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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Can't see my ssd drive when booting using grub on a usb pen

I installed debian on my laptop and everything was fine (I may need to mention that I'm using LVM) until I reached the grub point. Since I have a GPT partition he refuses to install properly. I ...
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Install Debian alongside Ubuntu without BIOS setup access or removable media boot possibility

The typical steps for installing involves using a USB-bootable version of Debian and then partitioning the hard-drive for the new OS. Unfortunately, my BIOS has been locked and for various reasons, I ...
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Grub2 adding a new Linux distro

I installed Arch Linux on my computer, but I also installed Slackware on another partition (/dev/sda5). I would like to configure Grub2 from the Arch Linux installation through the ...
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How do I dual boot backtrack 5 r3 and Windows 8?

I have already successfully completed the Ubuntu and windows 8 dual boot but now I am trying to add backtrack and my computer (Hp 2000 Notebook pc) will not even see my backtrack files. I am trying ...
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Install Win8 After Ubuntu

I've read that it's best to install win8 before linux. I already have Ubuntu set up with lots of goodies so I don't really want to re-install everything. Is it possible to install win8 now that I have ...
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Safe Linux dual-boot partitioning?

I'm about to get a Linux laptop with Ubuntu preinstalled. Among my first tasks will be a dual-boot installation of Linux Mint. From what I can tell, the following seems like an okay partition ...
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Problem with openSUSE 12.3 dual-boot installation (with Windows 7)

I have a current Windows 7 64 bit installation that I'm using and I wish to create an openSUSE 12.3 partition on my HDD (not my SSD Windows drive). I used the Windows Disk Management tool to shrink my ...
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Can't boot FreeBSD after installation

I've installed FreeBSD on my system along with Windows 7 using this tutorial. When I turn on my PC the screen says something like this: F1 FreeBSD F2 Win F3 ? F6 PXE Boot: F1 _ Pressing F2 ...
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Getting error opening Windows. Error 1: Filename must be either an absolute pathname or blocklist

I've installed CentOS 6.4 on UEFI machine. Created /boot/efi partition and installed grub in it. But when I open Other in the grub menu I get this error: Error 1: Filename must be either an ...
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How to Remove Windows from dual boot setup?

I originally had Windows 7 Starter and Updated to the Windows 8 90 Day Trial. 30 Days into the trial I decided I absolutely hate it and wanted to try Linux Mint. I installed Linux Mint and found out ...
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Fedora 18 not working on an HP Dv7

I've recently installed Fedora 18 on my brand new HP Dv7 that comes with Windows 8 and secure boot. Before install Fedora I disabled secure boot in the BIOS. I've installed Fedora 18 and all is ...
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Dual boot windows 8 and Linux Mint 13 (based on Ubuntu 12.04)

I've searched a lot for my problem but couldn't be sure what should I do in my case. I bought my Asus N56VZ several months ago, and it came with Windows 7 and bunch of bloatwares that I don't like, ...
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Add Ubuntu to list of Grub boot options

I have an old laptop with an old version of Debian. I would like to install Ubuntu as well. Is it possible to install Ubuntu from the HD (not a rescue CD or flash-drive) and have it reside as a Grub ...
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Triple Booting; Windows, Ubuntu, Linux Mint by Windows Installer

I wanted to install Linux Mint 14.1 using the Windows Installer (mint4win.exe). I copied mint4win.exe to HDD, and when I running it, it prompts me to uninstall Ubuntu. Previously I installed Ubuntu ...
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Cent OS 6.4 UEFI Dual boot

i'm really a beginner to Linux trying to study for RHCSA certification here. I have Windows 8 installed on UEFI BIOS. When i installed Cent OS, installation went smoothly and then after restarting, ...
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Dual boot - Kubuntu and Windows 8 - how to?

I recently installed Windows 8 on my computer. These are the specs: Fx-8150 CPU 8 GB RAM ATI HD7870 120 GB SSD 2 TB HDD Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 (rev 1.1) (only bios but EFI mode possible ...
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Dual boot windows 8 and Ubuntu 13.04 & Broadcom Compatibility

I have windows 8 pre-installed and also want to use Ubuntu (13.04) as my secondary OS. I had problems regarding Broadcom STA wireless drivers in 12.10, but the drivers work fine on older versions. How ...
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Can I share /usr/local between multiple Linux distributions?

I tried Ubuntu 12.04 and based on my understanding I made the following partitions: 2GB Swap (I have 2GB of RAM) 1GB /boot, since I'll be installing different kernel versions (I'm starting kernel ...
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Installing Linux Mint on Windows-Ubuntu Dual Boot

I currently have an Ubuntu-Windows Dual boot. However, I would like to try out a new OS so I burned Linux Mint to a USB stick. I would like to install Linux Mint and remove Ubuntu while still ...
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Question About Bootloader Partition (Mint)

I have a quick question that I ran across while trying to install Linux Mint along with Windows 8 on my computer. I'm pretty new to Linux stuff so I'm sorry if this is pretty obvious. I'm mainly ...
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Making a recovery partition in embedded Linux

I have an Atmel SAM9X system running Angstrom. I am trying to make a recovery partition so when a user holds a button during boot up the recovery partition boots up. I have modified the bootstrap so ...
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Multiboot USB drive using relative paths with Syslinux (or another bootloader)

I want to make a multiboot USB drive with Ubuntu, Backtrack and Mantra-OS on it (all Ubuntu variants as you can see). Those are the steps I've done: sudo su unmount /dev/sdb1 ...
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Chroot in to reinstall Grub2 reinstall, mnt/ is empty

I have a common problem: I installed Fedora 18 on my PC that has Windows on it. When I start the PC I don't get asked which system I want to boot, Windows is chosen always. So I found out that I ...
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How can I configure grub (or a different bootloader) to use modifier keys?

To clarify, I am wanting to dual boot Windows and a Linux distribution. I already know how to set my laptop up to do that. However, I don't want the grub menu to display on boot. I would like for it ...
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Sharing /boot between two Ubuntu 12.04 Server installations?

This question may seem trivial at first sight, but it has certain implications and I'm wondering what is the recommended path to take here. Assume the following scenario: a server system. The default ...
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How to boot on Fedora 18 (Grub2)

I have Fedora 18 and Windows 7 on my laptop. I had grub2 bootloader and the default is been set to windows 7. After I turn on my laptop it just automatically boots into windows 7. Now I want to set ...
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Update from Grub 1.98 to Grub 2

I currently have an OS called Backtrack installed alongside Windows 7, and I use Grub to boot. The problem is the Grub that comes with this is version 1.98. I'm fine with it except for one thing: ...
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Trying to install Windows on a system that has Ubuntu 12.04 installed

I'm a novice in installing & debugging OS errors. I had Windows 7 installed & it crashed today (the great blue screen). No matter what I did (tried to install Windows 7 again & again from ...
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How can I prevent Windows from overwriting GRUB when using a dual-boot machine

I've been reading a lot about dual-booting, and it seems as easy as loading Windows and then loading Linux with GRUB, but everybody says that Windows loves to trash GRUB when it gets the opportunity. ...
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How to dual boot Linux and Windows from small boot drive?

I am a Linux newbie, and I am trying to dual boot Linux Mint with Windows 7. Right now, Windows 7 boots from a small SSD, which has little extra room on it. Is there a way to set up a dual boot where ...
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Slackware Console Resolution when Dual Booting with Another Distro's GRUB2?

I am tweaking my new Linux Installs on a new home-built machine. I installed Linux Mint 14 first followed by Slackware 14 and Arch Linux on separate partitions. I don't think it matters, but the ...
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Dual boot Ubuntu with windows 8

I have Windows 8 and need to dual boot Ubuntu. I made a new partition from Windows Manager, but when I boot Ubuntu and select the new partition I get the error: this partition is not rooted !! ...
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GParted messed up my partitions

Update: running testdisk I can actually see all of my files in /dev/sda1! I wanted to install Windows alongside my Debian installation in order to play some games. In order to do that, I had to boot ...
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How to install Linux distro to a second hdd from within a running Linux Desktop Environment?

The title says it all! More specifically, I am running Fedora18 on my main HDD. I have a second HDD in the "UltraBay" slot of my ThinkPad W520--eSata connection. Is there a possibility to avoid ...
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GRUB2: how to remember grub last choice

I'm currently trying out various distros so when I boot up my laptop I have several OS to choose from. Usually, all those distros install grub2 and locate themselves at the top of the list so they're ...
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Grub with two hard drives

I am trying to install Mint14 on my machine having two hard drives : Samsung SSD PM830 SATA : 128 Gb ( sda ) - Windows 7 (i want to keep this) ST9500423AS ATA : 500 Gb ( sdb ) - ...
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Dual-booting Windows 7 and Mint 14 with “something else” option

I would like to do a dual boot of Windows 7 and Mint 14 on my Acer netbook which already has Windows 7 Pro 64-bit installed on an 1 TB hard drive. I have already shrunk the Windows 7 partition to ...
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How to add Puppy Linux to grub menu installed by Ubuntu?

I've been using Puppy Linux off a USB flash drive drive for a while, but that was really wearing it out. I decided to do a full install to the hard drive, so I cleared out some space, created an ext4 ...
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How to merge a Windows 8 install with a Linux Mint, two different disks, same computer

I have Windows 8 on a disk drive that I removed from my PC. I then installed Linux Mint on a new disk drive. I would like to place the Windows 8 install, from the original disk, back on to the new ...
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From Windows 7 + Ubuntu to Crunchbang (First) + Windows 8 (second?)

I'm dual booting a Windows 7 + Ubuntu machine. I went ahead and replaced Ubuntu with Crunchbang, and now want to replace (not in place upgrade) Windows 7 with Windows 8. However, I've always done a ...
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RHEL Installation issue with UEFI on HP Compaq Desktop

I have bought a new Desktop HP Compaq Elite 8300 SFF. It came with Windows 7 Pro installed. Now I want to install Linux (RHEL) by dual booting it. I have successfully shrinked the partition and ...
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No CentOS Windows 8 GRUB Options on Restart

How do I dual-boot CentOS 6.3 Minimal Version on an Acer 64-bit Windows 8 Laptop and get the GRUB options to select either CentOS or Windows 8 when I restart? (Currently it boots straight into Windows ...
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How to retrieve dual-boot option after Windows reinstall?

Initially I had set up Slackware 13.37 and Windows 7 Home Premium dual boot. After upgrading to Windows 7 Ultimate, the dual-boot window does not show anymore so I cannot choose to boot Slackware. Is ...
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Dual booting Ubuntu and Windows 8. w8 boots through grub shell, but not from menu

I have a laptop, with installations of Ubuntu 12.10, and Windows 8. Windows 8 was first installed on the system, and Ubuntu was installed afterwards. During the Ubuntu installation, the installer ...
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FreeBSD and Linux shared partitions

Which directories, and how, can I share between FreeBSD and Linux? In particular, how can I deduplicate respectively /usr/home and /home? I guess directly sharing a partition between both systems ...
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How to create a multiboot flash drive in Linux?

I like the way the yumi makes a multiboot flash drive in Windows. In Linux, can I complete the same task as easily as yumi does in Windows? With yumi, I just browse to selected iso (i.e. ...
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Optimal Setup for Windows & Linux - Sharing and Partitioning

This question gets a little complicated so please bear with me. So we have a new custom designed desktop which we will be mostly a dedicated machine for scientific computations in FORTRAN and ...
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Cannot boot into Windows 7 after deleting Linux partitions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: After removing linux Grub error I was dual-booting Linux Fedora 17 and Windows 7. I used Windows to delete the Linux partitions, but now I can't boot into Windows ...
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After removing linux Grub error

I have a dual boot Windows & Linux system. I removed the Linux partition, but after that I am not able to go in to Windows XP. It is not booting. It gives me a GRUB error.
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Can't boot live USB of Linux Mint DE on my UEFI PC

I used the Universal USB Installer application to copy the latest ISO image from Linux Mint DE (64 bits) and install it on my PC, however when I try to reboot it I have the option to choose my ...