Dual boot win 8 in win 7

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  1. davidhk129

    davidhk129 Senior Member

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    I have a laptop running Win 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit. 4 GB Ram
    I had shrunk the 581.42 GB (C: ), and created a 284241 MB partition intended to install Win 8 into.

    I have a retail Win 8 Pro upgrade version which comes with a 32-bit and a 64-bit disc.
    Can I use anyone of the 2 or do I have to use 64-bit disc ?

    Thank you.
     
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    badrobot Senior Member

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    You can use any, but with I would recommend the 32-bit even though you have 4GB Ram. But it's just me. Your 4GB Ram can handle 64bit but 32bit will be more efficient in terms of performance.
     
  3. whs

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    You can use both, but I would use the 64bit version. Makes use of all your RAM and is probably faster.

    LOL, now you have 2 opposing views. I have a 32bit Windows 8.1 on a 2GB (tablet) system and that runs fine. But with 4GB, I would use 64bit.
     
  4. davidhk129

    davidhk129 Senior Member

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    Just to make sure.

    My Win 8 Pro is an Upgrade version. Not full version.
    I can still use it for dual boot installation ?
    I mean, I will be installing it into an unallocated partition which has no previous OS to upgrade from.
    That's ok ?
     
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    bassfisher6522 Essential Member

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    badrobot Senior Member

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    I was just about to say that Bass. A base OS is needed to be able to use that upgrade CD. Even clean installing the original Win 7 on another partition after the upgrade to W8 may not even work as the original W7 key is still in use.
     
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    I wonder if you could use a trial version and then use the upgarde disc....I've never tried it.
     
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    Yes you can make a clean install with an upgrade version. Here is how.
     
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    Cool beans WHS....thanks.
     
  10. davidhk129

    davidhk129 Senior Member

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    So, I have a 4GB Ram laptop dual booting Win 8 and Win 7 ( 7 is my default )
    And, I have a 2GB Ram laptop running Win 8.1.1
    I think I am covered. :)
    Until Win 9............
     
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    LOL, you are modest. There is a lot more gear out there that you could add. How about a couple of tablets and phones and some really barnstormer desktop. And don't forget Android and Linux. Nice systems. Only the fruit company you can skip. :up:
     
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    David, how do you like the new dual boot interface of windows 8?

    I have a samsung RV511 that came with windows 7 home, dual booted with windows 8 Pro and was pleasantly surprised to the new GUI of windows 8 dual boot screen. Sure beats the crappy windows 7 junk.
     
  13. davidhk129

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    Takes too long to logon to Win 8.
    Takes even longer if I want to return to Win 7.
     
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    Agreed...but I was actually asking about the look not how it performed....
    Yes it's really take a long time especially if you want to go back to 7, it ends up essentially rebooting again. All that will change when I get a hold of 2 SSD's ...one for my laptop and one for the desktop.
     
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    davidhk129 Senior Member

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    I don't use Shut Down option. So, I don't get to see the pretty side of the interface.

    Sleep mode is the only option I use when I am done with the laptop.
    So, no matter which os I choose to start, I only see the ugly black and white screen showing the options of Win 8 or Win 7.
     
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    View attachment 26966
    What are you waiting for. Saw that on Newegg a few days ago.

    2014-04-18_2239.
     
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    bassfisher6522 Essential Member

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    Waiting on some cash flow.....it's tight right now. Soon, real soon....I'm hoping....next 30 days. I'll be going with Samsung EVO series.
     
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    Dual booting is a colossal disappointment.
    I am removing it.
    Virtual Box or VMware player will be a better alternative if I still fancy 2 OS in one hardware.
     
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    That's because your system is at marginal specifications to begin with. You would be lucky to get it to perform good on a single boot OS. But going dual boot is just definitely pushing it. Virtualization may not be also a walk in the park but could be better than dual boot.
     
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    I only buy my stuffs whenever I get my end of the year and mid-year bonuses. Hahaha...

    Evo Series is definitely getting more affordable. This $149 price used to be for a 128GB SSD. Now it's 250GB!

    http://www.canadacomputers.com/product_info.php?cPath=1088&item_id=062499
     

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