Windows 7 64-bit and 32-bit Vista: are they friends?
January 29, 2010 1:28 PM   Subscribe

Installing Windows 7 64-bit onto new hard drive. Will I still be able to access the data on the old drive that has 32-bit Vista installed?
posted by dabug to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Yes.
posted by reptile at 1:30 PM on January 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


If it's physically connected, yeah, sure. They use the same file system (NTFS).
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 1:35 PM on January 29, 2010


Yes, you'll be able to read the files, but you wont be able to run non-trivial applications or anything from the old install. If you need to do that, then you should look into virtualizing your Vista install and running it within Win7.
posted by damn dirty ape at 1:40 PM on January 29, 2010


HOWEVER... apps installed on the old drive won't automatically act like they're installed on Win 7 64.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 1:40 PM on January 29, 2010


Excellent, thank you all!
posted by dabug at 2:42 PM on January 29, 2010


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