Windows 10: Afraid to test Windows 10

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  1.    19 Jan 2015 #1

    Afraid to test Windows 10

    Thanks for giving us a chance to see what's coming.
    I just had a new computer built. It has a Gigabyte mb and I am
    running Windows 7 pro 64-bit with all the updates installed.
    I have 2 HDs in the computer. Drive A is Windows 7 and drive B
    is Windows 10. In the techs shop we had both hds connected.
    The computer then had a hissy. Evidently Windows 10 and the mb
    or Windows 7 and Windows 10 with the Gigabyte mb don't get
    along very well. I am guessing here.
    To solve the problem we disconnected the Windows 10 hd. After the
    tech did his thing then the computer was ok. I still am in the process
    of installing all my goodies on the computer and haven't fired up 10
    as yet. I understand that this mb will dual boot. So as not to loose
    all the work I have done on Windows 7, I will 1st back up Windows 7.
    Then unplug Windows 7 and plug in Windows 10 to see what happens.
    I am leery of plugging both drives in at this point.
    This is a temporary problem. If Windows 10 doesn't start looking
    like Windows 8, I will have only one HD in the computer. Windows 10.

    Sure could use some expert advice. Preferably one with a Gigabyte mb.
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  2. caperjack's Avatar
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    insider build 10586.3 win10 pro 64
       19 Jan 2015 #2

    hello, iam no expert but I do have a gigabyte board and iam duel booting win8.1 and win10,but on the same hardrive with out any issues when win10 was installed it likely took over the MBR or boot info[or what ever its called now] from win7
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  3.    19 Jan 2015 #3

    Thanks Caperjack for responding.
    Am I right that the gigabyte mb gives the option to which OS you
    want to use hardware wise??
    Maybe it's the combination of Windows 7 and Windows 10 that caused
    my problem......
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  4. Vladimir's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Build 14267
       19 Jan 2015 #4

    The safest ways are to dual boot with two HDDs or in a VM. I have running VMs of builds 9841, 9860, 9879 and 9901. This latest one gave me lots of probs on bare metal, but now it's running fairly on VMWare 11. It's quite buggy, so I suggest you to go for 9879.

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  5.    19 Jan 2015 #5

    Thanks Vladimir.
    I am using 9879.
    I think it's some problem with Windows 7 and Windows 10 and the MBR.
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  6.    20 Jan 2015 #6

    So what was the actual issue? What happens when you boot into Windows 10? Who installed the operating systems on the PC?
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  7.    20 Jan 2015 #7

    caperjack said: View Post
    hello, iam no expert but I do have a gigabyte board and iam duel booting win8.1 and win10,but on the same hardrive with out any issues when win10 was installed it likely took over the MBR or boot info[or what ever its called now] from win7
    Assuming that Windows 7 is installed on 1 HD as a clean build & Windows 10 is installed on the 2 HD as a clean build, both installations best being done with the other HD disconnected, then pressing F12 at the bios screen will allow either HD to be selected i.e. P1 (Windows 7) or P2 (Windows 10) or maybe the other way around.

    The other option is to press DEL at the bios prompt & change the boot sequence to the either HD1 or HD2.

    A problem that I found when installing Windows 8.1 on a separate HD is that the only way I could get it to install was to let the installation partition & format the drive during the process to GPT. Somehow, with drive connected, the bios will always boot from that drive irrespective of what drive is selected by F12 at the bios prompt.
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  8.    20 Jan 2015 #8

    Thanks guys for your replies.
    To: Alphanumeric
    The Tech installed Windows 7 Pro 64-bit
    The computer froze when Windows 7 and Windows 10 were plugged in.

    To: Wightwalker
    I have no idea if the computer is using GPT. I would assume it's MBR.
    I have no idea how to install GPT if I need to do that.
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  9.    20 Jan 2015 #9

    Was Windows 10 installed on that hardware or was that drive moved from one PC to another.
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  10.    21 Jan 2015 #10

    Hi there

    Forget DUAL BOOTING these days - it's a waste of time and invariably leads to tears and frustrations - especially if you want to alter HDD geometry / convert to GPT / convert back to MBR, re-size partitions, etc etc.

    Why not simply run W10 as a Virtual machine (VMware player is Free --you can't use HYPER-V on a W7 Host).

    These days - unless you need to really get right into the hardware modern virtualisation techniques will run pretty well everything (including a lot of multi-media , 3D acceleration and video, and even some quite intensive games) .

    There's no need to dual boot any more - that's Dinosaur technology.

    If you are intending your rig as a specialized gaming rig then that's a different matter but for 99.9% of other uses virtualisation has come a LONG way - even in the last couple of years --it's simple to use and great for testing the OS without needing to re-boot your HOST.

    Plenty of instructions and help on the Virtualisation section of the Forum (and on W7 / W8 forums too for particular problems setting up virtualisation when running those OS'es as Hosts or even VM's).

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