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a b $ Windows 7
October 3, 2011 9:39:31 AM

It is just like installing another window. You need to reinstall. Try dual boot or VM.
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a b * Windows 8
October 3, 2011 9:42:34 AM

depends how you install it--it needs a clean install so if you only have 1 hard drive then it will wipe it--you can install it in a virtual machine using virtualbox or similar

personally i have tried it in a vm and wasnt very impressed with it --though its early days yet --it just looked like windows 7 except for the metro bit which is really aimed at touchscreens
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October 3, 2011 12:29:56 PM

You could not 'roll back' to Win7 from the Win8 Preview.

What you can do is Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 Side By Side
Gives you the choice to chose which OS at bootup or during a restart.
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October 4, 2011 7:23:24 PM

Absolutely. And this goes for any Windows OS. It has not been possible for a while, and if you could, no way would you want to.

The above suggestions are exactly what you should look into.
IF you want to run it in a VM try the free Oracle virtualbox
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a b $ Windows 7
October 18, 2011 10:39:00 AM

I'm nitpicking here, but this is NOT the Windows 8 Beta. It's a developer preview, which is pre-beta software.

Anyhow, I agree that a VM is the safest option.
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October 18, 2011 11:03:43 AM

I used a spare HDD I had lying around, plugged that in, set it as first HDD in the Bios, installed the Developers preview and checked it out, once finished, switched the HDD order in the bios again and i am happily back to windows 7!
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October 18, 2011 11:07:56 AM

Just use a virtual machine.
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October 18, 2011 11:37:13 AM

or just partition your hard drive... 20 gb should be enough
and install windows 8 in that partition
by the way just in case you dont know in this way you will dual boot
that way you dont need to find another hard drive

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January 10, 2012 6:46:55 AM

The above suggestions are exactly what you should look into.
IF you want to run it in a VM try the free Oracle virtualbox .
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January 10, 2012 12:03:15 PM

If You've never set-up a dual boot before, I would suggest running it in a VM first. If you like it, then go ahead and set up the dual boot. I set it up in a dual boot with windows 7 on an Aspire 9300 laptop, and after 20 minutes of using it, I was wishing I had just used a VM. But that's just me.
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