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Dual-Booting Windows
Figure 2-9: Select where to install Windows 8.
Dual-Booting Windows
With virtualization becoming more popular, the need to run multiple operating
systems on a physical computer has significantly decreased. Application
compatibility was the main reason in the past that users installed multiple operating
systems. Your old Windows XP applications will not function in Windows 8?
Just restart and boot into Windows XP. Virtual machine applications such as
VMware Workstation, Sun VirtualBox, and Microsoft Hyper-V enable you to
boot the second operating system on top of your main OS, eliminating the need
and hassle of rebooting into another OS. This solves the compatibility problem
for most apps, but a virtual machine is not always perfect.
Gaming is one area where problems may arise for virtual machines because
3-D support has gotten a lot better, but it’s not yet at bare metal performance. If
you are a gamer or just want a cool way to try out Windows 8 with bare metal
performance, I show you how you can dual-boot Windows 7 and Windows 8
on the same PC with a geeky twist.
You can achieve a dual-boot system with Windows 7 and Windows 8 in a
number of ways, but the easiest and least destructive method is to have Windows 7
installed first. Then, using a little-known feature in Windows 7 called boot to
VHD (virtual hard drive file), you can install Windows 8 in a VHD file, which
 
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