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Problem installing Windows 8 in dual boot scenerio

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I am following this article:
http://lifehacker.com/5840387/how-to-dual+boot-windows-7-and-windows-8-side-by-side

I have the windows 8 dev build on a usb stick.
I have set the usb to be the boot device in my BIOS.
Windows 8 Installs fine on the new partition I created and then states that it needs to reboot to continue.
[this is where i get a little lost]
The article says this:
Hit "Next" and let the installer do its thing. When you're done, your computer should reboot into Windows 8. It'll probably reboot one more time after it does, then you'll be greeted with the Windows 8 Start screen.
If I take the usb stick out during the first resart, Windows 7 boots and i do not get a choice of which OS to load. If I leave the stick in, the installation process starts over.

At what point during the time line of installing windows 8 do I remove the usb stick and/or reset the boot order in my BIOS?
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by:Mohammed Rahman
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The computer should not boot through USB until you press any key when it says "press any key to boot from DVD....." Try change the boot order in BIOS and set HDD as primary and that may help.

You may also try:

http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/how-to-install-windows-8-on-virtualbox/

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by:jsvb1977
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The comp boots directly into the  USB without prompting me to "press any key". I will try to mod the bios.
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ok, i modified the boot order in the bios so that HDD is first, but i am still not being prompted to 'press any key..."

Now, i am familiar with the "press any key..." message when i have a dvd in the dvd drive.
Not sure why, but the usb stick is not initiating the "press any key..."

I wonder if their is ANOTHER setting in the BIOS that lets the BIOS know that the usb stick is there and ready to be used as an installation media?

Any thoughts?
Maybe some additional information such as the type of MOBO and maybe some screenshot will help? Let me know...

Jason
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You said that Windos 7 boots without USB. Boot to windows 7 and go to computer management--disk management--right click on the partition the Windows 8 is installed and mark it active. Reboot without the USB

OR

Try reinstall the windows 8 again. As the computer is not popping "press any key to..." the BIOS is picking the USB as bootable device and trying to load windows again and again.

Let the installation complete and when it is trying to restart the computer the first time (after copying all the files) remove the USB. That will force the BIOS to boot through HDD (OR) Enter BIOS after the first restar and change the boot order with HDD as top priority. That way you can keep the USB connected and let system boot through HDD.

Let us know the model of the MOBO in case the stuff above doen't help :( Hope it will fix the issue.
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I started to think that the only way to get this to work was to burn to dvd and attempt the install via dvd drive. I did not have a dvd large enough to hold windows 8, so I used Magic Disk to mount the windows 8 iso to a virtual disk drive. then, i navigated to the "sources" directory on the mounted dvd and clicked "setup.exe" --

Windows 8 installed on the new partition and I can now dual boot into either Win7 or Win8.

Thanks for all of the assistance.
Jason
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I used Magic Disk to mount the windows 8 iso to a virtual disk drive. then, i navigated to the "sources" directory on the mounted dvd and clicked "setup.exe"
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