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Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

  1. #170


    Posts : 21,816
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by omnius View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sam9953 View Post
    Are you guys sure about that? I mean once I use the serial key of windows 8, what will happen of my OEM key of windows 7 for which I have paid.
    By "can't" he means the EULA says you're not supposed to keep using windows 7 alongside the 8 upgrade. I'm not going to elaborate on this because I just saw a thread about this get closed and a couple of bans handed out. I'm hoping for the forum admins to clarify their stance on whether we can even discuss this topic because that thread was locked but there are still dual booting tutorials on this website
    Omnius,

    This should clear it up for you.

    If you purchased an upgrade copy of Windows 8, then you can NO longer use say the qualifying Windows 7 (the OS you upgraded from) while the upgrade Windows 8 is installed. This means Windows 7 cannot be installed, and not even in a dual boot. This is as per the EULA above.

    If you purchased a system builder (full) copy of Windows 8, then you can still use both Windows 7 and Windows 8 however you like so as they are only installed on no more than one computer at the same time.


    This is also the exact same way it has been with Vista and Windows 7 for their upgrade vs full copies.

    Yes, you can discuss dual booting as long as it's not violating the EULA, and thus be an illegal discussion and against the forum rules.

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  2. #171


    Posts : 8
    windows 8 pro


    10-4 thanks, and just one other thing I'm unsure about - does the existing tutorial here only apply to discussion of dual booting the consumer preview version of 8?
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  3. #172


    Posts : 1
    win 7 Home Premium 64 Bit


    Brink,

    I bought the upgrade version of Win 8. Can I do the Dual Boot as described above?

    Thanks
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  4. #173


    Posts : 21,816
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Joruss, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Sorry, but no. You would be violating the EULA.

    See:

    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
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  5. #174


    Posts : 11
    Windows 7 Ultimate


    Quick question--

    --if I install this after Vista, will Vista be unable to boot? I remember trying to install Windows 8 after 7 and Windows 7 was stuck in Recovery Mode.
    If that does happen, is there something to do to have that not happen?
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  6. #175


    United States
    Posts : 650
    Windows 8.1 Pro, iOS 7.1, Elementary OS


    Quote Originally Posted by shadowboy1795 View Post
    Quick question--

    --if I install this after Vista, will Vista be unable to boot? I remember trying to install Windows 8 after 7 and Windows 7 was stuck in Recovery Mode.
    If that does happen, is there something to do to have that not happen?
    Manage your partitions correctly, and make sure they are seperate. Use a tool such as EasyBCD and choose the second HDD or partition to boot from, and from expirence, it should only have an error in the second OS. My 8 or 7 weren't ever effected. Hope you sort all of the issues out.
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  7. #176


    Posts : 11
    Windows 7 Ultimate


    Quote Originally Posted by TheGrantFitz View Post
    Manage your partitions correctly, and make sure they are seperate. Use a tool such as EasyBCD and choose the second HDD or partition to boot from, and from expirence, it should only have an error in the second OS. My 8 or 7 weren't ever effected. Hope you sort all of the issues out.
    Thank you, but just how do I make sure the partitions are managed correctly? I have dealt with this problem before and I have a feeling that Vista will stop working if I try this.
    Last edited by Brink; 26 Nov 2012 at 20:15. Reason: fixed quote
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  8. #177


    Posts : 21,816
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello shadowboy,

    Basically if you set it up like in the tutorial, you shouldn't have any issues dual booting Vista and Windows 8.

    If you do, then please post back with as many details as possible. We'll be happy to help with it.

    As usual, back up anything that you do not want to lose first to be safe.
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  9. #178

    'Mark' sound on startup


    Thanks a lot for the freat tutorial!
    One Q: Why there is a 'mark'/ 'park' sound on startup every time (before the dual boot manager/ screen) ?
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  10. #179


    Posts : 21,816
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Mac, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    I'm not sure what sound that is supposed to be. Could you give more details?
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