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Windows 7: How to Install Windows 7 Over Windows 8 | Dual Boot


24 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 
How to Install Windows 7 Over Windows 8 | Dual Boot

Hi I would like to install windows 7 X64 with my windows 8 RTM X64 so I could dual boot but I know installing windows 7 in D drive will remove the windows 8 MBR right ? I don't want to loose all my settings and apps in windows 8 and I don't know how to start this procedure, I'm doing this co'z Hitman Sniper challenge ain't running on windows 8 even with compatibility mode.

Plz help me. Thanks


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24 Aug 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello.


Just install Windows 7 to an Extended partition / Logical drive like I have Windows 8 below and it won't be able to steal the boot-loader from Windows 8 and removing Windows 7 will be as easy as a right click, delete when you're finished with it.

Partition / Extended : Logical Drives

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24 Aug 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello S.Orangzeb,

If you like, you could just format the partition or drive that you want to install Windows 7 on so it is not "Unallocated space", then install Windows 7 to it at boot as usual.
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
Since Windows 7 was installed last, it will be made the default OS to run at startup and to use it's boot screen instead of the new Windows 8 GUI boot screen. To fix this, just set Windows 8 to be the default OS to run at startup again.
Startup Options - Choose a Default OS to Run at Startup in Windows 8

or

Default Operating System - Change Default Boot OS
Hope this helps,
Shawn
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24 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

HI just came back after installing windows 7 x64 Ultimate over windows 8 RTM x64 Enterprises , and unlike previous windows versions I didn't had any MBR over-righting issue, GOOD, but now I can't see the GUI win8 bootloader ! is it even exist in RTM ? I tried your suggestions BRINK but I still see the old black screen bootloader.

I'm gonna try this now :

bcdedit /set {current} bootmenupolicy Standard.

edit : and yeah I didn't format my D drive as I had much stuff in that drive

nops, tried that command in CMD (as Admin) it said operation completed successfully but I still see the old black screen bootmanager.
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24 Aug 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Just to clarify. When you say, "after installing windows 7 x64 Ultimate over windows 8 RTM x64 Enterprises", do you mean that you installed Windows 7 on the same partition that W8 was on to replace W8 with Windows 7, or installed Windows 7 on a separate partition/HDD to dual boot with W8?

If you installed on W8, then you replaced W8 with Windows 7, and that is why you only have the old Windows 7 boot screen.
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24 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

i'm sorry if it was confusing but I didn't installed on c drive, I installed Windows 7 on D drive but just didn't format the d drive. Now I don't have the GUI bootloader.
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24 Aug 2012   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Ok. Did you have C connected at the time you installed Windows 7? Could you also post back with a screenshot showing the full layout of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) window to see if it may help reveal why?
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24 Aug 2012   #8

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Any chance he needs to set the Windows 8 as default in the BCD store?
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24 Aug 2012   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

Well I only have 1 HD: screenshot attached.

I'm talking about getting this screen back :

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24 Aug 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Saltgrass View Post
Any chance he needs to set the Windows 8 as default in the BCD store?
That's what I was thinking as well.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Evil Nemesis View Post
Well I only have 1 HD: screenshot attached.

I'm talking about getting this screen back :

IMAGE

Have you already changed Windows 8 to be the default OS to run at startup as posted above?

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