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    Is This Possible?


    I dual boot Windows 7/8 currently, and I prefer to use Windows 7 most of the time. But sometimes I need to use Windows 8, and don't feel like rebooting the computer! I am wondering if it is possible to use a physical partition in VirtualBox so that I could run Windows 8 inside Windows 7, just for when I need it. Is it possible? I couldn't find anywhere on how to do so...

    Thanks!
    Gage

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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Like a virtual machine? Yes you can!

    How to Use VirtualBox to Solve Dual Boot | eHow.com

    The basic instructions to do that. I think the newer version of Virtual Box supports 8 better than before. I remember having to change some motherboard and CPU settings to get an alpha build of Windows 8 to boot successfully.
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    I know VMware doesn't allow you to use physical partitions under Windows 7 and 8, because of the increased security model. Windows doesn't allow it. I've heard there is a way to get around that, but I have never used it.
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    I use virtualBox in win 7 to run win 8, and found no problems.
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    okay! Thank you guys!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Like a virtual machine? Yes you can!

    How to Use VirtualBox to Solve Dual Boot | eHow.com

    The basic instructions to do that. I think the newer version of Virtual Box supports 8 better than before. I remember having to change some motherboard and CPU settings to get an alpha build of Windows 8 to boot successfully.
    heh. When I first saw the title I was like "OMG This is it :O" Aaaand then I read below :/ Not exactly what I am looking for, but thx for the fast response!
    I'm basically trying to start Windows 8 from a physical partition on my drive, but I can't find an option for that ANYWHERE!
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    Adelaide
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    VHD?


    I don't see how you can run W7 & W8 at the same time, unless one (or both) are virtual.

    You could use a VHD to run W8 (since you have W7 Ultimate).

    The VHD behaves like a physical install:
    • You select it from the boot menu
    • It uses your HW and drivers, not virtual HW.


    I used this info to create VHDs of W8DP, W8CP and W8RP:
    Mister Goodcat | Installing Windows 8 Developer Preview as bootable VHD
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    You could use a VHD to run W8 (since you have W7 Ultimate).
    You are not understanding what he wants.

    He has Windows 8 and Windows 7 installed on two different partitions and dual boots. He wants to run Windows 8, from the physical disk partition he already has, in a virtual machine. He does not want to copy the partition to another VHD, because he still wants to dual boot as well.

    Now, most Virtual PC software lets you do that on XP, but in Windows 7 and 8, this is difficult because of the extended security regarding accessing hard disk partitions directly from software.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    You could use a VHD to run W8 (since you have W7 Ultimate).
    You are not understanding what he wants.

    He has Windows 8 and Windows 7 installed on two different partitions and dual boots. He wants to run Windows 8, from the physical disk partition he already has, in a virtual machine. He does not want to copy the partition to another VHD, because he still wants to dual boot as well.

    Now, most Virtual PC software lets you do that on XP, but in Windows 7 and 8, this is difficult because of the extended security regarding accessing hard disk partitions directly from software.
    Is that why I can't do this? Darnit :| and you are exactly right about the situation!
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    Adelaide
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)

    O ... kay ...


    Quote Originally Posted by Mystere View Post
    You are not understanding what he wants.

    He has Windows 8 and Windows 7 installed on two different partitions and dual boots. He wants to run Windows 8, from the physical disk partition he already has, in a virtual machine. He does not want to copy the partition to another VHD, because he still wants to dual boot as well.

    Now, most Virtual PC software lets you do that on XP, but in Windows 7 and 8, this is difficult because of the extended security regarding accessing hard disk partitions directly from software.
    When have you ever been able to run two physically installed desktop operating systems simultaneously on the same machine?
    (Note: I've never used Virtual PC software on XP).

    If you have W7 Ultimate you can dual boot using a W8 VHD (that's how I run it).

    I multi-boot my PC:

    • Ubuntu 10.04 (install)
    • XP SP3 (install)
    • W7 Ultimate (install)
    • W8DP (VHD)
    • W8CP (VHD)
    • W8RP (VHD)

    GRUB offers me:
    • Ubuntu 10.04
    • W7 Ultimate

    If I choose W7, I get this boot menu:
    • XP SP3
    • W7 Ultimate
    • W8DP (VHD)
    • W8CP (VHD)
    • W8RP (VHD)

    The VHDs are all on the same HDD partition.
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