Set up the Dual Boot Xp32 and Xp64

I want to set up a dual-boot for my business environment, mainly because some of my hardware will not work with the 64-bit operating system. I currently have 64-bit installed, but cannot get the 32 bit version to install, once started, it won't read the disc (I put the CD-ROM as first boot device) should I wipe it and install first 32?  Thank you

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Maybe it's a coincidence, but I have the same question 2 days ago on an old house built X Gamer computer.

It turns out that the SATA DVD drive necessary data cable be moved to a JMicron (completely illogical) SATA port controlled instead of the Intel ICH10R SATA ports.

What you can also try is pressed the space bar twice a second after you put first on the PC with 64-Bit CD already in the CD/DVD drive.

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