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Windows 7: Considering a Duel Boot System: Need Advice/Suggestions

10 Jan 2014   #1
dTonic

 
Considering a Duel Boot System: Need Advice/Suggestions

Hopefully this is the best forum category for my query.

I have a computer with a clean install of an OEM Windows 8.1
By the looks of Windows 8, I will have to return to college for a semester on Using Windows.
Thus, I am considering a dual boot system with Windows 7 & Windows 8. Windows 7 for the main OS and Windows 8 to learn how to use and eventually migrate to.

This leads me to many questions:

1) Can Windows 8 do everything Windows 7 can?
2) Will all or most of the windows 7 software be compatible with Windows 8?

3) If a dual boot system is the path I should follow should I install 7 before 8?
4) I have a 128GB SSD I plan to use. I plan to install the OS's and programs to this drive and use
a 1TB mechanica HDD for data. I want to keep most of the data writes to the mechanical HDD and thus was considering using this for the pagefile, despite the slower access. I will have 32GB DDR3 RAM with a 3.9GHz Quad-core processor.

5) Is there a step-by-step guide for installing such a dual-boot system?

Suggestions, comments, help!


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10 Jan 2014   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dTonic View Post
Can Windows 8 do everything Windows 7 can?
Yes - it also boots up and shuts down quicker.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dTonic View Post
Will all or most of the windows 7 software be compatible with Windows 8?
Yes. I've yet to find something that runs on 7, and not on 8.

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If a dual boot system is the path I should follow should I install 7 before 8?
Thats what I did,

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Is there a step-by-step guide for installing such a dual-boot system?
There is - its the same one I followed to have my 7/8 dual boot. Its dead easy

Here you go:
Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista

If you have trouble getting used to the look and feel of 8, try this:
Start Menu - Restore in Windows 8
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10 Jan 2014   #3
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

A number of third party software versions accredited to run under Windows 7 are not accredited for Windows 8 (eg. versions of Adobe Photoshop software etc.).

Most members of this forum consider Windows 8 substandard to Windows 7. If you have a Windows 7 install capability I suggest you stick with that. Why dual boot to an inferior OS (ie. W8).
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10 Jan 2014   #4
dTonic

 

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A number of third party software versions accredited to run under Windows 7 are not accredited for Windows 8 (eg. versions of Adobe Photoshop software etc.).

Most members of this forum consider Windows 8 substandard to Windows 7. If you have a Windows 7 install capability I suggest you stick with that. Why dual boot to an inferior OS (ie. W8).
Most members of "this" (windows 7 forum) consider... sounds a bit biased...

Non-the-less, Windows 8 and it's new interface may be the future OS's and the user interface. Learning this may be a necessity.

Of course, coming from an XP user I really was looking forward to skipping VISTA to 7, and 8 looks like a perpetual bing advertisement. The question is, is 8 another vista, and 9 the next big deal? Seems like Microsoft is pumping out OS's life Firefox pumps out versions of their browser.
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10 Jan 2014   #5
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Bias always exists but you only have to look at broader comment outside of this forum.
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11 Jan 2014   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If I were you, I would run Windows 7 in virtual. Have a look at this demo I made how to run 7 and 8 side by side. Mine is with 7 as host but it works just as well with 8 as host and 7 as guest.

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11 Jan 2014   #7
dTonic

 

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If I were you, I would run Windows 7 in virtual. Have a look at this demo I made how to run 7 and 8 side by side. Mine is with 7 as host but it works just as well with 8 as host and 7 as guest.

I have also been flirting around with that idea as well, and I just may do this. I want to have 7 as the primary system and 8 as the secondary. Does this equate to 7 at Host and 8 As Guest?

One could also have XP as a guest as well, correct?
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11 Jan 2014   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Does this equate to 7 at Host and 8 As Guest?

One could also have XP as a guest as well, correct?
That is correct. Any Windows or Linux system can be host or guest.

In your case you have a little problem though since the PC came with Windows 8. You may have to buy a new license to run under VMware because VMware is considered like another real PC. I have never transferred an existing Windows 8 license to VMware so I don't know how that would play out.

Installing Windows 7 on a UEFI system with secure boot needs also special considerations. There are tutorials here that cover the subject.
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11 Jan 2014   #9
dTonic

 

Now it's getting a bit more complicated. In other words, Microsoft licensing issues are a nightmare. For example: I just build a system for my mother and installed a retail version of Windows 7 on her computer. Now, less than 3 months later the mobo is shot, (which is apparently what the licence is tied to). Putting a new mobo in the computer would require a new license...according to Microsoft. But in my opinion, not over my dead body... Thus if I have Win 8 on the system I feel I should be able to put it on the system any way I see fit.

Perhaps I should use the "anytime downgrade" option and just get Windows 7!!! I know this does not exist.
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11 Jan 2014   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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Putting a new mobo in the computer would require a new license...according to Microsoft
Not with a retail version. A retail version is transferrable but can only be installed on 1 system at a time.

That is different with your Windows 8 licanse that came with the PC. That is an OEM license and cannot be transferred to another system - real or virtual. But one can always try. Sometimes these things work for strange reasons.
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