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How did you setup your Win 8 install?

How did you setup your Win 8 install?


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azasadny

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I partitioned my 2TB hard drive, then installed Win 8 from within Win 7 and installed the new OS into the smaller partition. I now have dual boot and it seems to work well. I'll be kicking the tires over the next few weeks...
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 10 Pro 64bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Home built Intel i7-3770k-based system
    CPU
    Intel i7-3770k, Overclocked to 4.6GHz (46x100) with Corsair H110i GT cooler
    Motherboard
    ASRock Z77 OC Formula 2.30 BIOS
    Memory
    32GB DDR3 2133 Corsair Vengeance Pro
    Graphics Card(s)
    GeForce GTX 980ti SC ACS 6GB DDR5 by EVGA
    Sound Card
    Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium HD, Corsair SP2500 speakers and subwoofer
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG 27EA33 [Monitor] (27.2"vis) HDMI
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 850 EVO 250GB (system drive)
    WD 6TB Red NAS hard drives x 2 in Storage Spaces (redundancy)
    PSU
    Corsair 750ax fully modular power supply with sleeved cables
    Case
    Corsair Air 540 with 7 x 140mm fans on front, rear and top panels
    Cooling
    Corsair H110i GT liquid cooled CPU with 4 x 140" Corsair SP "push-pull" and 3 x 140mm fans
    Keyboard
    Thermaltake Poseidon Z illuminated keyboard
    Mouse
    Corsair M65 wired
    Internet Speed
    85MBps DSL
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, MalwareBytes Pro and CCleaner Pro
    Other Info
    Client of Windows Server 2012 R2 10 PC's, laptops and smartphones on the WLAN.

    1GBps Ethernet ports

R0bR

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With W8 support of boot to VHD I went that route and dual booted for a while on my work laptop. Everything was running well so I blew away W7 and am running W8 as primary. For home I have it on an older laptop that has been revived with W8 which runs really well on it.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP

robinb9

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NJ

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i set it up on VMWare on my laptop running windows 7 Pro and one of my desktops running Windows 7 Pro also. I plan to upgrade both with the upgrade download when it comes out (purchasing new machines offer) I just purchased 2 desktops but I will not be putting them on there. I will be putting one on my laptop that has the vmware now and another desktop.
robin
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    4 Windows 7 Pro Sp1- 4 Win 8 Pro, 1- xp pro sp3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Dell Optiplex 390, 380, 3 Vostro Laptops (7 computers in all)
    CPU
    desktop/laptop
    Memory
    4gigs
    Graphics Card(s)
    atm randioum
    Hard Drives
    350,250

theveterans

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For my dual boot setup,

I created a 80 GB VHD from Windows 7 Disk Management then formatted it to NTFS. I then boot to Windows Server 2012 disc and use diskpart to locate the .vhd file I created in the Windows 7 partition. Install it there and Server 2012 retained the old Windows Boot Manager unlike Windows 8.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center
    Computer type
    Tablet
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Surface Pro 3
    CPU
    Core i5 4300U @ 1.9 GHz
    Motherboard
    Surface Pro 3
    Memory
    8092 MB DDR3-L 1.35 V SDRAM @ 1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 4400 @ 200 MHz
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Built-in 3:2 display
    Screen Resolution
    2160 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    256 GB SSD + 128 GB micro SD
    PSU
    36 Watt power brick
    Cooling
    Active
    Keyboard
    On Screen Keyboard
    Mouse
    Surface pen
    Internet Speed
    300 / 20 TWC
    Browser
    IE 11 Metro, IE 11 Desktop
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

pctech265

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19
I just created a new partition using easeus partition manager sized at about 12gb. I then downloaded the release preview iso and the windows 7 usb download tool. Used the tool to extract the iso to the usb. Plugged the usb in on boot and it installed very easily
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Triple Boot-XP,Vista and Windows 8
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Stone Computers
    CPU
    Intel Core duo 1.83 ghz
    Memory
    2gb

boyans

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Sofia

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135
For my dual boot setup,

I created a 80 GB VHD from Windows 7 Disk Management then formatted it to NTFS. I then boot to Windows Server 2012 disc and use diskpart to locate the .vhd file I created in the Windows 7 partition. Install it there and Server 2012 retained the old Windows Boot Manager unlike Windows 8.
Check the date of bootmgr on your system partition. It can't be the Windows 7 bootmgr as it cannot boot newer Windows versions (or MS security is crap).

The appearence of boot menu in "old" text style has nothing to do with versions.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    XP, Win7, Win8_Eval
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Acer Notebook
    CPU
    Intel

Kebero

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354
Windows 8 Pro RTM installed on my laptop for every day use. For work, I have a Windows 7 install running in Client Hyper-V (I don't have a second machine for work, and I like to keep work and personal life separate).
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    HP ProBook 4430s
    CPU
    Intel Core i3-2310M
    Memory
    16GB DDR3
    Hard Drives
    80GB Intel 320 SSD
    500GB Samsung Momentus

theveterans

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For my dual boot setup,

I created a 80 GB VHD from Windows 7 Disk Management then formatted it to NTFS. I then boot to Windows Server 2012 disc and use diskpart to locate the .vhd file I created in the Windows 7 partition. Install it there and Server 2012 retained the old Windows Boot Manager unlike Windows 8.
Check the date of bootmgr on your system partition. It can't be the Windows 7 bootmgr as it cannot boot newer Windows versions (or MS security is crap).

The appearence of boot menu in "old" text style has nothing to do with versions.
Oh, I meant to say that the appearance is exactly like the old boot manager. there is no new gui look from Windows 8. Just plain old text boot manager.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 with Media Center
    Computer type
    Tablet
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Surface Pro 3
    CPU
    Core i5 4300U @ 1.9 GHz
    Motherboard
    Surface Pro 3
    Memory
    8092 MB DDR3-L 1.35 V SDRAM @ 1600 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD 4400 @ 200 MHz
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Built-in 3:2 display
    Screen Resolution
    2160 x 1440
    Hard Drives
    256 GB SSD + 128 GB micro SD
    PSU
    36 Watt power brick
    Cooling
    Active
    Keyboard
    On Screen Keyboard
    Mouse
    Surface pen
    Internet Speed
    300 / 20 TWC
    Browser
    IE 11 Metro, IE 11 Desktop
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender

petesmst

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23
I backed up (system image) my Windows 7 setup and then installed Windows 8 on top of my windows 7 setup. All works fine. Of interest, windows media centre/player was incorporated into Windows 8.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    win 8.1 Pro (64-bit)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Mecer Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 CPU 860 @2.80GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel WG55D
    Memory
    8Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVidia GeForce GTX 560
    Hard Drives
    OCZ VERTEX 4 SSD (250GB)
    Browser
    IE
    Antivirus
    Norotn Internet Security 2014

REDdawn6

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Fresh install of Win8 Pro x64 retail ( 2 Weeks early! ) on SSD
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro x64
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Homebuilt !
    CPU
    i7-2600k 3,4GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z 1155 Z68
    Memory
    Corsair XWS3 DDR3 1600 16g
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA SC GTX 570
    Sound Card
    onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samgung 24 LG 21 both led
    PSU
    Corsair HX1050
    Case
    Coolermaster Haf 932
    Keyboard
    Saitex
    Mouse
    Logitech G9x

HippsieGypsie

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For god shake, seeing people have dualboot windows and windows.. aaahh that is not that clever..

here dualboot windows 8/ubuntu 12.10
Welcome to EightForums, citybong.

Glad to see someone that is "different". ;)
 

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

Guy Scharf

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Tucson, AZ

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20
I have just installed Win 8 Pro x64 on a new computer. This will eventually become my primary workstation, replacing one running Win 7 Ultimate 32-bit. I had planned on using Win 7 but with Win 8 now within reach, I thought it useful to evaluate Win 8.

I'm still wandering around the new UI in a bit of a daze, trying to grasp the best way to view this new UI. :huh:
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
    CPU
    i7-3770k
    Motherboard
    Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe
    Memory
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Z 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 2133, F3-17000CL9Q-16GBZH
    Graphics Card(s)
    HD4000 (on chip)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U2711
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    OCZ Vertex 4 SSD-256GB, Intel X-25M SSD 80GB, Seagate 3 TB, WD 2 TB Green
    PSU
    Seasonic SS-650HT
    Case
    Antec P180B
    Cooling
    ThermalRight HR-02 Macho (air)
    Keyboard
    Unicomp "Classic" 104-key
    Mouse
    Wacom Intuos4
    Internet Speed
    15 mbps download, 2 mbps upload

win7

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On my laptop I have a triple boot (Windows 7 Enterprise x64|Windows 8 Developer Preview x64|Windows 8 Enterprise Eval x64)..

On my desktop I have Windows 8 Enterprise Eval x86..
 

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Went ok
But 2 issues

1) the b***** lock screen innability to change wallpaper
2) Loading with Oracle Virtual Box within Windows 7 64 bit works but because you are trying to instal as standalone using the £24.99 Upgrade setup, the product code shows as incorrect and wont allow registration
Hopefuly it wont stop working in 30 days (?)
 
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 64 bit
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Self built
    CPU
    I5 Intel Pentium 2500K
    Motherboard
    Asus P8P67 Rev 3.1
    Memory
    Kingston 16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    AMD H7700 1GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    AOC 18"
    Screen Resolution
    1680 x1050
    Hard Drives
    5 Samsung /Hitachi drives ...inc 2 external backups
    2 TB total
    PSU
    850 watts OCZ
    Case
    ICute Silver
    Cooling
    BE Quiet Dark Rock Advanced Overclocker Heatsink
    Keyboard
    Wireless MSoft 6000
    Mouse
    Wireless car non Microsoft
    Internet Speed
    60 Meg

fafhrd

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Initial system:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64 on (Hewlett Packard) Compaq Presario CQ57 bought in August 2012 with £14.99 upgrade offer to Windows 8.

Downloaded U/G (about 6h on 27/10/2012) from Windows Upgrade Offer - Landing Page and burnt DVD. The install image archive in the \sources folder is not install.wim (windows image), but install.esd (electronic software distribution) - presumably to prevent Windows-to-Go installations in Pro. I guess it will be cracked in due course.

Created Extended/Logical partition to install Windows 8 on, and installed Windows 8 Enterprise trial on this resulting in dual boot with Windows 7 HP. Then "upgraded" this Windows 8 version to the Windows 8 Pro upgrade I had burnt to DVD. On both Windows 8 installations, the software "knew" the product code and activated automatically online. Before activation, the Pro version showed the Watermark on the desktop.

The router was broadcasting on channel 13 - although Windows 7 was able to connect, Windows 8 (both Pro and Enterprise) reported that no Wi-Fi connections were available. Changing the channel to 3, Windows 8 was able to recognise and connect to the router.

Added the free Media Center feature from Microsoft, and then 6 updates and then one optional update for my wireless adapter. So I can now dual boot to the Windows 7 Home Premium and the Windows 8 Pro upgrade. I still have the recovery partition intact.
 

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

Panoid

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Windows 7 to Windows 8 upgrade on my primary machine. Everything went smoothly. I'm loving it.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Eyo
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64
    Memory
    4GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 640
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung SyncMaster 205BW
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Microsoft
    Internet Speed
    40 Mb/s

Mac

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I did mine from Windows 8 Enterprise edition to Windows 8 Pro via custom install.

Everything worked out perfect, and activated automatically as soon it booted up 1st time after install.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro

MadHorseman

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On my old Dell Inspiron 1501 the process I went through was as follows:-

Backup Vista, Boot & Repair Partitions (Paragon Partition Mgr Bootable USB Key)
Wipe HSS
Install CP - 2 problems - Graphics card & card reader - downloaded drivers & installed no problems.
Backup CP Partition.
Install RP - same probs same fix.
Backup RP
Remove HDD & Install 320Gb got cheaply on trip to UK...!
Reapply RP image. (Needed to set Active to boot)
Increased OS Partition size & Created Data Partition so I could lose the external HDD for iTunes etc.
Ran Upgrade manager without problems, created Boot DVD, but didn't need to use, and wasn't asked for Key of anything.
Same 2 problems - graphic & card reader - same fix as did "keep" upgrade.
Reinstalled iTunes and it found the music automatically.
Went to Store and reloaded "my apps"!
Running fine!!

Main Machine:-
Nope. Don't think I'll bother until they sort multiple monitor facility. (Would like to be able to replace gadgets with a rolling display of "metro" apps set to one screen.)

Old Machine:-
Nope - no NX support on Sempron 3000.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    WIN7 Home Premium 64-bit
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Homebuilt
    CPU
    Intel I7 920
    Motherboard
    Asus P6T-Se
    Memory
    6Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sapphire HD5770
    Sound Card
    On-board
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS VW246H, Samsing Syncmaster 2233, Samsung Syncmaster T200HD
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    2 x 500Gb
    PSU
    Coolermaster Silent Pro M700
    Case
    NOX
    Mouse
    Logitech Marble
    Internet Speed
    10Mbps
    Other Info
    Dell Inspiron 1501 with Win 8 CP 32 Bit - flying along!

cyberbiker

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Last month I put Win8RPx86 on a dual boot with Win7ULTx86 and hard partitions on an Asus 1025CE. Last weekend I upgraded to Win8PROx64 as the only OS on an HP tx2000z since it had a touch screen.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 Pro x64

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