Windows 7 & Windows 8 on separate HDD

May 5, 2013 at 07:08:23
Specs: Windows 7
can you edit boot record to windows7 to see another hardrive windows 8. Would like to install windows 8 on own harddrive partitions and add to existing windows 7 system then edit boot record to reflect a dual os system that I can select to use either windows 7 or 8 both are 64 bit os again on separate hardrives

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#1
May 5, 2013 at 07:40:41
You need to install Windows 8 in a "dual-boot" configuration which Windows Setup can do automatically - - no need to edit any boot files. However, first make sure that Windows 8 drivers are available for your PC or laptop model, then if such drivers are available, follow this procedure:

http://www.computershopper.com/feat...


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#2
May 5, 2013 at 08:07:55
Then after you install Win8, install the Windows 7 Shell to make it more user friendly, lol.

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#3
May 5, 2013 at 09:52:51
do you mean windows eight has to be installed first before, if that is the case then my c: drive which is windows 7 will be over written. I am sorry for the confusion but I want two independent harddrives with the ability to choose which system I will boot to not on the same harddrive

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#4
May 5, 2013 at 10:50:57
No you don't have to install it first. Follow the instructions In the link phil22 provided in post #1.

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#5
May 5, 2013 at 10:51:23
Disconnect Win 7 HDD and connect HDD on which you want to install Win 8. This way you will have two separate OSes on two different HDDs independent of each other. This is not dual boot. You do not have dual-boot menu. Still you can boot to any of the OSes you want. Only thing is, your motherboard must give you a choice to select boot device during boot upon pressing a function key such as F8.

My M/B Asus uses F8. So during BIOS post screen, I press F8 key and I am presented with a list of boot devices. I choose one and my computer boots to it.

Each OS sees the other OSes. You can hide the other OSes if you want by removing their drive letters in Disk Management.

This way you can have Win 7, Win 8, Win XP, Linux, etc. all independent of the others. If one HDD fails, it does not affect the others. They continue to work as if nothing has happened.

CoolGuy


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#6
May 5, 2013 at 11:17:24
I've never installed Win8 but I have setup numerous dual boot systems before. Assuming it works like all the other Windows versions, here's what you should do:

- add the 2nd HDD to the Win7 system, partition & format it
- while within Win7, place the Win8 DVD in the drive & wait for the menu to popup
- select Custom install (not Upgrade) & direct it to install to the 2nd HDD


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#7
May 5, 2013 at 15:54:48
I prefer the method outlined in reply #6 rather than the replay outlined in #5 above, but both will work. With the method riider outlined, windows will modify the existing boot manager to recognize both installs on the two hard drives and give you the choice. With the method suatcini outlines, both hard drives have their own boot manager so you would need to use the BIOS to select which hard drive is active by default and boot the F8 options to select the other drive to boot to.
Your choice though.
Personally, unless you are upgrading to a touch monitor, Windows 8 does not offer you anything more than Windows 7 (with the possible exception of a minimalist system) and I prefer the Windows 7 interfaces for a desktop or conventional laptop.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#8
May 5, 2013 at 22:48:36
You can use EasyBCD to do this. Download EasyBCD here: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...

Open EasyBCD, click Add New Entry, set the type as Windows Vista/7/8, for name type Windows 8 (or whatever you want), then choose the drive letter of Windows 8 drive which you want to add to boot options, then click Add Entry. Now You can dual boot between Windows 7 & 8 on different hard drive.


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#9
May 6, 2013 at 04:51:45
Thank you so much this was the exact guidance I needed. Thanks for covering the explaination so clearly. Let you know how things are going

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#10
May 6, 2013 at 09:41:45
Which method did you use?

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