How To Create Dual Boot With Windows 7 And Windows 8
The buzz about Windows 8 has left many wondering whether to switch to the new version or to stick with Windows 7. So, if you are in a dilemma then let me make the choice easier for you by introducing dual boot. It is a process you will get two operating systems in one computer and you will be able to switch between the operating systems.
To set this process in action you will need 30 GB of free space in hard drive to accommodate the new operating system. It is also recommended to back up the files to avoid losing anything important if something goes wrong. Following are simple steps to create dual boot with Windows 7 and Windows 8 on your computer.
Here’s what you have to do to install Windows 8 along with Windows 7
1. In Windows 7 click Windows +R or type “Disk Management”.
2. Once you reach Disk Management select the Drive Volume that you want to partition and right click. Now choose Shrink Volume.
3. You will have to specify the size of the new Windows 8 partition which is best if you have 30-40 GB of free space. However, you will have to type specific number for example 1 GB = 1024 MB in the space that says “Enter the amount of space to shrink in MB.”
4. Windows will create a new unallocated volume with capacity of 20 GB. Now right click the volume and choose “New Simple Volume”.
5. Now go through the new simple volume wizard and format the new partition in NTFS and give a volume label “Windows 8”.
This step will get your system ready for the new operating system.
Install Windows 8
1. To install Windows 8 in the new partition, insert the bootable Windows 8 DVD and reboot the machine. If your computer does not boot from the DVD then you must press F2 while the machine is booting to open the BIOS settings. Now switch to the Boot menu in BIOS settings and set the CD-ROM as the first device in the boot order .Save the settings, exist the BIOS and your computer should automatically reboot.
2. It’s best to choose the type of installation as choose Custom.
3. Now for the location of your Windows 8, select the new partition you created.
4. Once the installation is completed, the boot menu will appear with Windows 8 and Windows 7. If you don’t want Windows 8 to be your default OS then you can manually make Windows 7 as default by clicking “Change defaults or choose other options” from boot menu.
Hence in this way you can see if Windows 8 is good for you or not, and if you are happy with it then you can make Windows 8 your default OS.