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Dual Boot Windows 10 with Windows 7 or Windows 8

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2016-03-02 15:47:51 Posted by Judie to Windows 10 Partition Manager

Summary:
This page shows you how to safely dual boot Windows 10 with Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 with Windows 10 dual boot software step by step. Try it whenever you have a need.

Introduction: Now Window 10 is available for users all over the world. But instead of a direct upgrade, some users prefer to try Windows 10 without replacing their current Windows 8 or 7 installation. It requires to dual boot Windows 10 with Windows 7 or 8. But many people have no experience. So in this page, we would like to introduce how to dual boot Windows 10 and Windows 7, 8.1, 8 with Windows 10 dual boot software step by step. Hope it is helpful! 

The advantages of dual boot Windows 10 with Windows 7, 8.1, 8

"I got some games that refuse to run in windows 10. And I have a legit copy of windows 7. I am thinking about dual-booting Windows 10 and Windows 7, so I can play my old games again in Windows 7. But I don’t know how to to it safely. I don't want to mess up my computer. Any suggestion?"

Computers normally have a single operating system installed on them, but like the above case, you may want to dual-boot Windows 10 with Windows 7, Windows 8.1 or Windows 8 on the same computer for certain reasons. It allows you to check out all the new features of Windows 10 while still maintaining Windows 7 or 8.1 for your regular work or play. Then you can get enough time to compare and contrast Windows 10 and your old Windows version and see which you like best as your regular OS. And as a result, you can perfectly avoid the hassle of roll back to your previous Windows version after a hurried upgrade. 

How to dual-boot Windows 10 with Windows 7/8.1/8

The process for creating a dual-boot system is similar no matter what operating system you’re dual-booting with. Here’s what you’ll need to do: 

1. Install the first version of Windows 

If you already have a single Windows system installed on your computer, that’s fine. If not, install Windows normally. Typically, you should install the newer operating system last. For example, if you want to dual-boot Windows 7 and 10, install Windows 7 and then install Windows 10 second. However, this may not always be necessary — installing Windows 7 after Windows 8 or 8.1 seems to work.

2. Resize partition to make space for the second version of Windows 

You’ll need available hard drive space for the next version of Windows, Windows 10. You can use EaseUS partition software to create a partition for Windows 10 installation under Windows 8, 8.1 or 7. And you could also install Windows 10 on a second hard drive if you have one.  

Resize partition to dual boot Windows 10 with Windows 7,8.1,8

3. Install the second version of Windows 

Next, you’ll install the second version of Windows - Windows 10. Ensure you choose the "Custom Install" option, not the "Upgrade" option. Install it alongside Windows 7, Windows 8 or 8.1, in a different partition on the same disk or on a different physical disk.

After doing all these steps, you can successfully dual boot Windows 10 with Windows 7, Windows 8 or 8.1. Choose which copy of Windows you want to boot at boot time, and you can access the files from each version of Windows on the other one.