Cloning and setting up a dual boot system


  1. Posts : 6
    Windows 10 64 Bit
       #1

    Cloning and setting up a dual boot system


    I seek advice about the possibility of setting up a dual boot system on my existing Windows 10 64 bit pc.
    I have an old redundant PC which I built in 2009. Windows 7 Professional 32bit OS installed.
    I no longer possess the installation disc and am therefore considering cloning the OS and installing this onto my current PC provided that this difference in bit rate could be tolerated.
    So my first question is can I set up a dual boot system incorporating both 64 and 32 bit systems? If not, I have 4 hard drives, small SSDs, and 2 x1TB 2 HDDs, so if necessary I would be willing to dedicate one SSD to accommodate the Windows 7 32 bit OS.
    My second question is how do I set up a dual boot system?
    The third question is, could I use Macrium Reflect (free issue) software to clone and if not can you suggest an alternative free system?
    Last edited by Wilbri; 17 Jul 2019 at 05:15.
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  2. Samuria's Avatar
    Posts : 6,110
    windows 10
       #2

    Firstly it's unlikely the old win7 would boot and run on the new PC you best bet would be to clone the old disk and try it with no other disks before trying anything else. It may not even be possible if the new system is uefi with secure boot and the old is mbr it may be impossible to run both systems
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  3. Megahertz's Avatar
    Posts : 2,516
    Windows 7 HP 64 - Windows 10 Pro - Lubuntu
       #3

    As Samuria advised, the best you can do is to clone the Win 7 HDD to a SSD or HDD, detach the Win 10 disk and try to boot it. On BIOS, you need to disable Secure boot and Fast Boot as Win 7 isn't compatible with them.

    If you succeed, the fist problem would be the reactivation. Is your Win 7 license a retail or OEM?

    The main problem are the drivers for your new system, but on Asus site I can see that there are Win 7 drivers for your M5a99FX Pro.

    I would do a Clean install of Win 7 64 on dedicated disk. You can retrieve the win 7 license and download the iso from the net.
    Last edited by Megahertz; 17 Jul 2019 at 09:22.
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  4. ThrashZone's Avatar
    Posts : 7,125
    3-Win-7Prox64 2-Win10Prox64
       #4

    Hi,
    For different bit you'd have to install one and remove the drive than install the other
    Best process for the same bit too frankly

    Then each drive has it's own boot loader
    Just reconnect and use F8 or what ever brings up your boot options
    Then select which ever os you want to boot too.

    Helps if you add labels to easily identify different hdd's/ sdd's on the boot menu.
    Free mini tool can do this easily

    Best Free Partition Manager for Windows | MiniTool Partition Wizard Free
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