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How did you setup your Win 8 install?

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  • On a seperate test machine

    56 10.07%
  • As a Virtual Machine (VM) guest OS

    55 9.89%
  • Dual boot

    190 34.17%
  • As your main OS on your primary machine

    249 44.78%
  • On a tablet device

    6 1.08%
  1. #141


    I partitioned my 2TB hard drive, then installed Win 8 from within Win 7 and installed the new OS into the smaller partition. I now have dual boot and it seems to work well. I'll be kicking the tires over the next few weeks...

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  2. #142


    Posts : 534
    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP


    With W8 support of boot to VHD I went that route and dual booted for a while on my work laptop. Everything was running well so I blew away W7 and am running W8 as primary. For home I have it on an older laptop that has been revived with W8 which runs really well on it.
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  3. #143



    I am Woman! Hear Me Roar!
    NJ
    Posts : 1,116
    4 Windows 7 Pro Sp1- 4 Win 8 Pro, 1- xp pro sp3


    i set it up on VMWare on my laptop running windows 7 Pro and one of my desktops running Windows 7 Pro also. I plan to upgrade both with the upgrade download when it comes out (purchasing new machines offer) I just purchased 2 desktops but I will not be putting them on there. I will be putting one on my laptop that has the vmware now and another desktop.
    robin
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  4. #144


    Posts : 179
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center


    For my dual boot setup,

    I created a 80 GB VHD from Windows 7 Disk Management then formatted it to NTFS. I then boot to Windows Server 2012 disc and use diskpart to locate the .vhd file I created in the Windows 7 partition. Install it there and Server 2012 retained the old Windows Boot Manager unlike Windows 8.
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  5. #145


    Posts : 19
    Triple Boot-XP,Vista and Windows 8


    I just created a new partition using easeus partition manager sized at about 12gb. I then downloaded the release preview iso and the windows 7 usb download tool. Used the tool to extract the iso to the usb. Plugged the usb in on boot and it installed very easily
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  6. #146


    Sofia
    Posts : 135
    XP, Win7, Win8_Eval


    Quote Originally Posted by theveterans View Post
    For my dual boot setup,

    I created a 80 GB VHD from Windows 7 Disk Management then formatted it to NTFS. I then boot to Windows Server 2012 disc and use diskpart to locate the .vhd file I created in the Windows 7 partition. Install it there and Server 2012 retained the old Windows Boot Manager unlike Windows 8.
    Check the date of bootmgr on your system partition. It can't be the Windows 7 bootmgr as it cannot boot newer Windows versions (or MS security is crap).

    The appearence of boot menu in "old" text style has nothing to do with versions.
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  7. #147


    Posts : 354
    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V


    Windows 8 Pro RTM installed on my laptop for every day use. For work, I have a Windows 7 install running in Client Hyper-V (I don't have a second machine for work, and I like to keep work and personal life separate).
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  8. #148


    Posts : 179
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by boyans View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theveterans View Post
    For my dual boot setup,

    I created a 80 GB VHD from Windows 7 Disk Management then formatted it to NTFS. I then boot to Windows Server 2012 disc and use diskpart to locate the .vhd file I created in the Windows 7 partition. Install it there and Server 2012 retained the old Windows Boot Manager unlike Windows 8.
    Check the date of bootmgr on your system partition. It can't be the Windows 7 bootmgr as it cannot boot newer Windows versions (or MS security is crap).

    The appearence of boot menu in "old" text style has nothing to do with versions.
    Oh, I meant to say that the appearance is exactly like the old boot manager. there is no new gui look from Windows 8. Just plain old text boot manager.
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  9. #149


    Posts : 23
    win 8.1 Pro (64-bit)


    I backed up (system image) my Windows 7 setup and then installed Windows 8 on top of my windows 7 setup. All works fine. Of interest, windows media centre/player was incorporated into Windows 8.
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  10. #150


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Fresh install of Win8 Pro x64 retail ( 2 Weeks early! ) on SSD
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