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Currently I have a system that dual boots between the 32-Bit and 64-Bit versions of Windows 7 (in that order on the drive).

I would like to experiment with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Remote FX but I don't want to wipe out my 64-Bit version.  If create a System Repair Disk for my 64-Bit Win7 on the 2nd half of the hard drive and then install Windows Server 2008 R2 on the 1st half of the hard drive, will I lose my installation of my 64-Bit Win7?  Or will my System Repair Disk be able to fix it so this will work?
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Why don't you just create enough free space on your HD for Windows server 2008 r2, then install it? It uses the same boot manager as Windows 7 does, so it should see your other installed OS's and just add itself to the boot menu.
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I would want to make sure that Server 2008 R2 is on it's own partition.  Aside from that, it will work, right?
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It should. Another option you could use though, provided you have enough RAM, is to install VMware Player or Oracle's VirtualBOX (both are free), and then install 2008 server as a VM inside your Windows 7 x64 OS. You'd then run both OS's at the same time.
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Mohammed Rahman earned 1000 total points
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Shrink the volume of the drive to create a third partition (if not present) and install the OS onto it. That should work fine.

Unfortunately if you run into trouble, you can repair the boot settings using 7 OS disk. Once you are on the desktip (32 or the 64) you can use EASYBCD to rebuild the boot settings for dual boot.
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