Dual-boot is the process of having two (or more) operating systems installed on a computer, allowing one to be chosen during the boot process.

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Mysterious Reboot Preventing Debian from Loading

I recently picked up a cheap, oldish computer at a yard sale. It contained a 80GB SATA hard drive with Windows XP, but I want to turn it into a LAN FTP server, so I tried to set up dual-booting Debian ...
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installing manjaro linux wrecked my boot

I don't know if it's manjaro finally, but it happened after installing manjaro. I have a Samsung laptop, maybe 1 year old, 750GB HD, 4GB RAM. It came preinstalled with Windows with some repair ...
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Unable to boot into Mac OS after installing Fedora[Dual Boot]

I installed Fedora on my Mac and now when I boot, it says "booting in insecure mode" an then see a typical Linux "choose what to boot" screen. The List goes like: Fedora Fedora Recovery Mac OSX ...
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Dual boot Mint on a Surface Pro 3?

I have a shiny new SP3 and I'd like to dual boot Mint 17 on it. I'm familiar with creating a dual boot system in general, but since the SP3 is a UEFI device, I'm a bit gun shy in this particular ...
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How to recover Windows Boot Manager after a Mint installation gone wrong [migrated]

Yesterday, my cousin wanted me to install Linux Mint onto his Windows 8 Lenovo laptop so he could dual-boot Linux Mint and Windows 8 so he could get some hands-on experience with Windows 8. I've ...
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Recovering windows partition in Mint (testdisk fails)

Yesterday I messed up my partitions, wanting to replace Ubuntu with Mint. My other partition had Windows 8 on it. I booted Mint from a live USB and started the Mint setup. I selected the option to ...
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Can't get rEFIt to boot after install (Ubuntu + OSX on macbook pro)

I'm trying to dual boot Ubuntu and OSX on my macbook (MacBookPro8,2). As per the usual guide, I downloaded rEFIt (the .dmg) and installed it. Then I rebooted about 12 times and still always just get ...
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Trying to Add Oracle Solaris (SunOS) OS 11.2 as a Dual Boot under Grub2

I was Trying to install Oracle Solaris (SunOS) 11.2 as a Dual Boot under Grub2. I followed the Grub2 instructions for Adding an ISO and I get the following Grub Entry for the Solaris ISO -- ...
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Install rEFInd on OS X 10.10 Yosemite

I want to dual boot my macbook with Arch Linux and thus tried to install rEFInd using the install script, however, after install rEFInd doesn't seem to start at all? Anyone experienced the same issue ...
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linux boot manager has been blocked [SOLVED] [closed]

I've just installed arch linux on a UEFI motherboard. as bootloader I installed "gummiboot". I've got the following problem, when the computer stars I recive the message: "Linux Boot Manager has been ...
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Question regarding linux installation (Kali Linux (Debian Based)

Please tell me that following steps will help me in installing Kali Linux dual boot with windows? If I have 500GB and windows is taking all of it. I will create 100GB for Kali Linux by shrinking C. ...
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How to dual boot Xubuntu with Windows 7 & 8 from separate drives

I had Windows 7 and 8 on a hard drive, then I decided to try Xubuntu, and installed it on a separate hard drive. Then I tried using EasyBCD, but Windows doesn't recognize Linux partitions. ...
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Dual boot Ubuntu 14.04 and CentOS 7.0

Problem in installing Ubuntu after CentOS 7.0: I have a laptop with a hard disk around 170Gb. After installing CentOS 7.0 I tried to install the Ubuntu 14.04 alongside with the CentOS 7.0. The Ubuntu ...
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Create NTFS partition (in Linux) for dual-boot into Linux/Windows 7

I have installed Linux (Debian) onto my computer (which is not partitioned). Want I want to do is to create an NTFS partition so that I can install Windows 7 onto my computer, so I can dual-boot into ...
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Ubuntu boots immediately

After using Wubi for a few weeks, I thought it would be time to do a real install of Ubuntu. I downloaded the iso file from the official website and installed the iso on a usb (with Pen Drive Linux's ...
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Home folder with Windows + Mint dual boot

I am dual-booting Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon 64-bit and Windows 8.1 64-bit. Since I use both OSes to work with the same files, I am thinking what would be the best approach to read and write files using ...
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CentOS 7.0 live USB cannot be recognised

Wish to dual boot Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and CentOS 7.0, I have planned to first install Ubuntu 14.04 LTS by live USB into a laptop computer (boot both UEFI and legacy with UEFI first), followed by CentOS ...
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How does Grub boot off of a Windows partition?

I have a dual boot laptop that was built by Dell with Windows/Red Hat. The grub configuration says that it was made by Anaconda. The partitions are as follows: /dev/hda1 Dell Utility /dev/hda2 ...
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How to install after windows 8.1 with MBR partition

I have a laptop, which has a 500GB hard disk and with MBR partition, and I install my windows8.1 on it, but I left ~75G unused which I would like to use it for OpenSuse13.1. Now I have 2 USB, one is ...
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Dual boot Linux partition scheme with encryption

I am trying to figure out how I should encrypt my machine. I am reorganizing and will have two 500GB drives. I am setting up a dual boot system (both linux). My prospective partition scheme: sda: ...
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Grub doesn't recognize windows 8

Recently, I installed Windows 8.1 and Linux Mint Debian Edition on a new laptop. Neither installs seemed to have any issues, and both operating systems run well. However, the only way I can switch ...
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Problem Windows 8.1 Ubuntu 14.04 dual boot

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on a computer that has Windows 8.1 preinstalled, following the next link http://itsfoss.com/install-ubuntu-1404-dual-boot-mode-windows-8-81-uefi/ Now I can not dual boot. ...
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Installed Centos 7 after Windows and can't boot into Centos

I wanted to setup a dual boot for Windows 7 and Centos 7 I had a Windows 7 machine with 500GB disk. I shrank the Windows partition to provide space for Centos 7 (roughly 230GB). I created a USB ...
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Windows and Ubuntu dual boot

I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 on a partition. Now I have Ubuntu and Windows 8.1 for dual boot. I followed this tutorial to install Ubuntu. Now when I switch on the computer I have the following ...
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Is there any danger in changing the labels of my hard drives?

I've have both Ubuntu and Arch installed on my computer, and want to change the labels of the / and /home partitions (four in total), to make it clear which is which. Can this potentially break ...
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Unable to synchronize the clocks on a dual boot system

A have a dual boot system: Ubuntu and Arch. Ubuntu was installed first. A while after installing Arch, I've set up its clock because it was 8 behind my current time zone (my time zone is gmt +8). I ...
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reorder GRUB to list Windows on top

I have win 7 and linux mint 14 installed. Is it possible to modify the GRUB Menu to show Windows as the first option instead of Linux, which it currently does. Mainly so that during boot it starts ...
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Iinstallation of Kali linux under dual boot in Win-7

I am completely new to Linux and its related distributions and I am trying to install the Kali-Linux in Wind 7 64 bit OS through dual boot option. I have downloaded the kali-64 bit mini.iso and after ...
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Dual Boot and encrypting Linux?

I have Windows and want to install encrypted Ubuntu (Home + Swap + System) - it giving me that option during installation when I'm choosing partitions so my question is will I be able to boot both ...
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No such device: grub rescue

I have got a machine with Windows and Linux Mint. Now that I needed to upgrade my Mint because I needed the new fixes, I cannot boot. I get the error message no such device, grub rescue. My guess is ...
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rEFInd not seeing Windows 8.1

I recently installed Arch on my new SSD after my other one died, and in the process I accidentally wiped the EFI partition and the Windows recovery partition. Before I had rEFInd in place, it booted ...
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Does the Linux Mint installer include an option to replace/upgrade ONLY Linux Mint on a dual boot system?

I have a dual boot system running Windows 7 64-bit and Linux Mint 16 (with Cinnamon). I'd like to replace Mint 16 with Mint 17 (I'm OK with completely wiping JUST Mint). I want to leave Windows ...
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On Arch Linux Partitioning [closed]

I've been going through the Arch Linux beginner's guide and I'm a bit confused on partitioning the OS. It says I can either have just a root partition or a root and /home partition. What are the ...
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Kali Linux is not booting after installation after/before Windows 7

I have GPT, EFI (or UEFI?). I've installed Windows 7, then Kali Linux (in opposite order too), but Kali doesn't want to boot -- Windows wants. I tried to use update-grub, tried to switch the ...
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Dual boot Solaris and Linux

I have a laptop running Oracle Solaris and Gentoo Linux. First I installed Gentoo Linux. I used GPT partitioning scheme. In order to boot Gentoo Linux I have GRUB 2. Then I installed Solaris 11.1. ...
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How Can I Back Up Win7 Before Installing Mint Alongside It

Don't get me wrong, I understand how to install Mint alongside Win7. However, I am wondering how to backup my Windows installation due to the fact that Win7 was preinstalled on my computer and, as ...
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Debian Jessie GRUB2 on a multi-boot EFI laptop cannot start a Gentoo kernel-initramfs

I have an HP Pavillion Touch 14-N009LA laptop running on an AMD A8-4555M CPU, 8 GB of RAM, and a 750 GB HD, currently running on dual boot Windows 8.1 accessible via the system's EFI boot manager, and ...
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Install PLoP Bootmanager to GRUB2 on an HP 2000 Series to Dual-boot with Windows 7?

I know this sounds complicated, but how can I pull this off? So, basically after installing Ubuntu 14.04, it might have done some BIOS MOD or something because my PC lost the ability to boot from ...
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Synaptics Touchpad Configuration “take over” from Windows

I am using Arch Linux and Windows on Dual Boot, and I managed to configure my synaptics touch pad just as I wanted using the GUI settings that are available to me on Windows, but I am completly ...
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Dual boot Linux / Windows. How to deny completely Windows?

I have a dual boot setup (Debian / Ubuntu and Windows) on my laptop. I would like GRUB to start Linux automatically, without a prompt for Windows. And eventually start Windows only with (for example) ...
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Which device to install the bootloader should I choose?

I have an Acer Aspire E1 with Windows 8.1 installed from factory. I need to install in dualboot the Linux Mint without formatting the computer and safely. I kept the UEFI and deactivated the ...
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Debian install failed, grub

I have been trying to install debian wheezy on my desktop with no sucess. During the install when I get to the grub screen it says if I see my operating systems listed to go ahead with grub. During ...
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Linux makes my audio speaker make a “poping sound” back to Windows in dualboot

I have a very strange problem that other people with the same hardware than me already had, but I didn't see any solutions on the internet. That's why I'm posting here, I'm a bit desperate and if I ...
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Zorin/Windows 7 Dual Boot on New Hard Drive, no GRUB!

So my computer had Windows 8 originally, and my hard drive died. I was able to get a dying hard drive from work to use temporarily, and decided to go with Windows 7 this time, as HP had drivers for ...
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Can't install GRUB, no matter what

My PC has Windows 7 and Mint 16 (Cinnamon). After installing Mint, GRUB stopped working, and I got a GRUB Rescue console instead of the GRUB menu. Being in a hurry, I launched the Windows installation ...
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Boot-Repair ineffective

I was attempting to install a linux partition(Kali to be specific) alongside Windows8(Not 8.1) and I seem to have run into some trouble. My system information is located at : paste.ubuntu.com/7512281 ...
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Unable to boot Windows after installing Fedora

I have installed Fedora 20 alongside Windows 8.1, now I am able to get into Fedora but my Windows is unable to boot. On startup it shows list of installed OSes in which the last option is "Windows ...
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Repair GRUB from Arch live CD

I'm trying to install Arch on sda8 (with swap on sda7) following the instructions here. I got to the part of setting up the WiFi a second time, but since I already have GRUB, I got lost at the section ...
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Installing GRUB in a dual-boot

I've just installed my OSes on a new HDD: Windows 7 and Debian 7. As usual I first installed Windows, then Debian. At the first attempt, GRUB seems to not have been installed properly, because my ...
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os-prober giving wrong UUID for Arch Linux

Up until yesterday, everything was working find and os-prober was successfully generating menu entries for the Arch Linux install. However today when I tried to boot into Arch, I got an error that the ...