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Windows 7: Dual boot Windows 7 on Windows 8


08 Sep 2013   #1

Windows 8 x64
 
 
Dual boot Windows 7 on Windows 8

I'm trying to dual boot windows 7 on my windows 8 laptop, and I am able to install windows 7 using a UEFI usb I created, but before I install it on the allocated space partition I created, it gives me a warning that my partitions are not in the recommended order. My partitions are currently set up as: 300 MB EFI System partition, 900 MB Recovery partition, C: Windows 8 NTFS (860 GB), D: Unallocated space for win 7 (NTFS, 50GB), and 20 GB Recovery partition. How should I have my partitions set up in this case? I am also planning to create another partition in order to install Ubuntu after I install Windows 7, any advice, recommendations?


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09 Sep 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

If you've indeed turned off Secure Boot and are installing in UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with then the error is negligible.
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09 Sep 2013   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Note   Note

When dual booting with Windows 8 Preinstalled & Windows 7

Follow Step one to five in this tutorial:
Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7
Warning you must have the uEFI/BIOS firmware setting in Step Three set.

Make sure you read the NOTE at Step three.

warning   Warning
If you shrink C: before deleting the OEM Recovery partition, the C: & the new partition may be converted to Dynamic partitions.
You DO NOT WHAT Dynamic partitions.




Than follow this tutorial: (installing in uEFI mode.)
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista




For Ref:
UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with
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09 Sep 2013   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Ray, I don't understand how a GPT disk would risk conversion to Dynamic? It allows unlimited partitions. Isn't Dyanmic only for MBR disks?

I had the same error message come up when I dual booted preinstalled Win8 with 7, googled the exact error text and learned it is not a concern.
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09 Sep 2013   #5

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
Ray, I don't understand how a GPT disk would risk conversion to Dynamic? It allows unlimited partitions. Isn't Dyanmic only for MBR disks?

I had the same error message come up when I dual booted preinstalled Win8 with 7, googled the exact error text and learned it is not a concern.
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trying to dual boot windows 7 on my windows 8 laptop


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Saltgrass
Theog, I was just wondering why you suggest deleting the Recovery Partition on a Windows 8 system. I see the note about the drive being converted to Dynamic drive, but I do not see how that would happen on a GPT configured drive, which is not limited to 4 partitions.
I had Two OP where the partition converted to dynamic, I believe the use of 3rd party partitioning software with no support for Windows 8, uEFI, GPT & Secure Boot, the cause.
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