
    placing two operating systems in the same partition, as has been done,
    is a recipe for disaster. A careful, knowledgeable specialist can do
    this safely for a short period of time, but the ordinary PC user had
    better be backing up his data hourly, as a catastrophic failure is a
    matter of "when," rather than "if."

    Yes. At this point, you safest course of action would be to back up
    your data, boot from the WinXP CD and format the hard drive, and then
    perform a clean installation of the OS.

    When multi-booting Microsoft operating systems the general
    rule-of-thumb (one that's actually still supported by experience) is to
    install the older OS (32-bit WinXP Pro, in this case) first.

    Multibooting with Windows XP


    Bruce Chambers

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    Bruce Chambers, Apr 29, 2006
  4. Charlie Russel - MVP, Apr 30, 2006
  5. The technician set up a dual boot but loaded both (the x32 XP Pro & the
    I'm completely with Bruce on this. Installing more than one version of
    Windows on the same partition has been a bad idea since Windows 95. Anybody
    who believes otherwise (or just wants to dispute this claim) is not a
    "technician" by any definition.
    Homer J. Simpson, May 1, 2006
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