I did a shrink partition on a new Dell 6520 that had Windows 7 64 bit and loaded Windows 7 32 bit and get windows could not complete the installation. to install windows on this computer restart

I did a shrink partition on a new Dell 6520 that had Windows 7 64 bit and loaded Windows 7 32 bit and get the following error when the 32 bit installation is attempting to complete.  "windows could not complete the installation. to install windows on this computer restart"
tjmustangAsked:
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David Johnson, CD, MVPConnect With a Mentor OwnerCommented:
imagex.exe /apply install.wim 1 x:\

Where 1 = Basic, 2=HomeBasic, 3=HomePremium, 4=Professional 5=Ultimate in Full Retail Packages

some OEM versions only have 1, use the value that applies to your product key. Since you have DELL OEM version this must be the disk that came with that particular computer, installing it on another computer violates the OEM User License
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
Are you trying to dual boot Win7 64 and Win7 32 ?
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tjmustangAuthor Commented:
Yes, have done it the same way before on a Dell 6510 without this problem.
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
It seems an odd thing to want tp do - but you should be able to do it.

1, After creating the second partition does the system still boot (if not there has been an error in shrinking the partition)
2. Are you booting from the DVD (nor trying to run the installation from within windows)
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tjmustangAuthor Commented:
I know many people that need 32 BIT Windows 7 and 64 BIT as many programs and drivers are not available for 64 BIT Windows 7 and that is why I need a dual boot and have had the same for years on a Dell 6510 laptop.

1. The new Dell 6520 came with a large 64 BIT partition and I did a shrink partition operation in Windows 7 64 BIT.  I then inserted a WIndows 7 32 BIT DVD and allowed it to use the un allocated space to install a Windows 7 32 Biit OS.
2.  It is the Windows 7 32 Bit installation that hangs on the error I posted in this question.
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MereteCommented:
Can that work with this mainboard drivers??
Wouldn't you have to hide the C partition, any issues with regestering this W7 setup with this Mainboard.
Has it been used before?
What if you partition it first from windows 7 64 disc manager r/click the disc and make active?

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tjmustangAuthor Commented:
1.  The new Dell 6520 laptop cam ewith Windows 7 64 Bit, so the motherboard works with Windows 7.

No, you need not hide C as Windows 7 can handle multiple partitions.

Yes, as I said, I have a Dell 6510 with a factory installed Windows 7 64 partition that I used the shrink partition function and loaded a 32 BIT Windows 7 OS on the space that was gained during the shrink partition operation.

If you make the second partition active in the 64 bit boot manager, both partitions are rendered useless as the boot manger is in the original Windows 7 partition (64 BIT)
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
1.  can you boot into the 64bit version?
2. what is the size of the 32bit partition?
what you could do is get imagex.exe from the windows automated installation kit
copy the install.wim from the dvd to the 32 bit partition and do an
imagex.exe /apply install.wim 1 x:\
you didn't say which disk you are using and what version of win7 you want to install so I can tell you the correct value for "1"
replace X: with the drive letter of the 32bit partition
you may or may not have to do (if the 32bit windows 7 does not show up in the boot manager)
bcdboot x:\windows

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ComputerTechieCommented:
I say use http://gparted.sourceforge.net/ to re-size the partitions then try to install.

CT
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
I assume you are referring to the record on black screen which is Windows Boot Manager selection choice.
Are you are you able to boot any of these 32 and 64bit OS?
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tjmustangAuthor Commented:
Hi ve30fa

1. Yes I can boot into the 64 BIT OS which I did the shrink partition operation on.
2. the 32 BIT partition is approx half the size of the HD 240 GB.
3. I am trying to install Windows 7 32 BIT on the new partition that was created by the Windows 7 32 BIT DVD from Dell.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
What is the mode the HDD in BIOS set? SATA or IDE? Turn it to IDE Compatible and try to install again.
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tjmustangAuthor Commented:
Hi noxcho,

it is set for RAID
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tjmustangAuthor Commented:
Hi ve3ofa,

I am downloading the kit now and will burn the ISO on Monday and give it a try.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Do you have there RAID configuration? If not then change it to SATA or IDE and install the OS. The problem is in lack of drivers in your installation DVD.
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tjmustangAuthor Commented:
Hi noxcho,

Tried changing the mode and still a no go.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Are you using RAID or single drive?
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MereteCommented:
Well I cant say if this is possible, shrinking a partition and then installing windows 7x32 to a windows 7x64 bit on the same the drive?
 personally I dont believe this can be done under these circumstances.
and ontop running  windows 7 64 bit parralel with 32 bit.
The master boot record of windows 7 x 64 bit would have to be hidden, just like in XP..and at least partition the secondary unalloctaed space dont leave it raw.
 at this point it is just unallocated space and is not really identifiable by setup?
 then I'd make a  new folder on the secondary partiton and name it windows 7 32 and then run setup and install to that new partition
I'd also  run a chkdsk on this new partition,
That's my thoughts.
But lets take a look at your boot.ini that will show what's going,
Go to start run>type> cmd press enter>then type>   bcdedit   < press enter
or if the run is not on the start menue
 open start menu,  > All Programs, > Accessories.
Right-click on Command Prompt and select Run As Administrator.
Once in the CMD window, type bcdedit.
This will return the current running configuration of your boot loader, showing  the boot manager and any and all items
Here if you wish to edit the boot loader remove an entry do so.  
please post back a screen shot if you can
My windows 7 boot.ini
boot-ini.jpg
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Well I cant say if this is possible, shrinking a partition and then installing windows 7x32 to a windows 7x64 bit on the same the drive?
 personally I dont believe this can be done under these circumstances.


Yes it can be done. it can even be loaded to a virtual disk and booted from the .vhd

I know 10 years of working with boot.ini's (and maybewe tend to get stuck the proper term is bcdstore

then I'd make a  new folder on the secondary partiton and name it windows 7 32 and then run setup and install to that new partition

Primary and logical partitions I'm familiar with what is a secondary partition?

Why create a new folder called Windows 7 x32 as you won't be able to see it from the boot media
you don't have to create a new partition (primary/logical it doesn't matter), format and label it as Windows 7 x86, or you can just install to the 'unallocated space'  it really doesn't matter.

The only caveat is that the bootloader must be on the first active primary partition. I'm not sure if it has to be on the first hard drive in the bios boot menu any more.
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
His problem is not in BCD or in some files but in lack of RAID drivers in Windows 32bit installation files. And he is using RAID configuration.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
So he should INCLUDE the needed drivers (f6) in the first part of the windows install  *boot from the DVD"
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MereteConnect With a Mentor Commented:
How can he use Raid in a dual boot?
 I agree with OEM issues like ve3ofa says.
I have had that thought from the start, to use a "Dual Boot" arrangement he will need to purchase another copy of Windows 7 and activate it as well.

Windows 7, 32bits/64bits Dual Boot Licensing.
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/windows7-32bits64bits-dual-boot-licensing/0e46df7a-a574-e011-8dfc-68b599b31bf5?msgId=0c1e9fa9-a874-e011-8dfc-68b599b31bf5
So here's how to
How to Dual Boot Windows 7 32-Bit with Windows 7 64-Bit - Part 2
http://www.pagestart.com/win7db06171108.html
Being a DEL it may have problems with DEL drivers
Sony dos not support this
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
To test if the problem is with Installation DVD or drivers try to download Windows 7 32bit Enterprise 90 days trial license and install it.
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