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Old 01-11-2016, 08:09 PM   #1
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Currently my HP Pavillion 15-n Series Laptop is running with Windows 10 Home 64-bit version which is Upgraded from Windows 8.1, but it does not supports may applications which i really needed. so I need to dual boot my laptop with Windows 7.

Is is possible to Dual boot windows 7 with preinstalled Os...? if "YES" How can i plz...??
Since the windows 10 is licensed i don't want to waste that by completely removing it...

Please suggest me a way to come out of this.........
waiting for suggestions....

Thanks in advance
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Old 01-15-2016, 02:29 AM   #2
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Have you tried running your Windows 7 apps in compatibility mode.

Just right click on the .exe, go to Properties > Compatibility > check, "Run this program in compatibility mode for" > expand dropdown list, then choose the OS.
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This is exactly why one shouldn't upgrade their OS with out first checking hardware and software compatibility that one has.

Just because you have an eligible OS for upgraded doesn't mean one should. I would roll back to windows 8.1 if you can (with in the 30 day limit). If not I would back up what data you deem valuable and do a factory clean install.
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the 30 days is only for rollback without re-installing.

W10 is pretty good when running virtual machines, download Vbox or VMplayer, then create a w7 machine, most programs are happy on VMs, as well as some games.

There are several write-ups online about booting w7 from a USB stick, could look into that and see what's involved. then create a new partition after you shrink the w10 partition and while booted into w7 install your needed programs to that partition on the drive. Never tried it, so have no idea how well it works.

Another way would be to buy a new drive and swap out drives when you need the other OS. Or, what I do, If you have an ESATA port, just buy an external drive and use f12 to select the OS you want. In my case, I do not have any internal drives, they're all external so I turn on the drives I need to use. This also prevents one OS from messing up files for the others.
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