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Is it possible to install Windows 8 without reformatting the entire hard drive?

I have a machine running only Ubuntu 12.04, and I want to install Windows 8 and dual-boot the two. Does Windows 8 allow you to to install it in a pre-made partition or does it force you to reformat the entire hard drive?

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It will only Reformat/erase that particular partition, not entire disk.

enter image description here There are chances that it will mess up boot-loader and you will have to repair it.

But Before you start, make a backup of your most necessary data, you're going to be formatting drives and installing OS, so anything could go wrong.

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Great, thanks! Glad to hear that Microsoft finally added this feature. – Matt Robertson Dec 16 '12 at 4:52
    
For anyone finding this from Google, I did install Windows 8 in its own partition, and it did preserve my other partitions. – Matt Robertson Dec 16 '12 at 20:27

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