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  1. Joined : Jul 2014
    UK
    Posts : 16,448
    Windows 10
       26 Sep 2014 #1

    Beta install similar way to OS X?


    Hi All,

    Not sure if this is possible but will ask anyway
    The only machine I have is this laptop and I don't want to change anything on it, but want to try the beta for win 9.
    This is how I did things when I beta tested OS X so wondering if the same can be done in windows

    I connected an external HD (USB) to my MacBook and installed the Beta to this drive
    If I turn on the MacBook with this drive connected it asks which version I want to boot, beta or standard installed on internal HD
    If I turn on the MacBook without the drive connected it just boots straight into OS X from HD, it's just like the beta doesn't exist, no sign of it anywhere on internal drive

    Can similar be done in windows, put Win 9 on an external drive and if the drive is connected it asks if I want my current Win 8 or Win 9, if the drive is not connected it just boots straight to 8 as it does now

    Cheers
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  2. Joined : Jan 2014
    Oak Ridge TN, USA
    Posts : 23,934
    Windows 10 Pro x64
       26 Sep 2014 #2

    I hope we can use VmWare to beta test Win9. When done all you/me would have to do is remove VmWare from our PC's.

    Jeff
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  3. Joined : Nov 2013
    Toronto
    Posts : 4,288
    Win 10 Pro x64
       27 Sep 2014 #3

    I don't know if you can even boot up Windows from external USB hardrive. I think I tried once without a success. But assuming that the external drive is connected via eSATA, yes, your PC will scan and boot up the first bootable partition it will find. So, if the eSATA is not connected, it will boot up on the next bootable hard drive.

    That's exactly what I do. I boot up from different hard drives (Windows, Linux and Mac OS X). I just pull out the hard drive I don't need and leave the one that I want to boot up with or simply turn of the hard drive power I installed at the back my PC.

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    Last edited by badrobot; 27 Sep 2014 at 22:49.
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  4. Joined : Jul 2014
    UK
    Posts : 16,448
    Windows 10
       28 Sep 2014 #4

    Thanks for the replies

    I need to do some more checking, find the best way to do this
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  5. Joined : Jul 2014
    Serbia
    Posts : 6,959
    All kinds
       28 Sep 2014 #5
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  6. Joined : Jul 2014
    UK
    Posts : 16,448
    Windows 10
       28 Sep 2014 #6

    That sounds like what I am trying to do

    Off out for the day now so will have a full read through that tomorrow

    Cheers
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  7. Joined : Nov 2013
    Toronto
    Posts : 4,288
    Win 10 Pro x64
       28 Sep 2014 #7

    CountMike said: View Post




    That answers the OP's main question and verifies what I said that windows (Win 7/8) don't run on USB. Unless, a tedious workaround is made. I can 't imagine how frustrating the load up speeds would be.







    "We confirmed that it still works on Windows 8.1"







    Now, the big Q is if it will work with Windows 9.
    Last edited by badrobot; 28 Sep 2014 at 08:05.
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  8. Joined : Aug 2014
    Posts : 1
       29 Sep 2014 #8

    paulsalter said: View Post
    Hi All,

    Not sure if this is possible but will ask anyway
    The only machine I have is this laptop and I don't want to change anything on it, but want to try the beta for win 9.
    This is how I did things when I beta tested OS X so wondering if the same can be done in windows

    I connected an external HD (USB) to my MacBook and installed the Beta to this drive
    If I turn on the MacBook with this drive connected it asks which version I want to boot, beta or standard installed on internal HD
    If I turn on the MacBook without the drive connected it just boots straight into OS X from HD, it's just like the beta doesn't exist, no sign of it anywhere on internal drive

    Can similar be done in windows, put Win 9 on an external drive and if the drive is connected it asks if I want my current Win 8 or Win 9, if the drive is not connected it just boots straight to 8 as it does now

    Cheers
    I'm kind of in the same place as you Paul. I have a spare USB drive I would love to try this. Any experts here with a answer?
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  9. Joined : Nov 2013
    Toronto
    Posts : 4,288
    Win 10 Pro x64
       29 Sep 2014 #9

    I want to assume that the spare USB drive is blank and not being used as data drive. Take the hard drive out and install it as secondary hard drive to test the OS.
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  10. Joined : Oct 2013
    Tampa, Florida
    Posts : 154
    Windows 10 Technical Preview x64
       30 Sep 2014 #10

    This is not that hard folks. Download the TP (when it is released tomorrow). Fire up your favorite virtual manager software (i use VMware), and follow the instructions. You wont need a disk, just select the folder where your .iso is located, and your good to go... Enjoy!
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