My experience is as follows. Somewhat loosely, because it was so easy, I don't remember step by step.
I downloaded the iSO, burned it as a disk image. Boot from it.
Okay, so we performed the same installation procedure
You misunderstood me. You get the screen with OS options when booting into it, not out of it. Only if you are dual booted.
Right, so this is where I'm having the issue. If the disc is removed I cannot boot back into Win 8... only 7. If I leave the disc in it goes straight to Win 8, with no OS option. Now I read this article, which suggests that after the installation and one or two reboots, a screen to "change defaults or choose other options appears, from which you select the default OS, etc. Well that's the way I understand it... and the installation is then completed once that's done.
Obviously, if I cannot reboot to Win 8 without the disc on board, I'm not going to see the option you describe... nor if I leave the disc in and the PC boots straight to Win 8 without the Win 7 option. Now the thing is, in the article linked to above, it says that the default OS can be selected in msconfig/boot options, but I can't do that from within Win 8, either.... there is no entry for Win 7 to select. There is a Win 8 entry in msconfig in Win 7, and I can select Win 7 as the default, but then I come back to the issue of Win 8 not booting without the disc on-board.
Well it's got me beat. I'm installing 8 the same way as I installed Vista and 7, booting from disc, yet the result is different and it's like Win 8 doesn't register correctly in the MBR or something. Hopefully yrag is reading this and can provide an answer as to what's going wrong. Knowing my luck, I'll have downloaded it just to find out Win 8 isn't compatible with my BIOS/mobo.
I'm not ready to throw in the towel just yet, because I'm curious to see how functional Win8 would be with Winstep and Start8 installed, so here's hoping it'll be resolvable, and soon... cos yer knows wot curiosity dun to tha cat, right?