Dual Booting The Dell Venue 8 Pro?

Dec 12, 2013

How difficult would it be to dual boot / put Ubuntu on the Dell Venue 8 Pro as a secondary os?

Would grub work on this tab?

How stable would it be?

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Dell Venue 8 Pro - Dual Booting With Windows 8 And Android

Jan 8, 2014

Is there any chance of dualbooting Dell Venue 8 Pro with Windows 8 and Android? I like Windows 8 but would also like to be able to use Android on this awesome tablet.If not dual boot, is there any other way of using Android as virtual machine or something that provides full touch and other sensor's support?

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Dell Venue 8 Pro - How To Get Power And Data At Same Time

Feb 8, 2014

How to get power and data at the same time on the Dell Venue 8 Pro.

Many good ideas on cable combos and hacking USB hubs to get the power and data working: [URL]....

For the more adventurous, someone cracked theirs open and added a 64GB USB key: [URL]....

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Dell Venue Pro 8 - Set Sleep Mode To Never On Power Management Option?

Mar 9, 2014

I recently purchased a DVP8 and I love this thing. Problem is, it suffers from wifi issues in that once it goes to sleep, the wifi automatically goes to "limited" and I need to retoggle the wifi setting to get it connected. I've tried all kinds of fixes - uninstall windows updates and reinstalling drivers, but to no avail.

So I basically said screw it, and set "sleep mode" to never on the power management option, and no more wifi issues. Seems like the wifi doesn't reactive properly when coming out to sleep mode. My question is - will this damage the tablet in the long run? In terms of battery life, I would think the main factor is the screen on time. I can just turn the screen off with a tap of the power button. Is there really that big of a difference?

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Accounts :: Dell Venue Tablet - Windows 8.1 Pro PIN Login Not Applying

Jul 5, 2014

I have a Dell Venue tablet running Windows 8.1 Pro (32-Bit) and have been having a bit of an issue getting PIN login to work since refreshing the tablet recently. I can access the settings and set a PIN for login, but when I unlock the screen it only allows a password to be put in.

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Missing Photo Gallery Option In Context Menu In Dell Venue

Dec 22, 2013

I have ASUS S400CA windows 8.1(upgraded from windows8). When I right click for openwith for jpg,png files, I get option of opening with Photo gallery. But in my Dell venue pro tablet with Windows 8.1, I don't get this option. Any way to get it in dell venue 8 pro?

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Tablets :: Dell Venue 11 - Type Inputs For Desktop Programs Without Attached Keyboard

Sep 15, 2014

On a Windows 8 tablet such as a Dell Venue 11 how to you type inputs for desktop programs without an attached keyboard? I don't know anything about Windows tablets.

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Dual Booting In WIN 8

Mar 22, 2013

Just installed Win 8 on a new hard drive. "Almost" everything works fine. However my scanner, colorimeter and a couple programs are not compatible. I do not need to use the incompatible hardware/software very often. But when I do, I would like to boot the computer into XP and use them. I've done some research on this topic. Partitioning the Win 8 primary drive does not appear to be an issue. But, can I dual boot 2 operating systems if Win 8 is now the primary and only OS on the HD?

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Setup Installation :: Dual Booting Win 8.1 X64 And Win XP?

Aug 6, 2014

attempting to setup a dual boot with Win 8.1 and Win XP.

Just a quick break down of my current setup:

a) Win 8.1 x64 is currently installed on my SSD on C: drive partition b) On a different SATA hdd I have an old Win 7 x64 installation that I'm not using any more on one partition

I simply want to replace my old Win 7 x64 installation with Win XP. Why do I want to install Win XP you may ask ? The answer is simple, I want to play some older games that aren't fully compatible with Win 8.1 x64 and neither run good in a virtual machine environment on Win 8.1.

The only thing that is stopping me from attempting this is, has to do with the Win 8.1 bootloader. I simply don't want to lose my bootloader, and I'm afraid that when I install Win XP it might overwrite my Win 8.1 bootloader which will most likely leave me without gaining access to Win 8.1. At the moment the Win 8.1 bootloader lists along with Win 8.1 my old Win 7 x64 installation.

Given my setup of hdd's up top, what would be the easiest way for me to load Win XP on my old Win 7 partition that will still allow me to have the Win 8.1 bootloader with a Win XP boot option on the bootloader menu ?

Should I disconnect my SSD and then proceed to install Win XP on the Win 7 partition and then afterward reconnect my SSD and then using EasyBCD add an entry for Win XP to the bootloader? Or will I run into an issue along the way?

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Dual Booting Ubuntu 12.10 With Windows 8?

Nov 7, 2012

Was Wondering because When I used to do it on windows 7 I would Choose Install along side windows but it seems after installing windows 8 Grub Boot Loader is getting bypassed.

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Windows 8 And 7 Dual Booting Won't Startup?

Jun 13, 2013

I Have a CPU it was Windows 7 Home Premium installed , i Got windows 8 downloaded from Microsoft . I installed it without a CD . I Extracted the .iso file and Just Click Setup.exe , it was really slow so i left it at my house , when i ome Home it enters windows 8 Home Screen . I am really confused , i thinks its gonna ask me Custom or Upgrade but when I'm home it just ask me what color do you want for your theme . I Inserted the windows 7 CD and Installed on drive B: ( B is a hard disk i made with diskmngmnt.exe ) and it boots to windows 7 , i want to shut down my CPU . I turned it back On ( Restart ) and it just shows me a black screen .

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Dual Booting - Windows 8 And Linux

Dec 21, 2013

I'd like to dualboot between W8 & Linux, I currently have W8 installed. How to?

Intel Core i5 4440 CPU
Gigabyte H87N-WIFI Motherboard

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Setup Installation :: Dual-booting Windows 8 And XP?

Dec 23, 2012

I wanted to ask a couple of things about installing Windows XP Home SP2 Upgrade (not full) on a partition (I'll get a cheap old Windows copy for the upgrade to work), with a pre-installed Windows 8 in the other partition.

1) How to do it, found how to install XP on Windows 7. Is it the same procedure?

2) I have heard that installing an XP Upgrade will wipe/reformat an entire HD, both partitions as if they were not partitioned/united. Is that true?

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Setup Installation :: Upgrade 7 To 8 After Dual Booting?

Feb 6, 2013

i have purchased windows8 to upgrade windows 7, install helper confirmed virtually all was ok to do it , windows 8 would not install over windows7 so after talking to microsoft i made a partition and dual booted to see if windows 8 worked, it does. Now i would like to upgrade my existing 7 or migrate all the emails programmes etc to windows8. what is the way to do this do i just try and upgrade windows 7 with 8 or is there a better way.

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Maintenance :: Unused Partitions Take Lot Of Space And Dual Booting

May 21, 2013

So recently i bought a refurbished/used Samsung ultrabook (NP540U3C-A01UB )

One of the features is that is has : (500GB with 24GB ExpressCache - Technology)
Which I don really understand.

I've also noticed that the system has a lot of partitions that are taking space and are largely unused. I've had the computer for about a month and i use it everyday almost and so far a lot of the partitions havent been used.

I don't see a reason why to have those.

So can i Erase them??

Please notice 2 disks. I know the larger one is used for C: and the other for the ExpressCache???

Also notice that disk1 is empty. Pretty much all of them are, with the exception of 2 (C: and the partition right of it)

What is it used for?? How can i find out?? Whoever installed this system made a mess.

Here is a second part of my question:

For work reasons I have to have a Ubuntu machine and I thought I could just dualboot and use the partitions that are unused. Which is why i care about the unused space.

I have used virtualbox in the past but it was really slow. I need a responsive system and virtualization is no longer an option.

So my question would be how can i accomplish the dualbooting?? Specially taken that i have UEFI/random partitions in my system.

I know there are a lot of tutorials out there but none come close to my drive mapping/situation.

Just don't wanna destroy my system while trying to get the dualboot working.

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Files Get Saved In The Wrong Library When Dual Booting

Jan 9, 2013

So I have both Windows 7 and 8 on my machine and am currently primarily using 8. I save all of my work and files to my 8 partition C: whenever I choose the location, but for applications/programs that automatically save to a library and where I can't choose the location, those programs always save it to my Windows 7 partition E:.

For example, using Windows key + PrtSc takes a screenshot of your screen and saves it to your pictures library. However, the picture gets saved to E:Users[username]Pictures instead of C:Users[username]Pictures. I guess it thinks my main library is still on the 7 partition instead of the 8 partition. The same things happens with games that I play where the save files are automatically saved in the My Games folder in My Documents. The save files are saved in the E: partition documents library instead of C: partition documents library.

Basically, I don't know where I'd go or what setting I'd change to fix this behavior. My default OS is set to Windows 8 in msconfig and all of my games are installed on my C drive, so I don't know why they would save to my E drive. Since the screenshot command uses the same behavior, I'm guessing there's a setting somewhere that's making my Windows 7 library the default.

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Setup Installation :: Dual Booting Kali In Windows 8.1 Error

May 8, 2014

I am trying to dual boot Kali with Windows 8.1 and I keep getting three errors at the installation menu. I also carefully checked that I have followed the installation instructions correctly and I have. Here are the three errors:

1.) "Empty Security Header"
2.) "error:/live/vmlinuz has invalid signature" (I double checked other sources and the grub.cfg file I have saved was/is written correctly)
3.) "error: you need to load the kernel first"

My OS is Windows 8.1 ....

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Setup Installation :: DUAL BOOT With Ubuntu 12.10 - Windows 8 Not Booting

Sep 13, 2013

I have a big problem since 9/9 and I just can`t fix it.

I have a dual boot system and use Windows 8 as my main OS and on the other ssd I have ubuntu 12.10 installed.

My issue started because I completely forgot that I had ubuntu installed on the other ssd (didn`t use it anyway) and tried to raid the ssd...so now I can`t boot anything and I do need to restore my Windows 8.

I have a usb recovery disk which allows me to use cmd but I don`t know how to use to recover my Windows 8 so that`s why I am here.

I ran diskpart on cmd it it shows both disks and both are ONLINE.

Ran chkdsk /f but i keep getting an error and chkdsk does not run

I have asus P8Z77-V LX UEFI Mobo
Intel rapid Smart technology (RST), Intel Smart Connect Technoly is disabled.
CSM is ENABLED ( it was AUTO) and boot device control to UEFI and LEGACY OpROM.

Secure Boot is disabled and I changed the OS type to OTHER OS and also tried WINDOWS UEFI MODE. The setup mode is EZ MODE.

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Setup Installation :: Dual Booting On Separate Hard Drives

Nov 17, 2013

Currently I have a machine with Windows 8 pre-installed already. But now I don't like Windows 8 as much because certain programs I want to use requires Windows 7. Though I would still like to keep Windows 8 because it's licensed. I have an extra hard drive lying around with Windows 7 loaded in it already. Now I would like to dual boot between these two drives. Do I have to turn off Secure Boot and change the boot orders around to boot the Windows 7 hard drive?

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Dell :: Inspiron One 2330 - Windows 8 Not Booting At All

Oct 8, 2013

I have a Dell Inspiron One 2330, which had Windows 8 Pre Installed, one fine day it stopped booting windows 8...

No matter, I had the recovery media... I made a full system restore... and nothing... it still does not boot.

Black screen after windows logo.

Dell Diagnostics accused no trouble whatsoever, all the tests performed successfully.

After a lot of tinkering, I managed to go back to Windows 7, the system runs fine, but I am running a trial license of Win 7, as I have not yet bought a license (I actually tried restoring the system using the Dell generated backup disks AND the Windows 8 OEM Disk, provided after those did not work).

What could be preventing Windows 8 from booting, since neither the installation fails, nor the HDD acuses any problem? 

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Setup Installation :: Windows 8 Dual Boot - Windows 7 Restarts Instead Of Direct Booting

Feb 8, 2013

When Windows 8 menu appears on start and I choose W7 - instead of loading W7directly , the computer is new-starting again and only than starts w7. That's a funny "behaviour"....

Also, after starting the computer, the menu is not directly shown up, first is this turning wi8 circle (like in the setup) and only about 30 sec. later comes the menu. I am using windows 8 enterprise, test version.

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Setup Installation :: Dual Booting Windows 7 With Windows 8 Pre-Installed UEFI

Jan 4, 2013

I have a few questions about dual booting windows 7 and windows 8 preinstalled (UEFI) on my Dell laptop.

1. Can I install a non-UEFI version of Windows 7 on my laptop, if so how?
2. Will installing a non-UEFI version of Windows 7 on my laptop break it?
3. Can I use EasyBCD for UEFI?
4. How do I create a UEFI windows 7?

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Setup Installation :: Dual Booting Windows 7 With Pre-installed Windows 8 Laptop?

Dec 29, 2013

My girlfriend has recently got a new laptop and unfortunately she doesn't like it, despite me loving Windows 8.1.

She would like to try Windows 8 but is going back to Uni soon so would like Windows 7 as a back-up dual booted.

I've shrunk the partition and created a simple partition for Windows 7 but really unsure about Installing Windows 7 on a Windows 8 Laptop, it's an ASUS X550CA-XX417H. I've checked power shell with SecureBootUEFI and result is True.

What would be the best way to dual boot?

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Hardware Drivers :: Dell Studio XPS - Booting From CD Or USB Failure

Mar 5, 2013

I have a Dell Studio XPS, I have just installed an SSD for the boot / system drive and am using Windows 8.

I wanted to make an copy of the SSD for backup. I have tried a number of program which boot from CD or USB but they all start to load and then stop. The software tried is "Mini Tool Partition Wizard", "Driveimage XLM", and others.

I know the CD boot system works ok as that is how I installed Windows 8 to the SSD and the above software all starts to load and then locks up.

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Dell :: XPS 8700 With Windows 8.1 Doesn't Have Multi-booting?

Sep 7, 2014

I recently purchased a XPS 8700 with Windows 8.1 pre-installed. My only question is, "is it possible to have the same pre-installed OS installed on the same XPS 8700 for the purposes of a multi-boot?"

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Dell :: Inspiron Rs7720 / Windows 8 Booting From 2nd Time Only?

Jan 19, 2013

I have a laptop, dell inspiron rs7720 with windows 8 on it. Once i tried to boot a different operation system from a memory stick, it didn't work, nothing happened. From that day after a first boot(doesn't matter through restart or by shutting it down) I always keep getting a quick dell logo for 1 second and then a black screen. By pressing buttons like Esc-f12 the ~Boot options F12~ appears on the right bottom of the screen. If I press F12 no reaction happens. If i just turn the laptop off by holding a button and turn it on again it boots up properly. Tried to reinstall bios, didn't work, but the bios does work. However boot options doesn't(if you press f12 at the dell logo).

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Dell PC Inspiron 600 - Win 8 / 7 Dual Boot Gone Wrong

May 19, 2014

I was wanting to dual boot a Dell pc inspiron 600 with win 8. I thought I will breeze through it like I used to circa WXP/Vista/W7 and didn't research what changes there might be with Windows 8. I have focused my attention more on Android and I really should have done that research.

I hadn't backed up externally docs that I needed to save - so I will remove the drive and copy the contents to my laptop to be on the safer side. So the first wrong move has led to missteps.

I downloaded Easus and created a blank disk space before the current active partition instead of behind it. I thought I needed to have win 7 in the first partition. Before rebooting I also installed a popular freeware boot selection manager (I totally forget the name but I know some most will know the one I am referring to EDIT: ***EasyBCD*** ). It gave me a warning that no bootable system was selected. I kept editing to point it to current Windows 8 but nothing changed. It also warned me that my pc might not boot. I thought I will fix it to a bootable drive with my old discs-Ultimate boot cd, CPM, etc. Easus performed creation of the new partition and then trouble started. It refused to boot.

None of my discs are working as they did before Windows 8. on UBCD Fdisk cannot find any partition it can make active. I decided not to write an new MBR. My windows 7 install CD is giving me the "Windows cannot be installed to Disk 0 Partition X" details ->"The selected disk is of the GPT partition style."

Here are the partitions

My questions are: At this point I don't mind to have only windows 7 installed or if this situation is salvageable a dual boot then I don't have to remove the drive to copy the docs. I can just boot into 7 (which is what I mainly want to use) and just have access to Windows 8 partition from there to access my docs. I would prefer not to pull the drive out if I can avoid it but only if I know for sure what I am doing.

Second question : I believe partition 3: 489GB is the newly created one and Part 4 OS would be the Wind 8 partition. How can I know for sure that this is the wind 8 partition?

If I format the partition 3: 489GB will windows now allow for windows 7 to be installed?

Is there any way I can fix windows 8 partition to boot?

Lastly the basic question is how do I fix this error so that I Can install windows 7?

I don't have any pre-created OS discs of Windows 8. My current laptop is a toshiba win 7.

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Mar 30, 2014

I have used two XP PCs to separate US and Canadian versions of Intuit Quicken and Turbotax (I am a dual citizen).  I did this because I learned the hard way that funny things could happen, as it seems there can be some conflicts when each are on the same system.  Now that Microsoft has encouraged me to buy a hot new XPS 8700, I am considering how I might accomplish this on one system.

Establishing a separate partition with another instance of 8.1 seems logical, unless someone has another idea.

If this is best/only way to achieve this separation, does my MS license allow this, and how do I access it^

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Setup Installation :: Dell M4600 - Restart Fails With Dual Boot

Feb 15, 2013

I finally got Windows 8 installed on my Dell M4600 dual boot with the Win 7 install. This is my business laptop so I needed to maintain full functions to Win 7 (I will completely migrate to 8 in the future) and ensure I could continue to work with it. I have two SSDs: Drive 0 is a 2.5" 256 GB used for data as d:. Drive 1 (this is how the bios designates them) was originally a 128GB MSATA SSD. I cloned this to a newer 240GB SSD to provide more room for the two OSs (and provide a good fail safe). With the clone I cleared the Dell recovery partitions and added the partition for Win 8. Currently I have some wasted space at the front but I will sort that out in the future. It has taken a week to get Win 8 up and running properly (tracking down drivers, getting the fingerprint scanner to work etc) but it seems to be stable and I have started to use it. Now to the problems:

1. The boot screen is the old Win 7 type (not really a problem by itself). I have used EasyBCD to adjust the default to Win 8. If I do a "restart" from 8 and then select 7 no problem. On the other hand, any restart to 8 brings up the MS flag and twirling thing and stops. I need to power down and start back up. No problem if I shutdown and then restart. I've been working on figuring out how the whole process works and I suspect the problem has to do with the switching drive letters depending on which OS is started and/or the Resume parameters in the BCD. Additionally, during all the hassle with installing Win 8 the boot loader is on the Win 7 partition. I'm hesitant to start using BCDedit on this laptop as I would prefer not to mess anything up. I also will not go through the hassle of re-installing Win 8 again - 3 or 4 times was enough.

2. At some point I will delete the Win 7 partition and expand the space for the Win 8 (I'll need to use some third party tools to do this). My concern is that the boot loader is on the Win 7 partition so how to move it to the Win 8 partition if possible.

I've attached two screen shots for the disk management status (win 7 an 8) and attachedoutput form BCDedit /enum all for both OSs.

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Sep 29, 2013

I have a Dell 755 dual core, I loaded win 7 had a problem was with my CD rom, on boot up it was there, in devices it was there name and model, but as soon as I put CD in and opened the CD it would disappear off the machine sometime it would read what was on the disc and then disappear, I asked many question nobody gave me an answer. I installed it on a Dell 270 it works great.

Now on Win 8, the problem I have is if I have my mobile modem in the usb when I boot up my CD rom doesn't appear, if I take the modem out and boot up my CD rom is there with the drive letter G, when I put the modem in the CD remains and works correctly.

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Dec 21, 2013

This is a new tablet and I am just getting used to Windows 8.1 .

I messed up when I moved folders from being stored in c: to d:.

I now have duplicate folders for pictures, video's etc in Drive D:

How do I correct this ? Can I delete all the folders in D and start again? ( this is a new computer and there is no content in any of these folders)

I also notice that in file explorer I have three main folders with almost the same subfolder structure . The folders are:

a) Myname ( with a picture icon) . Subfolders : Tablet name > documents, music etc

b) Myname: Subfolders : contacts, desktop,favorites, skydrive etc

c) This PC : subfolders: documents, downloads , folders that contain places I connected to through my network) , . C:/, D:/ , libraries etc

Why so many duplicates ? How can I clean this up so there is only the This PC ( I believe this was the original Folder before I messed around ) .

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