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Installing Windows 7 to dual boot

  1. #11


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Right - SSDs are the answer. I run all systems from SSDs and the ones in VMware (Windows 8 and 2x Linux) I run from an external SSD. No lockups ever.

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  2. #12


    Adelaide
    Posts : 1,338
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Right - SSDs are the answer. I run all systems from SSDs and the ones in VMware (Windows 8 and 2x Linux) I run from an external SSD. No lockups ever.
    I suspected as much.
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  3. #13


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Right - SSDs are the answer. I run all systems from SSDs and the ones in VMware (Windows 8 and 2x Linux) I run from an external SSD. No lockups ever.
    I suspected as much.
    Well, reason is simple. I bought a high speed USB3 stick - price $64.95 (big mistake). Then I bought 60GB Mushkin SSDs - price $59.95 a piece. And since I have a half a dozen caddies lying around, that was the way to go.
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  4. #14


    I am confused by you guys who run vms from SSD..my vms absolutely fly from standard hard drives. They boot in seconds. Did you really find poor performance running this way?
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  5. #15


    Adelaide
    Posts : 1,338
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    WEI


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I am confused by you guys who run vms from SSD..my vms absolutely fly from standard hard drives. They boot in seconds. Did you really find poor performance running this way?
    OS Windows Experience Index
    W7 Ultimate (64 bit) Install 4.5
    W7 Ultimate (64 bit) VM 5.5

    Yes my VM has better performance than my installed OS (according to the WEI).

    At my TAFE, the VMs and OS run from the same HDD and they regularly lock up.

    I run my VMs from a separate internal HDD and they run OK.
    Last edited by lehnerus2000; 17 Feb 2013 at 08:04. Reason: Additional
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  6. #16


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I am confused by you guys who run vms from SSD..my vms absolutely fly from standard hard drives. They boot in seconds. Did you really find poor performance running this way?
    I run my VMware systems from an external SSD. I happen to have this SSD handy and unused. I also ran it from an external HDD (5400RPM). That was so, so. I have no system on an internal HDD - they are all SSDs. So I cannot speak for HDDs.
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  7. #17


    As always, it is always better to run an OS on a VM IF you got more than 4GB's of RAM.
    If you only have 2GB or less (like mine), + with a x64 host, it is advisable to use Dual Boot instead.

    For Installing Windows 7 after Windows 8, it'll be fine, except you will lose your new metro bootloader.
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  8. #18


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    Windows 8


    Thanks for all the ideas guys. I created a vhd and installed win 7 with no problems. I also did all of this on a mac thru bootcamp and it worked flawless but the mac part was just me experimenting since im gonna put a solid state drive inside and toss the old hdd.
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