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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How Can I Back Up Win7 Before Installing Mint Alongside It

Don't get me wrong, I understand how to install Mint alongside Win7. However, I am wondering how to backup my Windows installation due to the fact that Win7 was preinstalled on my computer and, as ...
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Debian Jessie GRUB2 on a multi-boot EFI laptop cannot start a Gentoo kernel-initramfs

I have an HP Pavillion Touch 14-N009LA laptop running on an AMD A8-4555M CPU, 8 GB of RAM, and a 750 GB HD, currently running on dual boot Windows 8.1 accessible via the system's EFI boot manager, and ...
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Install PLoP Bootmanager to GRUB2 on an HP 2000 Series to Dual-boot with Windows 7?

I know this sounds complicated, but how can I pull this off? So, basically after installing Ubuntu 14.04, it might have done some BIOS MOD or something because my PC lost the ability to boot from ...
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Synaptics Touchpad Configuration “take over” from Windows

I am using Arch Linux and Windows on Dual Boot, and I managed to configure my synaptics touch pad just as I wanted using the GUI settings that are available to me on Windows, but I am completly ...
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Dual boot Linux / Windows. How to deny completely Windows?

I have a dual boot setup (Debian / Ubuntu and Windows) on my laptop. I would like GRUB to start Linux automatically, without a prompt for Windows. And eventually start Windows only with (for example) ...
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Which device to install the bootloader should I choose?

I have an Acer Aspire E1 with Windows 8.1 installed from factory. I need to install in dualboot the Linux Mint without formatting the computer and safely. I kept the UEFI and deactivated the ...
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Debian install failed, grub

I have been trying to install debian wheezy on my desktop with no sucess. During the install when I get to the grub screen it says if I see my operating systems listed to go ahead with grub. During ...
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Linux makes my audio speaker make a “poping sound” back to Windows in dualboot

I have a very strange problem that other people with the same hardware than me already had, but I didn't see any solutions on the internet. That's why I'm posting here, I'm a bit desperate and if I ...
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Zorin/Windows 7 Dual Boot on New Hard Drive, no GRUB!

So my computer had Windows 8 originally, and my hard drive died. I was able to get a dying hard drive from work to use temporarily, and decided to go with Windows 7 this time, as HP had drivers for ...
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Can't install GRUB, no matter what

My PC has Windows 7 and Mint 16 (Cinnamon). After installing Mint, GRUB stopped working, and I got a GRUB Rescue console instead of the GRUB menu. Being in a hurry, I launched the Windows installation ...
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Boot-Repair ineffective

I was attempting to install a linux partition(Kali to be specific) alongside Windows8(Not 8.1) and I seem to have run into some trouble. My system information is located at : paste.ubuntu.com/7512281 ...
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Unable to boot Windows after installing Fedora

I have installed Fedora 20 alongside Windows 8.1, now I am able to get into Fedora but my Windows is unable to boot. On startup it shows list of installed OSes in which the last option is "Windows ...
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Repair GRUB from Arch live CD

I'm trying to install Arch on sda8 (with swap on sda7) following the instructions here. I got to the part of setting up the WiFi a second time, but since I already have GRUB, I got lost at the section ...
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Installing GRUB in a dual-boot

I've just installed my OSes on a new HDD: Windows 7 and Debian 7. As usual I first installed Windows, then Debian. At the first attempt, GRUB seems to not have been installed properly, because my ...
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os-prober giving wrong UUID for Arch Linux

Up until yesterday, everything was working find and os-prober was successfully generating menu entries for the Arch Linux install. However today when I tried to boot into Arch, I got an error that the ...
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Windows 8 not showing in Grub

Windows 8 not showing in Grub fdisk -l Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 1 1465149167 732574583+ ee GPT and here's what I see in gparted ...
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New menu item called “arch_grub” emerged as a temporary boot device

I have Ubuntu installed along with Arch. I re-installed Arch a few times already. Now it works well. Once when I was re-installing Arch during boot when I chose the "Choose temporary boot devise" ...
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How do I properly re-install an OS to the same partitions after failing for the first time?

I have Ubuntu installed. I created 2 more partitions for Linux Arch and failed to install it due to choosing the wrong packages via package manager. It will work on my computer for sure (it already ...
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Deleted a Windows.old folder and now when I start my computer, GRUB doesn't see windows anymore

I had windows on my laptop and installed Debian GNU/Linux a few weeks ago on it. I'm basically dual booting. The thing is, in my windows I had a windows.old file I never bothered to delete until a ...
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Start up (boot) menu doesn't show other linux distro

I've installed arch using https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Beginners_Guide I have x64 system with Ubuntu installed already and UEFI. There were no errors during the installation. However, after ...
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Not Getting standard boot countdown screen in Dualboot (Linux 6.2 & Windows 8)

Problem I have installed (Dual Booted) Red Hat 6.2 on a Windows machine ,In windows boot manager it is not showing Linux ,its only showing windows 8 . I am pressing arrow keys but only windows 8 is ...
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Dual Booting with windows

I am trying to dual booting elementary OS with windows 7. Basically on my 160 GB HDD, i have following partitions: sda1 which is C drive having windows 7. sda5 which is D drive with data and an 10 ...
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Installing Arch Linux alongside OS X - Bootloader issues

I have installed Arch Linux alongside my OS X install on my MBP 11,1 using the guide found here, however on the last three commands of the boot loader section I get the error /usr/sbin/grub2-probe: ...
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Linux / Windows 8.1 : Installation on raid0

I need to install a linux distribution on my laptop (an Asus UX302LA). I tried again and again but I couldn't even begin the installation. To explain you my problem, I know that Windows 8 is installed ...
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Dual booting with Windows 7 and Fedora 20

I am creating a dual boot system for Windows 7 & Fedora 20. While installing to hard drive I get this error Installation destination Error checking storage configuration. I have shrunk my hard ...
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Unable to boot to windows

Context: Recently I've bought an SSD. Before that I had 2 HDDs; one being a 500GB drive with a W7 installation, and another 320GB Drive containing two partitions, one of which for storage (NTFS) and ...
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Elementary OS only booting from USB, cannot boot to partitions on SSD (Windows and eOS)

I previously had Linux Mint Petra and Windows 7 installed on my Asus UX31a. This worked fine until I ran into some Wi-fi issues after messing around with NetworkManager. I decided since I didn't have ...
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Fresh install Windows 7 from USB on machine with Ubuntu and Windows 7

I have a Toshiba laptop l755 S5282 with Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 on it. About a year ago, I pulled an iso file off of DigitalRivers for Windows 7. I did a fresh install of Windows 7 from USB, then ...
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How do I switch to Linux (Ubuntu) on Chromebook?

For reference, the Chromebook model is SNOW FREMONT A-E 0878 I used Crouton to install Ubuntu on my Chromebook. In doing so, I had my computer in developer mode and wasn't able to save anything that ...
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Dual boot windows on second harddrive, UEFI/GPT system

I'd like to install linux, but I don't want to risk damaging my current windows installation as I have heard a lot of horror stories. Fortunately, I have an extra hard drive. Can I install linux ...
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Boot Menu Fedora and Window 7

I have install Fedora 20 before, a few days ago , I just install Window 7, and now I can not boot to Fedora because I don't have a boot menu. Is there anyway to recover the Fedora boot menu, is there ...
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How can I install Mint using Wubi on Windows 8?

I'm trying to install mint 15 on my laptop (with pre-installed windows 8.1) using mint4win. Every time I try to boot up with mint, it ends up on an error screen saying "windows failed to start. a ...
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Share Home Directory between Arch and Ubuntu

Before I start asking my question, I would like you to know that I am aware of the "Different linux distros sharing the same /home folder?" question already asked on this website. It did not quite ...
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How to dual boot linux and windows 8.1?

I have a computer running Windows 8.1 and I would love to dual boot it with Linux. I am very new to Linux. I have run it in a virtual machine a few times before, but virtual machines are slow. I want ...
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RHEL OS not visible anymore after installation of windows

I had a RHEL system with / - 40 GB, /boot - 100 MB and /swap - 2 GB as primary partitions. The remaining space I used as secondary partition for /home - 189 GB. I needed to install windows in this ...
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Installing Ubuntu on HDD and Windows on SSD

I am new to Linux. I have a 60GB SSD + 1TB HDD on my laptop. I want to know if I could keep Windows 8 on my SSD and install Ubuntu on HDD. Can GRUB detect both operating systems?
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How to dual-boot on a machine with PGP WDE?

PGP Whole disk encryption ("WDE") is an encryption software that encrypts all your data, and includes a bootguard. Because of this, I have been unable to successfully dual-boot, as there is no place ...
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Accessing Windows7_OS partition from Linux on a dual-boot

Are there any limitations on accessing the Windows7_OS partition while I am booted on my Linux OS? Occasionally I like to browse files that are on my Windows partition or copy files to my Linux drive ...
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Dual-boot Ubuntu cannot access the Windows drive that it was installed on with wubi

I had Widonws with two drives C: and D:. In the drive C:, I have my Windows. In the drive D:, I had my all other files and data. I installed Ubuntu in the drive D:, without deleting any data from it. ...
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Windows partition hidden? [duplicate]

(refined for ease of use) Okay, so I'm fairly new to linux, but heres what I've got so far: I'm dual booting BT5R3 and Win7. I was trying to change the grub to set Win7 as the default boot option. ...
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How to access Win7 on a dual boot machine?

I've been dual booting Win7 and Ubuntu for about 4 months and I got on it today to change the default boot on grub, because my girlfriend kept getting locked out when it reboots and, by default, goes ...
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Kernel Panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(0,0)

I'm getting the same error that other questions mention, such as: Installation Error: Kernel Panic - not syncing ...
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Installation instructions for HP 7 tablet (also called 'Mesquite')

I'm looking at the HP 7 at Walmart (http://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-7-Tablet-Intel-Atom-Processor-with-8GB-Memory-featuring-Android-4.1-Jelly-Bean/27618120), but I don't want to purchase it unless I can ...
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Problems using NTFS file system with kali linux

Using kali linux 1.0 in dual boot with windows 8. I have an NTFS partition (D: on windows) I usually mount it on both OS. I face the following problem Windows disk repair utility keeps on reporting ...
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How can I preview the GRUB2 boot screen?

I've been reading a tutorial that shows how to set the background image that will be displayed behind the GRUB2 boot options menu. However, I am concerned that the text might not be visible against ...
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Have to run Repair-Boot after booting windows

I have grub installed as my boot loader for dual booting windows 8 and Ubuntu. It works fine as long as I'm only booting Ubuntu but as soon as I boot windows, something stops working. The next time I ...
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Installing Linux on a single primary partition

Is it possible to install Linux on a single primary partition? I already have three primary partitions occupied by Windows 7 which I cannot give up.
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Kali linux dual boot with win 8 64 bit is not working

I have Windows 8 64-bit installed on my Lenovo Ideapad. I tried to install Kali Linux to dual boot with Windows by downloading Kali Linux 1.0.5 32-Bit ISO and then burning it into my USB stick using ...
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How Do You Pass VGA/VESA Modes with GRUB2?

One of my machines has a 3 TB HD setup to triple boot into Mint 14 (Ubuntu 12.10 variant), Slackware 14.1 and Arch Linux. The HD is formatted using the GPT/Guid system. The Grub2 technically "belongs" ...
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Grub2 in Ubuntu 12.04 doesn't add “quiet splash” to Fedora kernel

Grub2 installed in Ubuntu 12.04 doesn't add quiet splash kernel parameters to Fedora's kernel. Here are the options in /etc/default/grub: GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash" ...