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Can I have dual booting Windows 8 and Windows 7?

by santpur / October 27, 2012 4:42 PM PDT

I run Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit. Can I install Windows 8 from Microsoft's website, making my PC a dual booting system, so that I can use both OS in the transition period? I need to keep my PC up and running at all times, so I can not afford to reinstall Windows 7 and all applications, if something goes wrong with Windows 8. In the worst case scenario, I can format the partition containing Windows 8 and get going with Windows 7 Ultimate as usual.

I hope some of you will help me out with this.

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Clarification Request
Ouch. 32 bit 7?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 27, 2012 5:02 PM PDT

When I see that, I wonder why. It's usually for a reason so let's hear why.

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by santpur / October 28, 2012 4:59 PM PDT
In reply to: Ouch. 32 bit 7?

I have every doubt whether the Windows 7 drivers of my ASUS P5QPL-AM motherboard will work with Windows 8. ASUS has not released any Windows 8 specific drivers for this motherboard yet and I don't think they are going to do so, as it is about 4 years old product. Besides, I am not sure whether all my applications will work smoothly under Windows 8 environment. Regarding 32 bit Windows 7, yes, my system is 32 bit, that's why I am running 32 bit OS.

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Then my advice is
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 29, 2012 3:39 AM PDT
In reply to: Clarification

1. Backup an image of your system so you can go back easily (I use CLONEZILLA)

2. Then boot your 8 DVD and carefully watch for options to dual boot.

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What about the partitions
by santpur / October 29, 2012 2:19 PM PDT
In reply to: Then my advice is

First, I must thank you for the help that you have extended to me.

My HDD is partitioned from C: through H:, i.e. there are 6 partitions. I have installed Win 7 on C: and all programs under Win 7 on D:. E:, F: and G: contains my data. H: is blank, where I intend to install Win 8 and all programs under Win 8.

Now, should I back up an image of C: and D: only or of all the partitions? If something goes wrong with the dual boot, will Clonezilla restore the HDD to the condition as it were with respect to the partitions?

Thanks again.

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I backup an image of the entire HDD.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 30, 2012 3:05 AM PDT

That way I can restore it intact. If you backed up partitions for C and D then I have to guess you have ways to restore the boot manager and such?

I won't duplicate the web about CLONEZILLA but it's save system to a backup folder is rather neat. Empty areas don't take up a lot of space.

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I can't see why there would be a problem.
by spittsp / October 30, 2012 2:26 PM PDT

Granted it's not Windows 7 but I installed Windows 8 to dual boot with Vista. I had two partitions on my desktop so I created a third and installed 8 to it. Windows 8 asked you what you want to do and to where. I had no trouble installing and it works fine. It recognized that Vista was installed and created the boot-logger for dual booting. I did nothing. My desktop is a Systemax and it's 4 years old. It's also a 32-bit.

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