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Windows 7: How can I have Windows 7 and 8.1 dual boot (8.1 1st installed)

02 Mar 2014   #1
winuserd

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
How can I have Windows 7 and 8.1 dual boot (8.1 1st installed)

I have already seen steps to do this on this forum when Windows 7 is on the machine first but this does not fit my situation as I will soon convert my Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 (because I don't want it to be OEM any more so I can transfer my whole system over to a new pc in the future via image backup)

I also have a full version of Windows 7

Once I upgrade OEM Windows 7 to Windows 8.1, how can I used the full version of Windows 7 to create a dual boot?

Is upgrading Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 likely to cause any problems?

According to the test program the only issue is Skyrim won't work any more. And I saw online a Windows 8 driver for my printer.

PS I would want both operating systems to be on their own separate partition

FURTHER INFORMATION THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST

I tried upgrading Windows 7 OEM to Windows full version but it did not work so I reverted to my image backup to make my pc same as it was before.

So instead, I am wanting a dual boot with Windows 7 and 8.1.

Thanks for reading my post


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02 Mar 2014   #2
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hello and welcome winuserd have a look at this Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista it might give you an idea on what to do.
It is from the 8 forum's site (a sister site to this one) - might be an idea to join up to that as well I did and I upgraded my main laptop and the Sandy Bridge from 7 to 8 then 8.1 with just an upgrade disk (the 8.1 was a free download).

Having said that I have both the 8's running in 7 mode (look) using Classic Shell as I prefer the desktop look but they are certainly faster than my other 7 machines.

PS I forgot to say I cloned the 7 to new drives before I upgraded so that I can flip the old drive back in if things go south.
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02 Mar 2014   #3
theog

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ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

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I have already seen steps to do this on this forum when Windows 7 is on the machine first but this does not fit my situation as I will soon convert my Windows 7 to Windows 8.1 (because I don't want it to be OEM any more so I can transfer my whole system over to a new pc in the future via image backup)
You would need to upgrade using the Full version of Windows 8.
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I also have a full version of Windows 7
upgrade your Windows 7 full version with Windows 8 upgrade.
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