On my test system, I'll use DVDs to create my system image
In this edition of the Windows Desktop Report, I'll use my new system to show you how to prepare and configure your Windows 7 system to dual-boot Windows 8. While I'll be using the Windows 8 Release Preview for this article, I've heard that the procedure should be very similar with the actual release version. Even so, I'll revisit this topic in the near future once Windows 8 is available to the general public.
This slideshow is also available in the blog format in the Windows and Office Blog.
For this article, I'm going to assume that you have already visited the Windows 8 Release Preview site and followed Microsoft's instructions for downloading and converting the ISO file to a DVD in Windows 7. If you haven't, you should do so before you get started with this article. The process is pretty straightforward and Microsoft has documented the steps you need to follow.
Creating a System Image
The first thing that you'll want to do is create a System Image from within Windows 7's Backup and Restore. When you do, you'll end up with a complete image of your hard disk. That way, if anything out of the ordinary were to occur as you follow the steps for creating a dual-boot system, you will be able to return to your current configuration. Furthermore, I recommend that you also create a separate backup of your data. Maybe just make copies of all your data files on CD/DVD or on an external hard disk. While it may sound like overkill, having an extra backup will give you peace of mind.
To create a system image, you'll need to have a CD-RW/DVD-RW drive, an external hard disk, or access to a network drive. To access Backup and Restore, click the Start button, type Backup in the Search box, and press [Enter] when Backup and Restore appears in the result pane.
Once you have Backup and Restore up, select the Create a System Image option and choose your backup location. As you can see, I used a DVD-RW drive on my system.
Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.
Hi, I followed all this procedure, and have installed Windows 8 and so I have a dual boot capability. I can use Wireless in Windows 7 but find I cannot activate my Windows 8 OS, neither can I set up a wireless connection in Windows 8. If I plug in the Ethernet cable I can get on the web withe the windows 8 setup. Any ideas? John
I just got my son a pretty fast desktop for gaming and Windows 8. Now it seems Windows 8 won't run some of this games properly. The desktop comes with a SSD with the OS and a separate Data disk. Can I use the process above to install Windows 7 as the Secondary boot option? Does it matter that we are going backwards on the version? Your help is highly appreciated!
I had only Windows 8 Release Preview on my laptop and decided to create a double boot. I restored my Windows 7 backup, reduced the space on the C; Partition and reinstalled Windows 8. Worked like a charm and now I can demonstrated the Windows 8 dual boot screen and the additional boot options.
I like Greg, he has interesting stuff to spill. I hate this stupid slideshows !!! The first thing I do is search if there is a way around them; if not probably my interest is already gone.
And a safe way to introduce yourself to Win8. From this point, what would you do if you eventually wanted to get rid of the dual boot setup and go w/ Win8 exclusively? Would you migrate everything (i.e. install all your apps and copy all your files/settings) from the Win7 partition and get rid of it altogether? Or, would you end up installing Win8 as an upgrade to the Win7 partition and then remove the Win8 volume? In either scenario, how would the dual boot option be removed from the boot screen?
Displeased w/ Slideshows as a waste of my and your time, I goggled the topic and found more readable links to the same subject. Iâll continue to receive TechRepublic email and if the topic Iâm interested in is not in the Blog format there is always a search engine available. Someone is not listening to the many complaints about the format. This is my 2nd and giving up on the issue.
The memo is loud and clear. 'No Slide Shows' without a clear, easy-to-find link to a 'view-as-one-page' option. What part of the do you not understand? And no more of this 'My Editor made me do it.' excuse.
...slideshow or blog, it's a very informative article explaing a process that many will want to do. As we know, every installation always has its own challenges.so an overview of a process is a great help. Thanks.
My sincere apologies to Greg Shultz. If I had bothered to read more carefully I would have noticed that it is very plainly offered as a blog right at the beginning. Nothing like making myself look foolish in a public forum. Maybe I should run for Congress?
What is the point of having something like this in a slideshow? Yes, put the slides in a blog with instructions, but the slideshow on it's own is pretty USELESS
Your first heading states "Perquisite", which actually means "a privilege, gain, or profit incidental to regular salary or wages; especially : one expected or promised" (from merriam-webster.com). I'm fairly sure the word you meant was Prerequisite.
I thought Windows 8 includes a "secure boot" by default, not allowing to install a dual boot operating system.
I believe this install will only work with an MBR formatted drive. If you are using GPT you'll need to install the OS on an unallocated partition.
Just for in case someone runs into the same problem I had, if available shrink space is insufficient, try doing a Defrag first.
...glad to hear you find my articles valuable! But, keep in mind that in all but 5 cases, every technical topic slideshow with my byline is based on a stand-alone article. In other words, you can find both a traditional article and a slideshow. That is the case here. The opening paragraph of the slideshow contains a link to the article: This slideshow is also available in the blog format in the Windows and Office Blog. http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/window-on-windows/dual-boot-windows-7-and-windows-8/6513 ...and the opening paragraph of the article contains a link to the slideshow: This blog post is also available in the Slideshow format in a TechRepublic Photo Gallery. http://www.techrepublic.com/photos/slideshow-create-a-dual-boot-machine-for-windows-8/6380349 Not everyone likes a slideshow and not everyone likes an article, so having both allows folks in each camp to view the format they like better. When Mark (my TR Editor) and I came up with the Slideshow Tips idea back in May, we were looking for a way to expand the slideshow concept and thought that having more targeted information available only in the slideshow format would be a good thing. But, from the negative feedback we received, apparently that is not always going to be the case. However, I must point out that there was a lot of positive feedback as well as the fact that those slideshows were extremely popular--literally thousands of TR readers visited them. Going forward Mark and I have decided to discontinue the Slideshow Tips ONLY format. Any tips designed primarly for a Slideshow format will ALSO have a separate article available. Just for the record, here is a list of the 5 Slideshow Tips that I have produced for TechRepublic that did NOT provide a separate blog post: 7 Tips for Using System Information http://www.techrepublic.com/photos/7-tips-for-using-system-information/6378246 7 Time Saving File Management Tips http://www.techrepublic.com/photos/7-time-saving-file-management-tips/6375786 Windows 7 Files That Contain Icons http://www.techrepublic.com/photos/windows-7-files-that-contain-icons/6365340 7 ways to save time with event viewer http://www.techrepublic.com/photos/7-ways-to-save-time-with-event-viewer/6364804 Seven Ways to Open Windows Task Manager http://www.techrepublic.com/photos/seven-ways-to-open-windows-task-manager/6362149
...a logical next step that I will cover in more detail once Windows 8 is actually released. I wrote a similar article for Windows XP/Windows 7 and plan on revising the technique for Windows 7 Windows 8.
If you took the same amount of time you took to search for an article version as you did to read, you'd have seen it.
...Windows 8 used 15.3 GB and left 34.6 GB of available space. But, it is importatnt to keep in mind that I choose 50GB purely for illustrative purposes. Also keep in mind that in Windows 7's Disk Manager you can also extend a partition. So If you needed more space for installing other apps in Windows 8, you can always shrink the Windows 7 partition again and then extend the Windows 8 partition into the newly created free space.
The link to the blog version link is right there in the description - I'm not sure how we can make it any simpler.
...from a Windows 7 perspective. Unfortunately, the Windows XP version of Disk Management does not have a Shrink Volume capability. If you are using Windows XP and need to repartition your existing drive, you will need to use something like EaseUS Partition Master Home Edition: http://download.cnet.com/EaseUS-Partition-Master-Home-Edition/3000-2248_4-10863346.html