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About a year ago I cloned the HDD from a PC with OS Win7 professional

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About a year ago I cloned the HDD from a PC with OS Win7 professional (32-bit) on to an SSD 840 pro 512 GB (using your SDM) and then exchanged the original HDD for the cloned SSD. It has been working perfectly since.

I have a number of old software programmes that need a 32-bit OS which I need to run these days on PCs or laptops with 64-bit OSs (Win 7 and 8).

My question is this: Can I clone again the 32-bit SSD with the Win 7 pro OS on a new 840 pro SSD and then use it as an external SSD (connected via USB 3) to run any of the 64-bit computers from it as a 32-bit computer?

Dr Virgilio Lew
Physiology, University of Cambridge
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Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Computer
Expert:  Viet - Computer Tech replied 3 years ago.

Viet - Computer Tech :

Hello! Thank you for your question. I am a licensed computer professional with over ten years of experience, and I will be assisting you today.

Viet - Computer Tech :

I'm sorry about the issue. You cannot run any program from external without reinstalling the program.

Viet - Computer Tech :

I'm not sure what you mean with "t run any of the 64-bit computers"?

Viet - Computer Tech :

I'm not sure what you mean with "to run any of the 64-bit computers"?


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JACUSTOMER-tt2jhd94- :

If I connect an external SSD containing installed Win 7 pro 32-bit OS to 64-bit computers using a USB 3 connection, will the 64-bit computers boot up with the 32-bit OS? Will I be able to run programmes that only operate within the 32-bit environment?

Viet - Computer Tech :

Sorry, it won't boot with with the 32-bit OS if you connect it via USB connection; you have to connect it internally.

JACUSTOMER-tt2jhd94- :

You mean that if I replace the original HDD connection with the SSD containing the 32-bit OS, the 64-bit computer with then accept and run the 32-bit OS?

Viet - Computer Tech :

No, the computer model has to be the same or similar

Viet - Computer Tech :

Is there something wrong with the old computer that you need to switch to a new computer?

JACUSTOMER-tt2jhd94- :

OK. Thanks!

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Expert:  Viet - Computer Tech replied 3 years ago.
You're welcome. Also, many 32-bit programs work on 64-bit Windows, but not sure if your 32-bit programs work; I guess you have checked them.

By the way, if you have to use windows 7 64-bit, and if you have one of these windows 7 64-bit editions: Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate, then you can download and install the Windows XP mode, which is 32-bit, and it will let you install/run your 32-bit programs within windows xp mode program:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/install-and-use-windows-xp-mode-in-windows-7

Please let me know if you have any further question any time. Thank you
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Nothing wrong. The old computer is a PC. The laptop I have for presentations when I travel is a 64-bit, so I was looking for ways to show the old 32-bit programmes on the 64-bit unit.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thanks! XXXXX use the XP mode if I have to, But it's no as good as a straight 32-bit configuration, and win 8 doesn't like it much...

Expert:  Viet - Computer Tech replied 3 years ago.

You're welcome. I see; you can try some solutions:

1. There is the remote program called TeamViewer you can install and setup for remote connection display the PC's screen on the laptop:

http://www.teamviewer.com/

 

Install TeamViewer program on both computers.

 

For only the PC, do this step: in the TeamViewer program, click on the Connection menu, then Setup unattended access..., and continue there.

https://www.teamviewer.com/en/res/pdf/first_steps_unattended_access_en.pdf

 

Solution #1 is best / easiest. You do need reliable / high-speed internet connection.


2. See if you can install any of your 32-bit programs on the 64-bit windows laptop.

3. On the windows 64-bit laptop, click on Start, then right-click on Computer, then click on Properties, then check if you have windows 7 edition: Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate. If yes, then use windows xp mode program:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/install-and-use-windows-xp-mode-in-windows-7

4. Buy and install windows 7 32-bit on laptop.

Thank you

Expert:  Viet - Computer Tech replied 3 years ago.

Install TeamViewer program on both computers.

 

http://www.teamviewer.com/

 

For only the PC, do this step: in the TeamViewer program, click on the Connection menu, then Setup unattended access..., and continue there.

https://www.teamviewer.com/en/res/pdf/first_steps_unattended_access_en.pdf

 

This solution is best / easiest. You do need reliable / high-speed internet connection.

 

Thank you,

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thanks again. Will keep these options in mind. Bye

Expert:  Viet - Computer Tech replied 3 years ago.
You're welcome. OK, please come back if you still need anything else any time. Thank you,

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