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How did you setup your Win 8 install?

How did you setup your Win 8 install?


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joshyc5

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Primary OS, loving it so far.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 CP
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    HP Pavilion P7-1120
    CPU
    Intel i5 2500k(upgraded from i3)
    Motherboard
    Pegatron IPISB-CU
    Memory
    8gb dual channel ddr3 1333mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GTX 220(upgraded from motherboard chip)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC 656
    Screen Resolution
    1650x1050 for 1st, 2nd is 1366x768
    Hard Drives
    1.5 TB SATA 5400RPM (D:)
    PSU
    300W
    Case
    Some bad HP case
    Cooling
    Fans
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    Stock HP
    Mouse
    Stock HP
    Internet Speed
    DL: 75 mbps| UL: 12 mbps
    Other Info
    No HDMI video ports without a new card, no eSATA and no USB 3.

    Also only one pci-e x16 slot so no sli lol.

Trev0r09

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I *was* going to try dual booting Windows 8CP side by side with my existing Windows 7 x64 partition, but right now I'm running my laptop with a 120 GB OCZ Vertex3 SSD (about 66 GB free on it, OS + apps, which should be plenty), but I'm concerned that the Win8 partition would end up misaligned (starting sector offset of the partition won't be divisible by 4096), which could cause major performance and wear issues on the SSD.

Besides, it's true: it really is hard going back to the old spinner drive technology, after running with one of these things for a few months, as I have been. They're just so sick st00pid FAST!

Here's a screen scrape of an ATTO disk drive benchmark run I did a couple days ago:

ATTO_4MosL8er.jpg

516 MB/s writes, 557 MB/s reads - crazy
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64 (tried Windows 8.1, non-starter)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Toshiba Satellite L755-S5258 laptop
    CPU
    intel core i5-2410M
    Motherboard
    intel Baseboard
    Memory
    Crucial Ballistix Sport 16GB PC3-12800 DDR3 @ 1600 MHz, 9-9-9-24
    Graphics Card(s)
    intel HD3000
    Sound Card
    RealTek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 15.6" TFT LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768, 32 bit color
    Hard Drives
    OCZ Vertex 3 120 GB SATA3 (6 Gbps interface) SSD.
    PSU
    Toshiba
    Case
    Toshiba
    Cooling
    stock
    Keyboard
    Toshiba
    Mouse
    Synaptics Touchpad w/gesture
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    30 Mbps down / 10 Mbps up (Verizon DSL)

whs

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I think you are looking at the wrong nums. The 4K nums count for the OS - and even those do not mean a lot because the OS does not R/W a lot. All the performance comes from the 0.1ms access time.

And if you make a second partition for Win8 on the SSD, you need not worry about alignment. It will be well aligned because it is MBs (even GBs) away from the beginning of the disk. Convert that to K-bytes and you can always divide by 4.

On my laptop, I run Win8 on a 90GB OCZ Vertex in double boot. But I really do not like it too much because you need to go thru the BIOS twice to get to Win7. On my desktop I put it into Virtual Box (also on a SSD). That works a lot better and I can keep running Win7 and Win8 in paralell all day long.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Vista and Win7
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    2xHP, 2xGateway, 1xDell, 1xSony
    Hard Drives
    5 SSDs and 12 HDs

loquacious

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Australia

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Dual boot here
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 CP
    CPU
    I7 -2600k @ 4.8 ghz
    Motherboard
    AZROCK Z77 Extreme6
    Memory
    8gig Corsair Dominator 1600 DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte GTX 680
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell Ultrasharp U3011
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    1 x Crucial M4 256gb SSD
    2 x 1tb Western Digital Caviar Black
    1 x 2tb Western Digital Caviar Green
    1 x 2Tb Samsung Story USB 3
    1 Ready NAS NV+ with 4x2Tb Drives
    PSU
    Enermax MAXREVO 1350 Watts
    Case
    Antec Lanboy Air with NZXT Sentry LXE Controller
    Cooling
    Antec Kuhler 920
    Keyboard
    Roccat Isku
    Mouse
    Roccat Kova+
    Internet Speed
    12000 Kb/s
    Other Info
    Brother 6490CW Multifunction Printer
    Brother 2170W Laser Printer
    Fritz Box 7390 Modem / Router
    Logitech Webcam 500
    Logitech G25 Racing Wheel
    XBox 360 Controller
    Logitech Z4 Speakers
    WD TV Live
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I installed as a dual boot using 2 separate drives, first unplugging the Windows 7 SSD drive then installing Windows 8 on the other formatted spinner drive. After Windows 8 installation I reattached the Windows 7 drive.

Only drawback is I do not have a boot order menu but have to use Bios boot order menu options (F8) on my Asus mobo to boot into either Windows 7 or Windows 8.

As others have alluded to the installer will let you choose a separate partition on the same drive but not a separate drive.
Not sure why you could not install on separate drive. I have four 500 gig HDD's and it is installed on the second thus I was able to set it as a dual boot on two different drives.:)
Do you have a guide for this? I tried dual boot on seperate hdd...i dont want to have to change in bios to pick the OS i want...not sure what im doing wrong here...installed win7x64 on one hdd...then installed win8cpx64 on another hdd..boots straight to windows 7 with no option...
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64-bit
    CPU
    AMD Phenom X4 9600 Black Edition
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H
    Memory
    8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 401MHz (5-5-5-15)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Sceptre
    Hard Drives
    ADATA SX900 SSD 256GB
    2TB WD Black Sata
    Antivirus
    AVAST!, MBAM Pro

whs

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I guess you have 2 options:

1. you can install on a seperate drive (internal or external) by disconnecting all other drives. Then you switch the boot order via the BIOS. That is extremely convenient and dows not mess up your bootmgr. On one system I used to run Win8 DP from an eSata drive like this - Win8 CP I put into Virtual Box which is optimal for playing with it.

2. you install on a seperate drive and leave all drives connected. Then the installer will put the Win8 BCD into your current bootmgr and you have a double boot. I have done a dual boot on another system (but on the same SSD). But it is a real pain. My boot time increased 4-fold for Win8 and 10-fold for Win7 (as compared to when Win7 was alone). I will dismantle this arrangement and put it on an external drive.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Vista and Win7
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    2xHP, 2xGateway, 1xDell, 1xSony
    Hard Drives
    5 SSDs and 12 HDs

fafhrd

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I have a multi-booting system - XP on one disk, and Windows 7 x86,Windows7 x64, Windows 8 CTP x86 and Windows 8 CTP x64, as well as Windows 2000, and various Windows Embedded and Thin PC installations each on their own partitions.

Because these partitions are limited in size to about 15GB, I could not use the Windows 8 setup program which requires at least 20GB to proceed, so I used Imagex.exe to apply the install.wim for Windows 8 from the .iso download mounted as a virtual DVD drive using Virtual CloneDrive (no need in Windows 8 - mounting .isos is a welcome built-in feature)

The (elevated) command was

>imagex /apply R:\sources\install.wim 1 J:

where R: was the virtual DVD drive, and J: was the partition I had just formatted - it previously contained a Windows 7 embedded installation, and I did not need to edit the BCD - it just booted straight into the new OS from the old boot menu entry. If it has not been used for an OS before, I would have used BCDBOOT as follows:

>bcdboot J:\windows /s c:

This just adds an entry to the boot menu on the C: drive where the boot folder resides - when Windows 8 boots, it takes the C: drive letter for its own.

Imagex is very fast - takes about 10 minutes to apply the image to the partition, then it takes another 20 minutes for Windows to prepare the installation.

Imagex.exe comes with the WAIK - the Windows Automated Installation Kit, or the Windows Embedded Standard Toolkit or Image Builder downloads from Microsoft - but they are all huge multi GB downloads for a tiny little executable.
Download: Windows® AIK for Windows® 7 - Microsoft Download Center - Download Details
Download Windows Embedded Standard 7 | Product Information and Trials

Imagex.exe may already be hiding on your PC if your OEM has a recovery partition on your disk. It may be hidden within the boot.wim image which contains a WinPE installation, under sources\PETools\ or on some other path. If you have 7-Zip File Manager, it is easy to find and extract stuff buried in nested archive formats like this. Download

I have recently come across SmartWIM from SmartDeploy OS Deployment Products which seems to be functionally similar to Imagex. It is a free download for personal use, and uses the Microsoft wimgapi.dll Windows Imaging technology, either from the command prompt or in a scripted environment. It is available after a short registration form is completed and is a tiny download, so it might be more convenient than the Microsoft download.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    HP COMPAQ Presario CQ57
    CPU
    AMD E- 300 APU with Radion HD Graphics 1.30GHz
    Motherboard
    inbuilt
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI
    Sound Card
    High Definition Audio on-board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    notebook
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Seagate ST9500325AS
    Google drive 15GB
    Skydrive 25GB
    BT Cloud
    PSU
    external 20v
    Case
    Laptop
    Cooling
    pretty good
    Keyboard
    inbuilt
    Mouse
    touchpad
    Internet Speed
    BT Infinity Unlimited - 80 up 20 down =70/16 really
    Browser
    Chrome Canary usually
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes
    Other Info
    no Start menu modifications
    Upgraded with no issues to 8.0 and to 8.1

SIW2

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Interesting you got it to work .

I always install that way.

I tried to install wcp like that also - no go.

In the end I had to resort to installing from the dvd.
 

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System One

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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin
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    PC/Desktop

fafhrd

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Interesting you got it to work .

I always install that way.

I tried to install wcp like that also - no go.

In the end I had to resort to installing from the dvd.
How odd! I have never had a problem with Imagex since I started to use it about a year ago.

There are a few variables at play here. There are 32- and 64-bit versions of Imagex.exe and Wimgapi.dll for a start. Then there are probably older and newer versions of Imagex.exe knocking around too.

Here are the details of the versions I had no apparent problems with:

w8inst.png

And yeah, I still use Excel 97 (and Word 97) :)

Postscript
Having now read all 11 pages in this thread - it is fairly obvious that the Windows 8 boot on my machine is just chainloaded from the Windows 7 bootloader already installed - so no 'return to bios, reboot from 7' issues for me. Just the windows 7 boot menu and straight in. It also means I am not getting the full experience :( :lol - but I intend to install on an old Packard Bell machine from 2001 that I found dumped to see how retro 8 will go.
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    HP COMPAQ Presario CQ57
    CPU
    AMD E- 300 APU with Radion HD Graphics 1.30GHz
    Motherboard
    inbuilt
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI
    Sound Card
    High Definition Audio on-board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    notebook
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Seagate ST9500325AS
    Google drive 15GB
    Skydrive 25GB
    BT Cloud
    PSU
    external 20v
    Case
    Laptop
    Cooling
    pretty good
    Keyboard
    inbuilt
    Mouse
    touchpad
    Internet Speed
    BT Infinity Unlimited - 80 up 20 down =70/16 really
    Browser
    Chrome Canary usually
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes
    Other Info
    no Start menu modifications
    Upgraded with no issues to 8.0 and to 8.1

husein

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1
64 bit Dual boot
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    7 Ultimate x64 sp1 , 8 64 bit
    CPU
    AMD 8650 Triple-Core
    Motherboard
    GIGABYTE MA790
    Memory
    8G Kingston HYPER X
    Graphics Card(s)
    2G PowerColoe 5550
    Sound Card
    Realtek Blti in
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LED SAMSUNG 23
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Western Digital 500GB
    SAMSUNG 750GB
    Case
    Gamma

almondman

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1
I have a Dell XPS 9100 That came with Win 7 on drive C (2TB). I then installed XPSP3 on drive d (2TB). I partitioned my 3rd drive (2TB) with two 1TB partitions R and E. I downloaded the Win 8 iso and extracted the files from the iso to a folder on drive R. I then, with XP running, clicked on the setup.exe in the sources folder on drive R so I could install win 8 to dreve E, and after a couple of minutes got a message about an unexpected error about the installation sources not being accessable. I tried a couple more times with the same result:(. I then booted into Win 7 SP1 and tried the same thing. And to my suprise the installation went pretty smoothly. When I finished I had a new boot menu with ALL 3 Systems available :D!!!

So now I have a Tripple Boot system. I have Easy BCD and iReboot on all 3 systems and am able to boot between the systems with iReboot.
:dinesh:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7/WindowsXP Windows 8 CPV
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell XPS 9100
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU X 980 @ 3.33GHz
    Motherboard
    Dell
    Memory
    18.0 GB RAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Radeon HD 5970
I was practically given a corrupted laptop ($20.) because of a bad virus and no recovery disc or partition.

Windows 8 loaded without a hitch, except now I too am having iTunes troubles.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win8 Consumer Preview
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Toshiba Satellite A105-S4397
    CPU
    Intel Centrino Duo 1.73 GHz T2250 2MB L2, 533MHz FSB
    Motherboard
    Mobile Intel 945GM Express
    Memory
    4GB PC4200
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel GMA 950
    Sound Card
    On-board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.4" built-in
    Screen Resolution
    1280x800
    Hard Drives
    160GB 5400RPM Hitachi
    PSU
    [email protected] or 12VDC at 6600MaH Li
    Case
    Plastic
    Cooling
    Smallest fan on the planet
    Keyboard
    Querty Eng/German
    Mouse
    Yes, but I've set traps
    Internet Speed
    10M
    Other Info
    Clean install from a corrupted and virus laden Vista original factory install on this ancient laptop.

    Runs like it was at Indy!

Frank1

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Ohio

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473
I installed mine on my desktop where I have a second internal drive that I use for backup. I created a new volume on that drive of 100GB. l then installed it on that new volume with no problem. When I start my machine now I have the option of booting into windows 7 or 8. When I installed it I chose Custom Install which gave me the choice of which drive I wanted to install it on.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    HP Pavilion g7-120us Notebook
    Memory
    8 GIG
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1
Clean install on a spare Acer Aspire ZA3 A0751h netbook, 2GB ram 230gb HDD, WXGA LED LCD HD screen with the Windows 8 native 1366 x 786 res, took less than 20mins without any problems... ...or so I thought until I tried to update the Intel GMA 500, the driver wouldn't install via auto update, legacy driver installed via device mgr all looked good until black screen started, had to remove Intel GMA 500 and run with Microsoft basic display adapter which runs at 1024 x 768 look ok and Metro is working fine, but could be a lot better... any ideas on the black screen??



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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 CP

HDbooter

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Portable multiboot USB v2.0 external HDD

Windows 8 CP To Go: boot in about 42 seconds
Windows 8 CP nativeboot vhd Uncompress 5.5 Gb: boot in about 32 seconds
Windows 8 CP nativeboot vhd with 2 Gb system build: boot in about 39 seconds
Windows 8 CP nativeboot vhd with 1 Gb system build: boot in about 34 seconds
Windows 7 nativeboot vhd: boot in about 31 seconds
Windows XP pro (usboot)
 

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  • OS
    all

SmartEyeball

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Dual boot /W8 onto a RAID 0 partition.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Vanilla 8 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    SmartEyeball Custom Systems
    CPU
    Intel 3770K @4.8ghz
    Motherboard
    ASUS P8Z77 WS
    Memory
    16GB G.Skill Trident 2666mhz
    Graphics Card(s)
    3x Gigabyte GTX 670 OC WindForce SLI
    Sound Card
    SB X-FI Surround 5.1 PRO USB + ATH-AD900 Headphones
    Monitor(s) Displays
    x3 Dell U2410 / 58" Samsung / "40 Sony
    Screen Resolution
    5760*1200/1920*1200 / 1920*1080
    Hard Drives
    2x Intel 520 240GB * Crucial M4 128GB * 2x Samsung F3 1TB (RAID 0) * 2x WD Caviar Blacks 2TB (RAID 0)
    PSU
    Corsair AX1200
    Case
    Thermaltake Level 10 GT Snow Edition
    Cooling
    Noctua NH-D14
    Keyboard
    Topre Realforce // Ducky Shine MX Black // Filco Ninja TKL
    Mouse
    Razer Imperator + Thermaltake Theron
    Other Info
    Laptop Specs: Clevo Sager P170HM // 17.3 Matte 1920x1200 // i7 2720QM // 8GB 1333mhz // Dedicated GTX 485M // 240GB Intel 520 + 750GB + Blu-Ray // Samsung Story 2TB USB 3.0 // NexStar USB 3.0 enclosure 500GB
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28 seconds to boot my Windows 7, on my Intel 520 SSD, and I have to ctrl + alt +del and type my password since it's on a domain. And after this 28 seconds it's ready to go, I can open right away something.

40 seconds to boot Windows 8 on a WD 500 gb black, so better keep your money for a SSD instead of a new OS
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 enterprise x64
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Pc-Quebec / Area 66
    CPU
    i7-3960X Extreme Edition
    Motherboard
    Rampage IV Extreme
    Memory
    Gskill 4x4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    4 x HD 7970
    Sound Card
    onboard
    Screen Resolution
    2560*1600
    Hard Drives
    C:\Intel series 520 SSD , 250 GB
    D:\ WD 750 black with Intel 40gb SSD cache Intel RST
    E:\ WD 2TB Black
    PSU
    Corsair AX 1200
    Case
    TT Mozart TX
    Cooling
    Water Cooled
    Keyboard
    Logitech G-15
    Other Info
    Windows 8 VM is install on his own SSD.