trying to dual boot windows 7 on my windows 8 laptop

meanbanana

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I'm trying to dual boot windows 7 on my windows 8 laptop, and I am able to install windows 7 using the UEFI usb I created, but before I install it on the allocated space partition I created, it gives me a warning that my partitions are not in the recommended order. My partitions are currently set up as: 300 MB EFI System partition, 900 MB Recovery partition, C: Windows 8 NTFS (860 GB), D: Unallocated space for win 7 (NTFS, 50GB), and 20 GB Recovery partition. How should I have my partitions set up in this case? I am also planning to create another partition in order to install Ubuntu after I install Windows 7
 

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Note   Note

When dual booting with Windows 8 Preinstalled & Windows 7

Follow Step one to five in this tutorial:
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/13326-downgrade-windows-8-windows-7-a.html
Warning you must have the uEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.

Make sure you read the NOTE at Step three.

warning   Warning
If you shrink C: before deleting the OEM Recovery partition, the C: & the new partition may be converted to Dynamic partitions.
You DO NOT WHAT Dynamic partitions.




Than follow this tutorial: (installing in uEFI mode.)
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2344-dual-boot-installation-windows-8-windows-7-vista.html




For Ref:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Help Forums
 

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As you have already made a partition of 50gb for Windows 7 & the partition did not convert to Dynamic, no need to delete the Recovery Partition.
 

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Theog, I was just wondering why you suggest deleting the Recovery Partition on a Windows 8 system. I see the note about the drive being converted to Dynamic drive, but I do not see how that would happen on a GPT configured drive, which is not limited to 4 partitions.

I guess I will be doing some testing on my Non-OEM Windows 8 system on which I added a recovery partition.

And for the OP, please make sure you have backups/system Images/recovery media, before you start messing around. It is so much easier to re-image a drive as opposed to other, possibly no longer available, options.
 

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Saltgrass said:
Theog, I was just wondering why you suggest deleting the Recovery Partition on a Windows 8 system. I see the note about the drive being converted to Dynamic drive, but I do not see how that would happen on a GPT configured drive, which is not limited to 4 partitions.

I had Two OP where the partition converted to dynamic, I believe the use of 3rd party partitioning software with no support for Windows 8, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot, the cause.
 

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meanbanana

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But what about the warning I receive before installation? Is there a certain way that I should order my partitions? Is it really necessary?
 

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But what about the warning I receive before installation? Is there a certain way that I should order my partitions? Is it really necessary?

Just a warning for non-UEFI Motherboards, just click next.
 

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