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January 20, 2013 10:36:56 PM

Ok so i was thinking about trying out windows 8 but did not want to take off windows 7 in case i did not like it. I was wondering if i split my HD into two partitions if i could install windows 8 on the other and set it to primary? would i run into any problems doing this?
a b $ Windows 7
a b * Windows 8
January 20, 2013 10:42:14 PM

I do it on very build ..... Here's a real easy way:

1. Buy Windows 8 and a SSD.
2. Unplug the HD data cable and install the SSD connecting the data cable to SATA 0 port.
3. Install Win8 to the SSD, run Windows Update the 20 or so times it needs to get everything up to date.
4. Shut down and reconnect HD cable to SATA 1

Now when ya boot, you should default to Windows 8 .... if not go into BIOS and change boot order. Anytime ya wanna boot to Win 7, just change the boot order.
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January 20, 2013 10:46:19 PM

tenaciousk said:
Ok so i was thinking about trying out windows 8 but did not want to take off windows 7 in case i did not like it. I was wondering if i split my HD into two partitions if i could install windows 8 on the other and set it to primary? would i run into any problems doing this?


Assuming both OS's are installed to primary partitions I'd assume you'd get a dual-boot dialogue like other versions of Windows?

I have no experience with Win8 at the moment though so that's simply an assumption on my part.
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January 20, 2013 10:49:21 PM

Crackadamus said:
Assuming both OS's are installed to primary partitions I'd assume you'd get a dual-boot dialogue like other versions of Windows?

I have no experience with Win8 at the moment though so that's simply an assumption on my part.


That is kind of how i felt too, i just was wondering if anyone has had success trying it.
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January 20, 2013 11:10:22 PM

I installed a dual boot on one drive with Windows 7 as main and Windows 8 as secondary. It was uninstalled the next day. Trust me, Windows 8 isn't really worth the trouble. I would suggest trying Linux or another OS. I might be looking at that soon.
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January 20, 2013 11:11:48 PM

yes: when you are installing windows, the installation process will detect a windows installed and you ask you what you want to do: format, upgrade or new installation, where you will need to tell the name of the folder where you want to install - for example: win8trial; then after copying files the installation process will reboot your system and you will see to lines on start up: your actual windows 7 installation and the new one you are installing. If you want to delete the windows 8 installation - if you don`t like it - just delete the installation folder you created.
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January 20, 2013 11:13:09 PM

samucaninja said:
yes: when you are installing windows, the installation process will detect a windows installed and you ask you what you want to do: format, upgrade or new installation, where you will need to tell the name of the folder where you want to install - for example: win8trial; then after copying files the installation process will reboot your system and you will see to lines on start up: your actual windows 7 installation and the new one you are installing. If you want to delete the windows 8 installation - if you don`t like it - just delete the installation folder you created.


ok, i think i get what you are saying, so i would partition my harddrive then create a 8trial folder on the second partition to install to?
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January 20, 2013 11:16:08 PM

1. Create a patition
2. Find executable in trial folder
3. Run it & select secondary partition drive
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January 20, 2013 11:23:44 PM

bookwormzsh said:
1. Create a patition
2. Find executable in trial folder
3. Run it & select secondary partition drive


Exactly what i wanted to know thank you
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January 20, 2013 11:26:33 PM

You're welcome. I had to find out the same thing when I did it.
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