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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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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Use a “Friendly” Label on Drives or Partitions in FreeBSD

Maybe I am missing this and it's really simple, but I cannot figure out how to label a BSD disk. I have looked at tunefs or gpart and even disklabel, however none do what I am looking for - I don't ...
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Dual Boot Configuration with SSD and HDD

I'm very new to Linux. I have been using Windows/Mac during my whole life, but now I have decided to use Linux. So I'm trying to configure a dual boot system with Windows 10 and CentOS 7. I already ...
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Why am I only getting two options in systemd-boot?

I set up an Arch USB stick, following the instructions given at https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/USB_flash_installation_media#In_Windows_2, section 1.2.2. Specifically, I extracted the Arch ISO ...
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Preinstalled windows 8.1 not booting after installing Linux mint 17.1

I have pre-installed windows 8.1 on my machine and its a uefi enabled machine. I installed linux mint 17.1 on this by the side of windows 8.1. As I was unaware about the approach to install linux ...
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How to clean up bootloaders & UEFI entries from other installs?

I got a new Windows laptop, and I wanted to dual boot with Linux. I installed Fedora, before changing my mind and going back to Mint. I'd like to keep Win 8.1 and Mint. However, now my UEFI boot menu ...
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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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Linux USB audio volume problem

I have a dual boot Linux/Windows 8 system with a pair of KEF X300A speakers connected to the machine via a USB port. After each reboot from Windows the maximum volume obtainable from the speakers in ...
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Cannot boot into Linux off live USB

I am trying to dual boot Linux on my laptop (Dell XPS 15) which is running Windows 10 Pro. I did not have any problem dual booting the two operating systems on my desktop. I cannot boot up ANY Linux ...
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Fedora installation breaks UEFI boot

I am having problems installing Fedora 21/22-alpha on brand new system and I am new to the EFI thing so I am running into issues. I installed Win7, booted in UEFI, installed in UEFI, at least I see an ...
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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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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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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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create partition inside Linux Mint to install Windows 7

I have installed 64-bit Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon on my laptop, which has no other OS. Right now Mint uses the entire hard disk. Is it possible to create a partition from Mint for Windows 7? (Windows 7 ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Lost access to grub after installation of Peppermint 4

I am hoping someone would be able to help me. I have installed peppermint 4 but after restarting it, the grub menu didn't show up and now it boots straight into Windows. I went back into peppermint by ...
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Can't boot FreeBSD after installation

I've installed FreeBSD on my system along with Windows 7 using this tutorial. When I turn on my PC the screen says something like this: F1 FreeBSD F2 Win F3 ? F6 PXE Boot: F1 _ Pressing F2 ...
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Multiboot USB drive using relative paths with Syslinux (or another bootloader)

I want to make a multiboot USB drive with Ubuntu, Backtrack and Mantra-OS on it (all Ubuntu variants as you can see). Those are the steps I've done: sudo su unmount /dev/sdb1 ...
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Debian boots on one Mac but not another

I'm trying to boot Debian from a USB Hard Drive (using rEFIt as a boot loader), and am successful on two newer-model MacBook Pros and a Hackintosh (no surprise there), but I'm not successful on ...
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How do create an encrypted system with multiple Linux distributions?

A few weeks ago I created a completely encrypted system on a notebook and must say I like the idea. It's a little bit annoying to enter the password on every boot, but it's nice to know even if I lose ...
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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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Unix/Windows dualboot OS-dependent file

I'm currently in a dualboot setup, where I work in both Windows and Debian. I've set up my Android development environment to share as many files as possible to save drive space, including my ...
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How to rename boot options with dual boot

I have Ubuntu and Windows 10 installed side-by-side, and the BIOS tool that's installed on the computer is called "Aptio Setup Utility". How can I rename the boot options, not just for the OS I'm ...
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Linux Mint not letting anything else boot

I installed Linux Mint a few days ago. I installed it on an SSD with a system partition, a home partition, and a swap partition. On another separate SSD I have Windows 10 installed. Since installing ...
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OpenELEC : “cp: can't stat '/flash/SYSTEM'”

I hope someone will be able to help here, I don't see much support about OpenElec... But let's try ! SO. I'm buidling an HTPC and would like to multi-boot it with OpenElec + Mint; with EFI boot. I ...
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Fedora 23 no longer bootable (GRUB: Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported.)

I have a dual boot on my laptop with Windows 10 and Fedora 23. Both were installed in EFI mode. It's been working fine, but I had to set the boot order to prioritize BOOTX64.EFI for it to start ...
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'Resuming' Ubuntu after battery died

I'm running Ubuntu 15.10 alongside OSX, usually booting into Ubuntu using rEFInd. Last night my laptop died while in Ubuntu due to lack of battery power, when trying to boot back into Ubuntu this ...
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Files (e.g. music) on secondary drive can't be found by programs

I'm dual booting elementary OS with Windows 10. Each has its main file system on a 128gb SSD, with shared data on a 1TB HDD. I'm very new to Linux so sorry if this is a dumb question. I can access ...
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Can not boot windows after installing ubuntu

I installed Ubuntu in a computer with Windows preinstalled but when doing it I didn't disable fast startup and now can't boot Windows. I am using GRUB to boot. In the GRUB menu I can see Windows, but ...
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Migrating from dual boot to triple boot

In my current setup, I have Crucial MX200 SSD - Kali linux installed with grub bootloader, set as primary boot drive Corsair Neutron XT 960GB - Windows 7 Corsair Neutron XT 480GB - Shared data drive ...
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Grub2 can't detect Windows 10, Dual boot on two harddrive, UEFI/GPT system

I have two ssd which there is Windows 10 on the /dev/sda1 and OpenSuse on /dev/sda3 (/dev/sda2 is for a storage hdd). I have been installed Ubuntu on my /dev/sda3 couple months ago. But because of ...
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Most efficient for multiple distros on one machine

My laptop – which is my main everyday computer – is currently dual-booting Win10 and Ubuntu 14.04 (though I almost never use Windows). I recently tried out a USB boot stick of the live ...
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Issue when trying to boot Windows partition (Linux Mint/Windows 10 Dual Boot)

I recently partitioned my hard drive with about 22 GB of space for Linux Mint and the rest for Windows 10. From the GNU GRUB menu, I'm able to properly boot into Linux Mint by selecting the menu ...
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Easy way to boot Windows and more than 1 linux distros?

So originally I had installed Windows 7. Then a couple of weeks ago I installed Debian. I now wanted to try Ubuntu so I installed it without taking to much care for the booting process, I let Ubuntu ...
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Windows loader not loading after dual booting with Kali Linux

I have an HP ProBook with Windows 8.1 (Enterprise Edition) preinstalled. I decided to dual boot it with Kali Linux. After a lot of tutorials, I managed to install it like this. First I created a disk ...
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Dual boot fedora 23 and Windows 10 issue

I had Windows 10 installed on my machine. When I decided to also install Fedora 23 using Dual boot, Fedora was working fine, but when I tried to boot Windows 10 I had a problem. In the grub boot menu ...
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Unable to shutdown Windows after installing GRUB

(Hope this is the right place to ask this) I've a Asus ROG laptop that came with Windows 8.1 preinstalled, I upgraded it to Windows 10 and then I wanted to install Bunsenlabs Linux as dual boot. The ...
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grub2 cannot see filesystem on alternate /boot partition

I have 2 (soon to be more) independent OSes. Right now it is just CentOS 6.6 and 7, but will be adding several more. I can boot CentOS 7 cleanly, but 6.6 will not boot. The error is: error: no such ...
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Kali 2.0 won't boot after dual booting with Windows 10?

I installed Windows 10 64-Bit and I booted into that and it works amazingly. After I installed Windows 10 I partitioned a 80GB partition on my HDD and I continued to install Kali. No problems were ...
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Installing a dual boot environment of Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS and Windows 7

While installing Ubuntu "along side" my current Windows 7 OS, from a USB drive, all went well until "Allocating Drive Space". I used the default allocations of Windows Recovery Environment: 11.3 GB ...
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MINT Freezes on boot after load the system

I'm trying to install Linux Mint on my notebook and still geting a strange problem. After i boot on Mint, and the system started after like 2 minutes it just freeze first freeze the system and then ...
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Grub doesn't recognize Win10 after first installing Win10 and then LinuxMint

So I was trying to set up a dual boot Win10/LinuxMint on my HP Pavilion by doing the following: -Installing Win7 fresh from an HP Recovery Partition. -Upgrading it to Win10. -Installing LinuxMint ...
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Different boot partitions for dual boot

I finally decided to manage partitions in my hard drive and install different OS's. I have used Ubuntu for a few years, and I'm fairly familiar with its installation. Now I want to try OpenSUSE, but I ...
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Dual Boot: Run Linux alongside an encrypted Windows (by Truecrypt)

Does anybody have a solution on how I can run Linux (Mint) alongside Truecrypt which needs to be encrypted by truecrypt? Ideally though I would like both operating systems encrypted by Truecrypt, but ...