Windows 8

Slideshow: Create a dual-boot machine for Windows 8

I selected the new volume labeled Windows 8 and assigned drive letter F

At this point, Windows Setup will prompt you to choose the location to which you want to install Windows 8. As you can see, on my test system it is showing all available partitions and I have selected the new volume labeled Windows 8 and assigned drive letter F.

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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.

25 comments
KiamaraKid
KiamaraKid

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

indu96
indu96

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!

hrosita
hrosita

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.

carlo.werbrouck
carlo.werbrouck

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.

ComputerFieldsInc
ComputerFieldsInc

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?

Jerroll
Jerroll

Displeased w/ Slideshows as a waste of my and your time, I goggled the topic and found more readable links to the same subject. I’ll continue to receive TechRepublic email and if the topic I’m 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.

moehrinp
moehrinp

50 GB might be usful if the OS + Office doesn't use all that space.

Regulus
Regulus

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.

kitedemon
kitedemon

...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.

jvalentine
jvalentine

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?

jvalentine
jvalentine

I wholeheartedly agree with PeterM42. This should be in a different format than a slideshow.

PeterM42
PeterM42

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

cobrajet
cobrajet

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.

bg3075
bg3075

I thought Windows 8 includes a "secure boot" by default, not allowing to install a dual boot operating system.

edbarcik
edbarcik

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.

ntrprise
ntrprise

I have Windows XP Pro and I did all of the above. There is no Shrink Volume Command.

HenryGaB
HenryGaB

Just for in case someone runs into the same problem I had, if available shrink space is insufficient, try doing a Defrag first.

Greg Shultz
Greg Shultz

...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

Greg Shultz
Greg Shultz

...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.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

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.

Greg Shultz
Greg Shultz

...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.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

The link to the blog version link is right there in the description - I'm not sure how we can make it any simpler.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

Yes, that was a typo - it has been corrected.