Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 on your PC

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The most talked about Microsoft’s latest invention Windows 8 gives a refreshing look to your Windows desktop. Already been discussing about the variations and replacements on Windows 8 in the earlier posts, here in this tutorial you will get to know how you can dual boot Windows 7 and Windows 8. If you are novice to Windows 8, then there are various things you need to know before you could get along with the new OS. The traditional menu is replaced by the Metro style live tiles screen. However, you can dual boot Windows 8 with your Windows 7, so that you can work on your Windows 7 OS and at leisure you can checkout Windows 8 to know it in a better way.dual boot windows 7 windows 8

Not every people have time to spend to get along with the new Windows 8 or say spend whole day to know all the features included in the new OS. So, it is a better option to dual boot your system with Windows 8 along with Windows 7.

Users need some time to get to know the variation brought out in Windows 8 and get along with it to access it properly that needs some time, money or even patience. For those who don’t have enough time to investigate the new OS, here is how you can dual boot your system with Windows 7 & Windows 8, so that you can carry out your work and check out Windows 8 features side by side.

Before setting to dual boot, there are certain key features to look at that are discussed below.

  • Check the minimum system requirements.
  • Create a separate drive to install Windows 8 using Windows’ Disk Management.

Set Dual Boot on your PC

Follow the steps below to set dual boot on your system.

  • Firstly, you need to download the Windows 8 upgrade assistant from here and save it on your system at any preferred location
  • Once downloaded, double click on it and select Run if in case there is any security warning pop up
  • Now when the upgrade assistant is launched, it does a compatibility check to verify whether Windows 8 is compatible to work with your system hardware and installed applications or say verifies system requirements to run on your system

Compatibility Check

  • You are presented with a report upon completion of compatibility check along with the number of compatible apps and possible issue for your analysis

Compatibility Report

  • You can click on See Compatibility Details to know more about the apps whether it would work properly along with details of issue that can occur after Windows 8 installation.
  • Next you will be asked to choose what all you wish to keep from your current installation of Windows. You can choose anything you wish as the OS is to be freshly installed and moreover you are not upgrading your existing OS.

Choose What You Want To Keep

  • Now, you are all set to order your copy of Windows 8. So, click on Order button, it is up to you what you want to order may be a backup DVD and fill in the billing details and complete the payment. Once you are done, you will receive your product key immediately

Order Windows 8

  • Now begins the download and Installation of Windows 8

downloading checking windows 8

  • As you now have a genuine Windows 8 next you need to download the setup. When the download is verified you can continue with the setup. Make sure not to select Install Now option as this will upgrade your existing OS to Windows 8.
  • You need to select Install by Creating Media option and select ISO File as the medium

Install Windows 8 by Creating Media

  • Next, choose the file name and location where you want to create the ISO file

choose create iso file

  • Well, you can also opt to burn this ISO file on a DVD using the Windows 7 Image Burner or using any other DVD writing software with you.

Once you have created an ISO file, follow the steps below:

  • Reboot your system and boot from DVD
  • Follow the onscreen setup instructions
  • Now, select a drive on your hard disk for installation
  • Upon completing the setup procedure, reboot your system again.
  • On boot screen you get an option to select the operating system to boot into that is either Windows 7 or Windows 8. Select according to your need.

choose os

You go through some basic setup as the system prepares for the first log on. Windows 7 is installed on one drive and Windows 8 on other.

Upon following all the procedures described above you can set dual boot on your Computer with Windows 7 and Windows 8.


Priyanka contributes to the Computer and Gadgets section on Techcular.

3 Comments to Dual Boot Windows 7 and Windows 8 on your PC

  1. I thought it do have some detailed process to setup like we do for dual boot for the case of (Windows 7 or Windows XP).. with Windows 8 it seems to pretty simple and straight forward..

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