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Old 08. Jun 2011, 04:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Post WINDOWS-7 OS64 bit using and i m unable to install any of the 32-bit OS

i am having WINDOWS-7 as OS in my desktop/laptop which is 64 bit and i m unable to install any of the 32-bit OS in my desktop/laptop ...pls suggest me as how to troubleshoot this compatability issue
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Old 08. Jun 2011, 07:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Microsoft has a free Windows XP virtual PC mode that can be downloaded to run compatible 32 bit XP software on a Windows 7 OS 64 bit machine:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/vir.../download.aspx
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You cannot install an OS on top of another, unless you're running a virtual machine. Microsoft Virtual PC is an example, but I prefer VMWare or VirtualBox. Alternatively, you can run dual-boots, but that's difficult for Windows OS.

If you meant programs, then its another story. Most likely they aren't 64-bit compatible.
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To me it sounds like you've bought a retail version of Windows 7 which provides two separate disks, one for 64-bit and one for 32-bit OS. Only one of these should be installed depending on your needs/choice.

If you are trying to install 32-bit programs on a 64-bit OS, in my experience this usually isn't a problem though sometimes it may be necessary to run the installer as administrator or in compatability mode, or both.
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i am having WINDOWS-7 as OS in my desktop/laptop which is 64 bit and i m unable to install any of the 32-bit OS in my desktop/laptop ...pls suggest me as how to troubleshoot this compatability issue
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Ive done a few 64bit installs recently and running 32bit programs wasn't a problem.
As someone else said, make sure you are logged in as an administrator or right click and run the exe as administrator..
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