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Unique Win8 win7 dual boot, is it possible?

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    Unique Win8 win7 dual boot, is it possible?


    I have a unique situation that I cant seem to find related inquries anywhere in my searches. As some of you may have experienced, I had my eye on a laptop for a few months waiting for funds to come in and the same model laptop I was looking at went from win7 64bit to windows 8 only over night. no warning, no option to customize back to win7, frusterating I know. I ordered the laptop anyways with the plans to dual boot win 7, creating a smaller win8 partition and a larger main win7 partition. Problem is I cant seem to find any related articles. every article is starting with win 7 and dual booting win8. I want to do the opposite.

    I know there might be some complications with the order the OS's are installed, and ultimatly I want win7 to be my OS so if it isnt possible to dual boot 7 on top of 8, then I will just end up doing a fresh install.

    Thank you in advance

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    Windows 7/Windows 8 Dual Boot


    The only way to dual boot those two at the moment is to install 7 and then proceed to partition your hard drive so you can install 8 on the empty one. You can message me if you like and i can walk you through it since i just finished doing two of these setups sucessfully.
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    Welcome to EightForums, plane 1 & kdarigliere.


    You can install Windows 7 in dual boot first or second.

    Follow Step one to five in this tutorial:
    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7

    Than follow this tutorial:
    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
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    This is when I get confused and frusterated in my search, one person is saying one the another person is contradicting that. I dont want to downgrade and then install 7 ontop of that. thars sounds messy and too much work way to many thinks could go wrong.

    I was affraid that the order of the OS was not in my favor. so I was thinking outside the box, would it be possible in some way to "slide" the pre existing win8 install onto a usb or another drive temporarily so I can install win7 primarily on the laptop. then finishing with installing win8 (the one I slid to the side). install that one back on top of the win7 I just installed. I doubt that will be possible but its a sound idea. I just dont want to loss to win8 I just payed for with the computer.

    Thanks again
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    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8




    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?
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    the laptop has not come in yet, I am still waiting for it. If I do that will I have more options?
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    What is the Make & Model
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    its a toshiba P850, custom built with i7, 8GB ram, descreat graphics, 500GB HD 7200rpm.

    I dont think any of the specs would effect whether I can achieve what I set out to do, but maybe im mistaken
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    information   Information

    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    Recovery Drive - Create with USB Flash Drive in Windows 8
    System Repair Disc - Create in Windows 8




    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?
    How to make Toshiba Recovery disks.


    Toshiba How-To: Understanding Windows 8 system recovery options - YouTube

    http://cdgenp01.csd.toshiba.com/cont...640-SP4015.pdf
    Toshiba How-To: Create System Recovery Media on a USB Flash Drive - YouTube

    Toshiba Satellite Pro C640/C650 with Windows 8, make recovery disc, page 68

    http://cdgenp01.csd.toshiba.com/cont...50_10Apr09.pdf
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    Theog, Will creating a recovery disk help me achieve what I explained above? Has it been done before? I dont want to try something experimental.

    my knowledge of the recovery disk is that its for, well "recovering" a corrupt system to previous system setting. If thats true I am not seeing how this will help me achieve this unique dual boot?
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