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Problems installing windows 8 as dual boot

  1. #1


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    windows 7 and 8 64bit

    Problems installing windows 8 as dual boot


    Help!


    I have a gigabyte z77 mother board and have windows 7 64 bit installed on a crucial M4 128bit ssd. I now want to install a full version of windows 8 64bit so I can dual boot between the two.


    Went through creating a partition perfectly fine, and then popped the CD and rebooted. It began to load ok and then when selecting the partition I had made on the ssd, it comes up with:


    the selected drive has an MBR partition table. on EFI systems, windows can only be installed to GPT disks”


    Google has very kindly come up with a host of results of which I have tried many and cant remember half of.


    MBR vs. GPT Windows Installation Issues – this suggests that the DVD should be on something other than UEFI, which it isn’t anyway and I don’t have any other options.


    Windows 8 Consumer Release Installation Issue - "On EFI systems, Windows..... - has no answers in it. Does have a suggestion that I can try software by a company called paragon, but it appears you only get that facility in the full paid for version, at the excessive cost of around £/$100.


    installing Windows 7 - 64 Bit (MBR Part Table) - Motherboard: GA-H61MA-D3V – I have gone through the bios a million times today and have no such options to turn off EFI.


    MBR, EFI, GPT, New system installation troubles with Win7 64 – this tends to suggest reformatting, but I want to dual boot, not get rid of windows 7 and put on 8.


    Designing for 64-bit Windows – this says your MBR can only cope with 4 partitions, whilst I was now trying with 5. I have deleted 1 partition and retried, still the same.


    Tried a few other things which I cant remember the links for and now my heads done in. Have any of you guys and girls had a similar issue or have any idea what else I can try? Any help would be much appreciated.


    Cheers.

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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  3. #3


    Posts : 5
    windows 7 and 8 64bit


    Cheers mate. unbelievably, the 3rd link worked a treat. I didn't try that as all guides etc I had read stated you couldn't do a dual boot install from within windows. As ever, I fell really stupid but relieved!

    Thanks a million!
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    You are welcome, well done.
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