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Windows 7: Dual Boot W7 and W8

20 Jun 2013   #1

Windows 8.1 Pro + Windows 10
Dual Boot W7 and W8

So I am running W8 in a VB with Windows 7 right now. I think I will try it in a dual boot next for further playing with/testing. I posted this question on 8 forums but will ask here to, I'm sure there are dual booters here to so I am seeking an answer.

Here is the question I asked

I have a question. If I do a dual boot, I noticed my BIOS offers some extra options for Windows 8. The pic is below. I won't do the Secure boot, but the fast boot is worth a try. I get really fast boots since adding a SSD, but have heard 8 is really quick. If I'm running a dual boot, can I enable this, or will it not let me because I have seven also. Thanks.

Dual Boot W7 and W8-w8-bios-options.png

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21 Jun 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP


I don't think Fast Boot will affect the existing install but since every BIOS is different with UEFI you'll need to test it.

The other steps are in Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista - Windows 8 Forums.

When you install Win8 last from boot it should configure the nicer Metrosexual Dual Boot screen.

Let us know how you like Win8 by comparison. I rarely keep 8 Dual Boots longer that the time it takes to set it up.
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21 Jun 2013   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro + Windows 10

Thanks Greg I will let you know.
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21 Jun 2013   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro + Windows 10

Thanks again Greg, I followed the tutorial and did the install via USB. Man that was quick! So far so good, an ominous sign with my WEI maybe?

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22 Jun 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP


I don't really judge anything by the WEI score but regard it more as trivia. What matters is the day-to-day performance. If anything seems lacking, you can winnow out all of the repeat errors in Admin log which I tend to do on new installs if time permits.
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22 Jun 2013   #6

Windows 8.1 Pro + Windows 10

I was referring to it was 7.7 now my psu went out
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23 Jun 2013   #7

Windows 7 Professional x64 Linux Mint 16

Jesus Christ, did windows raise the WEI again ?
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