Win 7 & 8.1

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by shashikumar bhat, Feb 10, 2014.

  1. shashikumar bhat

    shashikumar bhat MDL Junior Member

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    As I am very concerned about the health my win 7 installation I seek your guidance:
    1. If I install 8.1 on my D partition and use KMSpico or Msmg Tk will it mess up my win 7 activation?
    2. Alternatively if I install 8.1 on C after formatting the existing win 7,
    3. And if I am not happy with 8.1 or flagged by updates,
    Can I just format and restore my win 7 installation without wipe? I have backed up my installation with AOMEI Backupper.
    Please advice.
     
  2. Leslie_Coffelt

    Leslie_Coffelt MDL Member

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    1. Windows 7 & 8.1 use different and independent activation methods. AFAIK, they won't affect each other.
    2. Sure, if you just want 8.1, I would delete and create a new partition for a clean install.
    3. Yes, but only if you have a "real" backup. If you have backed up with any program but haven't done an actual restore, then, in my opinion, you don't have a "real" backup, you just think you have a backup. Do a real restore first. Unless, of course, you relish that "pit in the stomach" sensation.
     
  3. urie

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    You said you have made system backup make sure you also Create Bootable Media with AOMEI Backupper.
     
  4. shashikumar bhat

    shashikumar bhat MDL Junior Member

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    Thank you.
    I have the bootable cd with AOMEI Backupper. But I could not understand "real" backup and I have not restored so far. I have backed up after validation and installation of MSE, IE 11 and updates. And the motherboard drivers. Nothing else. Will there be any problems?.
    I read somewhere that 8.1 is hard coded and processor specific or something and is difficult to uninstall. Please advice.
    KMSpico seems simple and Msmg Tk complicated. Which one should I use?
    Thanks again.
    Regards.
     
  5. Leslie_Coffelt

    Leslie_Coffelt MDL Member

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    I'm just saying if you do an actual restore, you will know for certain the image is good and you understand all the options available in the procedure. It's a confidence builder knowing you are prepared.
     
  6. Psych0-Smil3s

    Psych0-Smil3s MDL Novice

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    There will be no interference with both operating systems being on the same PC Win 7 & 8 will run fine together. I have windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 8.1 x64 & Windows Server 2012 R2 w/GUI Full x64 installed on three partitions. With a fourth partition in limbo for whatever i deem necessary at the time my current test has been switching back and forth between Ubuntu and Linux Mint on my 4th partition and so far i have had NO issues. However i will say this boot FROM your main OS each time you intend to install a new OS on a separate hard drive.
     
  7. s1ave77

    s1ave77 MDL Guide Dog/Dev

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    #7 s1ave77, Feb 14, 2014
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    NOTE: When installing Win 8/8.1 with an older MS OS (e.g. Win 7) it will be nessessary to set the bootmenupolicy from default to standard.

    Due to the new bootloader of Win 8/8.1 the older system will detect errors on startup and perform checkdisk every time :cool2:.

    To set to standard (in admin CMD):
    Code:
    bcdedit /set {default} bootmenupolicy standard
     
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  8. shashikumar bhat

    shashikumar bhat MDL Junior Member

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    #8 shashikumar bhat, Feb 15, 2014
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    Thank you very much. So this is the reason. Let me explain:
    I could not do dual booting because 8.1 disk said "there are 4 or more dynamic volumes. Windows can not install on this partition". So I formatted my C which had win 7 and installed 8.1, activated and it works nicely.
    Now, I have 2 hdds, the other one has win7 32 bit. I have connected both with 8.1 as my main os. I operated win 7 only twice for printing and both times it started checking for errors. Coincidentally, there were power breakdowns both times and I was under the impression the error checking was due to that.
    I am very grateful to you for your suggestion.
    But how do I set to standard? in 8.1, 7 or bios - please explain. In fact I have run cmd for sfc /scannow only twice in win 7 and do not know much about cmd.
    Thank you again.
    regards.

    Okay. I did it. Command prompt (admin) in 8.1 and was told 'done successfully'
    Again, A big Thank you.
    Regards.