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Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

  1. #130


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 681
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    It shouldn't really make a difference. I've used this type of media many times before to install OS's. Now using the ISO from Technet (that failed eventually at a black screen when I burned it to a DVD) I extracted it to a desktop folder and lo and behold guess what? The setup in 'Sources' started the Installer!!

    I'm wondering if my downloads were corrupted when I sent them from one drive to another to copy them?

    I'll take another look at this and will possibly start with fresh downloads this time.

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  2. #131


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,515
    Vista and Win7


    Sounds like a plan.
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  3. #132


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 681
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Maybe, we shall see. I had originally downloaded the ISO's directly into the OS that hosts my VM which is on D: and has since transferred them to C:. I guess corruption set in somewhere along the line. My antivirus isn't to blame as I checked.
    I'm just hoping and praying I don't go through the ordeal I went through when I tried to install by booting from the DVD as I posted here: Tried Installing On My Spare Drive - Total Disaster
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  4. #133


    Brazil
    Posts : 32
    Windows 8.1


    I have this 500 GB HD with Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) and some major apps or suites (like Office 2010 and CorelDRAW X5) installed on it. And I have this 1 TB HD I use for storage and from which I run some portable apps. That is, I have no "empty" HD or partition. May I create an empty partition on this second HD to install Windows 8 (Consumer Preview) and yet get the dual boot? Or I must install it on the same HD where Windows 7 is?
    Last edited by Paultx; 05 Mar 2012 at 15:05.
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  5. #134


    Posts : 21,818
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Paul, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    It sounds like you will be able to, but could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) window showing all of your HDD's layout first just to be certain?
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  6. #135


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 681
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    It has to be on a different partition unless you go the Virtual Machine route, but if you want to dual boot it would have to either be another partition on your 7 disk or on the storage drive. The 1TB size is a bit large for the system and I advise you to divide it like I did. I used around a third of my TB drive for Windows 8 which is way more than enough.

    A couple of Win 7 tute's on that here: Shrink a Volume and Create New Partition and there are additional tute's indexed at the bottom of the first post on each.
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  7. #136


    Brazil
    Posts : 32
    Windows 8.1


    Thanks, Brink.
    .
    When I get home tonight I'll take the screenshot and post here. One more thing: I downloaded both the setup and the ISO file. I can't remember now which one, but last Friday I opened one of them from my Win 7 download folder and the installation process began as if I was installing a "regular" app... I was even able to toggle between the installation screen and Win 7 with Alt+Tab... But at a certain point I found no clue as to what was coming next so I cancelled the installation...
    Last edited by Paultx; 05 Mar 2012 at 15:17.
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  8. #137


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,515
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by Paultx View Post
    I have this 500 GB HD with Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) and some major apps or suites (like Office 2010 and CorelDRAW X5) installed on it. And I have this 1 TB HD I use for storage and from which I run some portable apps. That is, I have no "empty" HD or partition. May I create an empty partition on this second HD to install Windows 8 (Consumer Preview) and yet get the dual-boot? Or I must install it on the same HD where Windows 7 is?
    If you have 2 physical disks you have 2 options:

    1. Make a new partition on either disk (can be a logical partition) and install Win8 there. That will give you a dual boot.

    2. Make a primary active partition on the 'other' disk (the one where Win7 is not installed). Then disconnect the disk with your Win7 and install Win8 to the primary, active partition you created. Then you switch between Win7 and Win8 by changing the BIOS boot sequence.


    In both cases make sure you have only 3 (or less) primary partitions on the disk before you make a new partition.
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  9. #138


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,181
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    That Setup program runs a check on you system and gives you a report on what is compatible and what is not. Then it will start a download of Windows 8. I ran it until I got my report and then canceled out. I downloaded the ISO, burned to a disk then installed.

    Click image for larger version

    Jim
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  10. #139


    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 681
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    Question to Shawn, if one chooses not to install updates at the beginning, would that stop Windows from installing drivers automatically without asking first? Or would it cause problems do you think? I'm thinking of ways to thwart Windows 8 from recognizing my M$ BT dongle when I insert it.\
    I guess I could simply pull it out during the installation. (Unfortunately that would mean resetting it in all 4 of my other boots, but it would seem to be my only way. M$ forums have been silent on the issue I had).

    I guess the simplest solution would be to to just switch off my BT mouse and keyboard for the installation and leave the dongle in place.
    Last edited by Ex_Brit; 08 Mar 2012 at 10:30.
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