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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Installed Windows 8.1 not Booting from Internal HDD

I have Windows 8.1 and Linux installed on my internal HDD. Windows is installed first, it worked fine and later I installed Linux through live USB stick. After restarting nothing happened...my ...
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Comparison between: Linux host Windows guest vs Windows host Linux guest vs 2 dedicated machines w/ KVM switch [closed]

I have the conflict that I do most of my work, software developing and data analysis, in Linux but there are a few applications I have to use which do not run well using Wine (specifically MS Word and ...
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Boot problem with Fedora and truecrypted Windows

I have 2 systems on 2 hard drives: truecrypted Windows and Fedora. When I try to press esc during password check from truecrypt nothing happens. In theory truecrypt bootloader should find Linux ...
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GRUB is not working

I've installed ubuntu alongside windows7 in laptop. When I restart after installation, it is directly entering Ubuntu OS. It is not showing the option which OS to choose. Windows is not deleted ...
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Which partition should I use for /boot to dual boot with Windows 8

The distro was Antergos Linux. Last time I tried to install to the EFI system partition (the one Windows uses), but when I rebooted after finishing install, the booting process when straight to ...
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Will I break my system if I persistently use a PC with triple boot installed (Win8, Ubuntu & Kali)

I have successfully installed three OSs; Kali linux, Ubuntu and Windows 8. What are the chances I break my system if I use this type of 'way of using pc' for years? Is it possible to break my system ...
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Grub is unable to find physical volume with Windows 7, in dual boot with Archlinux. LDM problem?

When I boot my system I get into the nice menu with Arch-linux, its settings and windows vista (loader) as possibilities. Windows fails to boot when selected with a message identical to the output of ...
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Not able to boot into ubuntu or windows

prerequisites you will need to know regarding my problem earlier I had Ubuntu 13 version, due to some unknown reason, when I restarted my computer to enter into windows it went directly to grub ...
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Dual booting elementary OS, does not boot properly after install

I'm trying to dual boot OS X and elementary OS on a Mac. I've followed e.g. these instructions. The first question is this: I have not once got the "install alongside" option so I've manually created ...
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Unable to start ubuntu after installing updates - Stuck at 'Try (hd0,0)'

I've installed Ubuntu 14.04.2 LTS on the same hard drive as my Windows 8.1 OS, on its own partition. The installation went without any hickups. After that I used EasyBCD on my windows system to ...
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After reinstalling Linux Mint, Windows 7 does not boot

Final edit: I tried each and every single fix on the question, but I ended up just restoring an image I made a year ago of the freshly installed system using clonezilla. After that, I ran rescatux to ...
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Kali Linux live dvd/usb wont start

When I plug my usb or enter a dvd with kali installation in it, it all works fine until im in the installation window (after I reboot the computer). I press the Kali Live option on the menu and wait ...
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After installing Linux Mint, only a terminal is showen when I boot into it

I have been using windows for as far back as I could remember and developing in virtual boxes but I have decided to install Linux Mint onto a second hard drive on my main computer. Sadly, when I boot ...
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Can't boot to Kali Linux [duplicate]

I have installed the operating system successfully on my laptop that has Windows 8.1 pre-installed. (With this guide) After restarting the computer, Windows 8.1 loaded instead of grub bootloader, so ...
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Setting Kali Linux as default system instead of using VirtualBox? [duplicate]

so I'm a complete noob and I just installed Linux using VirtualBox. Is there any method to set Linux as my default system and get rid of the current one (win7)? Or is it neccessary to delete both and ...
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Kali linux black screen after booting

I've managed to install kali linux from USB but after I try to boot it I get only black screen (after GRUB). It works great when I run only live sesion from USB. I am using MSI GS70 2PE notebook which ...
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Dual Booting Macbook pro mid-2009 with Ubuntu and OS X Yosemite

Machine - Macbook Pro 15" Mid-2009 Hi, I am trying to triple boot my system with: 1. OS X Yosemite. 2. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS 3. Windows 8.1 For now I am trying to install linux first and then I plan to ...
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No GRUB menu after installing Linux Mint 17

I installed linux mint 17 alongside Windows 8.1. When asked about the partition to use as "Reserved boot area"...I chose the 100 mb partition which was listed as "EFI System Partition" in Windows ...
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How to Overwrite Linux Mint 13 with 17.1 with Windows 8.1 dualboot?

I have recently been given a disk from my friend to install Linux Mint and have installed it to dual boot with my Windows 8.1. The version he gave me was version 13 (maya). I want to overwrite this ...
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How to switch from Grub to Windows Boot Manager

I have recently installed Debian 7 alongside Windows 7. Naturally they are in two different partitions and Debian was installed second. Debian has also installed GRUB as boot manager, but I would ...
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How do I re-install GRUB on one HDD so that, if multibooting, it will boot to THAT HDD's GRUB first?

Due to complex reasons, I have one installation of Zorin (my distro of choice) for booting, and another installation for actually using. I won't go into the details as to why because I hardly remember ...
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Installing other Linux in an encrypted disk

I recently got an SSD to replace my laptop's HDD and decided to change and use "full disk" encryption. I created a small unencrypted partition for /boot and an big encrypted LUKS partition where I ...
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Shared system partition for multiple linux system

Is it okay to share some partitions for multiple native linux system? For example, if I want to install Ubuntu, Debian and Arch in one harddisk, and I create lvm partition scheme like this: NAME ...
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Problem dual booting windows 8 and ubuntu 14.04

I had windows 8 for like 12 months Yesterday I choose to install ubuntu 14.04. On windows 8 I had 2 partitions C(where windows was installed) and D(other ntfs partition). I shrunk D with 50 GB then I ...
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Linux doesn't recognize windows on installation

I want to install Linux besides my Windows 7. But when I get into the installation menu, it tells me that this "pc doesn't have an OS installed". Although I already have a Win7 installed. I have 5 ...
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Can Grub2 multi-boot LUKS/LVM distros with only one boot partition?

There are many tutorials on the internet for multi-booting unencrypted distros using a single boot partition and chainloading. For example, booting 145 OSes. Likewise, there are tutorials for ...
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AV Linux as main OS. Computer won't accept bootable USB

I am trying to install and run AVLinux through the downloadable .iso image from the website. I created a standard startup disk with the standard creator in 14.10 all went well. ''Startup Disk ...
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Lost Win7 boot after installing UBUNTU Vivid

I have a dual boot system (Win7 for my company) and (UBUNTU 14.10) .. My company is using Encryption for the image of Win7. After Win7 installation i installed UBUNTU 14.10 and i was able to boot ...
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“Disk space full” - Linux Mint as Dual Boot on UEFI Windows

I'm trying to install Linux Mint 17.1 in UEFI mode on an Asus PC with Windows 8.1 preinstalled. The 250GB-SSD with Windows preinstalled is /dev/sdb/. I partitioned 125GB for use with Ubuntu (Linux ...
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Unable to boot Linux Mint or WIndows anymore

I've spent the last two days trying to get my computer working. It's a dell inspiron 15r se. I have windows 7 Professional edition installed and Linux Mint I've tried the recovery disk for windows ...
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Windows 8.1 not showing up in GRUB bootloader after installing Linux Mint 17.1 on partition

my system drives are based on these hardware parts 1: SSD 250 GB 2: HDD 1TB 3: External HDD 2TB I use my SSD for Windows 8.1 and all other related stuff, like, installing software etc. The HDD is ...
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Can't boot into slackware installer

Can't boot into Slackware installer, I get stuck in this: The last line I see is: mousedev: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice I tried a external Keyboard with Mouse (Cordless but at least ...
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Trouble installing <distro> onto correct partition for a dual boot

Some of the context might not be relevant to the problem so feel free to skim through the rest of this post but essentially what I'm doing is trying to install an operating system onto the KAOS ...
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Dual Boot Debian on Raid 0 in UEFI mode

My new notebook came from the factory with Windows 8 on two 128GB SSDs in RAID 0 mode. I wanted to dual boot it with a Linux distro, I settled on Debian, so I resized my C: drive as one normally would ...
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Tried installing Mint 17.1 64bit, deleted Windows 8.1 boot partition when I overwrited it with the Linux boot

As the title says, when live-usb installing linux mint 17.1 64bit, I chose the windows 8.1 bootup partition as the bootup for linux, so when the boot menu appears and I try to run windows 8.1, it ...
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How do I resize a windows partition without using gparted?

Suppose I have a native (i.e. coming from manufacturers) windows 7 installation on a laptop (with an SSD device, BIOS/MBR partition table if that matters). The partition on the device is completely ...
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Dual boot windows 8.1 and Centos 7 on seperate drives

I want to create a dual boot pc with Windows 8.1 and Centos 7. But i dont want to install both OS on the same drive. I have two SSD's. I want to install windows on the first SSD and Centos 7 on the ...
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WIndows 8.1 in hibernation on boot up can't install Linux

I Have a HP Elitebook 2730p I cannot get Linux to install on it. it will boot up on the SD Card then loses it or dismounts it and cannot find it again to remount it to install Linux. I then tried a ...
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Simple problem, Long read: How to overwrite file residing on ESP at Linux boot

First, foundation. Here is my setup: I have a 64-bit dual-boot system running Windows 7 and Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon. I use rEFInd to graphically choose which system to boot. A little bit about ...
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Dual-boot ends with Dual-Bootloaders

Having just bought a new laptop out of necessity, and ending up with Windows 8.1, because I work from home and the company only supports windows, and the identical 7 machine was almost $100 more than ...
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How to Install Microsoft Windows OS if already have Ubuntu 12.04 installed

I have purchased a Dell laptop with Ubuntu Linux 12.04 installed in it, and I want to install Microsoft Windows operating system on Ubuntu and have dual booting. I hope to install the Microsoft ...
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rebuilding my grub2 menu based on my one installed kernel

tl;dr : I have one kernel now on fedora and want that ONLY with Windows 8 to show up on my boot menu. I've been tweaking and geeking with linux kernels. Then I wanted to clean up my boot menu. So ...
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Linux Mint - Windows 8.1 Boot problem

After a clean Windows 8.1 installation I tried to install Linux Mint for dualbooting using a burned DVD. My windows partitions are /dev/sd1 and /dev/sd2. I tried both using the default "install ...
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Decided to install ArchLinux, but faced a problem with Windows

I decided to install ArchLinux and the tutorial I found wanted to create the partitions in advance. So I made the ext4 and linux-swap partitions and saw in gParted my old friends - the Windows ...
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How Do I Replicate Current Grub2 Install?

I've installed Linux in the past alongside Windows 8.1, and I've had problems. I tried several times until I got Grub2 to be installed correctly and display Linux and Windows 8. My Linux Mint Debian ...
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Problems booting Kali Linux 1.0.9a 64 bit on Macbook Pro

I have a mid 2009 Macbook Pro that I am trying to dual boot OS X and Kali Linux on. I replaced my optic drive with my old HDD and replaced my HDD with an SSD. OS X and my apps are running off of the ...
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specific swap partitions for multiple debian instances in a single computer

I'm trying to setup a computer with three debian instances (wheezy, jessie and sid), I've created / and swap partitions for each debian instance, during the installation I did specify which swap ...
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Cannot load linuxmint after dual boot with windows 8.1 having efi firmware [closed]

I have acer laptop with pre-installed windows 8.1 so comes with efi firmware. I dual boot Linux Mint after changing efi to legacy and set bootloader installation of Linux to efi partition. Then I ...
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Triple booting Chromium Os, Ubuntu 14.10, Windows 7

I have a lenovo L410, with windows 7 professional pre-installed. On this, I have dual booted Ubuntu 14.10. Now, I want to triple boot with chromium os, but as I have a lot of stuff, I dont want to ...
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install linux distro with overwritting grub?

Currently i am using linux mint 17.1 cinnamon for some reasons i need to install xubuntu 14.04. So how to install xubuntu with overwriting GRUB. ie. After installation I should have linux Mint's ...