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Windows 7: How do i try Windows 8 with out being married to it?

16 Aug 2013   #1
WALTERKOCHEC

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 
How do i try Windows 8 with out being married to it?

I am running windows 7 on a decent laptop with a 500 gig hard drive. i also run ubuntu on a laptop with a 150 gb solid state hard drive that i use as a dlna that stores all my media files to play to my home network via ssh. (i know that sounds backwords but there is a reason) I would like to try windows 8 without getting stuck with it givin the fact that i dont have a touch screen. i recently changed to a W8 phone and am very impressed, granted i had an iphone for two years so it wasnt going to take much to impress coming off that useless thing. i would prefer not to run it off a vm. thank you


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16 Aug 2013   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Walter, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you like, you could download the Windows 8.1 Preview ISO file, then use the ISO file to install Windows 8.1 in a virtual machine on your Windows 7 to play with without affecting anything.

Windows 8.1 Preview - Download and Install

VMware Player - Install Windows 8

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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16 Aug 2013   #3
WALTERKOCHEC

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

true but i was afraid that i wouldn't get an accurate impression running in a vm due to the limited resources allocated to it. i assume it has steeper hardware requirements than the prior windows. does microsoft offer a trial iso that i can download or do i have to just get it the... other way.
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16 Aug 2013   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

You could use the same ISO above to create an installation USB/DVD to be able to install it how you like. Another option, would be install Windows 8 on another partition or drive to multiboot with your current setup.
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16 Aug 2013   #5
lehnerus2000

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

You could create a VHD instead of a VM.
I tried the W8 previews using a VHD.

The VHD version will use your hardware and drivers.

I used these instructions:
Mister Goodcat | Installing Windows 8 Developer Preview as bootable VHD

Remember to create a Backup HDD/SSD image before trying this.
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16 Aug 2013   #6
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

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