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Windows 8 upgrade with Win 7 in dual boot ?

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    Windows 8 upgrade with Win 7 in dual boot ?


    I have Win 7 installed on my main HDD.
    If I purchase the 40$ Windows 8 upgrade, can I install Windows 8 on a separate partition of the same HDD while keeping the Win 7 partition available (and untouched) through a dual boot option?


    If so, can I rely on the Windows 8 setup application to take care of installing the boot loader and adding the two OSes to the boot options? Or is it something that I have to take care myself with some third-party boot loader and custom installation steps?


    In other words, I want to end up with a dual boot setup made of Win 7 and a new, freshly installed, Windows 8 setup. Is it something that I can do with the "upgrade" Windows 8 license?


    Thanks,


    Ozo.

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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    NO you can't it's against the license, if you upgrade from Windows 7, you don't have the right to use Windows 7 anymore, in dual boot or another PC
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    Hack OS X + Windows 8 Pro x64


    how about installing a windows 8 preview on a different partition, then upgrading from that! (it works)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    how about installing a windows 8 preview on a different partition, then upgrading from that! (it works)
    http://download.microsoft.com/Docume...0bef5cbe3a.pdf

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft
    What about upgrading the software? The software covered by this agreement is an upgrade to your existing operating system software, so the upgrade replaces the original software that you are upgrading. You do not retain any rights to the original software after you have upgraded and you may not continue to use it or transfer it in any way. This agreement governs your rights to use the upgrade software and replaces the agreement for the software from which you upgraded. After you complete your upgrade, additional software will be required to playback or record certain types of media, including DVDs.
    You would have NO original software.
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    Hack OS X + Windows 8 Pro x64


    Why wouldn't it be original software? It upgrades fine, if they were so bothered they'd have prevented it from being possible!
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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    how about installing a windows 8 preview on a different partition, then upgrading from that! (it works)
    this is against the license too


    "to install Windows 8 Pro, customers must be running Windows XP SP3,Windows Vista, or Windows 7"


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    So if there is no way to dual boot with Win 8 Pro, can I uninstall it and continue using my win 7?
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    Hello golferdude, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Yes. If you uninstall the upgrade Windows 8 Pro copy, then you can use the Windows 7 if you like. You just can't have both installed at the same time as per the EULA. It's either or. That's how we can get an upgrade copy at a cheaper price than a full (system builders) copy.
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    Windows 8 Pro/Windows 8 Pro/Windows 7 64 Bit64Bit/Windows XP


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello golferdude, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Yes. If you uninstall the upgrade Windows 8 Pro copy, then you can use the Windows 7 if you like. You just can't have both installed at the same time as per the EULA. It's either or. That's how we can get an upgrade copy at a cheaper price than a full (system builders) copy.
    So Brink, what you're saying is that I have to take a chance on destroying my original Windows 7 setup, by going over the top, or wilfully destroying it by putting Windows 8 on another partition, am I getting this correct.
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    You can use the Windows 8 System Builder to install Windows 8 in a the dual boot partition. At the moment its $80 on Amazon. (It was $70 a couple of days ago)

    However, if you install XP, Vista or Win7 on the second partition first, then the upgrade version will work.
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