Installing Windows 8 in Windows 7 box with Dual boot option

I have written a post before about installing Windows 8 RC on a VHD and dual booting it.   Now Windows 8 RTM version is available (MSDN Subscribers) only at this point of time. General availability is expected on October 26th.

Steps to Install Windows 8 on a Windows 7 Box.

1. Open Device Manager from the Windows Control Panel or simply type devmgmt.msc from the command prompt or Windows -> Run.

2. Create a Partition by Shrinking the volume.

3. Specify the amount of space to shrink from the available space displayed.

4. Now specify a drive for the new Volume.

5. Create a Windows 8 Install Media. If you want to install Windows 8 from a USB Drive d ownload the Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool and follow the steps in the tool to load the image into the USB drive.

6. During the installation select the option to Install as a new install (Do not select Upgrade).

7. Install Windows 8 on the newly created volume (Step 4).

Now Windows 8 will be installed and you have the dual boot option to Windows 7/Windows 8.

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