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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Windows and Ubuntu dual boot

I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 on a partition. Now I have Ubuntu and Windows 8.1 for dual boot. I followed this tutorial to install Ubuntu. Now when I switch on the computer I have the following ...
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Is there any danger in changing the labels of my hard drives?

I've have both Ubuntu and Arch installed on my computer, and want to change the labels of the / and /home partitions (four in total), to make it clear which is which. Can this potentially break ...
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Unable to synchronize the clocks on a dual boot system

A have a dual boot system: Ubuntu and Arch. Ubuntu was installed first. A while after installing Arch, I've set up its clock because it was 8 behind my current time zone (my time zone is gmt +8). I ...
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reorder GRUB to list Windows on top

I have win 7 and linux mint 14 installed. Is it possible to modify the GRUB Menu to show Windows as the first option instead of Linux, which it currently does. Mainly so that during boot it starts ...
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Iinstallation of Kali linux under dual boot in Win-7

I am completely new to Linux and its related distributions and I am trying to install the Kali-Linux in Wind 7 64 bit OS through dual boot option. I have downloaded the kali-64 bit mini.iso and after ...
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Dual Boot and encrypting Linux?

I have Windows and want to install encrypted Ubuntu (Home + Swap + System) - it giving me that option during installation when I'm choosing partitions so my question is will I be able to boot both ...
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No such device: grub rescue

I have got a machine with Windows and Linux Mint. Now that I needed to upgrade my Mint because I needed the new fixes, I cannot boot. I get the error message no such device, grub rescue. My guess is ...
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rEFInd not seeing Windows 8.1

I recently installed Arch on my new SSD after my other one died, and in the process I accidentally wiped the EFI partition and the Windows recovery partition. Before I had rEFInd in place, it booted ...
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Does the Linux Mint installer include an option to replace/upgrade ONLY Linux Mint on a dual boot system?

I have a dual boot system running Windows 7 64-bit and Linux Mint 16 (with Cinnamon). I'd like to replace Mint 16 with Mint 17 (I'm OK with completely wiping JUST Mint). I want to leave Windows ...
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On Arch Linux Partitioning [closed]

I've been going through the Arch Linux beginner's guide and I'm a bit confused on partitioning the OS. It says I can either have just a root partition or a root and /home partition. What are the ...
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Kali Linux is not booting after installation after/before Windows 7

I have GPT, EFI (or UEFI?). I've installed Windows 7, then Kali Linux (in opposite order too), but Kali doesn't want to boot -- Windows wants. I tried to use update-grub, tried to switch the ...
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Dual boot Solaris and Linux

I have a laptop running Oracle Solaris and Gentoo Linux. First I installed Gentoo Linux. I used GPT partitioning scheme. In order to boot Gentoo Linux I have GRUB 2. Then I installed Solaris 11.1. ...
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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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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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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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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 Windows 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 ...