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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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 ...
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Debian boots on one Mac but not another

I'm trying to boot Debian from a USB Hard Drive (using rEFIt as a boot loader), and am successful on two newer-model MacBook Pros and a Hackintosh (no surprise there), but I'm not successful on ...
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How can Linux detect automatically if kernel must boot on dev hdc or hda

I have an industrial PC mounting Linux. These PC is delivered in two version, each with slightly different internal board and depending on the board type the disk inside the PC is see as hda or hdc. ...
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Backtrack 5 R2 Dual-Boot w/Windows 7 No Longer Loads

A while back, I installed Backtrack 5 R2 to Dual Boot on a Windows 7 PC. It worked fine for a while, but now when I try to load it, the screen gets all messed up (tried to get a picture with my phone, ...
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Resizing of partitions taking too long in Debian 6 installer

I had a Windows 7 PC, with three partitions on it: The default Windows partition (~300GB in size, primary) Some system stuff Windows 7 needs (100MB in size, primary) A partition called Shared, that ...
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Debian Linux is not starting because no bootable device was found

I have installed Debian with the Gnome Live CD on my notebook. Because there are still some applications which I need, it was necessary that I also have a Windows 7 system installed. Based on some ...
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Getting “NTFS5: No ang0” error message when booting Linux Mint

I am getting the following message as shown in the link below when trying to boot into linux mint 13. Try (hd0,0): NFTS5: No ang0 Try (hd0,1): NTFS5: No ang0 Try (hd0,2): NTFS5: No ang0 Try ...
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Can't boot Scientific Linux [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cannot boot Linux Mint after installing Windows (First) and Linux Mint (Second) I have installed Scientific Linux on my Asus laptop where I already have installed ...
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Restoring Windows XP from grub

Previously I had a dual boot with Windows XP and Fedora. I have deleted Fedora and extended the C drive using Mini Tool Partition Wizard. Then I restarted the system with the Windows XP bootable CD. ...
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Linux Mint 13 can't detect SSD &/or Windows 7

I'm a newcomer to Linux OSes in general. I'm trying to install Linux Mint 13 Cinnamon alongside Windows 7. Linux Mint can't seem to see/detect either of my SSDs and because of that, it can't ...
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Grub dual boot without countdown

Is it possible to configure grub to have a dual boot setup behaving like described below? When turning on PC and doing nothing, the default system should start as soon as possible without waiting ...
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Re-installing Windows 7 on a dual boot system with Fedora

At present I have a dual boot system with Windows 7 and Fedora 14. I want to re-install windows 7 but most probably it will replace Fedora's boot loader. I have a lot of things set up on Fedora. I ...
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How to boot a system in a second HD but runing the system in another one?

I have two computers, but the old one is not working well. So I'd like to install the old hard disk on the new computer. I know how to do this and I know how to access the data from sdb. But I have ...
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Is it possible to remove Windows 7 from dual-boot?

I have Windows 7 as primary OS with Linux Mint as secondary OS. I am just feeling comfortable with Linux and want to remove Windows from the disk. Is it possible to remove it without damaging data? ...
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Missing Fedora in grub after installing Ubuntu

I had Fedora 17 in a primary partition. Yesterday I installed Ubuntu in an extended partition, and I can't see Fedora in grub, so I tried update-grub2 but it doesn't recognise Fedora being present, ...
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How do you dual boot Debian and FreeBSD using GRUB2?

I've been trying to install FreeBSD alongside my Debian installation in a single partition. All examples readily present on the Internet had shortcomings: Some required chainloading the FreeBSD ...
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Can GRUB2 share the EFI system partition with Windows?

I have an existing Windows 7 GPT installation, which already has a EFI System partition. I am now trying to install a Linux on a separate harddisk, which is also GPT formatted. I did not find any ...
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New menu entry in GRUB2, “file not found” and “you need to load the kernel first” errors

I wanted to add new menu entry to my GRUB2 list. This is how I tried to do this and necessary info: Erros after choosing "Debian Wheezy" menu entry from GRUB2 list: error:file not found error:you ...
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Problem at booting Windows from GRUB2 menu made by Debian for itself

I've Asus UEFI motherboard with 2 hard disks, (hd0) and (hd1). I managed to make my Debian Wheezy on my second disk bootable using grub-efi and it boots OK. I also have Windows on the first disk, ...
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Grub not loading after Windows 8 Install

My system was configured to dual boot Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS and Windows 7. Today I got my hands on the MSDN release of Windows 8 and I installed it over my Windows 7. Now the computer just boots to ...
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Upgrading SSD Capacity - Clone Drive

I currently have a 60GB SSD that I have as my OS drive for Windows 7 partition and Fedora17 partition. Most data is stored on my 500GB HDD. I have upgraded to a 120GB drive, and want to clone the ...
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What is the best procedure for setting up a triple-boot system?

I have a machine that I wish to install 3 operating systems on. The systems are, in no particular order, Windows 8, Ubuntu, and Backtrack Linux. Is there some document or step-by-step guide to the ...
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Is it safe to only have root and swap partitions when dual-booting Linux and Windows?

I am trying to install Linux Mint alongside an existing Windows 7. I found a simple tutorial (I haven't tried it yet), but I wonder if it is healthy to partition / and /swap only. On the other hand, ...
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How to restore GRUB after windows XP installation?

After I've installed windows xp for dual booting, I need to restore grub of my archlinux installation. I did it a lot of times with windows 7, but this time heavens decided to torture me. I have ...
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CentOS grub2 booting iso via loopback

I've got a usb-key setup to multi-boot different Linux images. I'm trying to add CentOS, here's a post with similar entries for grub.cfg set drive_label=multipass01 set isopath=/iso menuentry ...
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Weird Booting Problem with Debian Squeeze

I have a Windows XP/Debian Squeeze (XFCE desktop) dual-boot set up on a Dell Latitude laptop. The Windows XP portion boots fine. However, sometimes the Debian portion does not boot. If it doesn't ...
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Home partition not recognised after GRUB reinstall [closed]

I had to reinstall Windows on my machine, which had a dual boot with Crunchbang. My Crunchbang install has two partitions, root and home. So I have installed Windows, booted with a Ubuntu liveCD, ...
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problem dual booting windows 7 with debian [closed]

I install windows and resize its partition. I then try to install debian in the remaining space. As it's installing the base system, it consistently gives me the following error message: "No ...
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How do I boot Linux if boot partition was deleted?

At first, Windows 7 was the only OS in the drive. Then I installed MINT. Accidentally, I formated the sda1 partition (where the windows 7 bootloader was stored) as ext4, being the mount point of ...
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FreeBSD and Windows show different times

In a dual-boot system, I usually use FreeBSD 9 but when I boot to Windows 7 my system time in both OS automatically change and show incorrect time. What's the problem and How can I solve it?
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How can I tell GRUB I want to reboot into Windows—before I reboot?

I have a dual boot Linux/windows system set up, and frequently switch from one to the other. I was thinking if I could add a menu item in one of the menus to reboot directly into windows, without ...
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How to autoboot boot0?

How can automatically boot FreeBSD in boot0 and, when needed, manually load win by pressing a shortcut button?
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Remove Linux Mint and restore windows's bootloader

I have an old laptop that is setup with dual boot, running Windows Vista and Linux Mint 12. I want to remove the Mint and reclaim the space to Windows. This is a simple task but I've been on it for ...
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Migrating a Virtualbox virtual machine into a physical dual-boot system

I'm running a Linux Mint 12 virtual machine in Virtualbox. I would like to move it into a dual-boot setup with my Windows 7 installation. I have lot of settings in there, and apps installed, and my ...
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Best rolling release distribution for MacBook Pro

I got a macbook pro 7.1 wich is running OSX, i'm looking for the most compatible distribution to dual boot. Here's my criteria : I don't want to reinstall my system every 6 month, so I'll prefer a ...
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How do create an encrypted system with multiple Linux distributions?

A few weeks ago I created a completely encrypted system on a notebook and must say I like the idea. It's a little bit annoying to enter the password on every boot, but it's nice to know even if I lose ...
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Cannot boot Linux Mint after installing Windows (First) and Linux Mint (Second)

I can't boot my Linux Mint after installation of Windows. First I installed Windows and then installed Linux Mint with the option of "Install along with windows". But after I completed the Mint ...
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How does pre-boot authentication with disk encryption work technically?

I'm looking for a solution to fully encrypt my dual-boot SSD drive (it's still new and empty, and I want to set up encryption before I put anything on it). While there's a lot of chaos on the web ...
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Dual boot Mint/Windows: Lost 8 GBs on Windows side

Many dual boot tutorials talk about freeing up space through the disk manager in Windows before attempting a dual boot with Linux -- Out of curiosity I decided to skip this step and just run the ...
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Dual/Triple Booting with dmraid and non-raid disk

I currently have 3 hard drives in my computer The first two disks are in a RAID-1 array, using an Intel P55 chipset, and accessed through dmraid, with the third drive partitioned like so: Filesystem ...