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DUAL BOOTING PROBLEMS- booting win8 with win7.

  1. #1


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    windows 7

    DUAL BOOTING PROBLEMS- booting win8 with win7.


    Okay, so ive tried many ways, and Ive finally got stuck with using a VHD.
    I have followed countless tutorials, and finally found one. (on this forums somewhere)
    I go through all the steps, and it seems like it is working, and then when I boot my system it says this,
    "VHD_BOOT_INITIALIZATION_FAILED"

    things I have done to try to fix this:
    Updated BIOS
    Enabled Virtualization in BIOS


    Please help! I have been trying to get it to work for days...
    Ronnie

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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Hi Ronnie and welcome to the Forum.

    Why don't you try this. It is easier and it works: VMware Player - Install Windows 8
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    Posts : 3
    windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Hi Ronnie and welcome to the Forum.

    Why don't you try this. It is easier and it works: VMware Player - Install Windows 8
    is this dual booting? so I can chose which I want to use, either windows 7 or windows 8?
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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    I, and probably most, use the term "dual booting" in the sense that multi-booting and dual booting are described here. Note that this read distinguishes between multi-booting/dual booting and virtualization.
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    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by Rougeace4 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    Hi Ronnie and welcome to the Forum.

    Why don't you try this. It is easier and it works: VMware Player - Install Windows 8
    is this dual booting? so I can chose which I want to use, either windows 7 or windows 8?
    You can run both systems side by side and switch from one to the other with 1 click.

    I run Windows 8 like that all day whilst I am really working in Windows 7. But when I need Windows 8, it takes only 1 click. No reboot and other awful things. See this video and you will understand:

    VMware Player - a Windows 8 Demo - Windows 7 Support Forums
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  6. #6


    Posts : 3
    windows 7


    Thanks allot guys! I really appreciate it! ill comment back and ill tell you if I get it to work!
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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