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Windows 8 Installed in dual boot mode on Win 7 but it loads to a blank screen

Win 8 is installed but it doesn't load to a splash screen.  I can use the mouse, but there is nothing to click on.  I've tried repairing the installation from my Win 8 disc but I get a message: "can't repair your computer"  

Help

Oh, this is Win 8 RC downloaded as ISO from Technet.  The installation seems complete.  It needed 41G of installation and I gave it 45G.  I installed it on the same drive as my Windows 7 files are on.  Win 7 being C:/ and Win 8 being D:/

The computer boots up into 8 -- without a splash screen, of course.
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epichero22Commented:
It's difficult to say but you should consider running Windows 8 in either a separate partition or on a virtual machine (VMWare Workstation is where I run mine).  I don't think Microsoft will support the RC of Windows 8 so it's given "at your own risk"...personally I would uninstall it from my primary and do one of the safer options above.
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CSI-Windows_comCommented:
I would guess your disk space is a little tight.

I would suggest you put your partition back to the way it was and boot Windows 8 from a VHD.  This is different than a virtual machine because it runs on your real hardware.  But you have the benefit of a VHD - you don't have to partition your Harddrive, you can create a growable VHD (for performance you may want to preallocate).  

Since Windows 7 can create a VHD and boot from it, you can do it when Windows 7 is your base OS.

You will end up with the Windows 8 boot loader on the real machine.

This is the way I have done it.

Instructions are here: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/how-to-use-a-vhd-to-dual-boot-windows-8-on-a-windows-7-pc/4847
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I have Windows 8 RC running in VMware Workstation V9 (V8 until 2 days ago) and it works fine in that environment.  So I agree with the above.  .... Thinkpads_User
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echosoloAuthor Commented:
I've been away for a family emergency, but I'm back.  

I created a vhd folder and attached a Win8.vhd file and installed Windows 8 OS.  When I boot into Win 8, I have a blank screen, but the mouse is seen.  The mouse is responsive.  

I download the latest video drivers.  No good.

And I've searched the internet for anyone that has a similar problem, but no luck there either.

The VHD solution seems right --
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
As noted I use VMware Workstation and the Windows 7 video drivers supplied by VMware work fine for Windows 8.
... Thinkpads_User
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echosoloAuthor Commented:
Isn't VMware expensive?
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
A new license is $250 and an upgrade is $120. It used to be more, but has come down in price.

The newer versions of VMware Player can create a virtual machine and it is free. The newest version may be able to create a Windows 8 machine, so it is worth a try.

You can do more things with VMware Workstation and is my favourite. But do try Player. The stand alone Player cannot co-exist with Workstation.

... Thinkpads_User
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I just checked. The newest vesion can do Windows 8 and is free for personal use.

http://www.vmware.com/products/player/overview.html

.... Thinkpads_User
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echosoloAuthor Commented:
I'm downloading the free version now... will respond in about an hour!  Thanks.  I've got anul compulsive about Win 8 -- now it will NEVER be able to live up to the effort!!!  LOL
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CSI-Windows_comCommented:
It is true that VHD is the disk format for Microsoft virtualization, however, booting from a VHD is NOT using a virtual machine as the last several posts are assuming.

It is simply using the VHD as if it was a hard drive - but Windows 8 is loading on your REAL hardware.

Please read the linked article for details on how you can create a VHD on a real machine's "Disk Manager"
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
the last several posts ....  were talking about using VMware Workstation or Player as an alternative to VHD.   ... Thinkpads_User
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@echosolo - Did you have any success with VMware Player (virtualization instead of VHD)?

.... Thinkpads_User
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echosoloAuthor Commented:
The VMware player has the right video drivers!  I was able to install Win 8 to dual boot by creating a VHD, but I was unable to "see" anything but a white cursor on a black screen.

VMware player (free version) works.  PS  You will also need to download VMware Tools.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Thank you, and thanks for the update. ... Thinkpads_User
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