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Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

  1. #230


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    Quote Originally Posted by maiki View Post
    Thanks, theog.As both Brink and yourself said that one could install Win7 second in a dual boot, why would one "downgrade win8 to win7"? Why not just add on Win7, as the second boot. Also, why would there be a problem with having the system reserved partition for both OSes? The Win8 recovery tools only work on Win8, correct, and the Win7 tools only on Win7? Therefore, as one would want to be able to recover from problems in either OS, it certainly would be better to have both. Is that not possible?
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Hi maikiYou can install Windows 7 x64 in dual boot first or second.Follow Step one to five in this tutorial:Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7Warning ,you must have the uEFI/BIOS firmware settings in Step Three set.Also take note of the note about Dual booting.Than follow this tutorial: (installing in uEFI mode.)Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or VistaIf you make two windows System Reserved/Recovery partitions, you will have problems using the Repair tools.
    1) Windows 8 Repair tools can repair Windows 7/8 dual boot.
    2) When doing the first Repair with Windows 8 repair tools, the Windows 7 tools are replaced with Windows 8.
    3) On the next run the drive will locked, therfore no repairs can be done.

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  2. #231


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    OK, Brink. (I didn't see this post of yours, when I wrote the one below.) It sure would be nice to have both on the boot drive. even though bootable flash drives and discs can do the same thing. (This new laptop of mine doesn't even have an optical drive builti in, one doesn't usually have an external one with one, and problems can occcur at any time, when one might not have the disc or flash drive with one.) But I guess if it is not possible, it's not possible.I have a dual-boot computer now (a few years old, non-UEFI), with WinXP and Win7 on it, and I think I have both the XP Recovery Console in a partition, and the system reserved partition for Win7. I'll check to make sure if that is true. I thihk that first (actually second, as that Acronis choice is first) one chooses the OS, then when it starts booting into either OS, one can press F8 for boot options, and choose the Recovery Console (if XP) or recovery options (if in Win7). (However, even if that worked on a non-UEFI XP-7 dual-boot, doesn't mean it would work on an UEFI 7-8 dual-boot.)I already have a Win7 repair disc, but given the no optical drive, probably better for me to buy another flash drive, and put it in there, keep it in the laptop case, and hope I don't lose it, while as you say, installing Win 8 first to have its system reserved partition.
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Maiki,There would only be one system reserved partition. I would recommend installing Windows 8 first to have it's partition instead.As for Windows 7, you could create a System Repair Disk to use for it as needed instead.
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  3. #232


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    Yeah, I'd say use a USB in that case. It'll be faster anyways.
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  4. #233


    In a system with UEFI and Secure Boot, if i want to install Windows 7 (dual-booted), should i disable Secure Boot?
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  5. #234


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    Yes.
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  6. #235


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    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    In a system with UEFI and Secure Boot, if i want to install Windows 7 (dual-booted), should i disable Secure Boot?
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Yes.
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    To Downgrade to Windows 7.

    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

    Warning you must have the uEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.

    Quote Originally Posted by theog
    3) Reset BIOS to default, and reboot to BIOS make sure Secure Boot is disabled.

    NOTE: Check your manufacturer's uEFI/BIOS firmware manual for settings.

    Make sure CSM is ENABLED, & set to UEFI boot.
    Note   Note
    You may also need to

    enable Boot Menu.

    enable BIOS password.

    Technical Note: UEFI BIOS vs. Legacy BIOS - YouTube
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  7. #236


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    windows 8


    ok, will i lose any data if i dual boot win 8 and win 7?
    what if i only have 50 GB on my local disc(C)? will it enough to install 7?
    is this tutorial work if i do it from windows 8?
    i'm newbie so please help me..
    thanks
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  8. #237


    Quote Originally Posted by erunotoma View Post
    ok, will i lose any data if i dual boot win 8 and win 7?
    what if i only have 50 GB on my local disc(C)? will it enough to install 7?
    is this tutorial work if i do it from windows 8?
    i'm newbie so please help me..
    thanks
    If you only resized the partition, then no, as long as you being careful.
    If you repartitioned the hard disk then maybe yes.

    50 GB is enough, considering both Windows 8 and Windows 7 x64 required a minimum of 20 GB of HDD space. You can divide it to 25-25 GB.
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  9. #238


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    Ok Shawn just so I have it right I am going to have a go at 8 as a dual boot on a spare laptop that has 7 on it already. So if I have made that partition and boot from an OEM 8 disk will it go straight to that empty partition or do I have to direct it there.
    I am trying it because of the app I saw yesterday re getting a similar start up panel like 7 as unlike my brother I am at sea with the normal 8 metro style.
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  10. #239


    Hello, ICit2lol.

    I dual boot also. It will ask you to direct it to the partition.
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