How To Install Windows 8 By Dual Boot Method.
Microsoft released the Windows 8 Developer Preview recently and many users want to try it out. All it takes is a CPU that supports virtualization and virtualization software; suppose you PC do not support virtualization even after this you can install windows 8. As long as you have a hard drive capacity of 500GB or greater and at least 20GB of free space on the drive, there is a way to dual boot Windows 7 and 8 on the same computer. In fact, the Windows 8 Developer Preview looks much better on a dual boot than on a virtual machine like VirtualBox. As long as you know a little bit about hard drive partitioning and changing boot priorities in the BIOS, this will be easy.
Follow these steps…
- Download the Windows 8 Developer ISO disk image just by clicking here
- Burn it to a DVD or put it on a USB device.
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- Shrink a partition having at least 20 GB of free space.
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- Create a hard drive partition of at least 20GB.
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- Open the disk management console in Windows 7 by going to the start menu and typing in “run” and press Enter. Type “diskmgmt.msc” in the Open field and click OK.
You can see from the screenshot below that a new partition exists for the Windows 8 Developer Preview. Now it must be formatted and given a name.
- Downloaded the copy of the Windows 8 Preview by clicking here.
- Burn the ISO disk image to a DVD or USB device.
- Restart your computer and configure to boot from the appropriate source as the primary boot option in the BIOS. When booting from a DVD, you should see “press any key to boot from CD or DVD”. Press any key immediately. It will take just a moment, but the installation will begin.
- Click install now.
- Accept the license agreement and choose custom installation.
- Select the appropriate partition created earlier or you will erase all data on other hard drives and partitions.
- The installation will commence and you will be asked to name the PC. After this, you will be prompted to choose express settings or custom settings.
- Restart the computer after logging on so that the default returns to Windows 7. Reconfigure the BIOS and the next time you log on, you have the option between the two operating systems.