How To Seamlessly Dual-Boot Windows 7 And Windows 8

Are you interested in switching over to Windows 8 but do not want to relinquish Windows 7 as yet? If you are facing this dilemma, then there is a solution to this.

How To Seamlessly Dual-Boot Windows 7 And Windows 8

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Read this article further to know as to how to go about dual booting both Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems flawlessly.

Create a VHD

First of all, access the run option through the start menu of your computer or by pressing the “Win” key and alphabet “R” at the same time. Now the run command box will pop up. Type the words – disk – mgmt – msc on the run command box. A disk management screen will open up.

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Now, go to the ‘Action’ tab located next to the ‘File ‘tab on the top corner of the disk management console. In the Action tab select the create VHD option. Then select the location and the size for the VHD. The size of the VHD should be a minimum of 20GB. For best performance it is advisable to choose a static size for the VHD. Then click on the OK tab at the bottom of the Create VHD box.

Seamlessly Dual-Boot Windows 7 And Windows 8

Now Windows will create the VHD. After the VHD is created you will find it in the main screen of the disk management screen along with the other disks in your computer. Initialize the newly created VHD by clicking on the Initialize option. An Initialize disk dialog box will open up. Choose the Master Boot Record option in the dialog box and then Click on the OK tab at the bottom of the Initialize disk dialog box.

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Now that the partition style has been created, simply click the darkened space. Choose the new simple volume option in the disk management screen. A dialog box will open up. Type the words – Windows 8 in the space provided against the words – volume label. Now the process is complete and a new VHD has been created in your computer.

Mount Windows 8 in the new VHD

Access the Windows PowerShell option from the accessories menu in the start option of your computer. Run the Windows – PowerShell option in the administrator mode. Once the PowerShell window opens; modify the execution policy to enable running scripts by typing “Y” as answer to the security question.

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Then download the script from the following link – InstallWindowsImage – Release-ProjectReleases.aspx ReleaseId=2662 and save it on to the D drive. You may also save it to the drive of your choice. Select the properties of the saved script by using the right click. A dialog box will open up. Then click on the unlock tab situated in the right hand side in the bottom side of the dialog box.

Now load the ISO script that you had downloaded. Now navigate to the PowerShell screen and type CD D:\ to move to the source of the D drive. Then type the sample command as follows onto the PowerShell screen Install – Windows – Image- ps1 – WIM – XX- Sources – Install – wim – Apply – Index 1 – Destination XX .

You should type the name of the drive where you had stored the downloaded script instead of the words “XX” next to the words “WIM” and also should type the name of the end drive instead of “XX” at the end of the command. Then to proceed press the enter key. It will take a few minutes for the process to get complete.

After it is complete, open a command prompt window and type the following command – bcdboot.exe XX:\windows. Then, type the name of the VHD in which Windows 8 is loaded. Restart your computer and you will notice that there is both Windows 8 as well as Windows 7 operating systems in your computer.

Flawless File Sharing

To make sure that the files on your computer is accessible through both the operating systems, move to the following location on your computer – C Drive, User, user name. Right click the contacts file and from the contexts tab select the properties option.

Move to the location tab and then select the move tab located next to the Restore Default tab. Follow the same steps for the Windows 7 user account as well. Then click on the OK tab and perform the same steps for all the folders. Now you are all set to access both the Windows 8 and Windows 7 operating systems in your computer seamlessly.

John Nevin