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My top 2 reasons to upgrade to Windows 8--share yours

  1. #31


    India
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Linux Mint 14


    You don't need any program. All you need is the win 8 rp iso file which is about 3.3 gb.

    I followed this tutorial:
    How to use a VHD to dual-boot Windows 8 on a Windows 7 PC | ZDNet

    If you have any problem, feel free to ask.
    PS: I used dvd for burning the iso file instead of usb stick.
    So if you also want to use dvd instead of usb stick, don't follow the steps for burning the iso in usb stick.

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  2. #32


    India
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Linux Mint 14


    Hello hopachi,
    My point is why to use virtual box when a better option is available?
    Because in the process I am talking about, all the actual hardware is used except the hard drive. But in vb almost everything is virtual and it puts a lot of pressure on the pc.
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  3. #33


    Posts : 106
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Arpan View Post
    You don't need any program. All you need is the win 8 rp iso file which is about 3.3 gb.

    I followed this tutorial:
    How to use a VHD to dual-boot Windows 8 on a Windows 7 PC | ZDNet

    If you have any problem, feel free to ask.
    PS: I used dvd for burning the iso file instead of usb stick.
    So if you also want to use dvd instead of usb stick, don't follow the steps for burning the iso in usb stick.
    Which version of Windows 7 do you have? In that tuturial Ed bott says you need Windows 7 Ultimate or Entreprise.
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  4. #34


    India
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Linux Mint 14


    Sorry I forgot to mention.

    I have home basic and it worked as it should. Just ignore. It should work on all versions of windows 7. I don't know about starter but as I said it worked fine with my home basic 7.

    And another important thing:
    When you use the diskpart command please see that you put double quotation before and after .... as I show below:

    select vdisk file="....."

    replace .... by your vhd file path.
    This is the only thing that is probably missed by the author in that tutorial.

    Follow this tutorial very carefully.
    And if yore stuck feel free to ask
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  5. #35


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Arpan View Post
    Hello hopachi,
    My point is why to use virtual box when a better option is available?
    Because in the process I am talking about, all the actual hardware is used except the hard drive. But in vb almost everything is virtual and it puts a lot of pressure on the pc.
    Agreed.
    Just saying if you don't like or are able to create a new boot entry, if you need a VM and your pc is good enough then go for VMware Player.

    If you like dual-booting and all goes well in the install process, then use the VHD method which is indeed better.
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  6. #36


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Cly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Arpan View Post
    You don't need any program. All you need is the win 8 rp iso file which is about 3.3 gb.

    I followed this tutorial:
    How to use a VHD to dual-boot Windows 8 on a Windows 7 PC | ZDNet

    If you have any problem, feel free to ask.
    PS: I used dvd for burning the iso file instead of usb stick.
    So if you also want to use dvd instead of usb stick, don't follow the steps for burning the iso in usb stick.
    Which version of Windows 7 do you have? In that tuturial Ed bott says you need Windows 7 Ultimate or Entreprise.
    Here on the forums we have Brink's tutorial:
    Windows 8 VHD - Create at Boot to Dual Boot with

    It worked for me to install Win8 VHD along a Win7 Home Premium install. It works with all versions of Win7 (Installing a Win8 along a Vista OS is also possible).

    Feel free to give it a try.

    Good luck
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  7. #37


    India
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Linux Mint 14


    @hopachi
    Yes yore right.
    I haven't yet tried VMware. Yes, if you don't like dual booting virtualizing is probably the only option, correct me if I am wrong. Yes, after going thorough the process, I indeed felt that this should work with every version of widows 7 and may be also vista.
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  8. #38


    India
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Linux Mint 14


    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Arpan View Post
    Hello cly,
    Before you proceed with installing windows 8 release preview in virtual box, my advice is that you drop the idea.
    Because you won't get the real experience. Virtual box had lots of unexplained crushes in my case.

    Another important thing is, the virtual box guest addition is having problems with windows 8. In my case the title bars in windows 8 desktop mode always flickered. So the point is, you won't be able to experience the real windows 8.

    My suggestion is that install windows 8 in a virtual hard disk.
    Use VMware Player (version 4) instead of VirtualBox and the additions (tools) work better.

    VirtualBox works, I agree that's nor the real experience, but for testing things out works pretty well.
    I have a workaround for the additions problem in VirtualBox. If you install(ed) the additions (before or after the install) go to Control Panel -> System -> Advanced System Settings and in the Advanced tab => performance settings and select this and OK:
    Attachment 7319
    By disabling animations, (transparency is not that important here) the flickering dissapears.

    Even better is to uninstall the VBox Graphics Display Adapter (roll back driver) from Device Manager and use the standard graphics display instead. Then shut the VM down and add a custom resolution that matches your real monitor resolution: example for 1080p resolution: <ExtraDataItem name="CustomVideoMode1" value="1920x1080x32"/>
    See this thread for details (2nd post): VM Trouble (2)

    That's all
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Cly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Arpan View Post
    You don't need any program. All you need is the win 8 rp iso file which is about 3.3 gb.

    I followed this tutorial:
    How to use a VHD to dual-boot Windows 8 on a Windows 7 PC | ZDNet

    If you have any problem, feel free to ask.
    PS: I used dvd for burning the iso file instead of usb stick.
    So if you also want to use dvd instead of usb stick, don't follow the steps for burning the iso in usb stick.
    Which version of Windows 7 do you have? In that tuturial Ed bott says you need Windows 7 Ultimate or Entreprise.
    Here on the forums we have Brink's tutorial:
    Windows 8 VHD - Create at Boot to Dual Boot with

    It worked for me to install Win8 VHD along a Win7 Home Premium install. It works with all versions of Win7 (Installing a Win8 along a Vista OS is also possible).

    Feel free to give it a try.

    Good luck
    Ok, I had no problem with booting windows 8 from vhd. My request to hopachi is that do you have any idea of doing this process with ubuntu? I want to boot ubuntu from vhd but I could not find an article on the net to help me.

    I would be highly grateful if you could help.
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  9. #39


    Posts : 106
    Windows 8 Pro


    Ok, I've got Win 8 runnning in a VHD. I will reserve judgment until I've had a chance to play with it.

    One thing I find really weird is you have give them your name, sex, birthdate, zip code, email address, and two of (another email address, phone number and secret question) just to install an operating system.

    What gives??
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  10. #40


    Portsmouth Hants
    Posts : 772
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Your zipcode locates you on the map.

    Depending on how much of the other information you have given, it measures your gullibility index! (Sorry )
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