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

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


    I have a lenovo with windows 8 home premium 64. Our family doesn't like it and I have a new copy of windows 7 home premium 32. However, I don't know if all my drivers would work so I don't want to look at formatting it and I still have some reading to do to understand the new boot problems. Is it possible to have a dual boot going backwards? Could I bother for some help in the steps to do so if possible? I appreciate it!

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    Hello Pinky, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Yes, you could dual boot if you like. Please post a screenshot showing the full layout of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) window to see what options you may have.
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    Awesome. Thanks for the help and quick reply. In all honesty, I don't even want windows 8. The only reason I really wanted a dual boot is to make sure 7 will actually work including the drivers, etc...prior to removing win 8 all together. Do you have a better suggestion on how I should go about this? Thanks again!
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    Why don't you go virtual for Win7. Then you have no driver problems and can run Win7 and Win8 side by side.

    PS, your link does not work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Why don't you go virtual for Win7. Then you have no driver problems and can run Win7 and Win8 side by side.

    PS, your link does not work.
    Sorry. I was trying to fix it as I posted the wrong PC first. Should be corrected. I'm not familiar with virtual? How does it work?What advantages does it have doing it that way since I don't even want win8?
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    Is the Windows 8 Preinstalled x64?
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Is the Windows 8 Preinstalled x64?
    Yes
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    In that case, you can not dual boot with Windows 7 x32 on uEFI,GPT setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    In that case, you can not dual boot with Windows 7 x32 on uEFI,GPT setup.
    So what are my best options in getting this to win 7 instead? Can I load win7 to a separate hd to see if the drivers all work and then wipe it clean if it does work? What is the virtual thing? Right now I'm using a classic shell to make it look like win 7 but it's not the same
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    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
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