Heard a lot about the recently released Windows 8/8.1 build? Want to install and test drive Windows 8.1 in dual boot with Windows 7? Then you have come to the right place. In this guide, we will show you how you can install Windows 8/8.1 in dual boot with Windows 7.
Dual booting Windows 8 with Windows 7 is a good idea, especially if you want to test drive the Windows 8 OS without removing your current Windows 7 installation. If you don’t want to dual boot Windows 8 with Windows 7, you can test drive Windows 8 in a virtual machine by using following guides:
How to dual boot Windows 8 with Windows 7:
NOTE: We assume that you are already running Windows 7 on your PC.
Step 1: First things first. Before actually starting the installation, you need to create a partition with a minimum of 20 GB free space. As you are on Windows 7, creating or resizing a partition is pretty easy. Follow our these guides:
Step 2: If you haven’t already downloaded the Windows 8 from Microsoft, to ahead and download your copy from these direct links. Once you have the ISO file, follow one of the below mentioned guides to create a bootable Windows 8 USB to install Windows 8 from USB flash drive:
# How to install Windows 8 from USB drive
Step 3: Connect the bootable USB flash drive to the PC or insert the bootable Windows 8 DVD into the optical drive and reboot your machine. Windows will start loading the files to start the setup process.
NOTE: If you are using USB drive as installation media, you need to enable USB boot in the BIOS.
Step 4: From here onwards, follow our step-by-step Windows 8 installation procedure to complete the installation. Once the installation completes, shut down and switch on the PC to see the new graphical boot menu.
Step 5: When you switch the PC, you will see that Windows 8 is the default operating system in the boot menu. That is, when you switch on the PC, the default operating system, Windows 8, starts automatically. If you want to set Windows 7 as the default OS in the boot menu, follow our how to set Windows 7 as default operating system in boot menu guide.
Step 6: Select the operating system that you want to boot into and hit Enter key to start using your PC. Good luck!