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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Restoring EFI System Partition? [closed]

Recently I have installed Fedora 19 under EFI boot method, but I found it unable to boot because of graphic cards and stuff. Then I decided to uninstall it. I have Fedora in a different partition so ...
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Dual booting Debian and Windows 8?

My problem is a little weird (maybe to me only). Specification: Lenovo, Ideapad Z510. i7 intel core. 1920x1080. ISO: GNOME Debian 7.2.0 amd64. Bootable Device: Universal USB Installer. ---Process ...
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Elementary OS dual boot with Windows 7

I just deleted a partition from my RAID 0 2x HDD, installed Elementary OS from a SD card USB adaptor (while doing it, I created a Root, a Home and a Swap partition) but I never saw the bootloader when ...
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Installed CentOS, Now There is No Windows 8 Options on Restart

I bought a new PC with Windows 8 and wanted to dual-boot linux. I shrank the partition by 50GB in windows, then installed CentOS from a live CD. CentOS is working fine, but I can't boot into ...
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Removing Ubuntu 12.04 LTS from a dual boot setup and recovering the Windows boot manager

I have Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Windows 7 Home Premium on my laptop. My desire is to uninstall Ubuntu without spoiling MBR and Windows 7. I would like to emphasize that Ubuntu was installed later so I ...
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Overwritten MBR: Is partial/complete recovery possible?

I have a Sony VIAO laptop setup as dual boot (Ubuntu 12.10/Windows 7). Since I wanted to try Archlinux, I installed VirtualBox in Ubuntu. To create a bootable USB stick (from the ISO image on my hard ...
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No boot menu with Linux Mint and Windows 7

Currently I have Windows 7 installed on my main hard drive (64gb SSD). I recently installed Linux Mint on a secondary hard disk (1TB HDD). My issue is that when I turn the PC on there is no boot menu ...
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dual boot windows XP/debian, I can't boot windows

I tried to set up a dual boot windows xp/debian. I installed Debian after windows, and now I can't boot windows xp. I have grub2. I tried to directly modify /boot/grub/grub.cfg with menuentry ...
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Using external hard disk to boot 2 different computers with different hardware

I'm a CS student at my university, so I typically run a version of linux at my home computer when I do programming in C or other linux specific stuff. I really hate grub (it never seems to work for ...
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Problems with booting with Kubuntu 13.04 / Windows 7 Dual boot

So I've had Kubuntu running on my Lenovo laptop as the only operating system for most of the summer. Earlier this week, I decided to shrink the home partition in order to add a Windows 7 partition. ...
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Asus G750JH with pre-installed Windows 8 - I want to dual boot ArchLinux

I have a new Asus G759JH laptop and it has Windows 8 installed on it. I have resized and fixed the partitions in a way I thought would work (now, I'm not sure that what I've done is actually going to ...
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Want to dual boot MBP with Linux [duplicate]

I just upgraded to a 1tb HDD in my MacBook Pro (non-retina) and would like to dual boot from OS X to a linux distro. I'd like to find out a few things so I can be better prepared and informed for ...
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Removing Linux from a dual-boot setup. How to recover Windows bootloader or keep GRUB?

I recently discovered that running a Linux virtual machine is both cheap (RAM/CPU-wise) and easy; it seems like there's absolutely no need to have a dual-boot Windows/Linux machine (if this is not ...
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Cannot dual-boot Linux Mint and Windows 7

I have Windows 7 already installed from a long time ago and I have no Windows/update CD. I want to install Linux Mint. I created a partition, formatted it as Ext4 (in Linux), and labeled it E. I ...
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ubuntu winboot wubildr.mbr missing

I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 (64 bit) operating system, It supports uefi so I installed it like a normal dual booting Now(not like wubi), when I try to load Windows8 it works fine. But when I try to ...
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Add Chakra os benz to grub 1.99

I have Debian 7 with grub 1.99 in sda1 and Chakra OS without grub in sda2 I want to make a dual boot via grub 1,99, how?
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How to dual boot windows 8?

I just installed debian on my computer which has windows 8 from before (has 2 hds installed debian on the storage hd), however it booted straight into windows 8 without loading grub or anything. What ...
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Clonezilla won't boot up

I'm new to Ubuntu, and trying to make a backup with Clonezilla, but I can get only to the Clonezilla menu and after that I get a blank screen. I tried different USBs, but with no result. I also tried ...
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Dual Boot Linux and Windows 7 with GRUB

My Vaio already has Windows 7 and I want to dual boot it with Linux. I was advised to use GRUB (non-legacy). I already created an extended partition aimed at Arch Linux. I am going to install Arch ...
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Dual boot Windows 7 and Arch Linux

I have a Vaio notebook with Windows 7 64 bit. I want to dual boot it with Arch Linux. I have three primary partitions: Recovery, System reserved (Active and Boot) and the Windows C: drive. I have ...
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Debian-Windows dual boot: which one should I install first? [closed]

I have a fresh desktop with no OS that I want to run Windows 7 and Debian stable on. All guides for dual boot setups I found so far assume a pre-installed Windows (possibly because so many PCs come ...
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Move and empty /home partition of Ubuntu

My partitions are: Ubuntu's / on /dev/sda1 Ubuntu's /home on /dev/sda6/ Crunchbang's / on dev/sda7 Now I want to install Backtrack, but for this I need to get rid of Ubuntu's /home and move its ...
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Can executables from a mounted distro's disk be run without booting into it?

This question, "Figuring out what OS is on which partition?", got me into thinking if you could run the executables from a mounted distro without actually having booted into said distro. The answer ...
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Figuring out what OS is on which partition?

So I have both Ubuntu and Crunchbang installed on my laptop, and I'm trying to figure out which one is on which partition. I'm going to install another OS (probably BT) and need to know what ...
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Where to set boot sector for dual boot system “Kubuntu - Windows XP”?

I've downloaded Kubuntu 13.04 .iso from their site. Unfortunately this version doesn't provide auto installation as Install Kubuntu alongside existing OSes. They either take all you disk of force you ...
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How to install Ubuntu on a system where is already Mint and Windows 7?

I have already installed Linux Mint on Windows 7 so now I have dual boot with Linux Mint and Windows 7. They are both on diferent partitions. I have 1 free partition left. The question is how to ...
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Lost access to grub after installation of Peppermint 4

I am hoping someone would be able to help me. I have installed peppermint 4 but after restarting it, the grub menu didn't show up and now it boots straight into Windows. I went back into peppermint by ...
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Add Ubuntu to Arch linux Dual boot, Keeping Syslinux, without GRUB

Situation I have Arch Linux installed on /dev/sda1 (15GB/ext4). / and /boot are both on /dev/sda1 and /home is on /dev/sda2 (100GB/ext4). I made a 15GB/ext4 /dev/sda3 partition for Ubuntu. I ...
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Is this the right way to uninstall Fedora from a dual-boot system?

I'm using fedora 18 side by side Windows 7 and i want to remove fedora. I'm going to that by deleting the fedora partitions from Windows 7. PS: when i installed in the first place fedora, I didn't ...
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Windows 8 ask for repair when launched from grub

I've installed Linux Mint and everything works beautifully. After installing I've used boot-repair to be able to launch windows 8 from grub (as I've read somewhere), after that I have those ...
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How to prevent Windows partition to access(read) Linux partition files?

How to prevent Windows partition to access(read) Linux partition files within one physical hard disc? Right now a couple of programs can do that. E.g. Linux Reader I want to prevent that? What are ...
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How to access ubuntu wubi installation

I installed ubuntu/wubi nearly a year ago on my windows 8 pc. It has been sitting on a separate partition untouched since then. I am trying to access it again as I'd like to use Ubuntu now. I cannot ...
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Can I test Debian from its live USB being with Windows installed on my machine?

For example, I can run test Ubuntu from USB. They explicitly say in their tutorials that I can do it, that the Windows may be installed on my machine but I safely for my Windows can run and see and ...
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Install Kali Linux on RAID0 (as dual boot Windows 7 & Kali)

I’m currently trying to install Kali Linux on my laptop as described here. The problem is I’ve a laptop (MSI GT70) with a Raid 0 (2x 500Gb) and Windows 7 installed on it. At the point where I’ve to ...
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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 ...