Windows 8 Consumer Preview: Dual Boot with Windows 7

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  1. News

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    By Paul Thurrott
    As with previous Windows versions, it’s possible with Windows 8 to configure your PC with two or more operating systems, choosing between them via a boot menu of some kind. And this configuration, typically called a dual-boot or multi-boot configuration, comes with just a few gotchas to consider ahead of time.

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  2. Drew

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    Oh, look, a 'How to' article about the way me & countless others set up things. I've dual & triple booted for years. I find it a lot simpler & easier than the article portrays it.

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    So have I. And that 350MB system partition is not needed, unless the user intends on running BitLocker. I have XP MCE, 7 Pro x64 & Win 8 CP running happily together. I have no system partition, except on my OEM install of Windows 7 x64, on a different HDD.

    Paul does have some good tutorials, but that's a lot of unneeded steps to run Windows 8 as a dual boot. Simply use your favorite partitioning tool, format & label the space that's desired, then proceed with the Windows 8 install.

    No big deal.

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    You know I've hinted @ this, sorta but, I'll not hold back longer..

    Y'all know I dual boot & I'd triple, in heartbeat and I have tripled in the past. Never w/ anything 'special'/ Just as simply as this...

    1. A hale OS live.
    2. An empty, formatted drive (partition)… same HDD or separate.
    3. Grab a .iso DVD; put in optical drive.
    4. Fire up machine.
    5. Hit Any Key to Boot from CD/ROM...Do it.
    6. Hit Install Now
    7. Blah, blah, blah
    8. Select location for OS
    Dum dee dum… installation completes...
    Machine reboots (this time NOT hitting any key!!)
    AND
    A choice screen appears w/ OS just installed @ the top, listed 1st & the original OS below.

    That's it that's all you're done.

    No tools, no fussing about.

    Cheers,
    Drew
     
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