Installation or use of multiple operating systems on a single computer.

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Sharing home partition between OSes

I'm going to install Debian, Ubuntu and FreeBSD on my laptop. Is there a way to have a shared home partition for all three?
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After upgrading to Ubuntu 10.04, I've lost my Windows Vista boot option; GParted showing NO partitions

I have a Dell Inspiron 1525, on which I had previously had a dual-boot Ubuntu 9.10 / Windows Vista set-up (plus some other nonsense that came factor-installed). There are some similar questions to ...
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Dual-booting Windows and Linux: Why install Windows first?

I've read that, when configuring a dual-boot system, you should install Windows first to avoid any issues. However, I have not read an explanation that makes sense to me. Some questions: I'm ...
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Moved Windows 7 partition, now it doesn't boot

This is my current partition structure: (Full size version here.) Previously that green free space was on the left side of L: I had XP first and then installed Windows 7 to L:. So the L: is the C: ...
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Windows 7-Windows 7 dual boot issue

My system has 2x320GB hard drives,each has a Windows 7 x64 installation, one for work and other for home, with prompt at boot to select an OS at boot. I clean installed Windows 7 on the "home" hard ...
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Can I use one partition for my programs that are used by both Win XP and Win 7?

In more detail: Is it possible to have one partition that is accessed by both my Windows XP and my Windows 7 partition on which all my programs/games are installed? Will it work for all programs/most ...
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Install Windows 7 and Mac OS on a laptop [closed]

I have an Intel Core 2 Duo laptop. I already have Windows 7 in one partition but now I want to install Mac OS in the other partition. Is it possible and how can I boot into both partitions at will? I ...
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recover linux partition after failed windows xp install

I have a pc with two hard drives, one runs Ubuntu 10.10 and the other has NTFS with a broken XP. The XP failed after I upgrade Ubuntu to 10.10. I installed virtualbox in Ubuntu so for a while I ...
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Linux mint 10 seems to corrupt ntfs filesystem

I have linux mint 10 and windows 7 installed on the same hd. First partition is linux, then swap, then the windows system partition and finally an NTFS partition for commonly used data i would like ...
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installed Xubuntu 10.10 and now I can't start WIndows XP

I just installed Xubuntu 10.10 using wubi.exe on the install disk. It didn't say anything about repartitioning hard disks or anything, but now Xubuntu runs, and WinXP doesn't. When I try to run ...
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Quad-booting a Macbook Pro?

I know that it is possible to tri-boot a Macbook Pro with OS X, Windows, and Linux, giving each OS one partition. However (and I know I am probably a little crazy for suggesting this), is it possible ...
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PXE Boot Server without DHCP, for many different computers?

I work at a helpdesk for a university where it is very common for us to reformat people's computers using XP, Vista, and Win7 CD's and DVD's. Of course, the discs get scratched and lost a lot. It is ...
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Installing A Dual Boot System with CentOS

I would like to create a dual boot system with CentOS 5.5 (though it doesn't really matter what Linux flavor we are talking about). The idea being that I would be able to upgrade one system and then ...
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OS Isolation: Virtualization or Dual-Boot Duplication, a General How To?

I want to isolate my windows 7 operating system and I have looked into virtualization. This should work with Linux, however, I do want to still have a way to run windows 7 securely, but without ...
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Should I use the same IP address and hostname in each OS for dual boot machines?

On my home network I have both a desktop PC and laptop that dual-boot windows/linux. I assign static addresses to all my computers (I have other single OS ones as well). I want to know whether it's ...
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Dual-boot two instances of the same copy of Vista using same serial number

I have a single Vista OEM registration number which has been registered to the current hardware (single partition only), and I want to use it for two instances of dual-booted Vista... Both Vistas ...
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grub is not starting after installing Windows XP to dualboot environment [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to fix GRUB after Windows breaks it, and how to edit the GRUB menu I have been using Fedora and Windows 7 for past 6 months. I replaced Windows 7 with Windows XP and ...
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I can't boot to Ubuntu after installing Windows 7

I installed Ubuntu 10.04 and it is working properly, but today I installed Windows 7 to another partition, and now I did not get any boot menu and automatically Windows is working fine still. Is ...
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Use one home directory for more than one operating system

I want to configure the same user account across multiple operating systems. Right now, I'm set up for general use in Mac OS 10.6.6 "Snow Leopard," and I have about 200gb of files in my home directory ...
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Unable to boot from LiveCD/USB and even Super Grub Disk!

Basically this morning, I decided to format my Win7 as it was getting really slow and I did so with no problems. I also have a Linux Mint OS on dual boot. Since I was springcleaning my windows ...
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RedHat Enterprise 6 and Windows 7 dual boot

I have currently Windows 7 running and installed on partition C. I have partition D empty , and I would like to install Red Hat on it without affecting Windows seven ( i.e., dual boot Windows 7 & ...
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Dual-booting Windows 7/Ubuntu: must both OSes be on the same disk?

I already have Windows 7 installed on a 80 GB SSD. I want Ubuntu on the same machine, but because of the limited space on the C: drive, I wondered if it is possible to install Ubuntu on another drive. ...
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How to add Windows 7 entry to GRUB2

Just completed a new computer build. I installed Win7 on a 2-disk RAID0 fakeraid. I then unplugged those drives and installed linux mint on a separate drive. I did it this way because if I left the ...
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Is it possible to “stealth” dual boot a machine?

I have a loaner laptop that has MS Windows with locked down permissions. It works okay for what I need to do, but I started wondering if there was a way to install a separate Windows OS on a separate ...
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Can Windows boot manager remember the last booted OS as default?

Recently, I setup my Win7 notebook vhd dual-boot. (Copied old Win7 32bit into a vhd disk, repartition and installed new 64bit Win7 into another vhd as new primary system.) How can I configure bcd to ...
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How do I make a USB stick from which to install different OS's?

Recently, I have made a number of USB sticks to install OS's (several Linux flavors, BSD, Windows) from, on machines that didn't have CD drives. Now, I would prefer to not overwrite the install USB ...
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Is there a reason why switching between Linux and windows would cause a network adapter to stop being recognized?

I am using Linux and Windows 7 on the same machine and my on-board NIC is functional under both. However, the weirdest thing happens when I browse the internet under Linux and then return to Windows; ...
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can I create disk partition for dual-boot Ubuntu on Windows 7 machine without Windows reinstall?

I want to setup dual boot Ubuntu on my machine in a separate partition. Plus, ideally, I want to get another, 3rd, partition for further OS experimentation. The hard drive is huge, hundreds of gigs, ...
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Install multiple Linux OS using WUBI

I want to install Linux Mint, and Ubuntu on my laptop using Wubi installation. I already installed Ubuntu, but when I launch the Wubi installer for Mint. I got this guy: Does it mean to say that I ...
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Best practice to install Windows7 when Linux installed already

I have dual boot machine with XP+Debian Squeeze, booting is performed via GRUB2. I'd like to upgrade XP to Win7. I know that XP would overwrite my GRUB with it's bootloader, requiring me to reinstall ...
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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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Partitions for dual boot install Ubuntu with Windows

Following is the layout of the current partitions of my single hard drive viewed from Windows 7: C: has Windows 7 system files and my personal data; Q: for Lenovo recovery; SYSTEM_DRV: for Windows ...
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Windows Ubuntu dual boot : Cant boot into any of the OS

One of my friends has a dual boot system with Windows and Ubuntu. It is showing all the options in the grub menu. When I select Ubuntu, it is stuck in the initramfs stage. And choosing Windows does ...
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Cannot restore MBR in Windows 7

I successfully installed windows xp on top of windows 7. My problem now is to boot Windows 7. I used the installation cd to repair the mbr. I used both the command-line and the gui to fix the mbr. ...
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Getting a BSOD when installing windows xp

I have installed Windows 7 on my laptop. Now I want to install Windows XP. How will I be able to pull this off without using Windows XP mode or any virtualization solution so that I could dual boot 7 ...
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Swapping operating systems on a laptop with separate partitions?

Due to virus issues and Windows Vista license issues, I'm hoping to upgrade my laptop by first formatting my second partition, installing Windows 7 on my second partition, then formatting the Windows ...
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What happens if I install Linux on a third hard drive when I already have Vista?

I'm currently running Vista 32-bit on a fakeRAID 1 array. I was going to put Linux on the array to do C development but I have some old hard drives lying around so I'd like to use those instead. My ...
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SSD as OS drive or critical program drive

I have just bought a new PC and seperately bought a new SSD drive (crucial C300 real SSD 128GB) and wanted to know whether it was better to have the SSD as my primary OS drive with some critical apps ...
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Is it possible to boot an encrypted Windows 7 from grub?

I have a laptop with dual boot, a windows 7 with encrypted partition and an Ubuntu 10.10. Now I understood that i can't mount encrypted partitions from Ubuntu, 'cause it's not a valid ntfs partition ...
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Booting windows (any version) from an LVM volume

I'd like to know if any versions of Windows are able to boot from an LVM logical volume, with or without third party extension software.
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How to install Linux under non-encrypted partition when using Bitlocker

I have three partitions: a boot partition, a general partition with Windows installed and BitLocker active and a third partion, unencrypted. Can I install Linux without reinstalling Windows from this ...
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I have Windows 7 with dynamic drives enabled (but only have one hard drive) Can I dual boot Ubuntu?

I have Windows 7 currently installed, I only have one hard drive on my laptop, but I have kept dynamic drive enabled. I would like to install Ubuntu within Windows, would that be a problem?
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Finding Bluetooth link key in Windows 7, to double pair a device on dualboot computer

How can I dig up the Bluetooth link key for a paired device in Windows 7? Is this something that is dependent on the Bluetooth stack I'm using (Toshiba), or is there a generic place to store these in ...
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Dual boot with Windows and Linux

I have Windows XP installed. Recently I installed SUSE Linux, after which SUSE Linux became the main OS to be booted up. However SUSE overwrote the options to boot Windows (Windows XP) during boot up. ...
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Remove OS from Linux Dual-Boot

I'm currently dual-booting two Linux-based operating systems on my laptop, Jolicloud and Ubuntu 10.10. How do I remove Jolicloud completely?
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Uninstall GRUB from logical partition

I'm multi-booting with Windows 7 x64 and (at least) Linux Mint. Because I hadn't yet made a backup of my MBR, when I installed Linux Mint on a logical partition, I told the installer to put GRUB on ...
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Will Windows XP work on a Hybrid Hard Drive?

I'm looking into getting the Seagate Momentus XT hybrid hard drive, and I'm planning on dual booting between Windows 7 and Windows XP. I know 7 and Vista have native support for taking advantage of ...
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How to dual OS 32-bit/64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate

I have a problem with regards to my nVidia driver not running on 64-bit. I decided to install both 32-bit and 64-bit on my ASUS K42JC (4GB RAM upgrade) in order to function the nVidia on the 32-bit. ...
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Bootable ISO to USB stick xp quickest method

My dog took a leak on my PC when I went out (ye funny), now it reandomly restarts - I'm convinced the HDD is failing because the Windows seagate diagnostic program fails on a few tests. I want to run ...
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how to multi-boot/upgrade Linux from LVM-based partition

I currently have FC3 Linux which installed itself on the hard disk using LVM partitioning, so it is basically all one big partition. I would like to try some other distributions and upgrade to ...