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Dual booting on separate hard drives.

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    Dual booting on separate hard drives.


    Hello community, currently I have a machine with Windows 8 pre-installed already. But now I don't like Windows 8 as much because certain programs I want to use requires Windows 7. Though I would still like to keep Windows 8 because it's licensed. I have an extra hard drive lying around with Windows 7 loaded in it already. Now I would like to dual boot between these two drives. Do I have to turn off Secure Boot and change the boot orders around to boot the Windows 7 hard drive? Thanks for the responses!

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    Welcome to EightForums

    Downgrade to Windows 7.
    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
    Warning you must have the UEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.

    Make sure you read the NOTE at Step three.

    warning   Warning
    You will need a PC with UEFI/BIOS firmware, that will let you install Windows 7 x64 in UEFI mode
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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Welcome to EightForums

    Downgrade to Windows 7.
    Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
    Warning you must have the UEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.

    Make sure you read the NOTE at Step three.

    warning   Warning
    You will need a PC with UEFI/BIOS firmware, that will let you install Windows 7 x64 in UEFI mode
    Hi thanks for the response theog. Is downgrading the only way?
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    Will your UEFI/BIOS firmware, let you install Windows 7 x64 in UEFI mode?
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    Q:
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Will your UEFI/BIOS firmware, let you install Windows 7 x64 in UEFI mode?
    Awaiting reply.

    A:
    For example:
    A1) A HP PC with Pre-install Windows 8.
    To dual boot, You would need to install both Windows 8 x64 & Windows 7 x64 in Legacy mode.

    A2) A Fujitsu PC with Pre-install Windows 8.
    To dual boot, You can install both Windows 8 x64 & Windows 7 x64 in UEFI mode.
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Dual booting on separate hard drives.
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