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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installing manjaro linux wrecked my boot

I don't know if it's manjaro finally, but it happened after installing manjaro. I have a Samsung laptop, maybe 1 year old, 750GB HD, 4GB RAM. It came preinstalled with Windows with some repair ...
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Dual booting Ubuntu and Windows 8. w8 boots through grub shell, but not from menu

I have a laptop, with installations of Ubuntu 12.10, and Windows 8. Windows 8 was first installed on the system, and Ubuntu was installed afterwards. During the Ubuntu installation, the installer ...
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Unable to boot into Mac OS after installing Fedora[Dual Boot]

I installed Fedora on my Mac and now when I boot, it says "booting in insecure mode" an then see a typical Linux "choose what to boot" screen. The List goes like: Fedora Fedora Recovery Mac OSX ...
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Install rEFInd on OS X 10.10 Yosemite

I want to dual boot my macbook with Arch Linux and thus tried to install rEFInd using the install script, however, after install rEFInd doesn't seem to start at all? Anyone experienced the same issue ...
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Dual boot Mint on a Surface Pro 3?

I have a shiny new SP3 and I'd like to dual boot Mint 17 on it. I'm familiar with creating a dual boot system in general, but since the SP3 is a UEFI device, I'm a bit gun shy in this particular ...
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How to recover Windows Boot Manager after a Mint installation gone wrong [migrated]

Yesterday, my cousin wanted me to install Linux Mint onto his Windows 8 Lenovo laptop so he could dual-boot Linux Mint and Windows 8 so he could get some hands-on experience with Windows 8. I've ...
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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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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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Zorin Core 9.1/Windows Vista Dual boot Failure [closed]

I attempted to install Zorin 9.1 alongside Windows Vista, and manually configured the partition table, I had about 311 GB at the time with a dev/sda1 and dev/sda2, I reduced dev/sda1 (which was 300 ...
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Can't get rEFIt to boot after install (Ubuntu + OSX on macbook pro)

I'm trying to dual boot Ubuntu and OSX on my macbook (MacBookPro8,2). As per the usual guide, I downloaded rEFIt (the .dmg) and installed it. Then I rebooted about 12 times and still always just get ...
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Recovering windows partition in Mint (testdisk fails)

Yesterday I messed up my partitions, wanting to replace Ubuntu with Mint. My other partition had Windows 8 on it. I booted Mint from a live USB and started the Mint setup. I selected the option to ...
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Can't boot live USB of Linux Mint DE on my UEFI PC

I used the Universal USB Installer application to copy the latest ISO image from Linux Mint DE (64 bits) and install it on my PC, however when I try to reboot it I have the option to choose my ...
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Trying to Add Oracle Solaris (SunOS) OS 11.2 as a Dual Boot under Grub2

I was Trying to install Oracle Solaris (SunOS) 11.2 as a Dual Boot under Grub2. I followed the Grub2 instructions for Adding an ISO and I get the following Grub Entry for the Solaris ISO -- ...
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Question regarding linux installation (Kali Linux (Debian Based)

Please tell me that following steps will help me in installing Kali Linux dual boot with windows? If I have 500GB and windows is taking all of it. I will create 100GB for Kali Linux by shrinking C. ...
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Getting error opening Windows. Error 1: Filename must be either an absolute pathname or blocklist

I've installed CentOS 6.4 on UEFI machine. Created /boot/efi partition and installed grub in it. But when I open Other in the grub menu I get this error: Error 1: Filename must be either an ...
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linux boot manager has been blocked [SOLVED] [closed]

I've just installed arch linux on a UEFI motherboard. as bootloader I installed "gummiboot". I've got the following problem, when the computer stars I recive the message: "Linux Boot Manager has been ...
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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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How to dual boot Xubuntu with Windows 7 & 8 from separate drives

I had Windows 7 and 8 on a hard drive, then I decided to try Xubuntu, and installed it on a separate hard drive. Then I tried using EasyBCD, but Windows doesn't recognize Linux partitions. ...
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Fedora 17 Grub not finding Windows 8

I had Windows 8 installed, shrunk it and installed Fedora 17 using the free space. It now only boots into Fedora. I have these two EFI partitions: /dev/sda2 /EFI /Boot/bootx64.efi ...
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Dual boot Ubuntu 14.04 and CentOS 7.0

Problem in installing Ubuntu after CentOS 7.0: I have a laptop with a hard disk around 170Gb. After installing CentOS 7.0 I tried to install the Ubuntu 14.04 alongside with the CentOS 7.0. The Ubuntu ...
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Dual boot - Kubuntu and Windows 8 - how to?

I recently installed Windows 8 on my computer. These are the specs: Fx-8150 CPU 8 GB RAM ATI HD7870 120 GB SSD 2 TB HDD Mainboard: Gigabyte GA-970A-UD3 (rev 1.1) (only bios but EFI mode possible ...
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Create NTFS partition (in Linux) for dual-boot into Linux/Windows 7

I have installed Linux (Debian) onto my computer (which is not partitioned). Want I want to do is to create an NTFS partition so that I can install Windows 7 onto my computer, so I can dual-boot into ...
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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 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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Ubuntu boots immediately

After using Wubi for a few weeks, I thought it would be time to do a real install of Ubuntu. I downloaded the iso file from the official website and installed the iso on a usb (with Pen Drive Linux's ...
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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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Home folder with Windows + Mint dual boot

I am dual-booting Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon 64-bit and Windows 8.1 64-bit. Since I use both OSes to work with the same files, I am thinking what would be the best approach to read and write files using ...
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How do I dual boot backtrack 5 r3 and Windows 8?

I have already successfully completed the Ubuntu and windows 8 dual boot but now I am trying to add backtrack and my computer (Hp 2000 Notebook pc) will not even see my backtrack files. I am trying ...
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Backtrack 5 R2 Dual-Boot w/Windows 7 No Longer Loads

A while back, I installed Backtrack 5 R2 to Dual Boot on a Windows 7 PC. It worked fine for a while, but now when I try to load it, the screen gets all messed up (tried to get a picture with my phone, ...
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CentOS 7.0 live USB cannot be recognised

Wish to dual boot Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and CentOS 7.0, I have planned to first install Ubuntu 14.04 LTS by live USB into a laptop computer (boot both UEFI and legacy with UEFI first), followed by CentOS ...
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How to dual boot Linux and Windows from small boot drive?

I am a Linux newbie, and I am trying to dual boot Linux Mint with Windows 7. Right now, Windows 7 boots from a small SSD, which has little extra room on it. Is there a way to set up a dual boot where ...
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Installed Centos 7 after Windows and can't boot into Centos

I wanted to setup a dual boot for Windows 7 and Centos 7 I had a Windows 7 machine with 500GB disk. I shrank the Windows partition to provide space for Centos 7 (roughly 230GB). I created a USB ...
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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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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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How does Grub boot off of a Windows partition?

I have a dual boot laptop that was built by Dell with Windows/Red Hat. The grub configuration says that it was made by Anaconda. The partitions are as follows: /dev/hda1 Dell Utility /dev/hda2 ...
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How to clean up dual ESP partition mess

My initial setup: Lenovo U510 Ultrabook HDD + SSD (used by ExpressCache) UEFI + SecureBoot enabled Windows 8 preinstalled My goal was to create a nice dualbooting setup for Windows 8 and ...
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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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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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Dual boot Linux partition scheme with encryption

I am trying to figure out how I should encrypt my machine. I am reorganizing and will have two 500GB drives. I am setting up a dual boot system (both linux). My prospective partition scheme: sda: ...
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How to install after windows 8.1 with MBR partition

I have a laptop, which has a 500GB hard disk and with MBR partition, and I install my windows8.1 on it, but I left ~75G unused which I would like to use it for OpenSuse13.1. Now I have 2 USB, one is ...
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Grub doesn't recognize windows 8

Recently, I installed Windows 8.1 and Linux Mint Debian Edition on a new laptop. Neither installs seemed to have any issues, and both operating systems run well. However, the only way I can switch ...
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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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Problem Windows 8.1 Ubuntu 14.04 dual boot

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 on a computer that has Windows 8.1 preinstalled, following the next link http://itsfoss.com/install-ubuntu-1404-dual-boot-mode-windows-8-81-uefi/ Now I can not dual boot. ...
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Chroot in to reinstall Grub2 reinstall, mnt/ is empty

I have a common problem: I installed Fedora 18 on my PC that has Windows on it. When I start the PC I don't get asked which system I want to boot, Windows is chosen always. So I found out that I ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...