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installing both windows 8 and windows 7 on a notebook?

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    windows 8.1

    installing both windows 8 and windows 7 on a notebook?


    Got a notebook with windows 8 installed. And a windows 7 iso and key. I want to move windows 8 to another hdd and add windows 7. The hdd is for testing. It is not important if it may not work.

    Can you do this?
    Make a system image of windows 8.
    Intall windows 8 on another hdd's 1. partition.
    Install windows 7 on hdd's 2. partition.

    Recommented instructions and tutorial videos?
    Thanks.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Depending on the size of your hard drive, creating a system image of your existing Windows 8 Installation wouldn't be necessary, but is certainly recommended in case anything goes wrong. The easiest method is to search Google for GParted, a specialised partition manager for Linux Operating Systems. Download the ISO and burn to a CD/DVD, then use the program as advised to shrink your Windows 8 Partition and leave some space as "Unallocated"; Windows 7 will automatically format the partition for you.

    Of course, when doing anything like this, there is a considerable level of risk whenever you do this. I've already said that creating a system image is highly advised, but even so, there will still be some things that a system image isn't going to help you with. When using GParted, before applying any changes, make certain that everything is correct first and, whatever you do, if it exists, NEVER modify any partition labelled as "System Reserved"; this is usually your Windows Boot Partition.

    All the best with it, and good luck
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    Not a good idea you install the oldest o/s first as old systems wont understand new boot option in more modern o/s so you have problems getting them booting the simple way is to run 7 as a virtual pc so you dont have to change any paritions and you can use free https://www.virtualbox.org/ you can copy the VB disk anywhere on any pc as its not hardware tied
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  4. #4


    Posts : 6
    windows 8.1


    Thanks. Systems are for testing. No data on either of them. If it does not work no damage.
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  5. #5


    N. Calif
    Posts : 2,200
    W10 Pro (desktop), W10 (laptop), W10 Pro (tablet), W10 (laptop)


    Since you say the system is for testing, I wholeheartedly agree with samuria to go with virtual machines using software such as VirtualBox or VMWare Player. With Win 7 in a VM, you could have run both Win 8 and Win 7 simultaneously on your laptop.
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