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How did you setup your Win 8 install?

How did you setup your Win 8 install?


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This time around I setup a dual boot of Windows 7x64 and 8x64 RP on my main PC. It has dual monitors and I want to see how well the RP supports them. I like having the taskbar on both and being able to have the icons for apps open on that monitor. Metro's dual monitor support so far has been a let down. :(
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Asus
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
    Memory
    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
    Sound Card
    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
    PSU
    Thermaltake TR 620
    Case
    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Stock heatsink fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 Trackball and T650 TouchPad
    Internet Speed
    80 Mbps Down 30 Mbps Up
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    HP DVD1040e Lightscribe - External USB2

aindriu80

New Member
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9
I had so much trouble with this. I eventually got the dual boot I wanted using some fancy command line work. The problem was that I didn't have enough free space ( I have 750gb hd) to put Windows 8 on a separate drive letter. I was told I needed NTFS and there was no way in which to create a separate drive letter without a complete re format. Some dutch fella posted an article how to get around it. Now I can choose between Windows 8 and Windows 7 each time I boot :D
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    windows 7 windows 8
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    HP
    CPU
    Intel i 7
    Memory
    8gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    radeon

Kat

Banned
Posts
142
Backed-up my Win 7 64-bit setup as an image.

Then simply laid the 64-bit RC over the top as an upgrade.

No issues, no problems.

Everything works just fine.

And I can go back to Win 7 whenever I want to.

Leaves me wondering what I did wrong....:)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer Aspire Ethos AS8951G 'Super-Laptop'.
    CPU
    Intel Sandy-Bridge i7-2670QM quad-core
    Motherboard
    Acer
    Memory
    8GB DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel 3000HD / Ge-Force GT555M 2 gigs
    Sound Card
    Realtek/5.1 Dolby built-in including speakers.
    Monitor(s) Displays
    18.4" full-HD
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1024
    Hard Drives
    2x750GB Toshiba internal, 1x500GB Seagate external, 1x2TB Seagate external, 1x640GB Toshiba pocket-drive, 1x640GB Samsung pocket drive.
    PSU
    Stock
    Case
    Laptop
    Cooling
    Air-cooled
    Mouse
    I/R cordless.
    Internet Speed
    Borderline pathetic.

Abhishek

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Member
India

Posts
84
Dual boot with Windows 7.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro (32 bit)
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer Aspire 5738G
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo
    Motherboard
    Acer JV50
    Memory
    4 GB RAM DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce G 105M
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition
    Monitor(s) Displays
    1x Generic PnP Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1366 x 768 - 32 bit
    Hard Drives
    C: (120 GB)
    E: (143 GB)
    K: (24.3 GB)
    Keyboard
    Acer Inbuilt
    Mouse
    Acer Inbuilt, 5 Button Wheel Laser Mouse (External)
    Internet Speed
    8mbps downstream 2mbps upstream
    Browser
    Google Chrome (Stable Channel)
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender (Windows 8.1), Malwarebytes Free Version

pparks1

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Westland, MI

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3,658
Grabbed an extra computer at work, Dell GX755, Core 2 Duo with 2GB of RAM. Installed Win8RP 64bit and it's running just fine and dandy. Using it every day at work to get used to it and figure out what will work and what will not.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Self-Built in July 2009
    CPU
    Intel Q9550 2.83Ghz OC'd to 3.40Ghz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R rev. 1.1, F12 BIOS
    Memory
    8GB G.Skill PI DDR2-800, 4-4-4-12 timings
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 1280MB Nvidia GeForce GTX570
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC899A 8 channel onboard audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Acer x233H
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Intel X25-M 80GB Gen 2 SSD
    Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black, 32MB cache. WD1001FALS
    PSU
    Corsair 620HX modular
    Case
    Antec P182
    Cooling
    stock
    Keyboard
    ABS M1 Mechanical
    Mouse
    Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
    Internet Speed
    15/2 cable modem
    Other Info
    Windows and Linux enthusiast. Logitech G35 Headset.
I installed W8 OS in a dual boot get back to the old stuff installation
Burn on a DVD using UltraISO software.
Clean for the Drive D
Re-insert then re-start the laptop.
Goto F2 to change the boot up to DVD Drive.
Then proceed with the installation process.
Welcome to W8 Release Preview. :thumb:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8 Release Preview, 7 Home Premium
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    ASUS K53SJ Notebook
    CPU
    CPU @ 2.10GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2310M Processor
    Memory
    DDR3 1333 MHz SDRAM, 2 x SO-DIMM socket for expansion up to 8 G SDRAM
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 520M with 1GB DDR3 VRAM
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6" 16:9 HD (1366x768) LED Backlight
    Hard Drives
    500GB 5400rpm/7200rpm
    Case
    Aluminum Blue
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Mouse
    HP 2.4 GHz Wireless Optical Mobile Mouse
    Other Info
    Qualcomm Atheros AR9002WB-1NG Wireless Network Adapter
    Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller
    Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter
    Bluetooth Device (Personal Area Network)

KCS053

New Member
Posts
1
I set mine up as sort of a dual boot using 2 hard drives. One has Win 7 Pro on it and the other Win 8 RC ... I have installed all my programs in it such as Microsoft Office, Nero suite, AVG antivirus, Malware Bytes, Open office and more....
The Windows 8 RC is the 64 Bit edition. It loaded as full install without a glitch of any type.... Once loaded it found all but my video card drivers on it's own... Had a small problem with my HP Officejet 6310 all-in-one printer, which is a network printer, but found the driver in the " Windows updates " for the printers and then it loaded up just fine too... Now to find a video driver..... Ha... Other that these little things, it seems to work just great... Will let you know if & when I find the video driver and how it goes....
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 8 RC
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Built it
    CPU
    Intel Pentium Dual Core E2140 1.60 GHz
    Motherboard
    Asrock Dual Series
    Memory
    2.0 Gig

SmartEyeball

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502
Dual boot on Desktop and dual boot on Laptop.
 

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

Arpan

The Boy Who Lived
Power User
India

Posts
1,184
Dual Booting.
Windows 8 on VHD. Windows 7 in actual physical hard disk.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Linux Mint 14
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    HP Pavillion g4
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2330M CPU @ 2.20GHz
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    1 GB Radeon Graphics
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    500 GB HDD

bitmodule

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Member
Sydney, AU

Posts
27
On primary machine had a few errors and had to go back to 7 as it was taking for ages, but then it worked!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Consumer Preview
    CPU
    Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo T6600 @ 2.20GHz 2.20GHz
    Memory
    4.00 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4300 Series
Posts
12
Initially tried the DP version on an 8-year old laptop, installed without problems much to my surprise and, considering the hardware it was installed on, ran extremely well. Followed up with the CP and RP versions, plus Classic Shell to bypass the Metro interface. These also ran well so went for it and installed it alongside W7 on my desktop. Both are on an SSD and if I thought W7 booted fast, W8 is like lightning ! Assuming MS don't prevent users from bypassing the Metro interface in the final release version ( but then there's always somebody who can find a way round it ) then I'll probably fork out the 40 dollars, or euros equivalent, for the upgrade.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7/8

LittleJay

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Just set up Windows 8 CP in a dual boot with 7. No problems during installation and I have 8 up and running.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    CyberPower
    CPU
    i5 2500K
    Motherboard
    Asus P8P67 Deluxe
    Memory
    8 gigabytes Corsair PC3-12800 DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce GTX 460 superclocked
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Viewsonic 23" LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    128 Gb Samsung 840 Pro SSD
    128 Gb Kingston Hyper X SSD
    1 Tb Western Digital Caviar Black HDD
    PSU
    1000 watt Coolermaster modular
    Case
    Coolermaster Haf X full tower
    Cooling
    Coolermaster Hyper 212 plus
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitec M310 USB cordless
    Internet Speed
    1.5 mb/s download 300 kb/s upload

Alpha0mega

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Member
Posts
25
Dual boot i think is the best option for now., if it will take time before a working activator or whatever comes up, then i can still use win7. hopefully someone especially daz makes up his mind to push the early activations, i heard he is not so interested with win8.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Dual: Windows 7 Ultimate 64 (default) & Win8Enterprise 64
    CPU
    intel i3 2ndgen 3.1ghz
    Motherboard
    MSI MS7788
    Graphics Card(s)
    GT430

snerd

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Member
Posts
59
I gotta admit, the install is REALLY fast! Clean partition, primary system with the 64-bit RTM release. I have deleted it all 4 times and put it back on in between Linux Mint and Win 7, it's a merry-go-round for me, just can't decide! :D
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1.1
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell 8100 XPS Studio
    CPU
    i7 Quad Core 2.93ghz
    Memory
    12GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GTS240 1GB
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell 24" HD
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Keyboard
    Dell Wireless
    Mouse
    Dell Wireless
    Internet Speed
    6/1
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Total Security 2015

HippsieGypsie

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Lilymoor, IL

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13,547
Wow! Been up and down this forum for a bit and never noticed this thread. Great one! Interesting poll.

I'm dual booting with Enterprise Evaluation. Prior was RP. So far, so good. :) I think it's a great OS.

Noticed almost half of the members dual boot. Interesting to watch.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    8.1 Pro X64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer T690
    CPU
    Intel Pentium D Dual Core
    Motherboard
    Acer/Intel E946GZ
    Memory
    2GB (max upgrade)
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3000 - PCI Express x16
    Sound Card
    Integrated RealTek ALC888 high-definition audio with 7.1 channel audio support
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Acer AL1917W A LCD
    Screen Resolution
    1440 X 900
    Hard Drives
    350 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10
    Thumb drives
    PSU
    Standard 250 watt
    Case
    Desktop 7.2" (183mm) W x 17.5" (445mm) L x 14.5"
    Cooling
    Dual case fans + CPU fan
    Keyboard
    Acer Windows PS/2
    Mouse
    Wireless Microsoft Arc
    Internet Speed
    54mbp/s
    Browser
    IE11
    Antivirus
    Defender
    Other Info
    Office Pro 2013 / Nokia Lumia 1520 Windows Phone 8.1DP GDR1

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