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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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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Fedora 17 Grub not finding Windows 8

I had Windows 8 installed, shrunk it and installed Fedora 17 using the free space. It now only boots into Fedora. I have these two EFI partitions: /dev/sda2 /EFI /Boot/bootx64.efi ...
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How to merge a Windows 8 install with a Linux Mint, two different disks, same computer

I have a Windows 8 on a disk drive I removed, then installed Linux Mint on a new disk drive. I would like to place the Windows 8 back as dual boot... is this possible? The problem was, I could never ...
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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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How to repair the boot selection on grub? [closed]

I had installed on my computer as a dual-boot: Debian Squeeze and Windows XP, so I decided to install Windows 8 just to test and then I would remove it and install in its place Debian Wheezy as ...
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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 ...