windows 8 dual boot

Posted on 2013-06-25
Last Modified: 2013-06-26
I have no experience with hardware.  I am very lost here.  I am looking for very detailed answers, not just a link you googled.  If your answer is not very detailed, please do not answer.  Sorry for this disclaimer, but I am spending way too much time messing around with this.  * I am not looking to use some other sort of hyper-v, vmware, virtual box, etc....

Has anyone setup a dual boot with Windows Server 2008 and Windows 8?

1. If so, what are the requirements for the disk (GPT/MBR)?  I don't know what either means, but it seems to be relevant.

2. Can I put my new os on the same disk, different partition as my current setup?  If so, does my current os partition have to be in a special format?  What format, and if it is not, do I need to use another disk?  I don't want to touch my current os.

3. Is UEFI relavent?  Not really sure what this is for, but if it matters, how can I check if it is there?  Should I turn it off/on if it isn't?  Will this matter for other reasons?
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No problem. Just install the older OS first. Windows 8 then installs a boot loader from which you can select the OS you want to boot into. You need a separate partition for each OS.

You can use windows diskmanagement to shrink the partition of the first OS, and then the installation will offer unpartitioned space in which you then create a new partition for the new OS. The file-system will be ntfs for both OS's but that is automatic and no option to select during the install.

You only need GPT disks if the disk is larger than 2 TB. Otherwise MBR is fine (and will be the standard selection. When booting Windows OS from a GPT disk, the OS must be the 64 bit version, and a PC with UEFI BIOS is required. For MBR disks that isn't required. If you were booting Linux, then you can do that from a GPT disk and a PC without UEFI BIOS.

So my advice is to use standard, not UEFI BIOS, and set the disk to MBR. It is simpler that way. You can still add a 2 nd disk set as GPT for data that is larger than 2 TB. As long as you aren't booting from it that is no problem.

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Thanks a lot!

I currently have a 500GB disk with 250 as a C drive running Server 2008 R2.  I am trying to install to another partition on the same disk as drive D.  My motherboard was from 2008 and I am pretty sure it doesn't support UEFI.

I downloaded the ISO and put it on a USB drive. When I go to setup then select this new partition I get this error:

we couldn't install windows in the location you chose  please check the media drive  0x80300024

I just found a link that said my USB boot loader might be in the wrong format in the link below.  It says it needs to be FAT32 not NTFS.  I am surprised that no tutorials have mentioned this.  Everyone says to get the Microsoft tool to create the USB, but that doesn't seem to work.  Could that really be my problem?
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rindi earned 500 total points
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I've installed Windows 8 from an ntfs formatted USB stick, so that is not the problem. You may need the disk controller's driver to get the installation going. Also, before starting the installation, run the m$ utility that checks whether your hardware supports Windows 8. If it is older it might not be supported.
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Thank you so much!!! I have been wasting so much time on this.  Do you know if there is a way to find out exactly what issue is that is not supported?  I just got a popup saying that it was not supported, but there was no reason and nothing else.
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No, I can't say what it is that makes it not supported. But usually it is an older CPU or mainboard that causes this. Windows 8 requires the CPU to have certain newish functions. Maybe if you post your mainboard, CPU  etc we might be able to check.

Personally I would never recommend Windows 8 to anyone anyway. It is easily the worst OS m$ ever published and just not worth it. Windows 7 beats it by lengths. So install Windows 7 instead, that also works on older hardware, although sometimes you get issues with some graphic and sound cards. But that generally is a smaller upgrade than the mainboard and CPU.

You might still get windows 8 installed on your system using Oracle's VirtualBox (although you did mention within the Question you didn't want to virtualize, it could be the oly thing that works).

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I am going to go with Win 7, thanks.  I have a MSDN developer power pack license which is a stripped down msdn license.  I downloaded win 7 last night and it says that it will be discontinued and won't work after November.  I was really just upgrading to test it out and see what the deal was.


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I can't see anything based on that which tells me why it won't run Windows 8. But I don't know all the requirements. It doesn't work on lots of my hardware, although usually the error I get is different from yours. Normally when it won't work I get 4 code numbers (similar to the BSOD's), but also there I don't get any further reason why it doesn't work.

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