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Windows 7: Creating an External HDD with Windows 8.1

28 Jan 2015   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Creating an External HDD with Windows 8.1

Hello everyone,

I am trying to create an external HDD with windows 8.1 so that when I need to use windows 8.1 I can simply plug in the external HDD and from the boot manager I boot into that HDD. I want to keep windows 7 on my inbuilt hard drive. I don't want to create a partition and install windows 8.1 on it. I already have the ISO file mounted on the external HDD. I used rufus to create that. When I restart my computer and go to boot manager and boot from the external hard drive it tells me to install windows 8.1 but I am not sure if it is telling me to install on my computer or install it on the external hard drive. I don't want to lose my stuff on windows 7 so I am not clicking on install because of that fear. Is it really possible to do what I am trying to do?

Thank you

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28 Jan 2015   #2

win 7 64 bit


I do not know if that can be done. But I would not recommend doing it as it would be very slow becuase you will be going through USB
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28 Jan 2015   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

Oh No, A koolkat and a koolkit ?

Welcome to Sevenforums koolkit :)

You might want to look at Eightforums to see if there`s an 8.1 to go.

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