Dual boot revisited


  1. Posts : 40
    windows 10
       #1

    Dual boot revisited


    HI

    In a previous post, with help from this forum, I successfully installed win10 64 bit (GPT partitioned drive) dual booting with win 10 32 bit on a separate drive (MBR partitioned). I want to change this to have both OS's on the same GPT drive. I created an additional partition on the GPT drive, booted from an EFI mode USB stick and ran the win10 32 bit install. The install failed right after I selected to install the 32 bit, with an error message referring to winload.efi being missing. I then selected the 64 bit install and that ran successfully.

    Why does the 32 bit install fail, while still being able to install the 64 bit windows? If I can I want to end up with 32 bit windows and 64 bit windows on the same GPT drive.

    Thanks.
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  2. Posts : 2,790
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
       #2

    Your PC ships with a 64-bit EFI implementation. Such an EFI can boot only 64-bit OSes in EFI mode. Thus, to boot a 32-bit version of Windows, you must boot it in legacy BIOS mode.
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  3. Posts : 40
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    I guess this means I have to put the 32 bit windows on a separate MBR partitioned drive. There would be no way to have both OSs on the same GPT drive. Is that correct?
    topgundcp said:
    Your PC ships with a 64-bit EFI implementation. Such an EFI can boot only 64-bit OSes in EFI mode. Thus, to boot a 32-bit version of Windows, you must boot it in legacy BIOS mode.
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  4. Posts : 2,790
    Linux Mint 20.1 Win10Prox64
       #4

    falkunmalti said:
    I guess this means I have to put the 32 bit windows on a separate MBR partitioned drive. There would be no way to have both OSs on the same GPT drive. Is that correct?
    Correct.
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  5. Posts : 40
    windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Thanks Topgundcp. I am marking this as solved. You have been very helpful. I am going to convert everything to BIOS Legacy. That way, my two OSs can be on the same SSD drive.

    topgundcp said:
    Correct.
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