How to Dual Boot Windows 8 with Windows 7 (Complete Tutorial)
The process of setting up a dual boot is easy when you have decided the steps to take but Although it sounds complicated, Before preparation for the dual boot, first go through compatibility check 'Windows 8 minimum hardware requirements'.
Before proceeding to dual boot i would recommend to back up your files. This process shouldn’t change any of your files or programs, it is always good to have a backup as an precautionary step.
|Dual Boot Windows 8 and Windows 7|
How to dual boot Windows 8 and Windows 7
This tutorial assumes that you already have Windows 7 installed in your computer.
Once you are ready to go, create a new partition on your hard drive where Windows 8 will install without interfering with the currently installed Windows 7 OS. To do this, click on Start → Control Panel → Administrative Tools → Computer Management → Disk Management OR click Start and type diskmgmt.msc and press Enter. A screen shows the current configuration of your hard drive.
Find the drive that Windows 7 is installed on usually C: (it should be marked as “Boot” or “System”), right click on it, and click Shrink Volume. A window appears showing you how much space you have to work with. You then fill in the amount of space that you want to allocate to the Windows 8 partition. In theory the minimum install size for Windows 8 is around 20GB, but I recommend that you have at least 30GB and if you have the room, go up to 50GB (50000 MB).
|Shrink Drive Partition|
Right click unallocated and select New Simple Volume. Click through the dialog windows and give the new volume a memorable name such as Windows 8.
You also can click on the perform a quick format. This process will format the new partition, this may take a few minutes. When complete, the new partition will appear.
Installation Windows 8Now all you have to do is install Windows 8 on the new partition. You can purchase a DVD from Microsoft, The easiest way to do this is to have Windows 8 on a USB drive. then reboot and begin the installtion process.
See how to change the boot priority of your DVD drive/USB pen drive in the BIOS
When boot from the desired option, select a Custom install (not Upgrade). On the next screen you’ll be shown a number of partitions/volumes. Select the one that’s labeled Windows 8 (as we have given the name previously). make sure that you’ve selected the right volume, then click Next.
Now Windows 8 installer will do its process. It will reboot once or twice, but eventually you’ll be asked to choose with a multi-boot menu that allows you to select which OS you want to load (Windows 8 or Windows 7). Windows 8 will load by default after a few seconds (30 Sec.).
See Also >> How To Switch Windows To Another Without Rebooting In Multi Boot
Now You have a computer that dual boots Windows 8 and Windows 7.
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