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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install linux distro with overwritting grub?

Currently i am using linux mint 17.1 cinnamon for some reasons i need to install xubuntu 14.04. So how to install xubuntu with overwriting GRUB. ie. After installation I should have linux Mint's ...
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How much trouble will NVIDIA Optimus graphics switching cause my Linux installation?

I'm about to get a new laptop, and I want to dual-boot Windows and Linux on to it. I noticed that a lot of laptops you can buy come with Optimus graphics switching installed. I like the idea of ...
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Linux dual boot wiped Windows data

I have a Windows Vista/Debian Linux dual boot on my computer. Yesterday I did a bunch of work on Windows, while Linux was hibernated. Today I logged into Linux and tried to look at the data in the ...
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Elementary OS installation failure

I've been trying for a few hours now and I still cannot find out why I cannot install Elementary OS. Every time I try to install it I get: the 'grub-efi' package failed to install into /target/ ...
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Can't dual boot Windows 7 and Linux Kali

Long story short, I don't want to / can't use Kali on a VM properly. I want to set up a dual boot machine. I've done the following: I downloaded the Kali ISO and used Win32DiskImager to put it onto ...
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Windows 8.1 and Debian dualboot EFI problems

I am following the instructions described here and here My EFI-partition is /dev/sda2, but the following command does not work: mount /dev/sda2 /boot/efi It says it cannot find the mount point. I ...
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Installing Proxmox on a Partition

I am trying to install Proxmox on a 10Gb partition on my laptop to play around with and learn how Proxmox works. How do I tell Proxmox which partition on my laptop to install on? Is there a boot ...
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Kali Linux black screen with blinking curser after USB boot

I am using a Macbook Air (2013) with Intel HD Graphics 5000. I made a USB to live-boot into Kali and install it onto a separate partition, essentially dual boot my Yosemite (OSX 10.10) with Kali ...
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Reparing grub/boot

I just got my Laptop back from the support center and now I got problems get it back to booting again. Although they did not change anything and the HDD and SDD are still there and the data seems to ...
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problems with installing elementary os luna

i m trying to install elementary os in my sony vaio laptop e series sve15127cnb. it has preinstalled windows 8. i tried to install elementary os with dual boot with windows 8. i downloaded 64 bit ...
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win8 and Linux mint Both OS are deleted from hard disk [duplicate]

I have Windows 8 in my PC and I installed Linux Mint. Unfortunately I deleted both OSes from my PC. Now when I want to install Linux Mint it shows "no drive partition" on my hard drive but in Live-CD ...
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Rolling Release Dual Boot

Right now I am using Ubuntu GNOME and Windows 8 dual boot on the same hard drive. But my Gnome desktop is laggy and I do not like it very much. Because of that, I am thinking about switching to a KDE ...
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Shared NTFS partition conflict, files written under Debian gone

I have a dual-boot W7-Debian Jessie on my laptop, and a NTFS partition initially left for sharing data between OS and keeping big files. With myself getting used to Linux, rebooting to windows became ...
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I would like to install Linux Mint on a separate hard drive than my windows installation on the same computer [closed]

As the title says I would like to install Mint on an empty hard drive on my computer that has Windows 7 installed on it as the main drive. It would seem that this is not difficult but having tried ...
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Windows boot option is missing after installing CentOS 7, how can I get it back?

I recently installed CentOS 7 on a machine that has been running Windows 7. I did a dual boot installation and installed CentOS in a partition. But when I boot up my machine, it only gives me two ...
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Dual boot windows and linux

I have Windows 7 installed, and I have just installed Linux Mint 17. The PC automatically boots into Linux now. How can I get a dual boot startup screen with Windows 7 and Linux? Are there any UI ...
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linux boot stick being ignored on windows 7

I am trying to install CentOS server on a machine that also runs Windows 7. Towards this end: 1.) I created a 100GB "Unallocated" partition using the Disk Management tool in windows 7. 2.) I ...
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Can't boot into Windows after adding Linux as dual-boot

Okay, so I just added Linux as a dual boot and now I can't boot back into Windows. Basically, I had one hard drive which was installed with Windows 7 and booted that. I recently got a second hard ...
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Can't boot Windows on UEFI after installing Linux Mint

Okay, so I just put a second hard drive into my computer and installed Linux Mint onto it. Now trying to boot back into Windows I can't, I've tried both the drives from the boot menu and haven't done ...
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GRUB: Adding entry for OS on different hard drive

I've got two hard drives in my computer after I replaced one for windows. Since I love linux so much, I put a copy of Xubuntu on the one that I had initially replaced, and I now have two separate ...
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Triple-boot on Windows 7 machine with manual partition table, how to proceed?

I have a Dell Latitude E5440 laptop with Windows 7 64-bit Professional pre-installed on it. My aim is to have Fedora 20 64-bit with a stable kernel and Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS 64-bit alongside Windows 7. I ...
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Tried triple boot and Windows 7 no longer boots

I had a system with 64-bit Windows 7 Home Premium installed and I installed first Fedora 64-bit alongside it. Then I decided I can do triple boot and installed Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS 64-bit using manual ...
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Accessing Macintosh HD from Ubuntu

So after I upgraded my MBP to Yosemite, I have lost dualboot. After a long struggle, I finally reinstalled refind to work properly. Unfortuantelly, when I use Ubuntu, I cannot access Macintosh HD ...
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Dual boot Fedora and Windows 8 gives error: you need to load the kernel first

While there seem to be a lot of questions regarding dual booting Windows and Linux, I did not see one that seemed to cover this problem. That said, I believe a lot of the problems may be fixed in a ...
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Windows won't boot via grub

I had a dual boot system with Kubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7, after a long time of not using the windows I tried to boot it and all I got was a beep sound and a black screen and then the computer froze. ...
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How is RAM shared between multiple OS on suspend?

Just a quick question really. I noticed that on either partition, Linux or Windows, that I may suspend either system and then boot into the other. Since suspending an OS does not write data to disk, ...
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create partition inside Linux Mint to install Windows 7

I have installed 64-bit Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon on my laptop, which has no other OS. Right now Mint uses the entire hard disk. Is it possible to create a partition from Mint for Windows 7? (Windows 7 ...
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Use rEFInd live usb values to fix Grub2

I have a machine that runs Ubuntu14.04 as it's main OS, but also has Windows8 and Slackware on it. Booting to the Grub2 menu allows for the selection of these OSes and several other options, but only ...
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Linux drives not showing on dual boot install - intel smart response issue

When I try to install linux as dual boot on my laptop. However it does not show any available drives for me to install it on when I get to the install screen on a live boot cd. I have tried creating ...
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What's the purpose of the --class option in grubs menuentry?

As the title say, why would I want to add a class to my menuentry (in grub2)? If I understand the grub manual correctly, it could be used with themes.. But is that all?
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boot menu doesn't appear after upgrading to OS X Yosemite

I was using both OS X Mavericks and Ubuntu but after upgrading to OS X Yosemite I can't see the boot menu. I have tried both rEFIt and rEFInd but both doesn't work . Also have tried --alldrivers while ...
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boot fails with “cryptsetup: lvm fs found but no lvm configured” [dual boot(2xlinux LVM, dm-crypt+luks)]

I have a dual-boot(xubuntu/#!) setup LVM with dm-crypt+luks as follows /dev/sda1 = /boot (xubuntu) /dev/sda2 = /boot (#!) /dev/sda3 = encrypted LVM /dev/mapper/volgroup-xroot = / (xubuntu) ...
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Dual boot Linux Mint and Unix (FreeBSD)?

Currently i am using Linux mint 17 currently i am using FreeBSD on Virtual machine but now i want to dual boot Freebsd and Linux How can i dual boot linux mint 17 and freeBSD 10 ?
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Installing Ubuntu 14.04--Grub Rescue Error after failing to turn off secure boot [SOLVED]

I am not able to start the operating system. Whenever I try to start the operating system it shows the following error: file /boot/grub/i386-pc/normal.mod not found Entering rescue mode... grub ...
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linux tool to create multiboot dvd?

I am searching for a linux tool to create a multiboot dvd. I found something about Sardu or Xboot, but these are Windows tools. Is there Linux software that can do the same? I have found unetbootin ...
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How can i dual-boot FreeBSD and PC-BSD — with GRUB2 in MBR?

I have a computer with several operating-systems installed on different partitions: FreeBSD PC-BSD Solaris Extended Partition / -partition for Linux-Mint Swap for Linux-Mint /home for Linux-Mint / ...
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Dual boot Windows 7 and Peppermint (merge two drives)

I had two laptops; one Windows 7 and one Peppermint OS. The Linux machine died and I would like to re-size the partition on the Windows drive and copy over the Linux drive to make the machine dual ...
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Linux loading stuck at "initializing RAMDISK'

I had dual booted my machine with windows 8 and Linux mint 17. Now, win8 is working fine but when I boot Linux Mint it shows nothing in normal mode and loading is stuck at initializing ramdisk in ...
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Dualboot elementaryOS & Windows 8.1 on SSD with personal files on HDD?

When I create my gaming PC I plan to dualboot Windows 8.1 with elementaryOS and my programs on an SSD. However is it possible to place my data on a HDD for both to access?
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Problem with dual booting Arch and windows (using syslinux)

I am trying to create a dual boot system. First I installed windows 8.1 Then I installed in a separate partition arch linux. Then I installed with the help of a guy in a greek forum syslinux giving ...
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Windows Server 2012 R2 and Centos 7 dual boot: Windows gone from boot menu

I had in my mind that I cannot do much wrong when installing Linux (CentOS 7) after Windows (Server 2012 R2) to get all OSs as boot options. So, after installing Server 2012 R2 nicely, I installed ...
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Windows 8.1 does not load on my dual boot laptop

I am new to Ubuntu (Linux) and just installed it on my laptop which has already Windows 8.1 on it. I can't use windows anymore. Below is my configuration for the Windows 8.1 booty loading. The link ...
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How to make Intel fake RAID 0 volume appear on boot with Ubuntu 14.04 in a multi-boot environment?

I have a computer with a Gigabyte GA-Z97N-Gaming 5 mainboard, a 256 GB drive for booting and two 3 TB drives meant to use in a RAID 0 setup with both ext4 and NTFS partitions. We are planning running ...
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Trouble in making pen drive bootable for solaris 11.2

I am trying to dual boot my system with Windows 8.1 and solaris 11.2.I am using flash drive for making bootable solaris 11.2..But i am not able to create bootable flash drive. I tried both .usb and ...
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dual boot from two different harddrives, windows and lubuntu not working

I have a computer with two harddrives. I first installed my Windows 8.1 on my ssd taking up the whole drive. Then on my second 2TB I made 3 partitions. 1TB is dedicated to external storage, 500GB is ...
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How to move GRUB installation to a different partition?

I have a laptop for work. I originally had Windows 7 on it then I installed Linux Mint 17 to dual boot. During my installation of Mint 17 I accidentally installed GRUB on the wrong partition (sda2). ...
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Installed Linux Mint on a dual-boot system. Cannot boot Windows 7 anymore

My system initially had Windows 7 and Ubuntu 14.04 installed on two separate hard-disks. The system uses UEFI. The Grub boot menu used to show up and show me boot options for Windows and Ubuntu. ...
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Problem dual booting windows 8.1 and deepin on 2 different hard drives

I have two internal hard drives, one is 320GB and the other is of 1TB. I've installed windows 8.1 on the first one (the 320GB hdd), and using mini partition tool wizard I've partitioned my 2nd hard ...
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Dualbooting Fedora and Windows 7 (EFI issues)

I've been struggling with this for a couple days now and I'm totally at a loss as to what to do. I recently purchased a new desktop (HP Envy 700-109c) and I've been trying to get my usual setup ...
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USB booting to installing Linux on a new Lenovo laptop

I recently got a Thinkpad T440s with Windows 8.1 for my job, and since most of my work is done under Linux I am going to install Ubuntu on it, so that I can dual boot. The problem is that it won't ...