Just my thoughts....
Need technical advice/opinions
Published on September 23, 2013 By RedneckDude In Personal Computing

Ok guys, I have been dual booting Windows 7 and Windows 8 ever since last October when I bought Windows 8.

So far, 7 has been my default OS, with 8 just being a toy/learning tool, mainly.

I am about sure that I want to make 8 my new default OS.

 

Ok, now, both OSes are currently installed on SSDs. 7 on a 256 GB SSD, 8 on a 120 GB SSD.

Naturally, I'll want to have my default OS on the larger/faster drive, I guess. I have good disc images of both drives.

So, in swapping SSDs/OSes,

 

My questions are:

 

     1. Should I just blow the 8 image into the 7 drive, and vice versa?

     2. Should I do fresh installs?  (I'd have to reinstall all my software, ouch!) 

     3. Does it work ok to put an image from one SSD onto a different SSD?

     4. Any other advice?

 

 

Any opinions and advice will be greatly appreciated. (Other than the typical "Ditch Windows 8 and be happy." response...hehe.)


Comments (Page 1)
on Sep 23, 2013

 

oops...nevermind

on Sep 23, 2013


yeah based on the title, I thought this thread was going to show a picture of a copy of windows 8 being flushed down the toilet

on Sep 23, 2013

So Rnd, just what is the bottom line then? 

It seems that some of the folks that have made the switch to Windows 8 as their default OS have been strangers or come up amongst the lost on WC. 

Just kidding......         

But then where is starkers? 

on Sep 23, 2013

Do you have a lot of software installed on Windows 8?  I haven't done image restores (aside from corruption problems) in a while.  I personally find it better to do a clean install, but that's just me.

 

on Sep 23, 2013

Fresh install, remember GPT disk format and uEFI set-up (from a USB) and fast-boot setting before you install anything (its baked-in at install).

on Sep 23, 2013

Island Dog
Do you have a lot of software installed on Windows 8?

No, but I do on 7.

 

 

Island Dog
I personally find it better to do a clean install, but that's just me.

 

Well, if I do that, I lose any giveawayoftheday software I have installed, which wouldn't be the end of the world, I suppose.

on Sep 23, 2013

TwoWolves

Fresh install, remember GPT disk format and uEFI set-up (from a USB) and fast-boot setting before you install anything (its baked-in at install).

I'd be needing that explained a bit more. It's clear as mud to me. 

on Sep 23, 2013

IF you want windows8 to run on the SSD you will have to make a fresh install
activate AHCI for the SSD in bios settings before you go and install to get the full performance. Out of the drive -
Fast boot is not needed and if you wish you can activate all the other shit later but AHCI should be on !

on Sep 23, 2013

on Sep 23, 2013

Rolo, Windows 8 IS on an SSD and I already have the UEFI bios set to AHCI mode. I have been running 8 for a year now on an SSD, as well as 7.

on Sep 23, 2013

uhm ok... well but what did you install first ? windows 7 or 8
Also if both OS are on the same SSD drive it would be wise to make a clean install aswell unless you want to manualy delete all the stuff of windows 7 the long bootmgr files ( remeber the topic where i spoke about the dual boot thing )
You could delete those boot files manualy but its a lot more work than just throwing the disk in the drive and follow the instructions for a clean system since you will have to install all the programs again on windows8 anyway.
still if you want to try this... 
I picked up the first simple tut because i run out of time here ( have to go to uni tomorrow)  you should be able to pull it off manual this way
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/210983-dual-boot-delete-os.html

But i think it would be easier to just clear the disk and start installing what you need you could still get all your files then from the backup drive and your system would be silky smooth then. (since the windows8 install is fast, it would take about equally the time)

The thing is if you upgrade your windows7 it wont be as fast if you install windows8 directly ( in terms of speed of the OS ) 
It would be nice if that would actually work the way it should...
You could then simply delete the win 8 partition, but sadly that does not work at least it did not for me when i upgraded ( only did that when windows8 came out to see how the speed is ) But shortly after i made a fresh install ^_~ 

on Sep 23, 2013

Rolo I think you are missing something here.

Jim wrote this above                         "Ok, now, both OSes are currently installed on SSDs. 7 on a 256 GB SSD, 8 on a 120 GB SSD."

I don't have the answers but I know you and others have a lot of knowledge. So again here is what he really needs to know as he said above

  1. Should I just blow the 8 image into the 7 drive, and vice versa?

     2. Should I do fresh installs?  (I'd have to reinstall all my software, ouch!) 

     3. Does it work ok to put an image from one SSD onto a different SSD?


on Sep 23, 2013

Never mind. Rolo already said it.

on Sep 23, 2013

Wow seems like everyone went around your question.   You can clone SSDs I read that... there was a problem with getting the clone to begin recording at the exact beginning point of the drive.  As well, if you are looking to switch those ssd drives... You will have to get it perfect three or four times s.    Try looking into that issue though if you try it and run into problems.  Another thing you should consider is getting a big storage drive and hotsynching those two drives.   My Cooler Master Storm/Trooper has a ssd slot on top I was thinking of doing that exact thing.  Coupled with a drive to store all your programs you wouldn't need to move anything from where its at.  Hope this helps.   

on Sep 23, 2013

 

 

Roloccolor
uhm ok... well but what did you install first ? windows 7 or 8Also if both OS are on the same SSD drive

 

 

Ok, now, both OSes are currently installed on SSDs. 7 on a 256 GB SSD, 8 on a 120 GB SSD.