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Require dual boot win 8.1 with win 8.1 is it possible?

  1. #1


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1

    Require dual boot win 8.1 with win 8.1 is it possible?


    I want to dual boot two copies of Windows 8.1 on separate partitions of the same HDD, UEFI system. The original is OEM.
    The reason; One is overloaded with video and photography priograms, the other is required for software and web development. Having both together has proved a pain.

    I have backed up two systems ready to recover to the two partitions, but am not sure whether the FAT partition is included in both, whether it should or should not be etc. However, both can be reproduced differently if required.
    The two backup images at present are restored via a bootup choice to load win 8.1 or the Linux backup software to restore a CHOSEN backup. This I thought would solve my problem but the backup images (for safety) are stored on another drive and the restoration copies it to the system drive and then reboots. This is too slow, hence the question.
    I have easyBCD and easyUEFI to hand but...

    Is this possible please? If so I would welcome any assistance/guidance.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by donone View Post
    I want to dual boot two copies of Windows 8.1 on separate partitions of the same HDD, UEFI system. The original is OEM.
    Create a new partition for the Windows 8.1 install.
    Take a look at this post: link

    Install Windows 8.1
    Take a look at this post (but do not delete the partitions): link

    After Windows 8.1 installation you will choose which operating system you want to use.

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  3. #3


    Posts : 7
    Windows 8.1


    Thank you very much genet for those very detailed instructions. I guess this will keep me busy for a while and so I will mark the matter solved.
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Require dual boot win 8.1 with win 8.1 is it possible?
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