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  1. #180


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    windows 8 pro 64-bits


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    I have tried to make new partition and it was unallocated . when I right clicked in that olume and did next and next then following box appeared. what It mean I just scared . what it mean please explain....and also should I leave it unallocated and re install windows 8 in this drive. ? please help

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  2. #181


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello dare2winnn,

    You do not want to convert an OS disk to dynamic. Doing so will make it unbootable.

    Could you post a screenshot of your Disk Management window showing it's full layout along with were you were wanting to install Windows 8 to or from?

    This will better help us determine what options you may have.
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  3. #182


    Posts : 1
    windows 8 and windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by Golden View Post
    I agree Brink, but if you have no other choice....well, it works. I don't know why following your tutorial never worked for me, I just can't work it out.

    Regards,
    Golden
    Golden, your method worked for me as well. Not sure that I am going to keep it yet- when I choose the disk with 7 the computer again goes thru post, and that is different. Like the retro op system menu too.
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  4. #183


    Posts : 5
    win 7 64 bit


    Im a little confused,, maybe i didnt read this throughly enough yet,,, My friend has an Acer desktop that has windows 8 already installled,,, he needs windows 7 installed as a dual boot set up so my plan was to split up his 2Tb hdd with a few partitions and install Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit as a second O/S so he can run some hardware that he needs that only has older drivers available.

    So can i just partition his drive through windows 8 and then reboot and install win 7u to one of the partitions and still be able to choose which o/s to boot from??

    EDIT!!!! Disreguard i found instructions on how to do it.
    Thanks!

    JRockZ
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  5. #184


    Posts : 21,820
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello JRockZ, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Yep, first page of this thread is the tutorial for how. If you have any questions, then please feel free to ask.
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  6. #185


    Posts : 5
    win 7 64 bit


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

    Yep, first page of this thread is the tutorial for how. If you have any questions, then please feel free to ask.
    So im still having problems,, i understand im going to have to downgrade win8 to win7 then reinstall win 8 is that correct?
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  7. #186


    Posts : 21,820
    64-bit Windows 10


    JRockZ,

    Did the Acer desktop come with Windows 8 preinstalled, or did your friend just installed it?

    In addition, do you know if the Acer desktop has an UEFI motherboard?

    Could you also post a screenshot showing the full layout of Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) on the Acer desktop? This will help us to give you better advice.
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  8. #187


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    So im still having problems,, i understand im going to have to downgrade Windows 8 to win7 then reinstall win 8 is that correct?
    NO.

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  9. #188


    Posts : 5
    win 7 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    JRockZ,

    Did the Acer desktop come with Windows 8 preinstalled, or did your friend just installed it?

    In addition, do you know if the Acer desktop has an UEFI motherboard?

    Could you also post a screenshot showing the full layout of Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) on the Acer desktop? This will help us to give you better advice.
    It did come with windows 8 pre-installed,, I do not know on the motherboard Im attaching a screen shot i took with my camera as that PC is not connected to the net right now,,,, I created the windows 7 partition but was unable to get windows 7 to complete the install process. I figured i could just split the drive create an active partition and install windows 7 but obviously that didnt work! ha!

    image should be attached but i dont see it,,, hmmmm
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  10. #189


    Posts : 21,820
    64-bit Windows 10


    JRockZ,

    Since it came with Windows 8 preinstalled, then it's most likely UEFI and has a GPT disk.

    We'll need to see the screenshot of Disk Management from that computer first though.

    Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums
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