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Dual Booting Windows 7 with pre-installed Windows 8 Laptop

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  • Hi All,

     

    Just after a bit of advice, my girlfriend has recently got a new laptop and unfortunately she doesn't like it, despite me loving Windows 8.1.

    She would like to try Windows 8 but is going back to Uni soon so would like Windows 7 as a back-up dual booted.

     

    I've shrunk the partition and created a simple partition for Windows 7 but really unsure about Installing Windows 7 on a Windows 8 Laptop, it's an ASUS X550CA-XX417H. I've checked power shell with SecureBootUEFI and result is True.

     

    What would be the best way to dual boot?

     

    Cheers,

    Ben :)

    Sunday, December 29, 2013 1:25 PM

Answers

  • You would be best to do this the other way around and setup will take care of it for you.

    General method is first install Windows 7, then install Windows 8 to the next partition. The setup will automatically create a boot menu to switch for you.

    Do a search for Windows 8 dual boot, there's plenty of guides out there.


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    Sunday, December 29, 2013 10:13 PM
  • Hi Ben,

    Here is a detailed guide for your reference:

    How to Dual Boot Windows 8 with Windows 7

    http://www.pagestart.com/win8dbwin701181301.html

    This response contains a reference to a third party World Wide Web site. Microsoft is providing this information as a convenience to you. Microsoft does not control these sites and has not tested any software or information found on
    these sites; therefore, Microsoft cannot make any representations regarding the quality, safety, or suitability of any software or information found there.

    Hope this could be helpful.


    Kate Li
    TechNet Community Support

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013 3:41 PM
    Moderator

All replies

  • You would be best to do this the other way around and setup will take care of it for you.

    General method is first install Windows 7, then install Windows 8 to the next partition. The setup will automatically create a boot menu to switch for you.

    Do a search for Windows 8 dual boot, there's plenty of guides out there.


    Blog: http://scriptimus.wordpress.com

    Sunday, December 29, 2013 10:13 PM
  • Hi Ben,

    Here is a detailed guide for your reference:

    How to Dual Boot Windows 8 with Windows 7

    http://www.pagestart.com/win8dbwin701181301.html

    This response contains a reference to a third party World Wide Web site. Microsoft is providing this information as a convenience to you. Microsoft does not control these sites and has not tested any software or information found on
    these sites; therefore, Microsoft cannot make any representations regarding the quality, safety, or suitability of any software or information found there.

    Hope this could be helpful.


    Kate Li
    TechNet Community Support

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013 3:41 PM
    Moderator
  • This is not a helpful answer.  The issue (I believe) is that Windows 8 is pre-loaded.  Many devices do not come with re-installation disks (or even disk drives anymore) to give users the ability to re-install Windows 8 again.  This is at least the issue I am having.  When I read about "Windows 8 dual boot," I see in multiple places that installing Windows Vista/7 after 8 will create problems with the computer's boot manager.  What is needed is an effective work around to preserve the original boot manager, if possible.

    As a reference, I'm trying to load Windows Vista onto a Dell XPS 18 with Windows 8 pre-loaded, so that I can telecommute for work.

    Adam Paz

    Wednesday, September 10, 2014 2:32 PM