Slideshow: Use VHD to dual boot Windows 7 and 8

The new Windows 8 style boot screen display for 30 seconds before launching Windows 8

Dual-booting Windows 7 and Windows 8

When the installation is complete, Windows Setup will reboot your system one final time and you will then see the new Windows 8 style dual boot screen. As you can see, Windows 8 will automatically launch in 30 seconds if you don't choose Windows 7.

If you want to alter the amount of time before Windows 8 runs, you can click the Change defaults or choose other options at the bottom of the screen. There are actually a multitude of options that you can change and I'll cover all of them in a future article.

What's your take?

What do you think about being able to create bootable Windows 7 VHDs that run like a dual boot setup? Will this be something that you will use to test Windows 8? As always, if you have comments or information to share about this topic, please take a moment to drop by the TechRepublic Community Forums and let us hear from you.

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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.

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