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Dual Boot Windows or Linux: On my computer Windows system is installed, but when appeared newly Windows, I want test the system. The motherboard supports virtual environment, however, I installed Windows system on the hard disk than secondary operation, and I just want simple testing the program in VirtualBox.

To run Windows in dual-boot, you can sharing your existing hard disk. Of existing disk can "steal" a part of new system, or install the new operating system on a separate hard disk, or a separate partition, if your hard disk has).

For this I used Disk Management program implemented in Windows.

Microsoft: Install more than one operating system (multiboot)

I did it so:

I clicked on Taskbarwith right button of mouse, and selected Task Manager.

I clicked on the File menu at the top of the window and selected Run new task.

In the search box I introduced diskmgmt.msc . Appears Disk Management Console .

I clicked by right mouse button on hard disk, and for shrinking, selected command Shrink Volumes. I waited until it calculates, how much can shrink, in MB.

Is automatically, I do not do anything else, than clicked on Next. In the Disk Management window appears a new volume, marked with black bar, and notify that it is Unallocated.

On this stripe, clicked with right mouse button, and in context menu chose the link New Simple Volume. On this stripe, I clicked with right mouse button, and in context menu chose the link New Simple Volume.Here entered the size in MB. 32 0000 Mb. ie 32 GB.

Finally I close all windows. The new unit appeared in My Computer. Then inserted the Windows 8 installation disc into the DVD drive, and restarted the computer, which started immediately the installation. With this I also finished. Don't take more than 10-15 minutes.

More Details:

1.) - Introduction: If you want to try the new op. system (without losing your old), but, unfortunately, it is a laptop or computer whose processor not supporting virtual media can be very easy to done, if you follow the instructions below, so coming to securely attached Windows 8 near Windows 7.

Essentially, this method is better than installing the Virtual Box software, because you can install more of your favorite programs even without damage (in Virtual Box disappears when turned off, and does not allow should install any drivers).

2.) - Preparing: (Dual Boot)

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To run Windows in dual-boot, it takes a implementing so-called sharing disc. Ie of the existing hard drive, "steal" some part for Windows system. Here you can learn how: Partitioning with Disk Management » » »

3.) - Preparing to install Windows 8: Once you've burned the ISO file to a DVD or USB device, simply enter the DVD disk into the optical DVD drive or connect the USB drive to an available port (USB input is side of the computer or laptop).

May be necessary to change the boot order in BIOS, so that do not boot your system from hard disk, but boot from the installation DVD or USB disk, that contains the system Windows.

Check if the computer, or laptop, boot from DVD-Rom drive Proceed as follows: to enter in BIOS (Basic Input / Output System).

  • 1.) Restart your computer. At the same time when the computer starts, press and hold button DEL or F2 on keyboard.

  • 2.) Search for an entry similar to: Boot priority.

  • 3.) Using the keyboard arrows up - down, left - right (happens to be F5 or F6) set the optical drive DVD or USB for primary boot. Finally press F10 for output.

4.) - How to install Windows 8: After successful conversion, start installing Windows 8. In the first configuration window, will ask you, to press any button on the keyboard to start.

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5.) - Continue installing Windows 8: For further installation progress, click the following link: Continue installing Windows 8 » » »


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