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Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

  1. #40


    Dude, i'm disappointed for you and in you.

    You realize that a dual boot installation is the same as a clean installation but on a designated partition which you would have created before you begin. Right?

    Here is what you SHOULD have been seeing screenwise.

    Clean Install - Windows 8

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  2. #41


    Central West (near Orange) NSW
    Posts : 300
    8 Pro desk 1 (SB) 7 Home desk 2 (IB) 8 Pro Lap 1

    Not the one I wanted


    No aem I wanted the dual boot so I followed Brinks instructions > download ISO (to an external) > copy to C: > open with 7zip from C: > open "sources" and should have found set.exe but only found setup.

    Ah well mate it's done now the only thing I cannot find how to do is format the disk the version of 8 is sitting on, and reinstall then put back my apps from the system image on the external hard drive.

    I have a couple of 500GB internals here suppose I could disconnect the 1TB and install the 7 onto the 500GB and then format the TB after that. Then do the same thing again with the TB drive adding my apps to it from the external again.

    Anyway all's not lost mate to be absolutely honest as I am more p****d at myself for letting you blokes down as you have all tried to help me out on this one and I have done the Richard on it, I really shouldn't have caused so much grief!!

    Besides I should have done it on this machine and not my main one

    Sincerely
    John
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  3. #42


    Australia
    Posts : 584
    Windows 8 Dev Preview x64


    Quote Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
    Anyway all's not lost mate to be absolutely honest as I am more p****d at myself for letting you blokes down as you have all tried to help me out on this one and I have done the Richard on it, I really shouldn't have caused so much grief!!
    Everybody makes mistakes. That's why we're all in this together. We deal with it, we fix it, and we move on.
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  4. #43


    Ok just had late dinner and now back for more

    So John, this is what i would do for reinstalling your Win7 back on C:\ and W8 on D:\

    Format C:\
    Create two extended partition as logical drives (D: and E: )
    Do a clean install of W7 on C:\
    Do dual boot install on W8 on D:\
    Leave E:\ spare

    Before you begin can you screenshot your Disk Management?
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  5. #44


    Posts : 21,818
    64-bit Windows 10


    John,

    I'm sorry to hear that you are having so much trouble with this.

    I think you may have better luck if you create a Windows 8 installation DVD or USB thumb drive with the ISO file and use step 5 at boot to install Windows 8 to dual boot with.

    The main thing is to make sure that you are not selecting your Windows 7 partition to install Windows 8 on.
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  6. #45


    Central West (near Orange) NSW
    Posts : 300
    8 Pro desk 1 (SB) 7 Home desk 2 (IB) 8 Pro Lap 1


    Hey look you fellows I really don't deserve this as I have made such a hash of it so am going to sort it tomorrow.

    I'll get back with any screen shots I can get as the 7 apps have all gone and the 8 has no programs in it at all. I'll get snip put on and take some shots from there - there are few in the 7 desktop pane perhaps I might be able to get posted.

    Once again thanks for being so understanding - I really do appreciate it anywhere who knows what I would have got.

    I've said it before and again this is why I think the Vista, 7 and 8 forums are so good cos of decent people like yourselves.

    Off to nod land right now might think a bit clearer in the morning.
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  7. #46


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    64-bit Windows 10


    It's no problem at all John. We're happy to help. See you in the morning.
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  8. #47


    Philippines
    Posts : 32
    Windows 7 x64 Home Premium/Windows 7 x32 Pro/ Windows 8 Developer Preview x 64


    i once tried this but i didn't get the picture i installed it and i didn't see any partitions you could put windows 8 in so i continued installing its a good thing that one you install you will still get "windows.old" folder
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  9. #48


    Posts : 21,818
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Skream,

    It sounds like you did a upgrade install to replace your Windows 7 instead of doing clean install of Windows 8 to a separate partition/drive to dual boot with.


    The only thing I can think of is that you did not open the Sources folder first and run that setup file, or by mistake selected your Windows 7 partition/drive to install Windows 8 to.
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  10. #49


    Central West (near Orange) NSW
    Posts : 300
    8 Pro desk 1 (SB) 7 Home desk 2 (IB) 8 Pro Lap 1


    Hiyya Shawn Still no go mate am now at a loss as to what I am doing wrong. Have downloaded from your Download (2nd x64 option) and extracted as per tutorial with 7 -zip and I am still not getting that setup.exe.

    Have been trying now for just on a day after that original disaster and it takes so long for the ISO to download to a USB stick and then extract only to find the screen shot below. You can also see the partition ready and the sources unpacked so am at a standstill at step 6D and it never goes to step 6E just a large blue screen with those two options at the bottom for the install - which landed me in such a problem and a reinstall / backup system image etc .

    Am now wondering if I will ever get it on.
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