Installing Windows 8 Dual Boot with Customer Preview

09/24/2012 | By | Reply More

Interested on viewing or testing the Customer Preview Version of Windows 8 and installing it on your PC but don’t want to loose your current Windows operating system eg. Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista? On the default setting installing Windows 8 Preview Version will install over Windows 7 and if you have a Windows XP or Windows Vista it will completely replace it. The ideal way to install the Windows 8 without compromising your current OS will be doing a dual boot install. The best thing about doing this is you can preview and test the new Windows  8 on your PC with out loosing any files. There is no technical skill level required to this anyone can do this just follow this simple guide:

Step by step guide on dual boot with Windows 8:

1. First of all you have to download the Windows 8 package – To start you have to download the Windows 8 installer for free from it’s official site http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-8/release-preview just scroll down a little bit and you’ll see the “Get it Now” button. Just click it then on the next page scroll down again and you’ll see a language selection option. Select your desired language and click download (choose 64 bit or 32 bit depending on your system to find out what system do you have http://bit.ly/97oHzf).

2. Prepare to install – Once you finished downloading the Windows 8 installer click “Run” twice and allow the program to make changes to your computer if and when you’re prompted.  When the program starts, it will check and scan your computer if it’s compatible with Windows 8 specifications. It will also determine which version of Windows 8 (32 or 64 bit) and will download the necessary and relevant files. If you don’t have enough space on your hard drive it will suggest that you might want to clear some space. Also it might ask you to do some simple task that will improve the installation process.

3. Create a bootable flash-drive – After finishing the initial preparations it will then take you on the next screen and will ask you if you’re ready to install the Windows 8. Now, make sure you select “Install on another partition” and then click “Next”. Select “USB flash drive” (except you want to make a bootable DVD), then select “Next” and choose the USB flash drive the you inserted to use. If you’re ready then click “Next” to begin. This process may take a while.

4. Making a partition (step 1) – set aside the bootable flash drive you created and then we’ll start on creating a partition where you’ll install the Windows 8 onto. Just in case, backup everything that you believe it is important. Then if you’re ready, bring up the “Start Menu” and right on “Computer” and select “Manage”. Then select “Disk Management” from the list on the left. Right click on your hard drive at the bottom of the screen and select “Shrink Volume”.

5. Making a partition (step 2) – We gonna need atleast 20GB of hard drive space to install Windows 8 so we will enter 20,000 in the box labelled “Enter amount of space to shrink in “MB” and click “Shrink”. After clicking the “Shrink” button it will now show a new unallocated space of 20 GB. Right click on it and then select “New simple volume”. Click “Next” on the next three screens. Now when the “Volume Label” appear just enter Windows 8, the click “Next” and then finally “Finish”.

6. Boot from the USB flash to install Windows 8 – now we’ll need to boot from the USB drive. First we need to restart the computer to check if it will boot on the USB drive we will go to the BIOS section upon restart. To do this, go to the “Boot then Boot device priority” and then check if the USB falsh drive has the priority of on the top of the list before the hard drive.  Then press “F10” key on the keyboard to save and exit. Now, Windows 8 install utility will now start and run. When Windows Setup has loaded, click “Next”, then “install now”.

7. Choose the partition to install – If prompted, you may enter this free Windows 8 product code key DNJXJ-7XBW8-2378T-X22TX-BKG7J. Just go through the process and until it asked which installation you need or want. Select “Custom: Install Windows only”. In the next window select the partition you created earlier – it should say “Windows 8” – then just click “Next” in the bottom right corner.

8. Dual boot Windows 8 – Once the Windows 8 installation process is completed. Once done, the computer or PC  will boot to Windows 8. You may enter your windows Live ID if you want to. Now, every time you boot your PC you will now have the option on whether to bot in Windows 8 or Windows 7. To change just click “Change defaults or choose other options” to make make Windows 7 your default OS.

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