The recently released Windows 8 Developer Preview is continuing to attract attention from both professional developers, journalists and people interested in getting a an early look at the future of Windows.
Currently echoed in Microsoft's advertising campaigns on TV, online and in print, Windows 8 is a marked departure from previous releases, optimized as it is for tablets and touch screen devices.
However running the OS can lead to problems - you either need to run it in a virtual machine or dual boot In order to remain able to use your computer as you might usually expect.
Dual booting any pair of operating systems comes with a few risks, and running Windows 8 alongside Windows 7 is no different. Along with requiring additional hard disk space, Windows 8 may well require drivers for some of your devices - something that may not be possible right now. Performance can be affected as a result, so be aware that this is a preview release of Windows 8, and full functionality should not be expected.
One other note: the final release of Windows 8 is expected to block dual booting under certain security configurations, so this guide is intended purely for anyone using the Windows 8 Developer Preview.