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Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 Upgrade?

  1. #11

    I hope I am in the right place? I have tried the Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluate on my Windows 7 32Bit pc. The installation went fine until windows came to "Checking Devices" section. It got as far as 65% and then re-booted the pc. When my pc re-started I saw three headings under "Choose an operating system" 1 was "Windows Developer Preview2 the middle one was "Uninstall" or something like that the third was "Windows 7". Then Windows 8 started to uninstall finished. PC re-booted to my original Win 7 and when I checked the partition, where I had installed Win 8, it was empty?? I have checked the windows 8 compatability centre and the only "device I can find not compatable is my trusty Epson R300 Photo printer.
    My rig is:
    CM690II case,
    Asus P6X58D-E mb, onboard sound
    Intel i7 950 cpu,
    Gigabyte GTX 470 1280Mb Gpu,
    Corsair DDR3 2Gbx3 PC 12800 1600 XMS3 memory,
    Liteon BR reader IHOS104,
    WD 1Tb SATAIII 64Mb 6Gb/s WD1002FAEX hard disk,
    WD 320Gb hard disk I use for back-up,
    Samsung dvdrw SATA,
    Avenge PSU 850W,
    BenQ G2420HDBL monitor,
    Logitech MX-100 mouse,
    Logitech Y-SAE71 kb,
    Epson R300 Stylus photo printer.

    The pc was built by Cyberpower about 18 mnths ago. What I am asking is, with all the checks I have made, would the R300 stop the install and then the uninstall Windows 8.

    Sorry if I am in the wrong thread but any/all help appreciated.

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  2. #12

    Posts : 30
    Windows 8

    Quote Originally Posted by sgage View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bhavv View Post
    Hmmm, so what happens if you format your previous windows installation then?
    Before or after you install Windows 8? I wouldn't format it before, unless with the 'advanced' feature of the installer itself. After 8 is installed, I seriously doubt it would make any difference, until/unless you wanted to reinstall it.
    So how do you do a fresh clean install to the same directory? I want a clean install of Win 8, not an install over my current OS.
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  3. #13

    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    So how do you do a fresh clean install to the same directory? I want a clean install of Win 8, not an install over my current OS.
    How to clean install:
    Clean Install - Windows 8

    How to Do Dual Boot
    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
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  4. #14

    Thank you bhavy and theog for your replies.

    I tried the dual boot installation- windows 8 and windows 7 or vista. From 6 through to 8 all looked fine then after the last re-boot the "checking devices" came on screen, 65%, and then re-booted and uninstalled win 8. Is it better to have the main disk partition formatted or unallocated? Ahh! I have just re-read the dual boot installation and 1, can I use the already formatted partitioned section of C: or should I unallocate this partition? I have System reserved, Windows 7 and then 197 Gb partition formatted, on C: which now is unallocated.
    Last edited by Snapp; 27 Oct 2012 at 05:11.
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