can you still use windows 7 after installing windows 8 consumer preview?

i am asking this before I install windows

8 on my compaq presariocq57

 

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Last updated September 13, 2013 Views 41 Applies to:
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You can dual boot Windows 7 with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview to still use Windows 7. To install on a separate partition you have to boot from install media.

1) First you will need a free partition on the hard drive - if you don't have one you can shrink a partition and create a new one to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview on.
For shrinking a partition and adding a new one you can use Windows Disk Management, or EASEUS Partition Master (free):
http://www.partition-tool.com/personal.htm
 

2) To install on a separate drive you can make an install DVD or USB drive, then boot from it so you can choose the other partition. To download the ISO file and make install media:
Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO download:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso
After you download the ISO file - use the Windows USB/DVD Download tool to make install media:
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd_dwnTool
 

3) Installing on a separate partition to dual boot:
1. Make a DVD or USB install drive - see above.
2. Boot from the install DVD or USB drive and click Install when prompted.
3. During the install process, when asked - choose a Custom install.
4. Select a free partition on the hard drive to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview - this will install Windows 8 on a separate partition instead of your current Windows partition.
5. Continue with the install.
   


First please note:
1. The Windows 8 Consumer Preview is prerelease software and will only work for a limited time - when it expires you will have to remove it.
2. The Consumer Preview is stable and has been thoroughly tested, but it’s not the finished product. Your PC could crash and you could lose important files. You should back up your data and you shouldn't test Windows 8 Consumer Preview on your primary home or business PC.
3. If you install the Consumer Preview on the partition Windows is currently installed on you can not uninstall the Consumer Preview. To go back to your previous version of Windows, you'll need to reinstall it from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC.
4. In addition to dual booting, here are ways to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview without affecting your current Windows install:
A) Remove your current hard drive and install the Consumer Preview  on a spare drive.
B) Install it on a spare computer.
C) Install the Consumer Preview in a virtual machine.

For more info - Windows 8 Consumer Preview FAQ:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/faq
 


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 Windows 8 will REPLACE Windows 7 unless you install it in a separate partition or in virtual mode, so be careful!

 

 I hope this helps.  Good luck.

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