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Help Setting Up Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 RP

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    Help Setting Up Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 RP


    Hey everyone,
    When I first ran the Windows 8 RP setup, I wanted to use the idea of creating a dual boot system between Windows 7 and Windows 8. However, as the Windows 8 RP setup ran, I never got the choice of installing the RP on a the partition I created; the setup did keep old files and apps, though, and they are located in the Windows.old folder. Now, after I've had my fun with the RP, I'd like to restore Windows 7 as my default OS but keep Windows 8 on another partition. What's the best way about going this? Windows 8 is located in the C drive and so is the Windows.old folder. I have both installation discs (Windows 8 RP disc and Windows 7 Pro disc). Thanks for your help!

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    There are posted ways to restore Windows .old, but, under your circumstances, I would reinstall Windows 7 from your DVD. fwiw. A dual installation of Windows 8/7 is a fearless operation. Your mistake was probably in NOT selecting a custom install after the window "INSTALL NOW". If you had done that, you would have had a choice of partitions/HDs, to which you could install. If you now follow this, but install Windows 7 anew in a separate partition, it will set up a dual boot without your intervention, with 7 as the default
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  3. #3


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    I don't know how to get back your Windows 7 but I know what you did wrong. You used the wrong setup.exe file.

    Click image for larger version

    Read this Tutorial:

    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

    Jim
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  4. #4


    England
    Posts : 44
    Windows 8 release preview


    You need to create a secondary partition (you could use easeus partition manager for that) then install windows 7 on there and you would have to reinstall the programs on it and you could just copy over your documents to the windows 7 partition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    I don't know how to get back your Windows 7 but I know what you did wrong. You used the wrong setup.exe file.
    Jim
    I think he used his installation DVD - at least, he says he has one.
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    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 RP


    Hmm.. I used the first setup I saw, so that's why I was missing the partition option...
    As for my Windows 7 apps, is there anyway to get my Windows 7 programs from my C drive to the new partition? (By this I don't mean moving the Windows.old folder, obviously. I'd like to reinstall Windows 7 and keep the same programs I had before. Thanks everyone for their help!
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  7. #7


    Posts : 5
    Windows 8 RP


    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    I don't know how to get back your Windows 7 but I know what you did wrong. You used the wrong setup.exe file.
    Jim
    I think he used his installation DVD - at least, he says he has one.
    I used my Windows 8 RP disc that I burned and I also used the Windows 7 disc for the original installation. I should have followed the Windows 8 Forums instead of roughing it on my own!! Haha
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    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    I don't know how to get back your Windows 7 but I know what you did wrong. You used the wrong setup.exe file.
    Jim
    I think he used his installation DVD - at least, he says he has one.

    Its all covered in Brinks Tutorial. Give it a read, it can save people a lot of problems.

    Jim
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  9. #9


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Phone Man helped me out too. I also first destroyed my Windows 7 because I used the setup.exe of the root. That was no big problem for me because I had yesterday's image of my Windows 7.

    But if you go into the 'Sources' folder and look for the .exe shown in the picture, you can direct the installer to any partition you chose. I post the picture because there are about half a dozen .exes in the sources folder and it can get a bit confusing.

    Click image for larger version
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  10. #10


    Victoria BC, Canada
    Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Windows 8


    I did the same thing and I have a windows.old folder. is there no way I can get Win 7 install back and then follow guides and proper setup to dual boot later?
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