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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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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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" ...
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Shrink Windows partition to install Fedora 20

I want to install Fedora 20 along already installed Windows 8.1 on my notebook. I found a good how-to on Techotopia, however, the installer for Fedora 20 looks completely different, is simpler (cough ...
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How do I dual-boot 2 (or more) Linux distributions with gummiboot and UEFI?

I have Arch installed as my main OS with gummiboot for booting. I'm planning to dual boot with Fedora 20 soon but I am currently held back by some doubts. Do I need to install Grub2 for Fedora even ...
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Can't install GRUB. Dual Booting Kali Linux with Windows 7. Two different HDDs

I'm having trouble installing Kali on a MSI GE70 2OE with a SSD HD and a standard SATA HD. I've installed W7 on the SSD, and then partitioned my SATA in two parts: One 800Gb for W7 and another 200Gb ...
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Can't boot into windows if it's not the first HDD in boot order (Linux)

I installed eOS recently with a custom install (selected separate home, root, and swap partitions). After the install, eOS boots perfectly. However when I try to choose the Windows 8 option it will ...
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Unable to boot Linux / Windows as there are no boot entries in the BIOS

I have Asus N56D laptop with Windows 8 pre-installed in EFI mode. I installed Linux Mint 15 dual boot and got it working with the Boot-Repair utility. Everything was going fine until I decided to ...
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Arch Linux and Windows

I know this place maybe isn't the best place to ask for help with this specific question, but I guess you can help. I have a UEFI system with partitions arranged as follows: #  # /etc/fstab: static ...
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How to install Windows 8 after arch?

Okay so after a painful 3 days of fixing / changing / reformatting I have finally got Arch Linux install. Now comes the problem. I had to remove Windows when installing Arch but I still need Windows. ...
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How to install linux (BackBox) and windows on the same computer? [duplicate]

I have a Dell 1564. I want to install back-box a Debian based flavor of Linux. I don't really wish to dual boot like switching between operating systems, but I do wish to run either at choice from ...
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Ubuntu - Install Options

I have three possibilities to installing and running Ubuntu as my main operating system. 1) Install onto an external SSD: Obviously, this would mean installing onto the External SSD and connecting ...
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What directories can be shared between distros?

After getting some information about partition scheme, I came to know that using discrete partitions will be more useful. If I'd to install another OS, and see having /home directory in seperate ...
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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 ...