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By rhmercer ·
In some areas it is possible for owners of two automobiles to insure both under the one policy. The proviso is that both cannot be driven on the road at the same time.
Why therefore is it not possible [well, legal as far as MS is concerned] to install both the 64bit and 32bit Windows 7 on one computer and I mean on separate drives. After all one purchases both install disks and it is not possible to use both versions at the same time!
There are good reasons for using 64bit but there are still some 32bit programs that I want to run but which will not run under the 64bit Windows 7. As far as I can see one could still install RAM for the 64bit without a problem even though the 32bit would not use it all.
Just another way for MS to be dictatorial? It is obvious they would be making more profit by forcing one to purchase another version for a second computer - in which case both disks would once again be included. Greed or stupidity? Perhaps both!

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Huh?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Microsoft restrictions

"Why therefore is it not possible [well, legal as far as MS is concerned] to install both the 64bit and 32bit Windows 7 on one computer and I mean on separate drives. After all one purchases both install disks and it is not possible to use both versions at the same time!"

Who says it isn't possible? As long as you've purchased both versions, install them on separate drives, and configure your boot loader to prompt for the boot drive, you should be okay legally and technically.

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I think the OP means

by .Martin. In reply to Huh?

with one Product key.

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Poor Analogy

by TheChas In reply to Microsoft restrictions

This is a poor analogy.

While you can insure 2 cars on a single policy, and it is often cheaper than insuring 2 cars on separate policies, I don't know of any insurer that will give you a single car rate for 2 cars.

However, your general point is taken.

What I think you want is for Microsoft to offer a bundle of X64 and X32 versions of Windows under a single license at a reduced cost versus buying both individually.

That stated, don't hold your breath. What benefit or incentive is there for Microsoft to offer a dual OS product? Perhaps the biggest reason Microsoft would not consider a dual OS distribution is that they want to move on and get away from the 32 bit platform.

Chas

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Poor analogy?

by rhmercer In reply to Poor Analogy

Whilst I am not sure just what "Huh" means, having been educated in English - perhaps an abbreviation of some sort? - I am unable to respond to Palmetto. However Martin is correct in that I meant with one product key. I apologize for the omission. I must concede that in todays' economy TheChas is probably correct in that no insurer will give you a single car rate for 2 cars. This was not so in the past where two cars of equal value would be insured for a one-car price. Now, naturally, money is everything and profit is the underlying reason for existence. Even though Microsoft want to get away from 32bit there are still a number of good, irreplaceable, programmes that one would be happy to utilize.

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Huh.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Poor analogy?

'Huh?' (with a question mark) is an expression of surprise, another way of saying 'What?' or 'You're joking.'

'Huh.' (with a period) is an expression of acknowledgment, or of accepting a situation.

With that out of the way, I see your point. I suspect MS will be happy to sell you a product key like you discuss, and that the price will be exactly the same as the price of 32-bit key PLUS the price of a 64-bit key.

I've never seen two cars covered for the price of one in the US. What I've seen are lower rates for one car that aren't driven as many miles as another, but never two-for-one. Maybe Down Under, but not here.

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