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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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5 comments
iamark
iamark

I tried following your instructions and it went great with the Windows 8 release preview. So I thought I could do the same thing with the 90 day evaluation of the enterprise edition. But when I try to select vdisk in the diskpart environment, it says the path is not found. I'm running a 64-bit Windows 7 Pro on my HP Pavilion Laptop.

diemape
diemape

To remove the windows 8 installation I just delete the VHD or It's more complicated than that?

Greg Shultz
Greg Shultz

...the 90 day evaluation of the enterprise edition in a VHD dual boot configuration and it worked fine. So, I'd say that you should review the article and try it again.

Greg Shultz
Greg Shultz

...the answer is yes, you just delete the VHD and then remove the boot menu. Stay tuned for this week's article in which I walk you step-by-step through the entire procedure.

iamark
iamark

The path I tried to use for the .vhd file was wrong. My C Drive is actually listed (list volume) as D drive. Thanks Greg.