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  • I am trying to install the Developer Preview on a Dell Duo. This is a netbook that converts to a tablet. There is no DVD drive and the bios does not support booting from a USB drive. I'd like to install to a virtual hard drive and then dual boot it (I've done this on my primary laptop). When I run Win8 setup, it appears the only choice is to upgrade the existing OS rather than install to a different partition for dual boot. Is there anyway I can accomplish the dual boot?
    Craig Berntson
    MCSD, Visual C# MVP
    INETA Community Speaker
    www.craigberntson.com
    Saturday, September 17, 2011 3:08 PM

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  • On Sat, 17 Sep 2011 15:08:28 +0000, Craig Berntson [MVP] wrote:

    I am trying to install the Developer Preview on a Dell Duo. This is a netbook that converts to a tablet. There is no DVD drive and the bios does not support booting from a USB drive. I'd like to install to a virtual hard drive and then dual boot it (I've done this on my primary laptop). When I run Win8 setup, it appears the only choice is to upgrade the existing OS rather than install to a different partition for dual boot. Is there anyway I can accomplish the dual boot?

    Here's one option:

    http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/wim2vhd

    Also, if you search this forum for VHD I think that you'll find some others
    as well.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    Help!  I'm trapped in a Chinese computer factory!

    Saturday, September 17, 2011 3:16 PM
  • On Sat, 17 Sep 2011 15:26:15 +0000, Craig Berntson [MVP] wrote:

    My knowledge of virtualization is pretty low. I won't be running a full virtual machine. I want to have dual boot, with Win8 on the vhd. I don't understand how this will let me dual boot.

    It will let you create the VHD file you want, you can then setup your
    system to boot from the VHD and it will run you through the Out of the Box
    Experience (OOBE) at the end of which you should have a functioning boot
    from VHD.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    HOST SYSTEM NOT RESPONDING, PROBABLY DOWN.  DO YOU WANT TO WAIT?  (Y/N)

    Saturday, September 17, 2011 3:30 PM

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  • On Sat, 17 Sep 2011 15:08:28 +0000, Craig Berntson [MVP] wrote:

    I am trying to install the Developer Preview on a Dell Duo. This is a netbook that converts to a tablet. There is no DVD drive and the bios does not support booting from a USB drive. I'd like to install to a virtual hard drive and then dual boot it (I've done this on my primary laptop). When I run Win8 setup, it appears the only choice is to upgrade the existing OS rather than install to a different partition for dual boot. Is there anyway I can accomplish the dual boot?

    Here's one option:

    http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/wim2vhd

    Also, if you search this forum for VHD I think that you'll find some others
    as well.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    Help!  I'm trapped in a Chinese computer factory!

    Saturday, September 17, 2011 3:16 PM
  • My knowledge of virtualization is pretty low. I won't be running a full virtual machine. I want to have dual boot, with Win8 on the vhd. I don't understand how this will let me dual boot.


    Craig Berntson
    MCSD, Visual C# MVP
    INETA Community Speaker
    www.craigberntson.com
    Saturday, September 17, 2011 3:26 PM
  • On Sat, 17 Sep 2011 15:26:15 +0000, Craig Berntson [MVP] wrote:

    My knowledge of virtualization is pretty low. I won't be running a full virtual machine. I want to have dual boot, with Win8 on the vhd. I don't understand how this will let me dual boot.

    It will let you create the VHD file you want, you can then setup your
    system to boot from the VHD and it will run you through the Out of the Box
    Experience (OOBE) at the end of which you should have a functioning boot
    from VHD.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    HOST SYSTEM NOT RESPONDING, PROBABLY DOWN.  DO YOU WANT TO WAIT?  (Y/N)

    Saturday, September 17, 2011 3:30 PM
  • That sounds like what I want. Thanks. I have a couple of other options that I'm looking at, but this one looks promising.


    Craig Berntson
    MCSD, Visual C# MVP
    INETA Community Speaker
    www.craigberntson.com
    Saturday, September 17, 2011 3:49 PM
  • On Sat, 17 Sep 2011 15:49:35 +0000, Craig Berntson [MVP] wrote:

    That sounds like what I want. Thanks. I have a couple of other options that I'm looking at, but this one looks promising.

    As long as you know how to configure your device to boot from a VHD, this
    should certainly do the trick. Though given that this is a new OS... :-)


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    I haven't lost my mind; it's backed up on tape somewhere.

    Saturday, September 17, 2011 3:51 PM
  • On Sat, 17 Sep 2011 15:51:52 +0000, Paul Adare wrote:

    As long as you know how to configure your device to boot from a VHD, this
    should certainly do the trick. Though given that this is a new OS... :-)

    Note that while I've used WIM2VHD for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 in the
    past, I've not yet tried it with Windows 8.


    Paul Adare
    MVP - Identity Lifecycle Manager
    http://www.identit.ca
    Another megabytes the dust.

    Saturday, September 17, 2011 3:53 PM