I have a laptop with a 500 GB HDD with Windows 7 OS. I use it primarely for the audio production but have problems with latency. It was said to me that Windows 8.1 would be a better OS for the audio production. So I would like to try if this is true.
I would like to set a "dual boot" configuration (old Windows 7 and new Windows 8.1) rather than use VMware since performance would lessen that way - I need all the resources available.
So I would take 60 GB from my HDD and dedicate it for the Windows 8.1 installation where I would test my audio interface, audio programs etc. I have a couple of questions though:
1. Could Windows 7 and 8.1 interfer between each other? What about the "hidden" partitions?
2. What about security? I would like to run Windows 8.1 without internec access, no anti-virus, so I can use all the resources. Can a potential threat go from Windows 8.1 to Windows 7 (if I would get some malware in some way)?
3. How to set dual boot in such way that when booting one option (Windows 7) is always selected except if I press a key at a certain time (and select Windows 8.1)?
4. How can I completely hide other drives in Windows 8.1 (only after the boot up in the Disk Management or is there another, better and more secure way)?
5. How to completely deny access to the internet (by disabling the network adapter (NIC) in the Windows 8.1 Device Manager or is there another, better way)?
6. Is it possible to later completely remove the new OS (Windows 8.1), remove it's boot option (so that the PC directly boots into the Windows 7, just like before) and also reclaim the HDD space that was taken by Windows 8.1?