Windows 7 ~ 8 Dual Boot Set up
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December 5, 2012, 12:22 AM
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: North East Alberta
My System Specs
Maybe thats What I do?
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I multiboot my systems using the old fashioned method of installing the OSes on their own bootable drives and then using the BIOS alternate boot device option to select soemthing other than the default. It saves messing around with chaining boot loaders, and boot loader order etc. While it does require the BIOS option, and is perhaps not the most elegant solution, it does work without boot loader hassles.
Mind you, I find virtual machines even less of a hassle (once set up and operational) and more convenient.
So much to learn.
I have two O.S.'s each on their own SSD. When my system turns on I get a blue screen that looks like the old DOS screen and can choose either Windows 7 (default) or Windows 8 (or Memory Test which shows up at the bottom of the screen).
I am not sure what the "BIOS alternative boot device option" is but I'll take a look see in my BIOS for that.
And I have no idea what you mean by a "chaining boot loaders" or their hassles, nor a "virtual machine" with even less hassle.
Mine just works.
I've just re-installed my Win8 OS so have a clean drive to work from now. I had filled the 120 GB SSD and was getting 2203 error codes which I could not seem to get around. This time I go slow and back up the system after each major change.
Fort Kent, Alberta
2012 - A10 Rig
My System Specs
ASUS F2 A85M Pro
AMD A10 5800K 4.2Ghz most of the time
32 GB Kingston HyperX Red @ 1600 Mhz
Gigabyte HD 7970 OC
128 GB Kingstons Hyper X SSD (Win8 OS) 180 GB Intell 330 SSD (Win7 0S) 2T Seagate SATA III Drive 3T Seagate SATA III Drive 750 Seagate e-SATA FreeAgent portable drive 250 Seagate Passport USB portable drive
Antec 620 HCG-M
Fractal Design R4 Titanium Window
ASUS on board RealtekŪ ALC892 - usually my Razer SWTOR Headphones
LG BlueRay Lightscribe DVD Burner
Three LG Monitors: Main Screen a W2442- 24" LCD, & 2 x LG E2040T LED 20`screens.
Dual Boot: Windows 8.1 Pro ~ Windows 7 Home Premium, both 64 BIT
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