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  1. #1


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    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1

    Pros and Cons between....


    Would like to know the pros and cons between....

    Dual boot- win 7 and Win 8
    and
    Virtual machine - Win 7 as host, Win 8 as guest

    t-4-2

    P.S. Please spare the feeble mind from too many technicals....

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  2. #2


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    Windows 7 x64 Ultimate/Windows 8.1/Linux


    Depending upon your hardware, performance may be an issue, however, I'd say the main consideration is what you want to achieve. If you're main interest is in seeing how Windows 8 works, a VM should suffice. If, on the other hand, you want to see whether Windows 8 will work correctly with all of your existing hardware and drivers, you need to run the OS on your 'real' system, otherwise Windows 8 will only see the visualised environment.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 152
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1


    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post
    Depending upon your hardware, performance may be an issue, however, I'd say the main consideration is what you want to achieve. If you're main interest is in seeing how Windows 8 works, a VM should suffice. If, on the other hand, you want to see whether Windows 8 will work correctly with all of your existing hardware and drivers, you need to run the OS on your 'real' system, otherwise Windows 8 will only see the visualised environment.
    Thank you. I think I'll stay with my VMware for now.

    That led me to this question...... Why are Netframeworks not even offered in Windows Updates in Win 8 ?
    I found this out only when I attempted to install You-tube to MP3 converter, and upon installing, I was interrupted and told to install Netframe works first. So, I had to install 3.5 which includes 2.0 etc.

    t-4-2

    editing.... I meant to say... netframe work 4.5
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  4. #4


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    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V


    You can boot Windows 8 from a VHD file. Look up "native VHD boot" on either Bing or Google.
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