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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Grub2 network-based boot choice

Sorry for the stupid title, I didn't know how else to phrase it. I run a computer-science lab at a university with about 50 workstations that dual boot Debian and Windows XP. Obviously the grub ...
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Setting grub loader as default loader

I have Windows 7 on my system, and recently I have installed Fedora 16 in a different partition. To have it dual boot, I have used EasyBCD 2.1.2 and I made an entry for Fedora. When I boot my system, ...
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Cannot boot to Windows 7 partition using Grub

Windows 7 BOOTMGR is missing when I try to boot into the OS from GRUB. Im not anywhere near being a pro when it comes to partioning or whatever so here's a image of gparted: And a copy paste of ...
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Install CentOS from hard drive - kernel panic

I want to dual-boot CentOS and Windows XP. The computer has two partitions (C: and D:) and I want to install CentOS 6.2 on the D: drive. So I downloaded the i386 ISO package, used UNetbootin to ...
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How to start a windows partition from the Grub command line?

I have Windows 7 installed on my system. After I installed Windows 7, I installed Fedora on a separate partition so that I could dual boot. I removed Fedora by deleting the partition it was installed ...
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Dual booting on a Macbook Pro 7,1.

I'm looking to install Linux on my Macbook Pro in a Dual Boot config. I've previously asked this question in a different fashion here: Dual Boot Fedora 16 with OS X rEFIt. However, it didn't really ...
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How to enable dual booting option at boot screen?

I have two hard drives, 160GB and 500GB. On the 160GB I have installed RHEL 6 and on the 500GB, Windows 7. When I start, the hard drive which is set as primary is booting directly. I have set the ...
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Dual boot Fedora 16 with OS X refit

Having trouble with installing Fedora 16 on my Macbook Pro. While the installation itself completes without and issues, the bootloader doesn't install correctly. I have rEFIt, which I already have ...
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Why are my drives referred to as '(hda0,msdos5)' etc in grub instead of (hda0,5), (hda0,sda5) etc that you usually see?

I'm fiddling about trying to get a multiboot system (win7, ubuntu, lion) on one drive working with grub 2, but was wondering what the msdos part meant on my system. I don't see it like that on any of ...
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ArchBang dual boot with Windows: HowTo

I have been reading up on ArchBang, and I am quite interested to try it. My netbook does not have a CD/DVD drive, so I created USB installation stick using numerous Windows tools, like LiLi, and Linux ...
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Cannot access GRUB after deleting Win 8

I have Windows Vista and Linux Mint 12 KDE installed on my PC, each installed on it's own hard drive. I recently wanted to try out Windows 8 Consumer Preview and see how it ran on my PC so I created ...
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Grub not installing properly with two seperate discs

I'm trying to set up a dual boot Windows 7/ Ubuntu 11.10 I have 3 drives Linux - sda1 Swap - sda5 Windows - sdb1 Media - sdc1 I installed Windows first so that it didn't muck up my GRUB loader. ...
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Making the transition to multiple hard drives with dual boot

Hi I'm looking for tip or things to watch out for, while I make the following changes to my system: I currently have a dual boot setup on one hard drive (win7 and ubuntu), I am going to change to a ...
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Installing Arch Linux with UEFI Boot and GPT Layout

I'm trying to set up a dual UEFI boot Windows/Arch Linux, and have already installed Windows on a GPT layout through UEFI boot. I now want to fresh install Arch Linux using GPT layout as well, and was ...
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GRUB on MBR of Windows-only internal drive, with distros on external drive

I think what I want to do is long and convoluted; then again, it might be somewhat easy, and I'm just overthinking it. Here's the setup I want to achieve: The internal drive (sda) is one giant ...
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Dual booting Scientific Linux 6 and 64 bit Windows 7

For a school project we need to run Scientific Linux as well. So I tried installing it. I had Windows 7 running on on drive C (NTFS). Drives D and E(500 GB each; NTFS format) were empty. I ran the ...
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FreeBSD 9 and Windows 7 Dual Boot

I have two hard drives installed on my machine. I installed Windows 7 on one hard drive and FreeBSD 9 on the other. I used GPT for FreeBSD. My question is: how can I install a boot manager so that I ...
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How to dualboot Win7 and Chrome-OS on Netbook

I have tested Google Chrome OS (aka Chromium OS) using a USB pen drive, or more precisely Chrome OS Lime by Hexxeh. Since I like it I would like to install it along side of my pre-installed Windows ...
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Avoid issues with Fedora and Windows by installing on separate hard drives?

I just built my first Linux machine (Fedora distribution) and love it. For my professional work, having access to Windows would help tremendously, and I'd like to be install Windows and have a choice ...
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Grub installed by Scientific Linux does not boot Windows

I installed SL6.1 on a laptop that has a Vista install as well. After I installed SL6.1 I figured that I would have a boot option but no. How can I reconfigure GRUB to recognize Windows too?
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How do I make sure grub is only installed once?

I currently have Windows on one partition, and Ubuntu on another. I'd like to install Quimo, and possibly Mint and/or Lubuntu as well. How do I make sure that only Ubuntu has Grub, and that the ...
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Can't dualboot Fedora

I have Windows XP installed on partition C, and then I installed Fedora on ext3 partition. Now at computer startup I should see two options to select from; either launch XP or Fedora. However, my ...
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Windows Recovery from Grub messed up my computer?

Ok so I'm a noob when it comes to Operating Systems and I think I really messed up this time. So I have a laptop that dual boots Windows 7 and Linux Mint 11. I was trying to boot into Windows 7 but it ...
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Will my programs installed in Ubuntu be usable by another distro in a dual-boot set-up?

I am interested in setting up my machine so that I can try different distributions of Linux. I want to always be running Ubuntu (10.04.3), but would then try other distros in a dual-boot setting. ...
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Can't see the free disk space of the drive

I am installing redhat 6 with pendrive, I get only two drives option for installing one is the whole hard disk and the other is pendrive, but I've created a free logical disk of 30 GB in windows. I am ...
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How to install Ubuntu 11.04 after installing OpenSolaris.2009.06 without causing any problems?

I have installed OpenSolaris.2009.06 on a server a few month ago, and have been working with it. Now I wanted to install Ubuntu 11.04. I have a large amount of sensitive data on OpenSolaris. Is there ...
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grub2 Windows doesn't boot anymore

Hi. I had a Windows/Ubuntu 11.04 dual-boot setup and suddenly Windows stopped booting. I mean it doesn't even appear on the boot list. The files look fine and Ubuntu boots fine. I was trying to write ...
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Slackware boot error after fresh install

I'm currently running Ubuntu and Slackware on my system. After just installing Slackware, with everything appearing to work fine, I boot into GRUB only to see an "error: no such disk" or something of ...
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Trying to create a multiboot USB for Installs

I'm trying to boot various OS/Configurations of OS Install from a single USB. I've been using Multisystem, but it fails when I try to boot an install created with RemasterSys + Ubuntu 11.04. It gives ...
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Has my Debian installation disabled hibernate in Windows 7, on my dual booting machine?

Installing Debian on dual boot terms has disabled hibernate in Windows 7. The solution according to this thread is to make use of Grub's "makeactive" option. I don't understand. What is the poster ...
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Dual boot install (Windows after Linux)

Most of the faqs/how-to for dual booting assume windows is installed with 'nix being installed in unpartitioned space. I need to go the other way, i have wheezy installed and need to install xp, so, ...
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Windows Boot Configuration Data (BCD) viewer for linux

Is there such a thing as a Windows Boot Configuration Data (BCD) viewer for Linux? I understand that BCD files are 'like registry hives' and tools exist to read registry hives for Linux. Is there a ...
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dual boot solaris with ubuntu?

I have installed Solaris on my x86 machine (taking 100gb of 500gb). Now I have installed Ubuntu on the system (in another 100gb). I want to make primary OS as Solaris. I know setting have to be done ...
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GRUB error Fedora 15 when Dual Booting on MacBook Pro

I am having trouble getting Fedora 15 running on my MacBook Pro. I had Fedora 15 installed before on this MBP before, so I know it works. I basically followed the good old instructions of Create a ...
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How to get dual booting to work when using burg and two hard drives?

I have arch linux on one 250GB hard drive and windows 7 on another. I can boot into ArchLinux just fine, and I can boot into windows if I unplug the hard drive with Arch. But when I boot with both ...