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Q: Question- upgrading win7HP/win8 preview dual boot to win7/win8 pro

I currently have Win7 & Win8 preview in separate partitions on the same machine. I am trying to figure out the best way to install win8 pro on my system and keep my current dual boot setup with Win 7 intact and stay legal.

So....I have a 3 licence family pack of windows 7 of which I have used only 1 licence. Is there some way I can use one of the remaining win7 licences to upgrade win8pro over top of the Win8 preview and keep my current dual boot win7/win8 setup(legally) and without messing up my current Win7 installation (or Win 8 preview installation for that matter)? Is there any advantage in getting the OEM version instead?

Preferred Solution: Question- upgrading win7HP/win8 preview dual boot to win7/win8 pro

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A: Question- upgrading win7HP/win8 preview dual boot to win7/win8 pro

If I understand it correctly; Anyone dual booting a legit version of Window Vista, XP or Win7 and Win8 RP can use the upgrade version of Win8 to do a clean install over the Win8 RP version.

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Windows 8.1 boot loader I like the look of its boot loader. Much nicer then previous windows versions or Grub . I now the preview is only 90 days but can I use its boot loader still.

A:can I dual boot Win8.1 preview and win7 and use

Yes, you can, but I can not see why you would need to.

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Hopefully my explanation of this problem is not too confusing, this my first post.

My system is a multi-boot for Win7, Win8.1 & XP. I boot into Win7 most of the time. The multi-boot is controlled via EasyBCD in Win7. My data drive is a separate disk - F. I have been running this configuration for over a year without any major problems.

The system is an older Dell-XPS Core2 Quad CPU Q9450 A 2.66GHz with 8Gb memory
System drive - 1Tb with four partitions
Data drive - 1 Tb one partition

Recently I booted into Win8.1 after a few weeks of using only Win7. The data drive F: was not available. It does not show up in Disk Management and under Device Manager it shows as not connected to the system when the Unavailable Devices are displayed.

Booting back to Win7, the data drive is available, no problems with it. There are not any errors in the event/system logs in Win8.1 or Win7 related to the data drive F.

One possible cause might be that the motherboard battery was replaced about a week ago. I had to go in the BIOS and make changes for problems encountered when Win7 was booted. Unfortunately, I didn't boot Win8.1 to see if it had any problems. I've looked at the BIOS, but don't see anything that might cause this problem.

The config for the EasyBCD is below for boot into Win7
There are a total of 4 entries listed in the bootloader.

Default: Microsoft Windows 7
Timeout: 30 seconds
Boot Drive: C:\

Entry #1
Name: Windows 8.1
BCD ID: {3081a5c6-c566-11e3-808b-85773c60a873... Read more

A:Multi Boot-Win7 & Win8.1 - Data Drive not seen in Win8.1

First off, why so many entries in BCD ?

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I would love to dual boot 7 and 8 on my laptop. However, my laptop has Windows 8. Is it possible if I were to partition a space and download the 7 disk? Thanks.

A:Dual Boot Win8 and Win7...

After installing Windows 7 it will take over boot process.

To repair dual-boot:
1. Run Dual-boot Repair tool from Visual BCD package.
This will make Windows 8 again the default boot loader.

Only if Windows 7 is missing from boot menu after repair -
Visual BCD Editor - "Create missing Windows loaders" (in right click menu).

See also how to fix advanced boot options (second half of page).

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Are there any special steps i need to follow rather than just installing Win8 to another drive?

Also, i guess that Win7 drivers will work on Win8, right?

A:Dual boot Win8 with Win7

I had no problems dual booting 7&8 on a three year old Dell laptop. Drivers that were needed picked up by win update after a couple of boot ups, Course the one you absolutely want and need to work right away is the nic driver, :ninja:

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Is there a way to remove "Win7 Boot Manager"?
Because after the 1st Boot of the Day it stops at win8 light blue screen and gives the choice, Win7 and Win8 they both work here. , But when the Computer 'Re-Boots" , It stops at "Win7 Boot Manager" but does not let me make a choice, it just times out and goes to Windows 7.

A:Dual Boot Win7 & Win8

Hi RLAbbott25,
Welcome to the forums, go to system, Advanced system settings, system properties, click settings in startup and recovery, then from the dropdown select the OS you prefer. I have attached a snip of my set up for you to compare. I'm dual booting with vista and have selected W8DP as my default OS. HTH.

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Currently I have Win8 and Win7 installed on individual drives. Would it be more advisable to install on one drive in separate partitions?


A:Win8-Win7 Dual Boot

Hello Harold, and welcome to Eight Forums.

That's mostly just a personal choice.

If one drive should fail, you would at least have the other one to still use. You may need to do a startup repair/automatic repair on it first to get it to boot though.

Hope this helps,

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This is my first posting in the EightForums, having spent most of my time the past few years in the SevenForums. But now I have Win8.1 and so I'm here.:cool:

I have a dual booting question about what I want to do and how to do it. I've read many of the docs on these forums about dual booting Win7/Win8...but I'm unclear about how it will work in my situation.

My rig previously had Win7 Ultimate x64 that was clean installed on a single hard drive. I recently clean installed Win8 Pro x64, then upgraded to 8.1 Pro, on a twin hard drive (both drives are same make/model of WD). So now, I currently have both operating systems on their own separate hard drives.

If I want to boot to the Win7 hard drive, I plug it in and unplug the Win8.1 hard drive. If want to boot to Win8.1, it's vice versa. In other words, I never have both drives plugged in...because I just don't know what would happen if both were plugged in. I'm leery of plugging both in (though I do have backups).

Another thing that makes me unclear is that the Win7 drive has a System Reserved, while the Win8 drive does not. So I don't know how this will affect a dual boot. I took screen shots of each in Disk Management (below) for examination by someone.

Both drives are in their own hot swap bays, so it's easy for me to pull a drive depending on which O/S I want to boot to. I just undock one hard drive from its bay when I want the other hard drive to boot.

Win8 is plugged into SATA Port 0 of the motherboard
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A:Question about Dual Booting Win8.1 Pro and Win7 Ultimate

Bump...anyone? Over a hundred views and no one has any input?

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I have a Windows 7 computer with Lotus 8.5 on it and I need to transfer Lotus 8.5 and all it's files and emails and the encryption key to the Windows 8 computer. I do not think that Windows 8 will recognize Lotus 8.5 so I had the idea to partition the Windows 8 computer and install Windows 7 on one of the partitions thus making it a dual boot computer, then install Lotus 8.5 to the Windows 7 partition. My problem is Windows 8 is already installed on the computer and Windows website warns not to install the older operating system second.
Windows website warns, "You must install the older operating system first, and then install the more recent operating system. If you don't (for example, if you install Windows Vista on a computer already running Windows 7), you can render your system inoperable. This can happen because earlier versions of Windows don't recognize the startup files used in more recent versions of Windows and can overwrite them." What should I do? I have found some information on installing Windows 7 as a second operating system on a Windows 8 computer thus creating a Dual Boot computer and giving you the best of both worlds and full app compatibility as some of your Windows 7 applications may not be supported in a Windows 8 environment. Thank you.

A:Dual Boot Win7 on a Win8Lotus 8.5-How To Transfer Software from Win7 to Win8 Computer

you question is mainly about how to setup a dual boot on windows 8 PC

do you have an installation CD for windows 8 and for windows 7 ?

i will move to windows 8 forum and need to change the title a bit

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I just installed Windows 7 on my HP Envy m6 1125.

I am not sure what to do because I cannot locate drivers to install on Windows 7 so I'm stuck. I try to boot to Windows 8 at start up but it does not load it just goes back to the boot screen and it will only load Windows 7.

How do I get to windows 8 so I can delete Windows 7? I am going to attempt to install Windows 8.1 to fix the issues I've been having.

A:Win7/Win8 Dual Boot Problem

What Happen When You Browse Your Hard Disk To Select Drive For Windows Installation(In Setup Window)?

(Typically)You Must Install Windows 7 First
Install Windows 8(or 8.1)
Note: Upgrade From Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 is Free

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I have a new windows8 preloaded laptop, and I found a tutorial on this forum on how to dual boot with win7. Im not sure if windows8 has anything to do with it, but when I boot to the DVD to install windows7, it ends up just sitting at the start up splash screen saying "starting windows". I downloaded win7 pro from a program through school, I might have burned the image wrong but I doubt it.

any idea what might be the issue? I swear the easiest things always become difficult for me.

Thank you for the help.

A:Win8 Win7 dual boot issue

Are booting the DVD in uEFI mode?

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I have a unique situation that I cant seem to find related inquries anywhere in my searches. As some of you may have experienced, I had my eye on a laptop for a few months waiting for funds to come in and the same model laptop I was looking at went from win7 64bit to windows 8 only over night. no warning, no option to customize back to win7, frusterating I know. I ordered the laptop anyways with the plans to dual boot win 7, creating a smaller win8 partition and a larger main win7 partition. Problem is I cant seem to find any related articles. every article is starting with win 7 and dual booting win8. I want to do the opposite.

I know there might be some complications with the order the OS's are installed, and ultimatly I want win7 to be my OS so if it isnt possible to dual boot 7 on top of 8, then I will just end up doing a fresh install.

Thank you in advance

A:Unique Win8 win7 dual boot, is it possible?

The only way to dual boot those two at the moment is to install 7 and then proceed to partition your hard drive so you can install 8 on the empty one. You can message me if you like and i can walk you through it since i just finished doing two of these setups sucessfully.

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My daughter's laptop computer with Windows 8 installed experienced a blue screen that would not let the computer boot. Of course no back ups, no recovery disk made. Thought we were screwed, butshe found original Vista recovery disks. While waiting for her to bring recovery disks (58 mile trip) I figured I try to install Windows 7 to computer. Anyway I installed it on separate partition for a dual boot. C partiton w/ Win 8 was l;eft untouched.
Now to make long story short I was able to repair the Win 8 partition and my daughter wants to keep Win 8. So question is how to uninstall Windows 7 from the D partition and return the computer to it's normal Win 8 boot??

A:Win8 + Win7 dual boot uninstall help

Please post screenshot of disk management. And tell me if done from within win7 or win8

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I have a Lenovo G550 with Intel Pentium Dual Core T4400 @2.2 GHz and 3GB Ram. My laptop is triple booted with Windows 7 Professional Service Pack 1 32-bit, Windows 8 Release Preview 32-bit and Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit. The problem is that when I shut down from Windows 8 and the next time I start my laptop and select Windows 7, the screen just goes blank and nothing happens. I have to then force switch it off and then start it again for it to boot into Windows 7. Please help me to rectify this problem.

A:Win7-Win8 Dual boot problems

Start with using Startup Repair to attempt to repair the Win8 bootloader. IME the bootloader is very polite - it even keeps working when I physically remove my Win8 hard drive (leaving me with only Win7).

To get into Startup Repair:
- create a Startup Repair disk by typing "recdisc.exe" (without the quotes) into the Run dialog (press Win key and R to open it).
- boot from the Startup Repair disk to run Startup Repair
- run it at least 3 times.

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Thx for all your help earlier with telling me to load OS separately with 1 hdd disconnected.
My #1 HD is working fine and has Win7 HP on it.
MY #2 HD is where the problem is when i go to Install Win 8 Pro with a retail (upgrade) disk
History of #2 hd
This HD can from a older HP system that I had that originally had Vista on(its a WD 640g drive)
I upgraded it to Win 7 pro
my bios does see this drive
I can load the Win 8 disk and get to command prompt :
Using diskpart my disk looks like this:
list disk

status size Free dyn gpt
* Disk 0 online 596 2048kb
Disk 1 no media 0b 0b
Disk 2 no media 0b 0b
Disk 3 no media 0b 0b
Disk 4 no media 0b 0b
Disk 5 no media 0b 0b

List Partition

Partition### Type Size Offset
Partition 1 Primary 99mb 1024mb
Partition 0 Extended 596gb 101mb
Partition 2 Logical 596gb 102 mb

Let me know if this helps or if ya need more info

A:Need help trying to dual boot win7 /win8 separate HHD's

This might help too
This is currently how these HDD's look through my Win 7 Disk Management

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I currently have UEFI Windows 8.1 installed on a 1TB drive, formatted in GPT. This has created an issue when trying to install W7 - it doesn't play nice with UEFI...

UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

I've followed this tutorial in order to create the USB drive with Rufus (UEFI Bootable).

Can I simply shrink the partition my W8 is installed on by say, 200GB, and then select the unallocated space in the W7 installer to install it in UEFI mode? (Have to install with UEFI due to GPT drive). Or can I not dual boot them both in UEFI mode? Will selecting the unallocated space and installing W7 in UEFI ruin my W8 installation?

Before you suggest I simply delete all the partitions on the drive and start from scratch - this is NOT an option.

A:Dual boot trouble - Win8 and Win7

Hi and Welcome.

What version Windows 7? x64?

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Hi All,

I've searched around the internet (and these forums) for this query but haven't had any luck in finding a solution.

My system is currently configured with Windows 7 Pro and Win XP Pro, in a dual boot configuration. They are on separate partitions on a single SSD.

I bought Windows 8 a while back but haven't installed it yet, as I need to keep my dual boot configuration (need XP). I'd ideally like to install 8 over 7 (am happy doing a complete wipe of 7, but an upgrade would be cool too).

I used EasyBCD to make my current dual boot configuration with Win7/XP, however it's been years since I did the install so don't really recall what steps I took (however I'm sure I could find them somewhere).

My question is, what steps would I need to take to install 8 over 7 and keep the dual boot w/ XP? I think I'd just need to completely wipe 7 (my media / documents / etc. are on separate hds), and install 8 on that newly blank partition. Then I would use EasyBCD to configure the boot menu to recognize the existing XP installation and restore the dual boot setup.

Would I be correct in my thinking here? Any potential hassles that I'll run into?

Thanks much,

A:Have Win7/XP Dual boot, want to install Win8 over 7

Welcome to EightForums.

If your Windows 7 install is on Partition 1 & Win XP is on Partition 2, if you wipe the Windows 7 partition, the Win XP boot files will also be wiped.

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Good day to all,
I'm just wondering if it's possible to install Windows 7 x64 on my laptop as a dual boot option? It's running Windows 8.1 upgraded from Windows 8.
If it's possible(considering I'll be installing via partitioning my D drive), will I still be able to use applications installed on Win 8.1 on the newly installed Win7? (ie Microsoft Office '10; various Online Games)
[edit] And will I have to reinstall drivers? (ie Sound/Graphic Drivers)
Asus K46CA

Intel i3-3217 1.8ghz
4GB Ram
Intel HM76 Express Chipset
Intel HD 4000 Graphics
Windows 8.1 Single Language
Thanks in advanced!

A:[Q] Installing Win7 on Win8.1 Laptop as Dual Boot

Not knowing the model notebook you have or the age of it, it is hard to say. Although I have Win 8 running in a VM on my Win 7 desktop system I rarely use it and do not have any system designed specifically for Win 8. From what I have read Some feature in Win 8 Locks the EFI ( BIOS ) so no other operating system can be installed. But IIRC that is a Feature of the UEFI and can be turned off.
So if there are Windows 7 drivers for the hardware in your Notebook you should be able to install Win 7 without a problem once, or IF, that Lock feature is turned off.

As to the programs you have installed in Win 8, No you can't use them in Windows 7 until you Install them in to the Windows 7 install you plan on doing. You will have 2 separate operating system installed and for each every program you want to use in both will need to be installed into both.

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In anticipation to the final version of Windows 8 being available to the masses, I would like to know what are the possibilities of installing Windows 8 64bit when Windows 7 32bit is already installed.
Would Windows 7 32bit and all 32bit drivers have to be reinstalled with 64bit versions?
Would all settings and saved data be retained?
Would it mean a complete reinstallation of all existing/installed applications or partitioning the hard drive and start from new again?
Or would installing another hard drive be more appropriate?

A:[SOLVED] Dual boot Win7 32 bit and Win8 64bit?

if you go from 32 to 64 bit, it will require a compete install, even if you use an upgrade disk. It will require all apps, drivers and such to be reinstall. This should not change with win8

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I really don't understand why some people do this. What is the main purpose of having 2 OS on one PC? Do you really use the 2 OS? Maybe XP and Win8 is ok..or Win8 and Lion OS (Hackintosh as they call it). But Win7 and Win8? Why???? More often than not, a lot of people are only having problems booting up and making it work flawlessly. I think it is more of a headache than fun. Only to find out afterwards that some people think Win8 sucks. :P

I have nothing against those who have a dual boot system. I just probably need to be enlightened a little bit.

A:Win7 & Win8 Dual Boot - What is the real purpose?

The main reason is many people don't like Win 8 initially so prefer to continue using Win 7 while they modify Win 8 to their liking and learn to use it. At least that is why I had Win 7/8 dual boot for a month or so. I eventually removed Win 7 and use only Win 8 now.

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Original Post:

I've recently installed a dual boot, Windows 7 and Windows 8. The installation went fine but then after a very short time my Windows 8 Screen goes black. I had to press the power button to exit.

I've checked the Power settings and ensured the "Turn off display" was "never". I also updated my Video drivers thinking that might be the problem. Both to no avail. I've done a "Refresh" and a "Reset (which took 3 hrs). Again, all was fine for a short time, but while exploring the OS, again the black screen. Would anyone know what else I could try to fix this Windows 8 problem. Thanks so much.

I posted the above question about two months or so ago and received suggestions (thank you everyone) which I followed... re-formatting the hard drive during the new installation, trying generic video drivers and doing Resets and Refreshes. None of that worked and still doesn't. The installations do complete as before, but I don't have enough time to download new updates to perhaps correct whatever problem(s) there are before all goes black after a few minutes. As I stated before I have to hold down the power button to exit.

If this is a clue, once the screen goes black and I revert back to Window7, before loading, the File System on ALL drives, including C and the Windows 8 partition has to check for consistency before Windows 7 boots... Read more

A:Dual Boot Win7/8 - Win8 Goes To Black After Install

Hello leelord,

I see you took your own advice and started a unique thread with lots of detail in your lead-in post; however, my first question is "what the heck is all that?" and my second question is "where are the Win 7 and Win 8 installations located (specifically)?" Please understand that I may not be the primary person to help you unravel this mystery; however, I think I might be able to pull a bit more information out of you so it might entice the proper guru to offer a response to your issue.

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Hi, apologize in advance if this is the wrong forum to post this. It was either this or BSOD crash, but I do not have any BSOD at all.

Basically, I have a Thinkpad X201Tablet. I have set it up to dual boot in Windows 7 pro and Windows 8 pro. And it has been working perfectly so far (installed from purchased DVD) until recently.

I was using Windows 7 at that point of time, just shut down all my software and applications, then I put the PC into sleep mode. After trying to wake it up from sleep, it comes up to the login page. However it does not show the login details. It only shows the login background picture. Other than that everything was missing for me to log in.

I tried using my finger print scanner. Nothing happens.

Then I pressed the power button, planning to force shut it down the pc. However I forgot to hold it down, and the pc hibernated. And I then turned it on again. This time I went to grab my lunch. When I came back about 20 minutes later. It was still the same, it goes into the login page, but only just showing the background picture. No login details, no box to enter my password. And there was no hard disk activity on the LED.

I then did a forced shut-down this time.

When I turned it back on, it went to the Thinkpad brand + 'press the blue thinkvantage button to enter setup' page. After that, it goes to black and keep resetting the PC to go back to that first page again. Normally, it should go to the Windows 8 boot selection page (the blue pag... Read more

A:Win8 / Win7 Dual Boot - Infinite Reboot Problem.

A, B, C, NO.

Do a Repair.
How to do a Automatic Repair:
Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8

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i have one 750GB hard disk with 8 partition. i installed windows 7 in first partition and windows 8 in second partition.
i want to hide windows 8 drive when i boot in windows 7 and hide windows 7 drive when i boot in windows 8.
with NeoGrub tools in EasyBCD can do this, but i dont know how to scripting in NeoGrub!
how can i do that? plz help me..

A:Dual boot win7 & win8 with Hide active partitions

You already asked this in the Win 7 forum and have a response: Dual boot win7 & win8 with Hide active partitions - Windows 7 Support Forums

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Hi y'all

Lately I have added Win8 to my Win7 x64 PC, so it is now dual-boot.
After that I have taken an Image of the system drive(s) using the built-in imaging function of Win7.
Now in trying to restore this Image file I had to realize that both Win7 AND Win8 using their built-in restore functions refuse to write back that image file

Of course, from now on I will use 3rd party software for that,
but is there any way I still might succeed?

(attached is my systemdrive layout)

Thanx in advance, eXPerimentator :-)

A:How to restore SystemImage taken in Win7 /Win8 dual boot environment

You can use the wbadmin commands from booted winpe.

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New to Win8 and this forum...

Using my Server 2008 R2 host, created a Win8 VM/VHD and it boots, works fine. I followed instructiong using BCDEdit to add the VHD to my boot options. When i reboot and select the VHD it begins to load then fails. I end up in the recovery option tools. Looking through the advanced info I believe the root problem is "failed to find osloader" or something close to that.

Most of the tutorial's have the VHD added to the Win7 boot screen, but, thats' not my scenario.

Is there something I missed in getting this working? Has anyone used a VHD created in Win Server 2008 R2 to use as a native boot VHD?

Would love to get this working.

Machine is a Lenovo T510, 8 Gig memory.


A:Boot Win8 VHD, already dual booting Win7 and Win Server 2008 R2

Originally Posted by timhenn

New to Win8 and this forum...

Using my Server 2008 R2 host, created a Win8 VM/VHD and it boots, works fine. I followed instructiong using BCDEdit to add the VHD to my boot options. When i reboot and select the VHD it begins to load then fails. I end up in the recovery option tools. Looking through the advanced info I believe the root problem is "failed to find osloader" or something close to that.

Most of the tutorial's have the VHD added to the Win7 boot screen, but, thats' not my scenario.

Is there something I missed in getting this working? Has anyone used a VHD created in Win Server 2008 R2 to use as a native boot VHD?

Would love to get this working.

Machine is a Lenovo T510, 8 Gig memory.


The process of creating and using a VHD under Server 2008 R2 is no different to the same process under Windows 7. Admittedly, I haven't tried creating a VHD for Windows 8 under the server platform, but I've created several Windows 7 VHDs under Server in the past.

The method I always use involves WAIK Creating Bootable Virtual Hard Disks and when installed simply use:

bcdboot x:\Windows - where x: is the drive you declared for the VHD

To add the VHD to the boot options.

I'll try adding a VHD to Server 2008 a little later today...

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i have one 750GB hard disk with 8 partition. i installed windows 7 in first partition and windows 8 in second partition.
i want to hide windows 8 drive when i boot in windows 7 and hide windows 7 drive when i boot in windows 8.
with NeoGrub tools in EasyBCD can do this, but i dont know how to scripting in NeoGrub!
how can i do that? plz help me..

A:Dual boot win7 & win8 with Hide active partitions

Have you tried simply removing the drive letter for 8 when you`re in 7 and vice versa ?

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I had win7 and i installed windows 8.I did not like win8 so i launched msconfig from win 7 and i deleted from the boot tab the win8 option then my pc asked me to restart but i refused because i thought that i should first delete the space that it was consumed from win8 and extend my win7 partition. But i can't the option delete partition is not available on win8 partition.I restarted pc but it still recognise win8 partition as system,healthy etc. How can i delete this partition and extend the windows 7 partition?

A:[Q]Win7-Win8 dual boot problem-How to remove windows 8?

Have a look at this. Maybe it helps. Dual Boot - Delete a OS

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I have a question on the best way to install Windows 7 as a dual boot on an existing Windows 8 installation on a new Asus Laptop. Most of the tutorials I've seen assume the pre-existing installation is Windows 7, and say that Windows 7 needs to be installed first, not an option when your Win8 comes pre-installed.

I have an Asus F75, and here is the partitioning:
1. 300 MB EFI System Partition, FAT32
2. 900 MB NTFS Recovery Partition (would seem to be the MS Reserved partition, is that correct?)
3. 279 GB NTFS OS Partition
4. 398 GB NTFS Data Partition
5. 20 GB NTFS Recovery Partition

It sounds like after installing Windows 7, the boot menu will be the Win7 text boot selection menu if you use that as the default OS, which is what I plan on doing, so I believe there isn't anything I need to do to that, is that correct?

I have turned of Fast Boot in Win8, and disabled Secure Boot in the system BIOS.

What should I do about the existing Data partition, which will be the Win7 partition. Should I:
a. Leave that intact and simply install Win7 to it, or
b. Delete the partition, install Win7 and allow the install to manage the unallocated space?

Do I have any other considerations other than collecting all the Win 7 drivers for the laptop (which I have already done)?

A:Install Win7 as Dual-Boot on Existing Win8 Laptop


When dual booting with Windows 8 Preinstalled & Windows 7

Follow Step one to five in this tutorial:
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
Warning you must have the uEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.

Make sure you read the NOTE at Step three.

Than follow this tutorial: (installing in uEFI mode.)
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

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

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I've create 2 partitions, 1st partition is Win7 SysPrep and the 2nd partition is Win8.1 Sysprep
I install Win7 and press Ctrl-Shift-F3 to form SysPrep, same as Win8.1 in 2nd partition.
I made this becuase I've 25 Dell new Win8.1 Computer which are UEFI. So I want to make a master computer which has both Win7 and Win8.1 with SysPrep in it. Then I want to clone it to the other 24 Dell computers.
CASE 1 : 2 different partitions with 2 different Windows :
If I install both Windows like above, when Sysprep Generalize Win7, it works fine. But if I SysPrep Generalize Win8.1, it's fine also, but never can boot again back to Win7. The start boot option is like this :
Windows 7
Windows 8.1
If I choose to boot Windows 8.1, it's fine. If I choose to boot Windows 7, it ever boot to Windows 8.1. It means nomatter I choose to boot which Windows, it all goes to Windows 8.1 ?????
CASE 2 : 1 partition for Win7 + Win81.VHD :
I install Win7 (C and press Ctrl-Shift-F3 to form SysPrep.
I create a Win81.VHD in Drive D: , imagex Win8.1 install.wim in it. Also press Ctrl-Shift-F3 to form SysPrep.
Sysprep Generalize Win7 is OK , SysPrep Generalize Win8.1 is also OK. But after that I can only boot to Windows 7 fine, when choose to boot Win8.1 , it always restart and back to the boot menu ?????
Can anyone help ? Thanks a lot.

A:Dual boot Win7 and Win8.1 SysPrep with UEFI GPT Problem

hello,you uefi setup issue is a little over my head ,lol ,but
when I setup a simple duel boot with 7&8 I too had same issue and I ran the win8 boot repair and it fixed the mbr [I assume]so I was able to then boot to either os, good luck.
run repair
Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8

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I cloned my Windows 7 Pro X64 system to another HDD then upgraded the cloned system to Windows 8 Pro.
As a result both Win7 and Win8 have the same Boot Manager Data, so I currently use the BIOS alternate boot option to select which system to boot.
Have tried a number of "solutions" so far, but all have gone pear-shaped and each time I've had to recover both systems because these solutions have resulted in subsequent problems with booting up either system.
Have used "BCDEDIT /ENUM /V" to list the data from both systems and included that in the attached files.

Would welcome a safe solution that would remove the need to go via the bios options.

Thanks in advance.

A:Dual Boot Issue : Upgraded Cloned Win7 to Win8

To use the Windows 8 upgrade install, you need to delete the Windows 7 install.


Originally Posted by Microsoft

What about upgrading the software? The software covered by this agreement is an upgrade to your existing operating system software, so the upgrade replaces the original software that you are upgrading. You do not retain any rights to the original software after you have upgraded and you may not continue to use it or transfer it in any way. This agreement governs your rights to use the upgrade software and replaces the agreement for the software from which you upgraded. After you complete your upgrade, additional software will be required to playback or record certain types of media, including DVDs.

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I would like to upgrade my dual HDD, dual boot system, to dual boot on one large SSD. I currently have Win7 Ultimate on one 500GB Seagate HDD and Win8.1 Pro on another 500GB Seagate HDD. I have a 1TB Samsung 840 EVO SSD that I would like to use for the upgrade. The system is an Acer Aspire 8920 Laptop.
Is this even possible? If so, how do I do it? ANY help would be GREATLY appreciated!

A:Solved: Dual boot Win7 & Win8.1 on 2HDD to 1SSD, How?

Install the earlier (Windows 7) version of Windows and then the later (Windows 8.1) version. Hide or disconnect the hard drives while doing the installation to make sure all the boot information goes onto the SSD.

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I finally downloaded and installed Windows 8 on my computer today. It has 3 hard drives, an SSD that has Windows 7, and two other drives that have media and other stuff. I shrank one of these volumes and created a new 50 GB partition for Windows 8. The install seemed to be without any glitches and I spent some time exploring the new OS.

After a while, I rebooted to go back to Windows 7 and the network adapter would not connect to the internet. I rebooted and went back to Windows 8 and it did connect to the internet. I should note that upon reboot, the screen was black to make the choice of OS, unlike when 8 first installed.

Basically I get the " Local area doesn't have a valid ip configuration " problem. I tried cycling the modem/router/pc with no luck. I reset the Internet Protocols as suggested but that did not help.

I uninstalled the adapter and let it reinstall in case it was a driver issue, no dice.

I did let Windows 8 do some updates if that is relevant.

Any ideas or suggestions? I appreciate any help.

A:Dual Boot Internet Connection Issue (Win8 connects, Win7 does not)

I gave up. I could not get it back online even after a restore so I did a fresh reinstall.

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I want install windows 8 pro in my Sony win7 home basic 64bit laptop but unable to create new primary partition because my laptop already have 3 primary partition(I not create it).

my question is,
1. can install win8 in logical partition?
2. how to install win8 pro in my win7 laptop without any problem?
3. can I convert *: Recovery(primary) to *:Recovery(Logical) and create new primary partition for install win8?and after install win8 can I possible to use my laptop without any problem and use both win7 and win8?
4. After install win8, can possible install Window phone developer tool without any problem?
note : please step by step guide my to install win8 because I don't have any experience in install OS.

A:i want to create dual boot(intall win8 in win7 lapto7) in my laptop?

1. can install win8 in logical partition?

You can install Windows to a logical partition. A MBR partitioned disk only need a single primary partition to use as the "Active" partition. By default a normal Windows installation will create a small 100 MB partition labeled "System reserved" exclusively to store boot critical files. Whether you install Windows to a logical or primary partition, boot files will be always stored in the "System Reserved" partition.


how to install win8 pro in my Windows 7 laptop without any problem?

If you are familiar with the installation process, there won't be any issues. However make sure to backup all data to an external medium as an insurance. Also it will be a good idea to image your hard drive.

Image your system with free Macrium

3. can I convert *: Recovery(primary) to *:Recovery(Logical) and create new primary partition for install win8?

Don't do this. Your may not be able to perform a recovery operation. Although you can create a new logical partition in the 35 GB free space, it is too short to be used as an OS partition. All your partitions are almost full so it is not possible to shrink some space and create a new partition for 8. I would recommend moving all data stored in "F:" (Movies ), format the drive and install 8 to it.

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I've created a 50 GB partition on the end of my C drive using Disk Management on a Win8 Pro pc. In that partition I installed Win7 Ultimate and now I need more space for the software and programs I would like to install.
Is it possible to give the partition more space without starting over ie deleting partition and creating new bigger one?

A:Dual Boot Win8 Pro and Win7 Ultimate How to increase Partition Size?

Use the cool new Extend feature in Partition Wizard boot CD.

It can annex space from any other partition even if it's not contiguous.

How to extend partition easily with Partition Wizard - video help.

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When I use File Explorer on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 Preview I have the navigation pane set to 'show all folders' and 'automatically expand to folder'.On Win8 I use SkyDrive for Desktop, and I place the SkyDrive folder in 'C:\Users\Karl\'; and the SkyDrive folder appears in the File Explorer navigation pane under the Karl Dixon folder.Win 8.1preview has Skype for Desktop integrated into the OS.; and the SkyDrive folder appears at the top of the File Explorer navigation pane.
As I am currently back using Win8 due to an unrelated issue, I would like to know how to have Win8 show the SkyDrive folder at the top of the navigation pane whilst still using 'show all folders' and 'automatically expand to folder' settings.

I'm currently hoping that if I uninstall SkyDrive desktop on Windows 8 before I upgrade to the final release version of Windows 8.1, where SkyDrive will be baked-into Win8.1, that will fix it. I am only trying to replicate the behaviour of Win8.1 Preview, which I installed on both my Win8Pro and Win8EnterpriseN machines previously, and both had the built-in SkyDrive folder located at the top of the navigation pane in File Explorer.

A:SkyDrive for Desktop on Win8 and Win8.1 Preview

Hello Lilsting,

SkyDrive is not as integrated in Windows 8 as it is in Windows 8.1.

Do you have Show Favorites checked in your navigation pane settings?
Favorites - Add or Remove from Navigation Pane in Windows 8
Do you have the SkyDrive desktop app installed in Windows 8? Windows 8.1 doesn't need this.
Hope this helps,

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I seem to have lost my bookmarks in Mozilla

A:How do I go back to Win7 from Win8 (Developer Preview)?

i'm not sure but i don't think you can without reinstalling win 7.


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I've installed Win8 from ISO file, the problem is I didn't mount this image or burn on DVD but simply unpacked with 7zip. The result - win8 is installed on my primary Win7 partition (C:\) and my Win7 folders are moved to Windows.old folder. Is there any way to restore the Win7 ?
I found some instruction about Vista on How to restore a computer to a previous Windows installation after you install Windows Vista but in Win7 there are more folders saved and the bootsector has probably different name.
Could anyone please help me with that ?

Best regards,

A:How to restore Win7 after installation of Win8 Cust Preview

Hello Lbajon, and welcome to Eight Forums.

First, be sure to backup anything that you do not want to lose to be safe. Next, you might see if you may be able to use the tutorial below to restore Windows 7 from the Windows.old folder. Just be sure to follow it exactly as is, and select the correct options for Windows 7 .

Windows.old folder - Restore into a new installation - Windows 7 Forums

Hope this helps,

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I just purchased an HP Pavilion 20 All-In-One desktop computer that unfortunately had Windows 8 on it - I needed a computer immediately and no one in town had an all in one with 7 pro. I purchased Windows 7 Pro SP1 64 bit OEM software (from reputable store; computer is 64bit) and thought it would be an easy install - insert disk, follow directions. It acts as if it's installing windows 7, but when it gets to the screen which shows the language, time and - forgot the last drop down choice, I don't have use of the mouse or keyboard. I can't tab, use arrow keys, or anything. I have spent hours searching online before bothering anyone for free advice, but now I'm looking for free advice. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Also, do I post this in Windows 7 Pro or 8 ?

Let me add that this All In One does not have the touch screen monitor.

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Hello All,
      It's been a while since I last visited bleepingcomputer, but I'm back for the "next round."  Our household had resisted Windows 8 for as long as it could, but we've now "become one with the borg."  I recently acquired a Toshiba Satellite A Series with Windows 8.1.  All the other computers in our house are Windows 7 or earlier.  This question regards the behavior of the homegroup versus what can be seen on the network between the above mentioned machine, another that is running Win7 Home Premium, and another that's running Win7 Ultimate.  I will designate these machines a W8, W7H, and W7U
      All three machines have no trouble joining the same homegroup.  On both of the Win7 machines if you look at the homegroup it shows the other machines in the homegroup, but not itself, which is what I expect.  W7H shows W8 and W7U in homegroup and W7U shows W7H and W8 in homrgroup.  The weirdness is on W8, which shows W8 and W7U in homegroup, with no trace of W7H.
      At the same time, if you look at Network for all of these machines they all show themselves, each other, our Verizon modem-router, and our WinVista laptop (when it's on).
      I will note that W7H, which isn't showing up on W8, has Comodo firewall running on it.  W7U has AVG managing the firewall and W8 the Windows built-in firewall.
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A:Win8-Win7HP-Win7Ult Homegroup Peculiarity

I found this on another site.  Don't know if it'll help:
I copied the password from the Windows 7 machine.
Used Remote Desktop to my Windows 8 laptop.
Eureka! It joined.
I shared my music and documents.
I checked explorer on both machines. Accounts showed up just as they do with pure Windows 7 homegroup members.
Good luck, I hope it helps to know its possible.

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Ok guys, in the end of october im basically getting a new pc (new HDD, RAM, CPU, Motherboard, pc case and fans)

I got an old prebuilt HP computer and the HDD in it got all my personal files, software, games and whatnot, BUT it has windows 7 and when im getting my new parts im also getting windows 8. Can i clone everything from my old HDD to the new one and then just let windows 8 erase everything on the old one?(i want my OS on the old one) Then delete windows 7 that i cloned from the old one and then move my downloads, pictures, documents and videos to the old one because i only want software and games on the new HDD? Is this possible and if yes how do i do it and if not what can i do to make it as close to the this result i want?

Thanks guys!

A:[SOLVED] upgrading from win7 to win8

Hi is it your data you want IE pics,video,music pics, files not programs then have a read here How to transfer data from your old computer to Windows 8

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When I run setup I get this message:
"Something happened
We can't tell if your PC is ready to continue installing windows 8. Try restarting setup"
What can I do?

A:Error upgrading win7 to win8

Welcome to EightForums.

Have you treid a clean install?
You will need to reinstall all your programs in Windows 8.

Upgrade to Windows 8 with only a product key - Microsoft Windows

Originally Posted by Microsoft

• Make sure you’re on the PC you want to upgrade. This must be a PC that is currently running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3), Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows Developer Preview. (Windows 8 Setup checks that your PC meets all system requirements before it installs Windows 8.)

• Have your product key handy. You can find it in your online order information, in the confirmation email for your purchase, or on the packaging. The product key will look something like this:

• Make a backup of everything you want to keep. Save it somewhere you can get to it later, like an external drive or a DVD.

Always better to do a clean install.

Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

Backup User and System Files - Windows 7 Forums
Backup - Restore Files and Folders from in Windows 8

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Hello, so couple of weeks ago I upgraded my Win7 64x bit Ultimate Edition to Win8 64x Pro Edition (I bought a digital copy from Microsoft's site) because I heard that it is more stable & faster, I had many BSOD's in my Win7 so I thought if I will upgrade it to Win8 it would solve it, but it didn't. The BSOD's still appear and I didn't really know what to do.

BSOD Files :

A:Random BSOD after upgrading from Win7 to Win8

Just FYI - with an upgrade install you also bring along any problems that may be occurring in the old system. I strongly advise not doing upgrade installs because of this. The alternative is a clean install, but that will take a bit more effort.

Your BIOS dates from 2010. Please check at the manufacturer's website to see if there are any BIOS updates available for your system. Also check the readme file to see if they apply to the problems that you are having. Please be advised that flashing the BIOS is a very unforgiving process - and one mistake can physically damage your motherboard.

Nothing really stands out in the reports or the memory dumps. As such I'd suggest starting with these free diagnostics: Hardware Diagnostics

Also, Please update these older drivers. Links are included to assist in looking up the source of the drivers. If unable to find an update, please remove (un-install) the program responsible for that driver. DO NOT manually delete/rename the driver as it may make the system unbootable! :

HECIx64.sys Thu Sep 17 15:54:16 2009 (4AB293E8)
Intel Management Engine Interface

jraid.sys Thu Oct 29 04:14:20 2009 (4AE94EDC)
JMicron RAID Driver

AppleCharger.sys Sun Feb 28 21:26:17 2010 (4B8B25C9)
GIGABYTE On/Off Charge driver. See here for details - GIGABYTE ON/OFF Charge [br] May cause BSOD on Win7/8 system... Read more

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I'm about to take the plunge and upgrade to Win8.

At present I have WIn7, with my SSD drive containing the OS and progs, and a separate hard drive with my user data on it, I would like to retain all the data on this data drive.

I will do a clean install of Win8 on my SSD drive. After I have done this what is the best way to set up my user data on my hard drive which already contains my user data? Can I just use the reg hack to point to my data drive?

1. Open Registry Editor by type regedit from command line, and navigate toHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\WINDOWS NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList.

2. Change the value of the Default, Public, Profile Directory keys to the new location accordingly.

Then I will install my programs.

Will this method then allow my Win8 installation to see all my old desktop and user data? Is there a better way?

Thanks for any input or alternative methods.

A:Migrating from Win7 to Win8 - Dual Drive

After the installation set your paths here

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders

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Hello all! I have found a few people with this problem (including myself) . If you have dual booted Windows 7 and Windows 8 (even by using a VHD to boot from) and are getting the 0xc000428 error when booting Windows 7, I have the solution.

1. Insert a Windows 7 Setup disc and boot from it.
2. Choose your language.
3. Click on "Repair you computer" at the bottom
4. Select "Windows 7" for the Windows installation selection
5. At the recovery tools page, click on CMD
6. Enter the following commands:

1. D: (adjust this to wherever your copy of 7 is located)
2. cd \Windows\System32
3. del winload.exe
4. copy "winload~1.exe" winload.exe
5. exit

Now boot into Windows 7, and download EasyBCD. From there, you can add a new OS into the bootloader using a GUI.

Hope this helps!

A:Solution to 0xc000428 when dual booting Win7 and Win8

An even better solution:
Download Visual BCD Editor and change winload.exe to winload~1.exe for Windows 7 loader path.

No need to boot, reboot, delete, copy or whatever.

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Wondering if anyone has done this? I am assuming settings would be lost and such. Can anyone confirm if the settings would be completely lost, or if they would be relocated to "Windows.old" folder?


A:installing 32-bit Win8 over 64-bit OS (Win7 or Win8)?

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After installing Win8 on an empty HD -- and after having installed Win7 on its own drive -- the "option" to boot from one drive or the other does not appear as it should.  I can boot Win8 from the full installation disk I have, and change the boot order in bios, but there is no easy way to make a choice between the OSs.
Someone suggested I use EasyBCD to sort things out, but I'm not sure how to do it and I don't want to jeopardize my ability to boot Win7 by screwing it up.
Any/all suggestions appreciated.

A:No Option to Dual Boot in Win8

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