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How to Dual Boot Vista and the Windows 8 Dev. Preview?

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  • Hi

    I want to take a look at the Windows 8 Dev Preview by installing it on my spare PC that currently has a single internal HDD with Windows Vista Home Premium 32-Bit on it and plenty of free space on it. I also have a spare internal SATA2 HDD that has not yet been installed.

    What would be the best/easiest way of dual booting the system? If possible I would like to keep my Vista HDD untouched and install the Windows 8 Dev Preview on the spare HDD. If this method is possible, how would I choose which OS I would use at boot?

    If the above is not possible, how do I go about using the single Vista HDD? Presumably, I would have to partition it - can that be done without reformatting & reinstalling Vista?

    Thank You.

    Hadron

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011 3:20 PM

Answers

  • Hello,

    Depending on your hardware specifications, you've two options.

    1. Connect another spare internal SATA2 HDD (which you already have) OR create partition on existing drive (you can do it from any Disk Management tool). Once you've two separate drives/partitions, start installing Windows 8 Developer Preview. Before that, burn the downloaded ISO image onto DVD to make life easier. There is guide to do dual booting with existing OS and Windows Vista, which will be pretty similar for Vista and Windows 8:
      http://lifehacker.com/5126781/how-to-dual-boot-windows-7-with-xp-or-vista,
      http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Install-more-than-one-operating-system-multiboot
    2. If you've 4+ GB or RAM and Hyper-V supported tools, you can use any Virtualization software like (VMware) to create a VHD/VDI (virtual hard-disk) and run your Windows Developer Preview within it. For more information, refer: http://www.kunal-chowdhury.com/2011/09/step-by-step-tutorial-to-setup-windows8.html

    Regards,


    Mayur Tendulkar | Zevenseas | Codezeven | http://www.mayurtendulkar.com
    • Marked as answer by Hadron01 Tuesday, October 4, 2011 5:59 PM
    Tuesday, October 4, 2011 4:17 PM
  • After installing it as a dual boot, when the computer first turns on you will have a menu to choose which system you want to boot.

    If for some reason there is no menu, you can use EasyBCD to edit the boot menu:
    http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1
     
     

     

     

    You can dual boot Windows Vista and 8. Backup important data first, and you should not touch your restore partition.

    Here is a guide, it's for Windows 7 and on the same hard drive, but the process is similar - just install it on your other hard drvie:
    http://www.howtogeek.com/74335/how-to-dual-boot-windows-7-and-windows-8/

     

    First please note:
    The Windows Developer Preview is a pre-beta version of Windows 8 for developers. These downloads include prerelease software that may change without notice. The software is provided as is, and you bear the risk of using it. It may not be stable, operate correctly or work the way the final version of the software will. It should not be used in a production environment.


    • Marked as answer by Hadron01 Tuesday, October 4, 2011 5:59 PM
    Tuesday, October 4, 2011 5:50 PM

All replies

  • Hello,

    Depending on your hardware specifications, you've two options.

    1. Connect another spare internal SATA2 HDD (which you already have) OR create partition on existing drive (you can do it from any Disk Management tool). Once you've two separate drives/partitions, start installing Windows 8 Developer Preview. Before that, burn the downloaded ISO image onto DVD to make life easier. There is guide to do dual booting with existing OS and Windows Vista, which will be pretty similar for Vista and Windows 8:
      http://lifehacker.com/5126781/how-to-dual-boot-windows-7-with-xp-or-vista,
      http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Install-more-than-one-operating-system-multiboot
    2. If you've 4+ GB or RAM and Hyper-V supported tools, you can use any Virtualization software like (VMware) to create a VHD/VDI (virtual hard-disk) and run your Windows Developer Preview within it. For more information, refer: http://www.kunal-chowdhury.com/2011/09/step-by-step-tutorial-to-setup-windows8.html

    Regards,


    Mayur Tendulkar | Zevenseas | Codezeven | http://www.mayurtendulkar.com
    • Marked as answer by Hadron01 Tuesday, October 4, 2011 5:59 PM
    Tuesday, October 4, 2011 4:17 PM
  • Thanks for the reply.

    If I go for your Option 1 and use separate HDDs for each OS, how do you select which OS boots when you turn the PC on? Will I get a choice beteen the 2 OS's after the BIOS splash screen, but before Windows loads?

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011 5:36 PM
  • After installing it as a dual boot, when the computer first turns on you will have a menu to choose which system you want to boot.

    If for some reason there is no menu, you can use EasyBCD to edit the boot menu:
    http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1
     
     

     

     

    You can dual boot Windows Vista and 8. Backup important data first, and you should not touch your restore partition.

    Here is a guide, it's for Windows 7 and on the same hard drive, but the process is similar - just install it on your other hard drvie:
    http://www.howtogeek.com/74335/how-to-dual-boot-windows-7-and-windows-8/

     

    First please note:
    The Windows Developer Preview is a pre-beta version of Windows 8 for developers. These downloads include prerelease software that may change without notice. The software is provided as is, and you bear the risk of using it. It may not be stable, operate correctly or work the way the final version of the software will. It should not be used in a production environment.


    • Marked as answer by Hadron01 Tuesday, October 4, 2011 5:59 PM
    Tuesday, October 4, 2011 5:50 PM
  • OK, thanks.
    Tuesday, October 4, 2011 5:59 PM