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Slideshow: Use VHD to dual boot Windows 7 and 8

The first step in the installation is to specify your language settings

Installing Windows 8

Now that you have your VHD established, installing Windows 8 in a dual-boot configuration should be a pretty straightforward operation. Let's take a closer look.

To begin, insert the Windows 8 Release Preview DVD and reboot your system. After a few minutes, you'll see the Windows Setup screen and will specify your language settings before clicking Next.

Credit: All images created by Greg Shultz for TechRepublic.

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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.