I Have Windows 7 64bit now, Need 32Bit for driver problem. Dual Boot?

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  1. byghtn3

    byghtn3 MDL Junior Member

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    #1 byghtn3, Nov 8, 2010
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    I was wondering if it was possible to install W7-32bit in dual boot with W7Ultimate-64bit ACER OEM currently installed. If it can be done, is there a guide or something to help me figure it out?

    Would it be possible to share the installed programs and data between the 2 installations so as to save space and not have to double the space used by the data?


    Thanks
     
  2. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    And what driver would you need to use?
    Of course you can dual boot on separate partitions
    As to re-use of Program Files? That was easy in XP, in 7 might be possible with bit of security tweaking

    sebus
     
  3. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    I think dual boot is the worst solution..... if u r intending to use 32 bit, then do a fresh install after wiping out the 64 bit....

    Well, according to my knowledge, it is not possible to share installed programs between the dual boot.... o_O
     
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  4. byghtn3

    byghtn3 MDL Junior Member

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    #4 byghtn3, Nov 8, 2010
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    I have several scanners for XP that have no W7 drivers. I don't want to buy more scanners. I have had some sucess installing an XP driver in a Vista 32 install on a different computer and thought it would work the same for W7-32.

    As for "Reinstallation", I cleared this computer and reinstalled wiith the built in recovery partitionF10 which is 64bit only---I think.

    Maybe I can install only the scanner SW in the 32 bit section, then switch to 64bit side for actual use in programs?

    Would XP Mode allow USB scanner to work?---Just tried it, it works but is extra slow, I think maybe W7-32 would be faster for doing maybe 100 scans and edits. Ideas?
     
  5. khanIII

    khanIII MDL Novice

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    Hi,

    I too am using Win 7 64 bit and also had problems installing my scanner (Medion MD6190 Slim 1200 U2 designed for Win XP) because of no updated driver. After experimenting, I finally got it to work by modifying the "scanners.inf" file from vuescan.

    Basically I installed my scanner with the supplied software CD and rebooted. Then I modified the vuescan "scanner.inf" file by removing ALL scanner references EXCEPT for PLUSTEK, then saved this file in the scanner directory located in Win / Twain_32 folder. I then went into device manager, double clicked on my scanner, selected update driver, and used the "scanner.inf" file. You might need to right click on the program that starts the scanner and select compatability mode and select Win XP SP2 mode.

    Scanner working 100% and also have the new scanner icon in Printers & Devices.

    Here is the code I used:

    Copy and paste into notepad and save as all files with the name "scanners.inf" (including the ""'s)

    ----- START -----

    ; scanners.inf -- Windows Still Image Setup File
    ; To remove this driver before you install the
    ; manufacturer's software, go into Device Manager,
    ; open Imaging devices, then click on the scanner name
    ; with the right mouse button and choose Uninstall.

    [Version]
    Signature="$CHICAGO$"
    Class=Image
    ClassGUID={6bdd1fc6-810f-11d0-bec7-08002be2092f}
    Provider=%Provider%
    DriverVer=1/9/1999,1.0

    [Manufacturer]
    %Mfg%=Models,ntamd64

    [Models]
    ; USB scanners
    "Plustek Scanner" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_07b3&Pid_0005
    "Plustek Scanner" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_07b3&Pid_0007
    "Plustek Scanner" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_07b3&Pid_000f
    "Plustek Scanner" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_07b3&Pid_0012
    "Plustek Scanner" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_07b3&Pid_0013
    "Plustek Scanner" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_07b3&Pid_0016

    ; SCSI scanners

    ;---------------- Duplicated from [Models]
    [Models.ntamd64]
    ; USB scanners
    "Plustek Scanner" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_07b3&Pid_0005
    "Plustek Scanner" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_07b3&Pid_0007
    "Plustek Scanner" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_07b3&Pid_000f
    "Plustek Scanner" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_07b3&Pid_0012
    "Plustek Scanner" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_07b3&Pid_0013
    "Plustek Scanner" = USBScanner,USB\Vid_07b3&Pid_0016

    ;---------------- USBScanner -------------------------

    [USBScanner]
    Include=sti.inf
    Needs=STI.USBSection
    SubClass=StillImage
    DeviceType=1
    DeviceSubType=1
    Capabilities=0

    [USBScanner.Services]
    Include=sti.inf
    Needs=STI.USBSection.Services

    ;-----------------------------------------------------

    [Strings]
    Provider="Hamrick Software"
    Mfg="Hamrick Software"

    ----- STOP -----

    Plustek worked for me (my scanner has buttons for e-mail, scan, print etc which all work) so maybe this will work for you too, if not, reply to this thread and I will try and upload the complete "inf" file somewhere for you to play with.

    Regards, khanIII
     
  6. XOL2

    XOL2 MDL Novice

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    Hi guys

    I too have a Medion MD6190 which I want to use with Windows 7 x64. The driver I have doesn't have a file called scanners.inf or scanner.inf. When I get back to the PC I will upload the driver I have in case it is useful to others.

    Please could someone point me to the Vuescan driver which is mentioned?

    Thanks :)
     
  7. XOL2

    XOL2 MDL Novice

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    Zip file here: filedropper.com/sca6190win9xpfull
    And a self-extracting one here: wikisend.com/download/408188/sca6190win9xpfull.exe