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Windows 7: W7 and W8 dual boot - Your opinions on set up

23 May 2014   #11

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM

It works perfectly, thanks again!

Just an update on performance, my W7 install is still running as smooth as silk and nothing has changed there. Boot time is extended obviously but it's nothing major and I'm still into either OS quicker than a standard HDD. It takes less than a minute to shut down one OS and boot into the other. It's also a bonus that I have access to all of my files in both operating systems, that really is handy.

One thing I will give W8 is that it is really quick. I'd heard and read how snappy the OS was and I didn't think there'd be that much difference to 7, but everything seems to load instantaneously. I'm going to install CS2 on there and see how that responds.

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23 May 2014   #12
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There's also this to change default OS or timeout in Windows: Default Operating System - Change Default Boot OS
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25 May 2014   #13

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM

Good to know Greg, if I can control it through a Windows environment I'll do that as opposed to using third party software (although EasyBCD has been no trouble). Selecting 7 as the default OS seems to have really speeded things up, I've set the default boot to five seconds which is all that's really added onto my boot time, and if I'm siiting at my desk when I boot up and hit enter straight away there's hardly any time added onto boot at all. Both 7 and 8 are running like magic.

I've dedicated a 2TB drive to W8.1 so as not fill any more of my SSD up and things are looking good.
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01 Jun 2014   #14

win7 64bit Ult. using: XP Mode, in English or Español, SUA, Bitlocker

As an aside: Thank You for filling us in by giving the update of how it all went.
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01 Jun 2014   #15

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM

You're welcome. If my experience helps anybody out in the future then that's a bonus.
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