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  1. #1

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    Windows 7 64-bit

    Installing on HP

    Hi! I was interested in installing the consumer preview, but apparently I'm unable to because my hard drive already has four partitions/volumes (I don't know the difference, sue me):

    Recovery (D:)

    What can I do in order to install Windows 8/dual boot with Windows 7?

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  2. #2

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    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    It is not "easy" to suggest what to do, because you may want something different than what I'd suggest.

    Fact: Installing Windows 8 will wipe out your ability to restore the pc from the manufacturer's image.
    For this reason, I recommend you make a backup of the drive or at least the partition where Windows 7 is installed to, using Clonezilla. (Even if it doesn't have the booting files, it's not a huge deal.)

    If you take a screenshot of your Disk Management screen in Windows 7, I can outline for you what I would do if it was my machine.

    Another idea: After making the backup of Win7 partition, uninstall any 3rd party antivirus and/or firewall. Then simply upgrade the Windows 7 to Windows 8. To do that, copy the entire contents of the mounted .iso to the hard drive. Then run setup.exe in the Sources folder.

    If you hate Windows 8 or something, you can then just put the Windows 7 image back to the partition. You won't have any issues with setup though, because we will help you if you run into any funk.
    Last edited by GMan; 30 Apr 2012 at 18:19. Reason: grammar
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  3. #3

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    Windows 8 enterprise x64

    Another solution will be to remove the HD and Install Windows 8 on a new HD, single OS. After you decide witch one to keep, you can use the extra HD in an external enclosure for backup purpose. Me the dual booting thing I don't believe in it.
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  4. #4

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    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V

    In this scenario, I would suggest creating a VHD and installing Windows 8 to that. Windows 8 supports native boot from a VHD, and the steps are really simple. The following web site has a good guide:

    Dual Boot Windows 8 from VHD using Windows Setup | Concurrency Blog
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  5. #5

    Posts : 57
    Windows 8 X64 Bit

    I installed windows 8 on my hp g62 pc and iforgot to make a backup but i thaught it would be okay because i have a recovery partition that i got with my pc but now i cannot restore back to it. Follow what they said about clonezilla and all that stuff because if you were me you would be pissed
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  6. #6

    One of the reason I like my dv9720us has two hard drives and I always install fresh on a formated drive and take the Windows 7 drive out while I am testing other operating systems. I have the option of slipping the other drive back in the #2 slot to transfer files to the main c drive. So far so good on my Windows 8 install just the coprocessor issue like before. I was going to use the SSD but I said no no if I screw up the install I will have to do a clone back to Windows 7 of the HD so I wiped and tranfer all my backups of the HD to external and then installed 8 on the regular HD and works great. Sorry for some people having problems with dual boot I used to go that route till I started using other systems. I also tried the latest release on my virtual machine first before install in Laptop.
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  7. #7

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    Windows 8 X64 Bit

    i got back windows 7 by luck
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