Dual Boot Windows 8 With Windows 7

Heard a lot about the recently released Windows 8 build? Want to install and test drive Windows 8 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 in dual boot with Windows 7.

Windows 8 Dual Boot Menu

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 install Windows 8 on VMware virtual machine

# How to install Windows 8 on VirtualBox virtual machine


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:

# How to create or delete a partition in Windows 7

# How to shrink or extend a partition in Windows 7


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 Developer Preview from USB flash drive

# How to install Windows 8 from USB drive

# How to install Windows 8 from ISO file

# How to make Windows 8 Developer Preview bootable USB



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.

Windows 8 Dual Boot Menu

Step 6: Select the operating system that you want to boot into and hit Enter key to start using your PC. Good luck!



  1. William Henry says

    I have successfully been able to install Win 8 onto a dual bootable configuration, but I can’t get it to run Office programs, especially Outlook, and it can’t find the printer, keyboard & mouse (Logitech) and Bluetooth card reader. I have accessed the find new devices application and it says “no devices found” and I even unplugged and plugged the USB connections and no reponse. Is this because it is just a “DEMO version” and other stuff will not work?

  2. Jhun says

    hi admin, i have successfully installed win 8 on my system however most of the apps would not run. i can open IE on the desktop but can’t open it through the tiles. what seems to be the problem? no error is showing it just do nothing whenever i click the tiles.

  3. eric says

    admin – need your help!

    i followed your step by step on how to dual boot windows 8 on windows 7…it was ok but when i try to boot on windows 7 it says repair..i click on repair but it says could not repair..now i cant boot on my windows 7… ;-(

  4. Jhun says

    Hi admin, i am about to install win8 and dual boot it with my win7 but before i do that, i would like to know how will i cleanly remove win8 dual boot from my system if i decide to?

  5. david says

    after having my first play with windows 8 all i can say is if microsoft are planning on keeping the tiles on windows 8 desktop it will be the biggest mistake they will ever make why can’t they make the desktop like windows 7

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