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    Question Windows 8 with other OS?

    Someone told me you can't run any other OS on the same machine with Windows 8. Is this true? And if it IS true, can you take Windows 8 off if you want and put something else, like Linux, on instead?

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    I suppose you mean dual booting, that is the ability to have two OSes and you can choose which one to boot. If that is the case, yes. You can also dual boot with linux. I suppose you could, indeed remove Windows 8 and dual boot with something else. It can't be said to be trivial, but definitely possible.

    If what you want is to try Windows 8, another option would be to install it in a Virtual Machice, using Virtual Box or VmWare. This would be easier, possibly, as you can do it from withing your current operating system.

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    You are probably thinking about the UEFI BIOS secure boot flap that prevents booting to any other OS unless they obtain a key. See:
    http://www.wired.com/wiredenterprise...8-secure-boot/

    If you don't have a UEFI BIOS, you can single or dual boot LINUX on a Windows 8 machine.

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    I have Win 7 Ultimate on my C Drive and Win 8 RP on my D Drive and a Data Drive in a third partition. Win 7 and Win 8 RP co-exist very well together. I am on Win 8 RP almost 100% of the time to allow me to completely test this OS, and to test various apps along with the OS.
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    Hmm... I got the original question wrong. I read can where can't​ was written. Sorry.

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    As long as you leave your original OS in place, you can indeed delete the Win 8 RP partition and do with it what you want. Before rebooting after deleting the drive, the MBR would need to be fixed. What I would do is to use EasyBCD ahead of time to change to the Win 7 MBR and eliminate the Win 8 RP entry in the MBR, then delete the Win 8 RP partition.

    In my case I will be replacing Win 7 with Win 8 Pro when it is released. I am very impressed with Win 8 RP and I have to believe Win 8 Pro will be even better.
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    Ted, that is not true if you get a new Windows 8 PC with the UEFI secure boot BIOS. See the link I posted above. It is true for current PCs without UEFI like yours.

    Jerry

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    I believe we were talking about a dual boot scenario with the OP's current H/W, which if I remember currently is non-UEFI. I do stand corrected on a UEFI Bios. At this point I will admit, I know nothing about this new bios.
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