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New Win8 laptop arriving, wish to Dual Boot with Seven

  1. #11


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    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Quote Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
    Yeah, it kinda comes with the job...
    . . .understood, you are looking to gain some new experience with UEFI and Win 8. . .Good luck and it is good to see you posting; just remembering the old days (yeah old) other on the Seven Forums, oh sorry whs you too. . .

    Darn, just notice I have surpassed the 500 mark (will have to take a brake just posting to much). . .

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
    Hi all -

    This laptop Asus KSeries 15.6" Laptop 4GB Memory 500GB Hard Drive K55A-SI50301P - Best Buy
    arrives here tomorrow.

    Need Win8 knowledgeable advice on how to keep the Factory Preinstalled Win8 in place, shrink C to install Win7 to road test them side by side.

    The reason I'd like to keep the factory install onboard is because I want the option of returning it to Best Buy in 15 days for a full refund.

    If it's not possible to Dual Boot in this way, I guess I could generate the Recovery Disks, wipe the HD to reinstall Win7 in UEFI or Legacy mode, then install Win8 to Dual Boot the way I've done before.

    However it's compelling to leave the Win8 preinstall because I'm assured the Asus is optimized for Win8, and want to give it a chance to show its stuff with this supposed optimization. Do you agree that such optimization offers better performance if the factory preinstall is left onboard? If so I should probably run just that for a few days at least to have something to compare if/when I reinstall the Dual Boot. Later running Recovery disks could recoup it to the way it came, no doubt?

    Another consideration is that with 4gb RAM I'd also like to test both 64- and 32-bit Win7 to judge better whether I want the RAM upgrade afterwards.

    Now that you (hopefully) have a better idea of what I'd like to do in the 15-day trial period road testing this laptop with Win8 and Win7 ideally dual-booted, and Win7 in both 32- and 64-bit, can you suggest the best way to go about it to touch all bases yet still have it recoverable to exact factory condition in case I decide to package it up and take it back for full refund?

    Thanks for the assist.
    Image the hard drive with a software that will work with 8, uefi and secure boot. I know paragon works, as that is what I bought and use.

    I've not seen any advantage to the standard load on a Dell, Acer or HP. Formatting and reinstalling on my own has always provided me with a leaner and better performing system.
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  3. #13


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    Win7


    Glad to see you active again, Lee.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    If you have the UEFI/BIOS options, yes you can dual boot in UEFI mode.

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  5. #15


    Posts : 154
    Win7


    Ray will I be able to shrink C to install Win7 in UEFI mode and it will configure Dual Boot with preinstalled Win8?

    Will I need to reformat my flash stick installer and make the mods shown in UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows only?

    Do I need to make any changes in BIOS besides disabling Secure Boot?

    Later, when I test 32 bit must I wipe the HD to change to Legacy Mode required for 32 bit or can the factory-preinstall remain inert on the HD?

    What is the most stable method to save the Recovery media on new Asus'? In addition I'd like to back up the entire HD using [Windows] Free EaseUS Todo Backup Workstation (v5.8) -- supports restore to dissimilar hardware! [dotTech Exclusive, 72-hours only] | Reviews, news, tips, and tricks | dotTech which says its compatible with Win8. What do you think of that? Will the two backup methods assure I can get back to factory condition if I decide to return PC?

    Thanks.
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  6. #16


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    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I'd exchange the disk for a spare one and install Win7 there, once done, replace disks and return laptop.
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  7. #17


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


    Quote Originally Posted by gregrocker
    Ray will I be able to shrink C to install Win7 in UEFI mode and it will configure Dual Boot with preinstalled Windows 8?

    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7


    Note   Note

    When dual booting with Windows 8 Preinstalled & Windows 7

    Follow Step one to five in this tutorial:
    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

    warning   Warning
    Before making the partition for Windows 7, delete the OEM Recovery partition at the end of HDD drive.
    If you shink C: before deleting the OEM Recovery partition, the C: & the new partition may be converted to Dynamic partitions.

    Than follow this tutorial: (installing in uEFI mode.)
    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista



    Quote Originally Posted by gregrocker
    What modifications on my flash stick installer must I make?
    You will need to do Step 11.
    UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

    Quote Originally Posted by gregrocker
    Do I need to make any changes in BIOS besides disabling Secure Boot?

    To set my Fujitsu OEM.

    BIOS set to

    1) Default setting.
    2) Secure Boot DISABLED.

    I can install in UEFI or Legacy.

    Daul Boot One HDD or Two HDD's.

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  8. #18


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    Win7


    Thanks Ray. Very helpful.

    But how would a GPT partition convert to Dynamic if I save the Recovery partition while shrinking C to make my Win7 target partition - can't I have as many partitions as I want on GPT? What are the settings to be sure of?
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  9. #19


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    You are probably best imaging first.

    Paragon works great for that.

    Not sure about any of the others.
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  10. #20


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


    Quote Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
    Thanks Ray. Very helpful.

    But how would a GPT partition convert to Dynamic if I save the Recovery partition while shrinking C to make my Win7 target partition - can't I have as many partitions as I want on GPT?
    Only seen this problem once on a DELL, the OP may of been using 3rd party partitioning software. To be sure, I added the warning in the tutorial.
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