I am currently running windows xp pro 32 bit OS. Also in my possession is a windows 7 ultimate 64 bit operating system's ISO file. My goal is to start the installation of WINDOWS ULTIMATE 64 BIT through a USB pen drive. I finally found a promising link via google search. ( http://www.bwana.org/2009/01/11/how-to-install-windows-7-beta-from-a-usb-drive-to-an-hp-mini-1000-without-vista/ ) I managed to get through till the 12th step. In the 13th step, I am stuck. I get the error -k:\boot\bootsect.exe is not a valid win32 application as I am running a 32 bit OS.Is there anyway to get through this?
Few sites offer a free download of a 32 bit version of Windows 7's bootsect.exe. Should I replace my 64 bit bootsect.exe(present in my original Win7x64Ultimate ISO file) with a 32 bit one and create an ISO file with the rest of the files intact, will I be able to get through the 13th step?
Also, I have 5 drives in "My Computer". All of them partitioned using the NTFS file system. My XP Pro 32 bit is in C: drive. I do not mind losing the data in C: as that is where I've planned to install win7 ultimate 64-bit. However, I do want the files in the other drives. My question is-"Will I be able to access those files in the other drives after installing win7 x64 in C: drive??"
A million thanks to any help.