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How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

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How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Keen to try out Windows 8, but aren’t quite ready to give up on Windows 7 just yet? Follow this fun easy guide to get the best of both worlds.

Creating The VHD

To create the VHD, go to a run prompt by pressing Win+R, and type diskmgmt.msc.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

An MMC console will appear, and will have the Disk Management snap-in pre-loaded.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

To create a new VHD, click on the action button in the menu bar, and select Create VHD.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Now you need to choose a location for the VHD file and set the size, which should be no less than 20 GB. You should probably choose a fixed size for best performance.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Windows will then create the VHD, the progress of this can be viewed in the Status Bar of the MMC snap-in.

Once the disk is created it will be in the list of partitions in the Disk Management console. You’ll want to initialize the disk by clicking on it and selecting initialize.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Leave the partition style at MBR(Master Boot Record) and click ok.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Once the disk has been given a partition style, we now need to create an actual volume on the partition. To do this right click on the black space and select “New Simple Volume”.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

A wizard will open, you can just accept all the defaults until you get to this screen. Here change the Volume label to “Windows 8”, then click next and finish.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Now you have a new VHD file that is acting like a real hard drive.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Installing Windows 8 On The VHD

The first thing you need to do is open PowerShell as an administrator by opening Start Menu->All Programs->Accessories->Windows Powershell, right-clicking on the Windows PowerShell shortcut, and choosing Run as Administrator.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

When PowerShell launches you will need to change the execution policy to allow you to run scripts. To do this, you need to type “Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned”. You will be given a security notice just type “Y” and press enter to accept. Once you have done this, leave the PowerShell window open as we will be using it again just now.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Next you need to download this script from MSDN, and then move it to the root of the C: Drive. Note that you could move it somewhere else if you want, but just change the rest of the instructions to use the alternate path.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Right-click on the file and select properties. Click the unblock button in the bottom right hand corner.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Now you will need to mount the the .ISO file that you downloaded from the Windows Developer website. If you don’t know how to mount an ISO file check out our guide. Once you have mounted the .ISO image switch back to the PowerShell window. Now type “CD C:\” to switch to the root of the drive.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Now type the following command into the shell window:

.\Install-WindowsImage.ps1 –WIM D:\Sources\Install.wim –Apply –Index 1 –Destination I:\

You should substitute the drive letter that comes after the –WIM for the drive of the mounted DVD image, and substitute the destination drive letter, in our case this is E:\ for the VHD that you created in the first section of this article. Then press enter.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Once it has completed you will be notified.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Now open an elevated command prompt, and type bcdboot.exe I:\Windows (assuming that I:\ is the drive with Windows 8 on it).

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Now when you boot Windows you will be greeted with the new OS Choosing Screen.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Seamless File Sharing

The last thing you will want to do is make your files available to both operating systems. To do this boot into your new Windows 8 installation and navigate to:

Now right click on the Contacts folder and select Properties from the context menu. Switch over to the location tab and click on the move button.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Now navigate to the Contacts folder on your Windows 7 drive, this can be found at the same path, however your user name might be different to the one you used in Windows 8.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Click on the ok button and your good to go, repeat this for the following folders:

  • Desktop
  • Downloads
  • Favorites
  • Links
  • My Documents
  • My Music
  • My Pictures
  • My Videos

Хотите попробовать Windows 8, но пока не готовы отказаться от Windows 7? Следуйте этому веселому удобному руководству, чтобы получить лучшее из обоих миров.

Создание VHD

Чтобы создать VHD, перейдите в строку запуска, нажав Win R, и введите diskmgmt.msc.

Появится консоль MMC, на которой будет предварительно загружена оснастка Disk Management.

Чтобы создать новый VHD, нажмите на кнопку действий в строке меню и выберите Создать VHD.

Теперь нужно выбрать место для VHD-файла и установить размер, который должен быть не менее 20 Гб. Вы, вероятно, должны выбрать фиксированный размер для лучшей производительности.

Затем Windows создаст VHD, ход этого можно просмотреть в строке состояния оснастки MMC.

После создания диска он будет в списке разделов консоли управления дисками. Вы захотите инициализировать диск, нажав на него и выбрав инициализировать.

Оставьте стиль раздела в MBR(Master Boot Record) и нажмите кнопку ОК.

После того, как диску был присвоен стиль раздела, теперь нам нужно создать фактический том на разделе. Для этого щелкните правой кнопкой мыши по черному пространству и выберите «Новый простой объем».

Мастер откроется, вы можете просто принять все настройки по умолчанию, пока не доберетесь до этого экрана. Здесь измените метку громкости на «Windows 8», затем нажмите «Далее» и закончите.

Теперь у вас есть новый файл VHD, который действует как настоящий жесткий диск.

Установка Windows 8 на VHD

Первое, что вам нужно сделать, это открыть PowerShell в качестве администратора, открыв меню «Пуск»-«Все программы-Аксессуары-Windows Powershell», щелкнув правой кнопкой мыши ярлык Windows PowerShell и выбрав «Запуск от имени администратора».

При запуске PowerShell вам нужно будет изменить политику выполнения, чтобы вы могли запускать скрипты. Для этого нужно набрать «Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned». Вам будет предоставлено уведомление о безопасности, просто введите «Y» и нажмите «Ввести», чтобы принять. Как только вы это сделаете, оставьте окно PowerShell открытым, так как мы будем использовать его снова прямо сейчас.

Далее вам нужно скачать этот скрипт изMSDN, А затем переместите его в корень C: Drive. Обратите внимание, что вы можете переместить его в другое место, если хотите, но просто измените остальные инструкции, чтобы использовать альтернативный путь.

Щелкните правой кнопкой мыши по файлу и выберите свойства. Нажмите кнопку разблокировать в правом нижнем углу.

Теперь вам нужно будет смонтировать. Файл ISO, который вы загрузили с веб-сайта разработчика Windows. Если вы не знаете, как смонтировать файл ISOОзнакомьтесь с нашим гидом. Как только вы смонтировали. Образ ISO переключается обратно в окно PowerShell. Теперь введите «CD C:\», чтобы переключиться на корень диска.

Теперь введите следующую команду в окно оболочки:

. \ Install-WindowsImage.ps1 -WIM D:\ Sources \ Install.wim -Apply -Index 1-Пункт назначения I:\

Вы должны заменить букву диска, которая приходит после-WIM, для диска монтируемого изображения DVD и заменить букву диска назначения, в нашем случае это E:\ для VHD, который вы создали в первом разделе этой статьи. Затем нажмите Enter.

Как только он будет завершен, вы будете уведомлены.

Теперь откройте повышенную командную строку и введите bcdboot.exe I:\ Windows (при условии, что I:\-это диск с Windows 8 на нем).

Теперь, когда вы загрузите Windows, вас встретит новый экран выбора ОС.

Бесшовный Обмен файлами

Последнее, что вы хотите сделать, это сделать ваши файлы доступными для обеих операционных систем. Для этого Загрузитесь в новую установку Windows 8 и перейдите к:

Теперь щелкните правой кнопкой мыши по папке Контакты и выберите Свойства из контекстного меню. Переключитесь на вкладку location и нажмите на кнопку move.

Теперь перейдите в папку «Контакты» на диске Windows 7, ее можно найти по тому же пути, однако ваше имя пользователя может отличаться от того, которое вы использовали в Windows 8.

Нажмите на кнопку ОК и ваш хороший, чтобы пойти, Повторите это для следующих папок:

  • Рабочий стол
  • Загрузки
  • Избранное
  • Ссылки
  • Мои документы
  • Моя музыка
  • Мои фотографии
  • Мои видео

Dual-booting your Windows 7 PC with Windows 8 can help you ease into using Windows 8.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

If you have a Windows 7 PC but aren’t sure you’re ready to upgrade to Windows 8 yet, a dual-boot system might be a good way to ease into it. This will let you use both operating systems, side-by-side, until you’re comfortable enough with Windows 8 to go all in. To configure your PC for dual-boot, all you have to do is create a new partition for Windows 8, then install it.

Caution: Before you begin, make sure to back up your system. This is a simple procedure, but there’s always a risk of data loss whenever you modify disk partitions. If you have Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image handy, cloning your drive/partition is probably the best way to recover from any problems you might run into.

Create new partition in Windows 7
Step 1: In Windows 7, hit the shortcut Win+R, then type “diskmgmt.msc” to start Disk Management.

Step 2: To make room for Windows 8, you first need to shrink the C: volume. In Disk Management, right-click on your hard drive and select Shrink Volume, then choose how much space to shrink.

Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

Step 3: Once the shrink task has completed, right-click on the unallocated partition, then select New Simple Volume. Go through the New Simple Volume Wizard and make sure to format the new partition in NTFS and give it a volume label, like “Windows 8.”

Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

Install Windows 8
Step 1: Insert a bootable Windows 8 DVD or USB flash drive into your PC, then reboot it to begin Windows 8 installation.

Step 2: When prompted to choose the type of installation, choose Custom.

Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

Step 3: For the location of your Windows 8 install, select the new partition you created.

Screenshot by Ed Rhee/CNET

Once Windows 8 finishes installing, the boot menu will appear with both Windows 8 and Windows 7. By default, Windows 8 will start automatically after 30 seconds, but you can set Windows 7 as the default by clicking on “Change defaults or choose other options” from the boot menu.

You can have your new Microsoft operating system and keep your old one, too—here’s how.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

You’re a little curious about this new Windows 8.1. But you’re also a bit scared at the same time, since you’ve heard that it’s such a big adjustment from good old Windows 7. Fear not, there’s a way you can test the waters while still holding onto your tried and true system software—by setting up a dual-boot system. Installing Windows 8.1 this way gives you a clear, clean choice screen at system startup of which operating system version you want to use.

So how do you accomplish this? It’s really not much more difficult than your typical Windows installation, with a couple of preparatory steps before you start the actual setup. Follow the procedure below and you’ll be able to switch back and forth between operating systems at will. One preliminary note, though: This multi-boot setup only works with Windows 7 and Vista: To set up a multi-boot system with Windows XP or Ubuntu, you’ll need a third-party multi-boot tool such as the excellent EasyBCD from NeoSmart Technologies.

Step 1: Back Up!
Before you attempt this, however, you should back up your existing Windows PC. You never know what will happen when installing a new OS. At the very least back up all your photos, videos, and documents. A complete image backup of your hard disk is preferable, however. Windows 7 has a built-in backup feature to secure your data files, but for image backup, you’ll need third-party software such as , our Editors’ Choice.

Step 2: Partition
You’ll have to create a partition of at least 16GB (20GB for 64-bit Windows 8.1) for your side-by-side Windows 8.1 and 7 installation. To do this, type “disk management” in the Start button’s text box, which will display a “Create and format hard disk partitions” choice at the top of the Start panel. Click on that to open the Disk Management utility. You’ll probably have two partitions. Right-click on the largest one, and choose Shrink Volume from the context menu.

A “Querying Shrink Space” dialog will appear for a while, and then another message will tell you how much free space can be squeezed out of the drive in MB. Enter a size above 16GB for the 32-bit version of Windows 8.1 and over 20GB for the 64-bit flavor, and then hit the Shrink button. This will create an Unallocated section equal to the size you chose in the chart at the bottom of the window. Leave it be for now, we’ll let the Windows 8.1 installer take over from here.

Download the Installer

STEP 3: Download the Installer
Now it’s time to actually get your copy of Windows 8.1, in the form of a downloaded .ISO disk image file. There are several ways to go about this, which I’ve explained in How to Download Windows 8.1. You can download Windows 8.1 Preview from Microsoft’s Download Windows 8.1 Preview page. You have a choice between 32-bit and 64-bit; since most modern PCs are 64-bit capable, that’s a better choice. Use Windows 7’s disc image burning capability to create an installer DVD from the ISO file (by clicking Burn disc image from its right-click context menu), or you can create a bootable USB key using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool. You must boot to the upgrade disk or USB drive: You can’t create a dual-boot system by starting the installer within Windows while it’s running.

Step 4: Run the Windows 8.1 Installer
Pop in the installer DVD you burned or the USB stick you prepared, and restart your PC. Choose your language, then “Install Now.” You’ll need a product key that matches your installer ISO. For the Windows 8.1 Preview installer, for example, the key is NTTX3-RV7VB-T7X7F-WQYYY-9Y92F. Accept the software license, and after this, choose Custom, not Upgrade. Now is when you’re presented with the choice of partitions, click “Drive options (advanced)” and then select the Unallocated space we created in step 2. Next, click New from the drive options icons below. Accept the full size displayed, and hit Apply.

Now we’ve got a freshly formatted partition to install Windows 8 on. Hit Next, and setup is off and running. Go have a coffee or other snack of your choice; it takes about 20 minutes. Note there was no choice for specifically creating a multi-boot setup—since you used a separate partition, that will be enabled automatically.

Step 5: Restart Your New System
Your system will reboot into Windows 8.1, where you’ll go through the typical first-run options of choosing a color pattern, WiFi connection, and Microsoft account. But the next time you reboot the PC, you’ll see the option screen shown at the beginning of this article.

By default, this screen displays for 30 seconds, and then Windows 8.1 launches. To change that default to your older OS, choose “Change defaults or other options” from the bottom of this multi-boot screen. Here you can change the timer value and the default boot operating system. You can also use troubleshooting tools like Refreshing or Resetting your PC, and you also have access to advanced options like system recovery and a command prompt.

Now it’s time to play with your new OS, which has been significantly improved in the 8.1 version. For more on getting, installing, and running Windows 8.1, see PCMag’s Hands On With Windows 8.1 Preview, the slideshow below, and check out How to Download Windows 8.1.

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This information assumes you have Windows 7 as the operating system on your current machine – not Windows XP. If you’re running XP then your only options truely are dual-boot or a virtual machine. You must also download Windows 8 evaluation edition from the trial site.

Windows 7 has the ability to “boot from a VHD”. A VHD is a Microsoft’s virtual hard drive format. However, in this case it is being used simply as a disk for the REAL hardware of the machine. VHDs can be created directly in Disk Manager on Windows 7. Disk manager is normally only concerned with managing your physical disk drives – but it has been extended to allow VHDs to be created and managed just like real hard drives. Essentially you are creating a “Virtual Partition” by using a VHD in this way.

So why would you want to bother with this method of dual booting?

It has many advantages of virtual hard disks (advantages over using a real partition):

  • No need to re-partition (risky and time consuming) an existing drive to give Win8 a dedicated boot partition.
  • No need to loose all the disk space of the Win8 Partition on your real machine.
  • Using a “Dynamically Expanding” (growable) VHD your “virtual partition” only consumes the amount of space actually being used by the OS inside of it.
  • When you are done with it, simply delete it, no repartitioning your machine back to it’s previous state.
  • You can mount the VHD in Windows 7 and perform data transfer if necessary.
  • Super easy backup of the entire machine (VHD).
  • Possible sharing of the bootable VHD between hardware identical machines.

It also has advantages of using real partition (advantages over using a Virtual Machine):

  • The loaded OS runs on your real hardware – giving it a big performance edge over a Virtual Machine
  • You must load (and therefore test) your real hardware drivers – revealing whether all your hardware is satisfactorially supported with no risk to your operational machine.

There is one change made to your real machine when you load Windows 8 in this manner. The Windows 8 boot manager is loaded on your real hard drive so that it can service boot requests and present boot options. This doesn’t really present any problems as it will list any other installs you have currently in your boot configuration. Also, if you delete the VHD, the Windows 8 boot manager will still be operational.

Like any installation onto a real machine, you must use the Windows 8 install media externally – either a USB flash drive or a DVD. (Installing on a full virtual machine can be done directly with an ISO.)

Also, since you are not running an actual virtual machine, you do not have the ability to use snapshots.

There are two how to articles that keep the steps simple and use screenshots appropriately.

How do I install Windows XP and Windows 7 on the same computer?

How to Install Windows 7 and XP on the Same Computer

  1. Insert the Windows XP installation disc into the disc drive, then boot the computer from the disc.
  2. Remove all existing partitions from the hard drive.
  3. Create a new partition of the desired size in megabytes. …
  4. Install XP to the new partition.

Can you dual boot Windows XP and Windows 7?

Simply click your desired version of Windows and your PC will do the rest. Now that you have completed the installation of each OS, you are now able to dual boot into either when you start your computer. You will be met with the Windows Boot Manager and a list of each installed OS.

How do you install Windows XP when Windows 7 is already installed?

To install Windows XP Mode on your Windows 7 PC you must have a 1GHz processor and a CPU that supports virtualization. You must also have at least 15 GB of hard drive space and be running Windows 7 Professional or beyond. Open Internet Explorer and go to the Windows Virtual PC Web site. Click Download.

Can I dual boot Windows XP?

By default, installing Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 after Windows XP will result in an automatic dual-boot, as the newer versions of Windows will automatically detect and configure the dual-boot.

How do I boot from Windows XP to Windows 7?

How to Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7

  1. Run Windows Easy Transfer on your Windows XP PC. …
  2. Rename your Windows XP drive. …
  3. Insert the Windows 7 DVD and restart your PC. …
  4. Click Next. …
  5. Click the Install Now button.
  6. Read the License Agreement, select the I Accept the License Terms check box, and click Next.

Can I run Windows XP and Windows 10 on the same computer?

So it’s not impossible unless you only have one available UEFI hard drive to use, or don’t want to reinstall Windows 10 in Legacy Mode to an MBR disk which can host XP, in which case you should install XP first anyway since any newer OS installed afterward should configure a Dual Boot with it, and if not you can use …

What is the difference between Windows 7 and Windows XP?

There are not much graphical components present in the Windows XP but Windows 7 provides good Graphical User Interface (GUI). The Windows defender in Windows 7 provides maximum security to the operating system but in Windows XP this feature is not available. …

What is the best upgrade from Windows XP?

Windows 7: If you’re still using Windows XP, there’s a good chance you won’t want to go through the shock of upgrading to Windows 8. Windows 7 isn’t the latest, but it’s the most widely used version of Windows and will be supported until January 14, 2020.

How can I upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7 without CD?

Save your files and settings on an external hard drive using Windows Easy Transfer (windows.microsoft.com/windows-easy-transfer). If you don’t have an external hard drive you won’t be able to use Windows Easy Transfer. Alternatively, you can copy files you want to keep on a USB flash drive, CDs, or DVDs.

Does Windows 7 have XP mode?

Windows XP Mode is a feature of the Windows 7 operating system that allows it to run applications that are only compatible with Windows XP. XP-mode applications are made available on the host Windows 7 desktop using a tool called seamless windows.

How do I remove Windows 7 and install Windows XP?

To upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7, known as a “clean install,” follow these steps.

  1. Run Windows Easy Transfer on your Windows XP PC. …
  2. Rename your Windows XP drive. …
  3. Insert the Windows 7 DVD into your DVD drive and restart your PC. …
  4. Click Next. …
  5. Click the Install Now button.

How do I install a second operating system on Windows XP?

Setting up the Dual-Boot

  1. Once in Windows XP, download and install the Microsoft . …
  2. Download and install the latest version of EasyBCD.
  3. Once in EasyBCD, go to the “Bootloader Setup” page, and select “Install the Windows Vista/7 bootloader to the MBR” then “Write MBR” to get the EasyBCD bootloader back.

Updated on Dec 04, 2018 by Brithny to Partition Master

If you like to try Windows 8 but don’t want to give up Windows 7. Here’s how to dual boot Windows 8 with your current Windows 7 installation so you can run them both side by side. All you need to do is create a partition for Windows 8, install it on that partition, and then edit your new boot menu, so Windows 7 stays the default OS.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Step 1: Create a Partition for Windows 8 Installation Under Windows 7

As you can see in my disk management, I have a 160GB hard disk that is configured with a 64GB partition on which Windows 7 is installed and other two data partitions. What I need to do now is to make a new partition for Windows 8 installation.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Download EaseUS Partition Master Free Edition to resize the existing partition and then create a new partition.

Windows 10 is supported

EaseUS Partition Master enjoys the great reputation for optimizing disk space, and CNET also recommends Windows users to use it for dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 8.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Step 2: Install Windows 8

1. Insert your Windows 8 disk installation CD and reboot your computer (you’ll need to have enabled booting from your DVD drive in your system BIOS).

2. Windows starts to install automatically. When you’re choosing the installation type, be sure to select Custom (advanced).

3. Be careful here. Choosing the wrong partition could mean wiping your other Windows installation altogether, so make sure you pick the new partition created for Windows 8 installation in the first step. Choose it to continue.

4. When you’re done, your computer should reboot into Windows 8. It’ll probably reboot one more time after it does, then you’ll be greeted with the Windows 8 Start screen. If you choose to enter a Windows Live ID here, make sure you have access to your email and can confirm your computer – otherwise, it might not let you boot into it.

Step 3: Make Windows 7 the Default (Optional)

When you first boot up into Windows 8 that you’re presented with a new graphical boot menu that’ll let you choose between your Windows 7 and Windows 8 installations. Windows 8 will be the default, meaning if you don’t manually choose Windows 7 from the menu, your computer will boot into Windows 8 after three seconds of inactivity.

(If you don’t want to make Windows 8 the default quite yet, so here’s how to make Windows 7 the default. On the boot menu, click on the button at the bottom that says “Change Defaults or Choose Other Options”, and hit “Choose the Default Operating System”. From there, you can pick Windows 7 from the menu. From now on, your computer will boot into Windows 7 by default.)

The video guide to dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 with EaseUS Partition Master

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How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Navdušeni ste, da preizkusite Windows 8, vendar še niste povsem pripravljeni na odpoved Windows 7? Sledite tem zabavnim enostavnim vodnikom, da boste dobili najboljše iz obeh svetov.

Ustvarjanje VHD

Če želite ustvariti VHD, pojdite v poziv za zagon s pritiskom na Win + R in vnesite diskmgmt.msc.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Prikaže se konzola MMC, ki bo vnaprej naložila snap-in za upravljanje diska.

Če želite ustvariti nov VHD, v menijski vrstici kliknite akcijski gumb in izberite Create VHD.

Sedaj morate izbrati lokacijo za datoteko VHD in nastaviti velikost, ki ne sme biti manjša od 20 GB. Verjetno bi morali izbrati fiksno velikost za najboljšo zmogljivost.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Windows bo nato ustvaril VHD, napredek tega pa si lahko ogledate v vrstici stanja MMC snap-ina.

Ko je disk ustvarjen, bo na seznamu particij v konzoli za upravljanje diskov. Zaželeno je, da inicializirate disk, tako da kliknete nanj in izberete inicializacijo.

Pustite stavek particije na MBR (Master Boot Record) in kliknite ok.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Ko je disku dodeljen slog particije, moramo zdaj na particiji ustvariti dejanski nosilec. Če želite to narediti, kliknite na črni prostor in izberite »New Simple Volume«.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Odpre se čarovnik, lahko sprejmete vse privzete nastavitve, dokler ne pridete do tega zaslona. Tukaj spremenite oznako nosilca na »Windows 8«, nato kliknite »Naslednje in končano«.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Zdaj imate novo datoteko VHD, ki deluje kot pravi trdi disk.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Namestitev operacijskega sistema Windows 8 na VHD

Prva stvar, ki jo morate storiti, je, da odprete PowerShell kot skrbnik, tako da odprete meni Start -> Vsi programi -> Dodatki -> Windows Powershell, z desno tipko miške kliknete bližnjico Windows PowerShell in izberete Zaženi kot skrbnik.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Ko se PowerShell zažene, boste morali spremeniti politiko izvajanja, da boste lahko zagnali skripte. To storite tako, da vnesete »Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned«. Prejeli boste obvestilo o varnosti, samo vnesite »Y« in pritisnite enter za sprejem. Ko to storite, pustite okno PowerShell odprto, saj ga bomo zdaj znova uporabljali.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Nato morate prenesti ta skript iz MSDN in ga premakniti v koren C: Drive. Upoštevajte, da ga lahko premaknete drugje, če želite, vendar le spremenite preostala navodila, da uporabite nadomestno pot.

Z desno miškino tipko kliknite datoteko in izberite lastnosti. Kliknite gumb za odblokiranje v spodnjem desnem kotu.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Zdaj boste morali namestiti datoteko .ISO, ki ste jo prenesli s spletnega mesta Windows Developer. Če ne veste, kako namestiti datoteko ISO, si oglejte naš vodnik. Ko vstavite sliko .ISO nazaj v okno PowerShell. Sedaj vnesite »CD C:«, da preklopite na koren pogon.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Sedaj v okno lupine vnesite naslednji ukaz:

Install-WindowsImage.ps1 –WIM D: Viri: Install.wim –Uporabi –Indeks 1 –Odredje I:

Črko pogona, ki je na voljo za -WIM za pogon nameščene slike DVD-ja, morate nadomestiti in nadomestiti črko ciljnega pogona, v našem primeru je to E: za VHD, ki ste ga ustvarili v prvem delu tega članka. Nato pritisnite enter.

Ko boste končali, boste obveščeni.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Odprite povišani ukazni poziv in vtipkajte bcdboot.exe I: Windows (ob predpostavki, da sem: je pogon z operacijskim sistemom Windows 8).

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Zdaj, ko boste zagnali Windows, vas bo pozdravil z novim OS Izbira zaslona.

Brezšivne skupne rabe datotek

Zadnja stvar, ki jo boste želeli narediti, je, da so vaše datoteke na voljo za oba operacijska sistema. Če želite to zagnati v novi namestitvi operacijskega sistema Windows 8, se pomaknite do:

C: Uporabniki [vaše uporabniško ime]

Zdaj z desno tipko miške kliknite mapo Contacts in v kontekstnem meniju izberite Properties. Preklopite na zavihek lokacije in kliknite gumb Premakni.

Zdaj pojdite v mapo »Stiki« v pogonu Windows 7, kar je mogoče najti na isti poti, vendar se lahko vaše uporabniško ime razlikuje od tistega, ki ste ga uporabili v sistemu Windows 8.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

Kliknite gumb V redu in to je dobro, ponovite to za naslednje mape:

  • Namizje
  • Prenosi
  • Priljubljene
  • Povezave
  • Moje dokumente
  • Moja glasba
  • Moje slike
  • Moji videoposnetki

You enter the new world of modern computing when you upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8, and it’s a fairly easy process. The experience of seamless integration of documents and apps from Windows 7 to Windows 8 becomes readily available to you in less than an hour’s time of installation. Microsoft offers simple, accessible online directions on the Windows 8 installation process for Windows 7 computers.

Upgrade Requirements

Importantly, your computer must have the minimum requirements, including a 1 GHz processor, a minimum of 2 GB RAM, a 16 GB hard drive and a graphics card supporting Microsoft DirectX 9. If you want to use the multitouch features, make sure your monitor can support them. Your screen resolution should be at lease 1366 x 768 pixels to support the snap apps feature.

In most cases of transitioning or upgrading from Windows, you will be able to keep your personal files, applications and Windows settings. This applies whether you have Windows 7 Pro Home Basic, Premium, Professional or Ultimate editions; or Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise or Pro editions.

Four Steps to Upgrade

Microsoft conveniently provides four steps for upgrading to Windows 8. Their Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant will download to your PC and check through its components to determine if your computer is Windows 8 ready. After you have purchased and downloaded the Windows 8 package (plain or Pro), the next step is to install the upgrade. Finally, you set up Windows 8 with your personal settings.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)
The Upgrade Assistant determines whether your PC can run Windows 8.

The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant pops up and allows you to click what you want to keep: Windows settings, personal files, and apps; just personal files, or nothing.

After you have decided and purchased the package, you determine whether you desire immediate or later installation. With the latter, you can download the Windows 8 package to a USB flash drive or burn it to a blank DVD.

If you are doing an immediate installation, changing Windows 7 to Windows 8 on your PC, the process is a no-brainer; let the download do its work. Your computer will come on and off several times and you will soon find yourself at the final step with the Personalize window in view. In a matter of minutes you will move from Windows 7 to Windows 8.

Personalize your Upgrade

The below window moves you to the process of selecting colors for backgrounds and choosing an account picture. You can spend time here or go to the Express Settings and customize your platform at a different time. Decide if you want to have a Microsoft account. By setting up one with your personal e-mail, you will be able to synchronize your social networking sites and photo sharing. It’s a good idea to have a Microsoft account to have access to your files over desktop, tablet, laptop and smartphone platforms that also have Windows 8.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)
Personalize your Windows 8 installation with colors.

Clean Installation

A clean installation implies that you want Windows 8 installed on an empty drive or one that you don’t mind erasing, or on a different partition of your drive for a dual-boot arrangement. Either way, you use the DVD disk or USB flash drive that has the downloaded Windows 8 installation package to boot up your computer and perform its magic. Place the DVD or flash drive into the computer while it is on. Turn the computer off. Turn it back on to allow it to boot up into the installation process. You might have to go into your computer’s BIOS settings to change the order of the boot process so that it recognizes the DVD disk or the USB drive over the hard drive. From there, just follow the directions.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)

One of the big barriers to upgrading to Windows 8 is that Windows 7 is so good. For keyboard-and-mouse users, Windows 8 isn’t a hugely compelling upgrade — and without judicious use of third-party apps to bring back the Start menu and other core Windows 7 features, Windows 8 can actually make the desktop experience worse.

But what if you want to try out Windows 8? What if you want to take the Metro Start screen for a spin? (Who knows, maybe you’ll like it.) What if you want to give Windows 8 a chance?

One method you could use is virtualization, where you quite literally have Windows 8 open in a window on your Windows 7 PC. Virtualization isn’t really viable if you’re looking to truly experience Windows 8 and everything that it entails, though. For that, you need to dual-boot.

How to dual-boot/multi-boot Windows 8 with Windows 7

This guide assumes that you already have Windows 7 (or XP or Vista) installed. If you’ve already got Windows 8 installed, and you want to install Windows 7 as an additional OS, this guide might still work — but no guarantees.

First things first, you should backup any important documents. You shouldn’t lose any files during this process, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. See our Backup Masterclass for tips on how to backup your data efficiently and securely.

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)With that out of the way, hit Start, type diskmgmt.msc , and press Enter. This will open the Disk Management console. You should see a big (or small) list of all the drives currently attached to your computer.

Find the drive that Windows 7 is installed on (it should be marked as “Boot” or “System”), right click it, and click Shrink Volume. In the window that pops up, you ideally need a figure that’s around 50,000MB (50GB). If your hard drive is very full, this might not be possible. In theory the minimum install size for Windows 8 is around 20GB, but I really wouldn’t proceed without at least 30-50GB. If Disk Management refuses to shrink your volumes, you may need to try a third-party tool such as Paragon’s Hard Disk Manager.

Once the volume has been shrunk, a black, “Unallocated” region will appear at the end of the drive. Right click this and select New Simple Volume. Click through the dialog windows and give the new volume a memorable name such as Windows 8 . Don’t change any other settings. This process will format the new partition, which may take a little while.

Installing Windows 8

At this point, all you really need to do is install Windows 8. You might opt to install a full version of Windows 8, or you can grab a 90-day evaluation copy. Either way, you want to slot the DVD (or USB stick) into your computer, reboot, and begin the installation process. (You may need to change the boot priority of your DVD drive/USB stick, which can be done in the BIOS).

How to seamlessly dual-boot windows 7 and windows 8 (the easy way)When given the option, select a Custom install (not Upgrade). On the next screen you’ll be shown a bunch of partitions/volumes. Select the one that’s labeled Windows 8 (or whatever you called it). Be absolutely certain that you’ve selected the right volume, then click Next.

The slick Windows 8 installer will now do its thing. It will reboot once or twice, but eventually you’ll be greeted with a multi-boot menu that allows you to select which OS you want to load (Windows 8, Windows 7, or any other OSes that’re installed). Windows 8 will load by default after a few seconds, but you can change it back to Windows 7 by clicking “Change defaults or choose other options” at the bottom of the screen. Voilà: You now have a PC that dual-boots Windows 8 and Windows 7.