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Dual boot Win 8 64x but ADDING Win 7 32???

  1. #11


    Posts : 9
    8 64x


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    For Windows 7 x64, if you have the uEFI/BIOS firmware settings:
    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7



    Lenovo way, bit version not stated:
    Lenovo Support Express - Windows 8 - Downgrade Instructions


    Windows 7 x32 in a VM:
    VirtualBox - Install Windows 8
    VMware Player - Install Windows 8

    Thanks but I'm confused. Will the first not work with 7 32x? Thats the only one I have a copy of.

    The lenovo site is all about the recovery vs downgrading

    I don't think I understand the 2 virtual sutes since I'm aleady on win 8? I'm guessing I'm not understanding.

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  2. #12


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Windows 8 is not all that bad. It grows on you. I would at least make an image of it before you venture into Win7. But I still think the virtual way is your best bet. Then you need not worry about drivers and you can use both systems simultaneously.
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  3. #13


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


    I don't think I understand the 2 virtual sutes since I'm aleady on win 8? I'm guessing I'm not understanding.
    A VM would be the easiest way.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 9
    8 64x


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Windows 8 is not all that bad. It grows on you. I would at least make an image of it before you venture into Win7. But I still think the virtual way is your best bet. Then you need not worry about drivers and you can use both systems simultaneously.
    I've already made a backup just in case I change my mind but it's not likely to happen. It's hated by all family members a lot. It's fine for people that like it but I'm not one. How does the virtual work? I'm not familiar? Do I just use my product key? Pros? Cons?
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  5. #15


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    For virtual, VMware is probably your best bet. It provides the mpst functions. Read the tutorial that THEOG linked. You install it like in a ral machine and activate it with the product key. Once you started it, you will hardly know the difference from operating it on the native PC.

    The biggest advantage is that you can run the two systems side by side and switch with 1 click. Here is what I posted for somebody else. So I am just going to copy it:

    Note: the OP had a Win8 upgrade copy. For you, #2 would not apply. And whether the host is Win7 and the guest is Win8 or the other way around is the same thing.

    Here is what I did.

    1. Installed it under VMware as a virtual system running under the Windows 7 host - instruction how to are here.

    2. Activated it like a clean install - how to instructions are here

    Now I can run both systems side by side and switch between them with one click. Nothing could be better. One of the VMware facilities is to share the clipboard. That makes it extremely easy to move files from one system to the other - just Copy from one system and Paste into the other system. External devices attach to whichever system is active. If e.g. you connect a USB stick to the PC whilst working in Windows 8, it will show up in Windows 8. If Windows 8 is not active, it will show up in Windows 7. Same for external disks, the cd reader, etc.

    As to the question whether it is worth it: Windows 8 is an interesting system. It takes some getting used to but you can perform any Windows 7 task on it. There is not a lot more new function, but it runs faster than Win7. Since I am running my OS from a SSD, the performance difference is minimal though.

    It comes with some interesting applications which, I guess, are mostly targetted at the tablet users. But they run well on the PC too.

    Make sure you follow the instructions I linked by the letter. Then you will really enjoy it. My Win8 performance in virtual is the same as my Win7 performance on the real machine. But as I said, I run off a fast SSD and I have an i7 CPU and 8GB of RAM. I gave 4GB of RAM to the virtual machine, but 2 or 3GB should be OK too.
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