USB Thumb Drive... I just put one on my order list from Amazon! Thanks for the tip.
Thanks for the information.
Hmm, I don't even have an optical drive on my main machine. I marked it up as "add later" when I was building it and never got around to do that. Never needed it either, except for once or twice a year, but then I could use the optical drive in the laptop.
I made up an install for Win7 Ult and I was going to use for UEFI on a new system but ended up having to do a normal install. I used a SSD through the USB 3.0 port and WOW, it was mucho fast.
I plan on downloading the 9 ISO to my 8.1 partition and launching it to dual boot right from there. Did that for 8RP and it worked like a charm. Very quick. I have a mirror just in case.
I know we are preaching to the converted but if you are going to dual boot or triple boot back up back up back up.
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I have an awful feeling we on 7 8 and 9 Forums are going to get a bunch of posts such as I installed the Windows preview and how do I get my old Windows back? Did you back up? Whatzat? Nope. Oh dear......especially since 8.x iso is so hard to get.
Good point. I have all of my import data on a separate drive so backing up is not a huge issue for me. And I was able to get an ISO copy of Win8.1 via TechNet and I have all of the files for Update One. So, it would be easy for me to reinstall Win8.1.