Dual Boot Windows 8 With Windows 7, Vista or XP Professional

The Windows 8,  Microsoft's all new OS is now available in beta mode as "Consumer Preview". If you have running Windows 7/Vista/XP in your Laptop or Desktop You can still Install Windows 8 Consumer Preview along with Windows 7 or Windows Vista or Windows XP. You need not to remove your current OS to try Windows8. And you can able to boot to your previous OS after installing Windows 8 with a OS selection menu.
If you not yet downloaded Windows 8 ISO images, Download the sutable 64bit or 32bit ISO images from below Download link.
Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO

You need to burn a DVD with the ISO images or create a bootable USB Device to Install Windows 8 Consumer preview.

  • Backup all your Data to External drives or DVDs are recommented.
  • Restart the System and boot from DVD/USB with Windows 8 Setup.
  • When asking the Installation Type as Which type of installation do you want? Select "Custom" (Do not select Upgrade, if selected windows will replace your current OS)
  • Create a New Disk partition with a minimum of 20GB of size.(keep your Windows 7 partition untouched )
  • Install the Windows 8 into the NEW Partition (newly created in above step)
  • After completing the Installation process successfully, you will get a Boot OS selection menu like below screenshot. (You can change the Default Boot target from Windows 8 to Windows 7 or XP like that...)

As i installed the Windows 8 Consumer preview with my Windows XP professional
My Windows 8 OS selection menu is displayed above.
And i can still Boot to Windows XP after installing Windows 8 Consumer preview.

Change Default Boot Target OS
You can change the Default boot target by selecting the option "Change default or choose other options" from above screenshot while it displays in your computer.
Or run the command "msconfig" from Run
and select the "Boot" tab and there you can customize the Windows 8 Boot Loader. 

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