How To Dual-Boot Windows 8 With Windows 7

Dual-Boot Windows

Dual-Boot Windows

Fortunately, you don’t have to sacrifice your current PC to find out — nor do you have to buy a new one. You can install the Windows 8 Release Preview alongside Windows 7 and take it for a full test-drive. It’s simply a matter of setting up a dual-boot configuration. This is a pretty safe operation, but you never know.

You can install the Windows 8 Release Preview alongside Windows 7 and take it for a full test-drive. It’s simply a matter of setting up a dual-boot configuration. All you need to do is create a new partition for Windows 8, install it on that partition, and then edit your new boot menu so Windows 7 stays the default OS.

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.

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.”

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.

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

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.

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