HOW TO DUAL BOOT (I.E RUN TWO OS{WINDOWS 7 AND 8} ON YOUR PC)

I didn’t want to bring this up at first but pressure from friends and close ones made me do it… im going to give you a step by step process on how to run two OS on your pc {Cool huh?}……

STEP ONE:

  • First things first, you should backup any important documents. You shouldn’t lose any files during this process, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
    • When you’re ready, we’ll need to create some space for Windows 8 on your hard drive.(partitioning)- Open the Start Menu and right click on the “Computer” option. Click “Manage”, and in the window that appears, click on “Disk Management” in the left sidebar. This will open the Disk Management console. You should see a big (or small) list of all the drives currently attached to your computer. Find the drive that Windows 7 is installed on (it should be marked as “Boot” or “System”), right click it, and click Shrink Volume, (you ideally need a figure that’s around 50,000MB (50GB). If your hard drive is very full, this might not be possible. In theory the minimum install size for Windows 8 is around 20GB, but I really wouldn’t proceed without at least 30-50GB. ) Then, click on the “Unallocated” block of that drive that appears and click “New Simple Volume”. Click Next on the next few windows until you get to the “Format Partition” window. Here, give it a volume label you’ll recognize (like “Windows 8”) and click Next. It should format the drive for you. Now you’re all set to install Windows 8.

STEP 2:

At this point, all you really need to do is install Windows 8. You might opt to install a full version of Windows 8, or you can grab a 90-day evaluation copy. Either way, you want to slot the DVD (or USB stick) into your computer, reboot, and begin the installation process. Make sure your computer is set to boot from CD or USB, stick in your installation media,

When given the option, select a Custom install (not Upgrade). On the next screen you’ll be shown a bunch of partitions/volumes. Select the one that’s labeled Windows 8 (or whatever you called it). Be absolutely certain that you’ve selected the right volume, then click Next.

STEP 3

The slick Windows 8 installer will now do its thing. It will reboot once or twice, but eventually you’ll be greeted with a multi-boot menu that allows you to select which OS you want to load (Windows 8, Windows 7, or any other OSes that’re installed). Windows 8 will load by default after a few seconds, but you can change it back to Windows 7 by clicking “Change defaults or choose other options” at the bottom of the screen. Voilà: You now have a PC that dual-boots Windows 8 and Windows 7.page

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