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 Grub 2 on a USB flash drive

MultiBootISOs is a tool that let you install Grub on a USB flash drive. I really like it because it lets me boot from ISO files and let me put a bunch of ISOs on my USB and choose which one to boot. ...
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Are there any side effects when two distros share a swap partition?

In order to save disk space, I want to have two OS installations share a single swap partition (a dual-boot). Is this a good idea?
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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 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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Grub not loading after Windows 8 Install

My system was configured to dual boot Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS and Windows 7. Today I got my hands on the MSDN release of Windows 8 and I installed it over my Windows 7. Now the computer just boots to ...
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Can GRUB2 share the EFI system partition with Windows?

I have an existing Windows 7 GPT installation, which already has a EFI System partition. I am now trying to install a Linux on a separate harddisk, which is also GPT formatted. I did not find any ...
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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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Chainload two Grub2 installations

This is really getting me down. I have Gentoo and Ubuntu, both with Grub2. Gentoo has a dedicated /boot partition, while Ubuntu does not. I have a menuentry in Gentoo's /etc/grub.d/40_custom to boot ...
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Windows boot option is missing after installing CentOS 7, how can I get it back?

I recently installed CentOS 7 on a machine that has been running Windows 7. I did a dual boot installation and installed CentOS in a partition. But when I boot up my machine, it only gives me two ...
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How will hibernation work in two Linux installations sharing a swap partition?

This question is a more specific "subquestion" of the one about side effects when two distros share a swap partition. What will actually happen if I install two Linux distributions on my machine with ...
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How to install Linux distro to a second hdd from within a running Linux Desktop Environment?

The title says it all! More specifically, I am running Fedora18 on my main HDD. I have a second HDD in the "UltraBay" slot of my ThinkPad W520--eSata connection. Is there a possibility to avoid ...
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restore suse grub

I upgraded my ubuntu and that resulted in its grub loader being used. I have a triboot of windows, ubuntu and suse. I prefer the suse bootloader which I was using before the ubuntu updates. I would ...
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Figuring out what OS is on which partition?

So I have both Ubuntu and Crunchbang installed on my laptop, and I'm trying to figure out which one is on which partition. I'm going to install another OS (probably BT) and need to know what ...
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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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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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RHEL Installation issue with UEFI on HP Compaq Desktop

I have bought a new Desktop HP Compaq Elite 8300 SFF. It came with Windows 7 Pro installed. Now I want to install Linux (RHEL) by dual booting it. I have successfully shrinked the partition and ...
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saving file to usb stick while using linux boot stick

I am using the instructions in this youtube video to install CentOS 7 on a new computer that is running Windows 8. The tutorial uses UniversalUSBInstaller from PenDriveLinux, but the installation is ...
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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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After removing linux Grub error

I have a dual boot Windows & Linux system. I removed the Linux partition, but after that I am not able to go in to Windows XP. It is not booting. It gives me a GRUB error.
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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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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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FreeNAS grub2 booting ISO

I've got usb-keys setup to multi-boot different Linux images. I wouldn't mind adding FreeNAS, and there's a doc with samples to add to grub.cfg menuentry "FreeNAS-8.0.4-RELEASE-x64" { insmod ufs2 ...
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How do I add PC BSD / FreeBSD to Grub 2 boot loader?

I have Ubuntu 10.04 installed as my primary operating system, and I installed PC BSD in a different partition: /dev/sda4 without installing it's boot loader. I figured out that I need to edit /etc/...
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How do I change the GRUB boot configuration from within Windows?

I currently dual boot Windows 7 and Fedora 14, using GRUB, with Windows 7 as my default. I know that from Fedora, I can set GRUB to boot into Fedora, overriding the default, on the next reboot. Is ...
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How to setup a “data” partition shared by multiple Linux OS'es?

Currently I have a NTFS partition that contains shared data. My rationale is, NTFS doesn't have any idea about file permissions, so I won't have any trouble using them in a multi-boot system (...
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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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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 boot from iso with Grub2/Burg boot loader

I'm using Ubuntu as my primary OS and alternative is Windows 7 for gaming, and another stuffs. I want to have menu to boot some live CD ISO. Is there anyway to make menu entry in Grub2/Burg to boot ...
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How to make GRUB resume from hibernate in a dual boot PC

I have a laptop running two different GNU/Linux-based operating systems. Each operating system has it's dedicated root and home partition, but share the boot and swap partition. They both work quite ...
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FreeBSD 8.1 on MacBook 5,2

I've been trying to dual-boot FreeBSD 8.1 with Mac OS X on my MacBook (5,2), but am having trouble trying to get the live cd to boot. I reach the FreeBSD Boot Loader Screen with the options for boot, ...
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How can I prevent Windows from overwriting GRUB when using a dual-boot machine

I've been reading a lot about dual-booting, and it seems as easy as loading Windows and then loading Linux with GRUB, but everybody says that Windows loves to trash GRUB when it gets the opportunity. ...
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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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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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Dual boot Fedora and Windows 8 gives error: you need to load the kernel first

While there seem to be a lot of questions regarding dual booting Windows and Linux, I did not see one that seemed to cover this problem. That said, I believe a lot of the problems may be fixed in a ...
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Disconnecting drives for dual-boot installation

Related to my post about my Arch installation, I'm wondering whether the following procedure would work: Disconnect sda Install Arch normally on sdb as if on a single-drive system Disconnect sdb, ...
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FreeBSD and Linux shared partitions

Which directories, and how, can I share between FreeBSD and Linux? In particular, how can I deduplicate respectively /usr/home and /home? I guess directly sharing a partition between both systems ...
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centos 7 dual boot with windows 8.1

How do I install CentOS 7 alongside Windows 8.1 to create a dual boot machine? I did this easily enough on a Windows 7 machine using pendrivelinux. But that approach is resulting in a failure to ...
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Problem at booting Windows from GRUB2 menu made by Debian for itself

I've Asus UEFI motherboard with 2 hard disks, (hd0) and (hd1). I managed to make my Debian Wheezy on my second disk bootable using grub-efi and it boots OK. I also have Windows on the first disk, ...
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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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Dual boot debian/Win XP - hidden partitions and primary partition limit

I decided it's (finally) time to make my eee a debian/WinXP dual boot. I have Windows already installed and chose to sacrifice most of an existing data partition for debian. Here's how the partitions ...
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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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Linux installation on an extended drive related

I just want to install another version of same distro linux into the extended partition, i. e. into the /dev/sda7. Does it make any problem into current Linux and its data and contents? If no, I can ...
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Accessing Macintosh HD from Ubuntu

So after I upgraded my MBP to Yosemite, I have lost dualboot. After a long struggle, I finally reinstalled refind to work properly. Unfortuantelly, when I use Ubuntu, I cannot access Macintosh HD ...
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Having trouble setting up an Ubuntu/Windows 8 dual boot

I hope I'm not posting this in the wrong place (and if I am, please direct me to where you think would be a better place to post it) as this doesn't relate entirely to Linux and is really more to do ...
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Windows won't boot from hd1

I've added a second Disk to my system and copied my linux-installation + grub on it. My system contains 2 disks now: hd0: sda5: linux hd1: (old system with dualboot) sdb2: windows sdb5: linux If ...
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Hibernation of a dual boot machine with a shared writable partition

This question is similar to the one about resuming from hibernate in a dual boot PC, but i do not assume here that the two systems share the swap. Even though answers to these questions would ...
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Dualboot win10/Linux Mint boots directly into win10 - doesn't show grub

So I have a dual boot setup using Windows 10 and Linux Mint 17.2 but I can't boot into Mint normally because my laptop always boots into windows without showing grub. In order to boot into Mint I ...
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Optimal Setup for Windows & Linux - Sharing and Partitioning

This question gets a little complicated so please bear with me. So we have a new custom designed desktop which we will be mostly a dedicated machine for scientific computations in FORTRAN and MATLAB....
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Warning while Booting into Ubuntu

Recently, I installed Kali Linux 2.0 as a third OS on my Dell Latitude E7240. I used Unetbootin to make a bootable USB of Kali Linux. When I booted from it, it gave me options I wasn't used to. I ...
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Kali Linux 1.1.0a doesn't boot from USB

I have Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu installed. I had ran boot-repair since the os selection menu wasn't showing. Few days ago, I downloaded the latest version of Kali Linux. I used PowerISO to copy all the ...