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Running Win 8.1 Pro Want to partition drive to run Win 7

  1. #1


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Running Win 8.1 Pro Want to partition drive to run Win 7


    Hello All , First off I want to say thanks for letting me be a part of 8 forums.

    I am currently running Windows 8.1 pro, and I wanted to partition my main drive which is the C: Drive and on that partition run Windows 7 Ultimate.

    Now I have been searching all over Google and seen lots of videos on how to partition the drive in Windows 8.1 but when it comes to doing a dual boot everything I have come across says I need to have Windows 7 installed first then I can add Windows 8.1.

    There has to be a way to Run Windows 7 from Windows 8.1 on a dual boot or multi-boot as Windows 8.1 is my main and only OS I am running right now.

    Does anyone know if this is possible? or if it is can someone please point me in the right direction on how to do this a TUT or a link or your expertise...

    I greatly appreciate any help on this matter.

    Thank you kindly
    Louie

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  2. #2


    Welcome to Windows Eight Forums, LouieBlu.

    I would think to make a partition and point your W7 installation to that partition. If your machine has UEFI follow Part Two of the tutorial below.

    Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 - Delete Windows 8

    So far as searching the tutorials here, go to "Tutorials" in the header above and use the custom search box there.

    Here's my results for "dual boot":

    Windows 8 Forums - Search Results
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Welcome to Windows Eight Forums, LouieBlu.

    I would think to make a partition and point your W7 installation to that partition. If your machine has UEFI follow Part Two of the tutorial below.

    Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 - Delete Windows 8

    So far as searching the tutorials here, go to "Tutorials" in the header above and use the custom search box there.

    Here's my results for "dual boot":

    Windows 8 Forums - Search Results
    Thank you for the warm welcome and the links HippsieGypsie
    I really don't want to delete my Windows 8.1 though just want to partition my main drive which has my main OS Win 8.1 and put windows 7 on it, then have that option to pick from the boot menu, I do have UEFI on my ASUS motherboard as well

    thanks
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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    hello,it been awhile but I did what you want to do ,I don't have a uefi bios though, I use disk manager to shrink the volume of my hdd ,formatted the new partition ,installed win7 pro ,the next part I think if memory serves right ,after the setup of win7 I had to run a win8 repair boot disk to fix the issue with windows boot manager ,so I could access both win8 and 7.now having said all that im not 100% sure that's what I did as I have a very bad memory .it may have been the below setup that I had to run the repair disk to fix boot manger
    Iam no longer running this setup ,now im boot 2 different version of win8's on 2 different harddrives
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    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    hello,it been awhile but I did what you want to do ,I don't have a uefi bios though, I use disk manager to shrink the volume of my hdd ,formatted the new partition ,installed win7 pro ,the next part I think if memory serves right ,after the setup of win7 I had to run a win8 repair boot disk to fix the issue with windows boot manager ,so I could access both win8 and 7.now having said all that im not 100% sure that's what I did as I have a very bad memory .it may have been the below setup that I had to run the repair disk to fix boot manger
    Iam no longer running this setup ,now im boot 2 different version of win8's on 2 different harddrives
    Thanks for the info Caperjack, at least I know it is possible to do this, it can be a little bit confusing though kinda of a noobie with doing dual boot or multi boot, just don't want to screw up and not be able to get back to my Win 8.1 after the Win 7 install lol
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    Windows 7


    I have done what you want to do but on a machine with a classic bios. I had no problems. With uefi I think you'd have to make sure secure boot and fast boot are turned off.
    Here's what my drives look like. This is a 2 terabyte drive split 4 ways.
    Do an image backup on your win 8 on a different drive so you can restore it if it screws up.
    Jim

    Win 8 was already on c and data d was there also. I shrunk c drive to make the partition for win 7
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    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by otisdog View Post
    I have done what you want to do but on a machine with a classic bios. I had no problems. With uefi I think you'd have to make sure secure boot and fast boot are turned off.
    Here's what my drives look like. This is a 2 terabyte drive split 4 ways.
    Do an image backup on your win 8 on a different drive so you can restore it if it screws up.
    Jim

    Win 8 was already on c and data d was there also. I shrunk c drive to make the partition for win 7
    Gonna do an image back up first and give it shot, also I will check out my UEFI Bios

    thanks for the tips otisdog appreciate it
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  8. #8


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by LouieBlu View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by otisdog View Post
    I have done what you want to do but on a machine with a classic bios. I had no problems. With uefi I think you'd have to make sure secure boot and fast boot are turned off.
    Here's what my drives look like. This is a 2 terabyte drive split 4 ways.
    Do an image backup on your win 8 on a different drive so you can restore it if it screws up.
    Jim

    Win 8 was already on c and data d was there also. I shrunk c drive to make the partition for win 7
    Gonna do an image back up first and give it shot, also I will check out my UEFI Bios

    thanks for the tips otisdog appreciate it
    Well unfortunately I cant do an image backup my file history is turned off and greyed out, I don't have another drive to use or a big enough usb drive to back it up and i have just my computer hooked up to my router no other network

    EDIT: nevermind gonna use my other hard drive to store the image then i will unplug it from my motherboard and do the partition and the main drive and see if that works
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