Let's say W7 & W8. Let's say there's a Sys drive & a Data drive & maybe others, too. When > Computer in the W7, see all the drives. AND... when in W8 > Computer AND still see & can access ALL the same drives... nice bonus to dual-boot, can get @ & use everything you already have from BOTH OSs. If, you don't have a spare machine & can dual-boot (have drive availability), it's a great method & sure beats a VM. Also, since you can see both OSs, it an easy Drag-n-Drop to copy wanted Favorites, Favorites Bar, Documents, Pictures & so on over from 1 OS to the other. A tip - when switching OSs, Log Off from the one you will not be using. Cheers, Drew
Last edited by Drew; 03-04-2012 at 12:00 AM.
Originally Posted by nmsuk
I used a virtual hard disk and didn't mess with another partition. Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprisr allow creating a bootable virtual hard disk.
Dual Boot Win 7, Win 8 CP with a separate Data Drive. I installed most apps in Win 8 that I had installed in Win 7 and pointed to data in data drive from same apps in Win 7. I have been using the Win 8 CP partition all day doing all my work today. Have not booted to Win 7 at all today. My financial app (Quicken) points to my Quicken file in the data drive so whether I use Win 7 or Win 8 CP the data file is the same file. Same with other data apps. This works well for me. I am about 2 make an Image of the Win 7 and Win 8 CP partitions. I will do this from outside both OSes. The Image will be comprised of both OSes. I will boot into Win 7 just long enough to clean everything up because I always do before creating an Image.
Yep, yep & yep, Ted. It's pretty slick done thusly. When one can see & access everything in the box & either OS & so quickly & conveniently copy or move thing over or about... I, too, since getting want I want put wherever (of & from W7 to W8) am spending most of my time w/ 8. Gotta get to know it & critique it so, majority of time spent w/ it only makes (good) sense. + (bonus) using the functionality of 8 is proving to be quite fun & enjoyable... it, actually, gets likable rather quickly.
Instead of using a VPC vm, I was considering creating a bootable virtual hard disk since, I have Ultimate. But then, recently (cus I never used it) I blew away the W7 x86 I had on a drive in this machine, knowing it would be so straightforward to install W8 there (instead) & be so workable & 'real'. And when MS has the next Build to be tested, can easily blow this install away & quickly replace it w/ the next.... and, I always do clean installs, anyway.
In point of fact in many cases I had the exe files of the apps on my Win 7 partition and simply pointed to these files from within Win 8 CP and installed the apps from there, then pointed to the data on the 3rd (Data) partition. really slick!
Yes, Ted, that's it. I did the same, very smooth... You install to 8 from where the installer is already located. For example my installer for CCleaner is in a Misc. Tools folder on my Data drive; installed to or on 8 from there... leaving no need to take the time or trouble to download the same installer to somewhere on the W8 C:\ . Oh, yes, really slick. To have it be so seamless and not even non-virual
Oh & we didn't mention that it, the added OS grabs the Printer, Camera & such, already attached machine, as that peripheral gear becomes common hardware, too
My printer is attached to my router and my Win 8 CP sees it just fine. I had to install the driver from, you guessed it, my data partition. If I plug in my phone or camera the OS will install the drivers automatically, This is so cool.
Have we having fun, yet? LOL. Ted, ya should like a kid @ Xmas But, yeah, it is cool