I own an Acer laptop that is runing Windows 7
1. I totally agree with my colleague - you will never run 8 from a flash drive.
2. As it is a laptop and therefore presumably, only one drive bay, the dual boot can be accomplished on that 500GB drive.
3. It is not a guaranteed fail-safe procedure and you should firstly ensure that you have the means to recover the whole system if it goes wrong.
That means at the least a complete system image, it is not sufficient to rely on the recovery partition, on the hard drive, if there is one, as that of course will take you back to "original condition" and all programs installed since it was new, all your data etc, will be lost.
4. You need also to ensure that the laptop will run Windows 8, it is no use finding, after it is installed that the chipset, graphics, network etc will not work correctly as there are no Windows 8 drivers provided.
Forget IMHO anything you read about Windows 7 drivers may work. It is generally a lost cause. Just because drivers for 8 are not available from Acer, if they are not, does not mean you cannot find them, but it is not easy.
So in this regard run the Windows 8 upgrade advisorhttp://windows.micro...de-to-windows-8
ALL you are doing there is let it scan to report - you are of course not proceeding with the upgrade any further
YOU should also check on Acer site to ascertain if drivers are listed.
5. Then and if you decide to proceed, if all appears favourable, we will be ready to guide you through the procedure.
6. To give you some idea of the procedurehttp://www.partition...d-windows-8.htm
7. However there are other considerations and I suggest you ask again when you have made the decision to proceed.
Edited by Macboatmaster, 18 March 2013 - 08:54 PM.