Install Windows 7 and Windows 8 on the same PC

In this article you will find the necessary instructions to install the trial version of Windows 8 next to the existing installation of Windows 7. This also can be done easily through the use of some software such as VirtualBox, but the yield obtained under this type of platforms leaves much to desire, so for the purpose of the evaluation it is better use the method of direct installation on the hard disk.

How to Install Windows 7 and Windows 8 on the same PC

Since Microsoft allowed to download the version for your new Windows 8, more than one of us developers will surely will be eager to see with our own eyes “the new wonder”, according to the developers of Redmond, of course, and test each and every one of its new features. This article looks at how to do it in a few steps.

This trial version of Windows 8 is well baked that justifies that you make a few more steps and install it next to your current operating system but on another partition. First prepare yourself to handle the bad situation arise, if any problem occur. Backup all of your data and settings before continue set up.

Installation of Windows 8 in three steps

This tutorial is divided into three parts, the first one is the ISO image download from Microsoft website and the subsequent creation of a CD for installation of Windows 8. The second part consists of the creation of a partition with the tools provided by Windows 7, and the third the actual installation.

Obtaining the copy of Windows 8 and creating the partition

The first thing we have to do is download a legal copy of Windows 8. You can download it from this link.

After that we will proceed with the creation of the installation DVD, for which we are going to use “Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool” developed by the own Microsoft for this type of tasks. If you want to know how to do it from a USB drive, visit this link.

Once downloaded the application, execute it and select the location where the ISO image of Windows 8 is located as shown in the image below.

select the location where the ISO image of Windows 8

Click the “Next” button and on the next screen, select “DVD”.

select the location where the ISO image of Windows 8 is stored

When the system is complete, we will have list our copy of Windows 8 to install.

location where the ISO image of Windows 8 is stored

Creating the partition

Once you have ready the installation DVD of Windows 8 we have created, the following will create the partition where it will be installed.
To do this, click on the start menu and click with the right button of the mouse on “computer”, and in the menu that appears click on “Manage”.

Drove up to “storage > disk management”, click on the C drive, and with the right button of the mouse, click on “Decrease volume”.

The ideal in this case is assigned to the new partition a minimum of 20 GB of space to install Windows 8 with comfort.

Installation of Windows 8
If you follow the steps correctly, at this time you have all the tools necessary to complete your task successfully, i.e. the DVD with Windows 8 and the created partition.

To begin installing Windows 8 on the same computer that is Windows 7, restart your computer, at the time should be the start, select key or combination of keys that will allow you to select boot options. At this point you must ensure that you have the DVD properly located in the tray of the reader.

You look forward to that Setup has finished loading, and when you’ve done this, click on “Custom install”, select the partition that you created earlier and continue until it is completed.

It should be noted that once you have finished installing Windows 8, when you reboot the PC, you will find a window from which you can access any of the two versions of Windows, at the time that so you create timely.

Since that time, you can begin to investigate all the fabulous features that Windows 8 for us has prepared.


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