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    Win 7 2 Win 8


    I have been using Win 7 for about 2 years now, and I am thinking about upgrading to Win 8.

    Does anyone have any real experience with this upgrade?

    I read some reviews which some say it's great and others say it's not.

    I am concerned with things like drivers and how good/bad is the Metro interface.

    Is there a real reason to upgrade?

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    Covington, La
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    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Quote Originally Posted by atomcp02 View Post

    Is there a real reason to upgrade?
    The simple answer is NO. But if your are like me, I like messing with new systems and learning new things. At the present I am dual booting Windows 7 HP 64bit and Windows 8 Pro RTM 64bit and plan to remain that way for a while. Vendors are still working on updated drivers and updated software to get ready for the OCT 26 retail release. I found that Windows 8 boots faster and seams a little snappier. I like the new Metro Start Screen but only use a few Metro Apps just for fun. Get a copy of the Release Preview and dual boot on your system or put it on a spare unit and give it a try.

    Jim
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    Welcome to EightForums, atomcp02.

    Good advice, Jim. It's advised to dual boot or install on a secondary machine, not your main rig. It's quite different from past OSs. Learn it and try it out. If you like it, then install as a primary OS.

    Good luck which ever way you decide.
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    India
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    Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Linux Mint 14


    Quote Originally Posted by atomcp02 View Post
    I am concerned with things like drivers and
    Hello atomcp02
    Though big software vendors are releasing latest drivers that work on Windows 8, you can't expect each and every driver to work on Windows 8 at present. You gotta understand, Windows 8 hasn't yet been released. After October 26, most drivers will be released so that they work on Windows 8.

    how good/bad is the Metro interface.
    It's as good as the user
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    Thanx for the feedback. I haven't done a dual boot before, so I am going to try to figure it out, and will probably back with questions about it.

    Any advice on setting up a dual Win 7 - Win 8 boot? I got a 500GB Hdd so it should be enough - right?
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    India
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    Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Linux Mint 14


    Quote Originally Posted by atomcp02 View Post
    I got a 500GB Hdd so it should be enough - right?
    It's enough :thumbup:
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    Here's a guide that will eventually lead you to Brink's and others' tutorials: Suggested Steps To Take Installing And Setting Up Windows 8
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    India
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    Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Linux Mint 14


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Here's a guide that will eventually lead you to Brink's and others' tutorials: Suggested Steps To Take Installing And Setting Up Windows 8
    Good suggestion Tony :thumbup:
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    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Read this tutorial and pay attention to this in Step 6 D.

    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

    Open the sources folder first, and run the setup.exe file inside the sources folder.
    Click image for larger version

    Jim
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    Posts : 534
    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP


    If you are looking to dual boot for testing then I recommend booting to VHD as it is very simple, you're not messing with partitions and not commiting storage since you can use a differencing disk. When you're done with it and want to single boot back to Windows 7 it's a simple 4 step process - Boot to 7, remove Windows 8 boot option from msconfig, reboot, delete W8 VHD file. You can actually keep the VHD file and mount it in W7 if you need anything from it.

    Easy to follow instructions here:

    Windows 8 VHD - Create at Boot to Dual Boot with
    Last edited by Brink; 14 Oct 2012 at 13:16. Reason: replaced link for the same here
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