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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. #21


    Posts : 4
    Win7 Ultimate/ Win8


    Dual booting with win7 ultimate on an acer AO722. Installing on a clean build amd desktop tonight

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  2. #22


    Lincoln UK
    Posts : 155
    Windows 7 x64/Win 8 Dev x64


    Set mine up as a dual boot using a spare hard drive.
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  3. #23


    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)

    Tell us about your Win 8 (Dev) setup


    Tell us about your setup using Win 8.

    You can do this using just verbiage or screen shoots. I thought this would be a good time for members to start showing how they have setup Win8. Also let us know if it is being used in a VM, main OS, or dual boot.

    I'll get things started:

    Dual boot with Win 7
    Office 2010
    Photoshop CS5
    Faststone Imagine Viewer
    Winamp
    iTunes
    MP3Tag Editor
    Adobe Acrobat 9

    Will post updates as apps are added.

    It will be interesting to see what others are doing.
    Please no comments on the UI; this is so others can see what you have and ask questions pertaining to the different installs.

    Thank you for any and all comments (okay I know all you guys from Sevenforums so keep it clean).
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  4. #24


    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Quote Originally Posted by IownAmoneyPit View Post
    I installed as a dual boot using 2 separate drives, first unplugging the Windows 7 SSD drive then installing Windows 8 on the other formatted spinner drive. After Windows 8 installation I reattached the Windows 7 drive.

    Only drawback is I do not have a boot order menu but have to use Bios boot order menu options (F8) on my Asus mobo to boot into either Windows 7 or Windows 8.

    As others have alluded to the installer will let you choose a separate partition on the same drive but not a separate drive.
    Not sure why you could not install on separate drive. I have four 500 gig HDD's and it is installed on the second thus I was able to set it as a dual boot on two different drives.
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  5. #25


    Have it running in virtual box on my elitebook 8440p and as the primary OS on a Dell D630.
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  6. #26


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8 and Windows 7


    Dual boot with Windows 7 install first then windows 8 in custom mode
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  7. #27



    The Contemplator
    (1963-2013)
    Doncaster, UK
    Posts : 638
    Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64


    Clean installation Multiboot with Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 8 7989, all 64-bit.

    I recommend using the WindowsDeveloperPreview-64bit-English-Developer version (the largest of the available downloads). The applications work with this version.

    The installer functions in the same way as Windows 7, so should cause no problems. I installed from a USB key, created in exactly the same way as those for Vista and Windows 7.
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  8. #28


    Quote Originally Posted by Dwarf View Post
    Clean installation Multiboot with Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 8 7989, all 64-bit.

    I recommend using the WindowsDeveloperPreview-64bit-English-Developer version (the largest of the available downloads). The applications work with this version.

    The installer functions in the same way as Windows 7, so should cause no problems. I installed from a USB key, created in exactly the same way as those for Vista and Windows 7.
    I'm going to try that, as I've said in another post, using the regular x64bit preview the apps stopped working after about an hour or two, and the resolution is well above 1024 x 768. I'll report back if that makes any difference.
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  9. #29


    Posts : 4
    Windows 7


    Dual boot with Windows 7, I simply replaced the Server 2008 R2 installation I had running on a second harddrive with Windows 8. Funny though, I get the new boot screen, and it boots into Windows 8 (I changed the delay to 5 seconds), when I choose Windows 7, it reboots (as in I see the bios screen) and then boots straight into Windows 7. Maybe it is the crappy Alienware bios messing up here, but I thought it was funny in any case, it just adds about 20 seconds additional boot time to Windows 7, just as if they want me to run Windows 8, which in this way boots up much much quicker then 7
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  10. #30


    Hull England
    Posts : 207
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64 Sp1/Windows 8 Release Preview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by sjaak327 View Post
    Dual boot with Windows 7, I simply replaced the Server 2008 R2 installation I had running on a second harddrive with Windows 8. Funny though, I get the new boot screen, and it boots into Windows 8 (I changed the delay to 5 seconds), when I choose Windows 7, it reboots (as in I see the bios screen) and then boots straight into Windows 7. Maybe it is the crappy Alienware bios messing up here, but I thought it was funny in any case, it just adds about 20 seconds additional boot time to Windows 7, just as if they want me to run Windows 8, which in this way boots up much much quicker then 7
    Mine does the same, select seven and back to the bios to load. I don't know if It would make any difference setting seven as the default OS in msconfig/boot or whether that would mess the multiboot selection screen up?

    Danny
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