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Windows 7: For those that are still not sure about Windows 8

19 Mar 2012   #31
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
No, nothing else running in Vbox.

This has to be a limitation between Windows 8 and Vbox. I've read a few threads on WIn 8 in Vbox and all say to turn on Virtualization, so that has to be the problem. I'll post in the Vbox forum and see what they say.
I think you are right. I just tried to run Win8 with Virtualization off - no deal. It ran into the repair console.


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19 Mar 2012   #32
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Bummer. I'll reinstall it to a spare partition if I can think of a reason to do so.

Right now I disliked it so much I don't want to install it. I was just interested in seeing it run under Vbox.

Thanks for the help.
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19 Mar 2012   #33
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

I know Rich. vBox is the best deal. I had it in double boot on one of my laptops - what a disaster. Booting into Win7 then took 10 times as long. It had to go thru the BIOS twice. Booting into Win8 was a little better but still slow. I am used to 12 - 15 second boot times because I have SSDs on all my systems. But even the SSD did not seem to help (on an i7 system).

In vBox, Win8 boots in 8 seconds and my Win7 system is not being disturbed. I only notice a longer shutdown time. But that only happens sometimes. Who knows what that is. I wanted to track it but was too lazy to do it.

One other option you have is to install it on an external eSata drive. I think you have a laptop. Get a PCI-e Express card for eSata (they cost less than $20) and an external eSata enclosure (also less than $20). Stick a bare bone HDD into there. Then take your laptop HDD out and install on the eSata HDD. Then you switch the boot order with the BIOS. If I had an Express slot on my laptop, that's what I would do. But Toshiba was to cheap to provide it. The Sony lappy that I returned had an eSata port, but that is water under the bridge.
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19 Mar 2012   #34
carwiz

Windows 7 Pro-x64
 
 

I'm running Windows 8 in a VBox VM in Windows 7. About all I dislike about it is the lack of video drivers and no USB 3.0 support. I haven't tried connecting a printer. The only one I have is networked with a XP machine and a Windows 7 machine. No sense complicating matters but neither VBox or Win8 could find it. It looks like VBox doesn't support networked printers or USB 3.0. You have to load the Additions to get USB 2.0.
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19 Mar 2012   #35
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Not a laptop, it's an Dell Precision 370 Intel P4 3.4Ghz, single core, dual thread, 4GB ram. Runs Win 7 beautifully but no Virtualization in BIOS.

I'll just sit on the sidelines and kibbitz with Win 8 for now.

Thanks for all your help and suggestions though. I really do appreciate it.
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19 Mar 2012   #36
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Here is a pretty good one for desktops: Newegg.com - Rosewill RC-210 Silicon Image Internal SATA / External eSATA Low Profile Ready PCI Controller Card

Would be ashame if you could not participate in all the excitement.

PS: I am still trying to figure out how to run it from a 16 or 32GB USB stick. That would be the easiest. Made already one attempt. But that did not work.
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19 Mar 2012   #37
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
VHD?

Does W7 Pro (64 bit) support VHD operations?
If so, have you tried a VHD, Ztruker?

I have W7 Ultimate (64 bit) and that's how I'm running W8.
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19 Mar 2012   #38
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

The CP is an Ultimate edition. So chances are it will work. Shawn made a nice tutorial: Virtual Hard Drive VHD File - Create and Start with at Boot
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20 Mar 2012   #39
wanchoo

Windows 7 Pro with SP1 32bit
 
 

Normally I am all praises for Microsoft all the time. But it is my honest opinion that in releasing Windows 8 Microsoft is just being unnaturally profit conscious.

My Windows 7 Pro is version 6.1.7601 and the OS is about 4 to 5 years old. Now in Windows 8, Microsoft is releasing version 6.2 (possibly 6.2.223793 but not sure). If they had wanted they could have released all the extra enhancements of Windows 8 as a SP2 to Windows 7. The reason in making a new release when users are just about settling down to windows 7 should be clear to one and all.

I shall wait for Windows version 7.0 (dubbed Windows 9 perhaps) and maybe install it too, if I am alive when it is released.
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20 Mar 2012   #40
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

VHD requires Virtualization.
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