W7 (32) on 64-hardware

By borate
Mar 23, 2010
  1. SATA drive has W7 32-bit.

    If that is installed as a second drive and booted on a PC with new 64-bit hardware (which has W7 64 on its main drive), will the W7 32-bit O/S run?

    If instead the SATA drive has XP 32-bit loaded, will that O/S run on the 64-bit hardware?

    Any mods required?

  2. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 1,835

    32bit operating systems will run fine one 64-bit hardware... it's backwards compatible. you might have to reinstall some 64-bit drivers if the hardware is different or it may be easier to just reformat. the OS might not run at all if the correct drivers are installed. as a general rule it's always best to do a fresh reformat and installation when changing hardware, why are you looking to boot from multiple drives?
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,675   +389

    As EXCellR8 said, no issues with 32bit on 64bit capable hardware.

    There almost certainly will be issues if you try and take a hd from 1 machine and put it in another and expect to boot Windows on it without a reinstall.
  4. borate

    borate TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Appreciate the feedback. The two drives are part of a back up/imaging strategy that has worked well here for a decade. In light of this info, I may craft another approach.
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