I have a Windows 8 desktop and I want to install Windows 7 inside of it. How
do I do that?
Install Windows 7 within Windows 8
That’s exactly what a virtual machine is designed to do.
If you take a look at my article, “Virtual machines: what are they?” it will tell you what virtual machines are at a conceptual level. But, very simply, they are an entire machine within a window on your desktop.
They will then allow you to create a “Virtual Machine” which would then start as if you were setting up a new PC from scratch — in a window.
So what that means is you would need your Windows 7 installation media and you would run Windows 7 set up in that virtual machine. After you’re done, on your Windows 8 machine, you would have a virtual machine running, in a window, that’s running Windows 7.
Or the other way around…
In my case, I happen to run Windows 7 on my machine. I have virtual machines that run: Windows 8, another copy of Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and even Ubuntu – usually for researching various questions.
So it’s a wonderful technology. I encourage you to research it and look into it but it sounds like it solves exactly the problem that you’re asking about.
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