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Dual boot Win 7 and Win 8 on Windows 8 laptop


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#1 imitationcoffee

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Posted 29 December 2012 - 11:39 AM

Just got a new laptop with Windows 8 64 bit installed, but work/school network (Citrix) doesn't support Windows 8 at the moment. Any thoughts on dual booting with Windows 7 and Windows 8 with Windows 8 pre-installed? From what I can find, the dual boot options are for dual booting with Windows 7 and Windows 8 but with Windows 7 pre-installed. Thanks in advance for any help!

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 04:12 AM

When you install a previous Windows version when a newer already present the boot environment of the newer Windows version (Windows 8 in your case) is replaced by the older Windows version (Windows 7 in your case).

What you could do:

1. Download and install Visual BCD (latest version is 0.9.3.1) in Windows 7.

2. Run "Dual-boot Repair" tool which has an "Automatic Repair" option, one click to repair boot environment.

After restart you should have a dual-boot menu with Windows 7 and Windows 8 (Win 8 will be default OS to boot).


Note:
If Windows 7 is missing from boot menu:

1. Install in Win 8 Visual BCD and run Visual BCD Editor.

2. Select "Create missing Windows loaders" from pop up menu. This will add Windows 7.



In both cases process is automated - no parameters, drives e.t.c to specify.

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Posted 30 December 2012 - 05:13 PM

i did this with win8 ,created a partition and installed win7 ,had a small hiccup on bootup ran the windows boot repair and it fixed the problem nad i now have the 2 os,as option on bootup

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Posted 31 December 2012 - 11:14 PM

Happy New Year! I really hope you can help me because I have searched high and low without avail, here we go... I also just bought a new laptop an Asus X401A running windows 8, which does not support the midi drivers I need to run my piano to my software so,... I have to try and partition my HD and install another OS. I have partitioned the HD already, but dont know how to instal win7 into the partition, can you guys help, please. Thanks cause if I had known this before, I wouldnt have a paper weight.

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 05:25 PM

Thanks for the replies, boyans and caperjac. As far as partitioning my hard drive, I have a few questions. In My Computer, there are two listings for my 1 TB drive; one labelled OS (372 GB total) and one labelled Data (537 GB total).

How do I go about partitioning my single hard drive? A simple tutorial would be very helpful.

Also,I figured I would allot about 200 GB maximum for the Windows 7 install, does that seem fair?

Thanks again for the responses

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Posted 06 January 2013 - 08:18 AM

Thanks for the replies, boyans and caperjac. As far as partitioning my hard drive, I have a few questions. In My Computer, there are two listings for my 1 TB drive; one labelled OS (372 GB total) and one labelled Data (537 GB total).

How do I go about partitioning my single hard drive? A simple tutorial would be very helpful.

Also,I figured I would allot about 200 GB maximum for the Windows 7 install, does that seem fair?

Thanks again for the responses


sorry for late reply , you likely have done this already ,again sorry .
i would go to disk manager and click on the 537 data drive and choose shrink volume,it may set a limit as to how much you can shrink it .

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