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

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Setup RAID 1 for Windows 7 and Ubuntu

In BIOS, under SATA Configuration I can choose IDE, AHCI or RAID. Normally I choose RAID. After finished installing Windows 7, I wanted to setup RAID 1 (mirror), but Windows' disk management only ...
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Reverting from Windows 8 to Windows 7 or going back to dual boot

Installed Windows 8 developer preview and had hoped to get a dual boot setup, but no luck. How can I move back to dual boot between my old Windows 7 and Windows 8? (Or perhaps revert to Windows 7?) ...
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How do I get the Windows 8 boot loader back and also list both Windows XP and Windows 7?

I have a system with Windows 7 and Windows XP, and today I have installed the Windows 8 Developer Preview into a spare partition (that I leave for a few months without any important data there). When ...
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Install Windows 8 using ISO from XP

I have downloaded windows 8 developer preview. I have mounted its ISO, but it does not ask to choose a partition to install. There might be a way (using some command line perhaps) to install windows 8 ...
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compare ubuntu alongside windows and ubuntu in a different partition etc

I have a question about the speed/performance of Ubuntu when it is installed alongside windows, in the same partition installed alongside windows, on a different partition. e.g., I shrunk my ...
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Bizarre shortcut icon problem with XP-7 dual-boot

I dual-boot Windows XP and Windows 7 and have run into a peculiar issue with icons for shortcuts. A different desktop is used for each OS, so I have a shortcut to the other one on each for easy ...
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Is it possible to dual boot Windows XP and Windows 8 Developer Preview?

According to the Windows 8 Developer Preview download page, you can upgrade Vista or 7 to 8DP if you don't want the developer tools. But you must do a clean install if you had XP, regardless of if you ...
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Does Windows 8 allow multiboot when installing from a mounted ISO?

I just downloaded Windows 8 and am itching to install it. The installation says it will clean everything out. I assume (hope) that it only means I cannot transfer settings from my current OS and that ...
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How to partition so as to install more Linux Distributions

I have the following partitions: sda1 ntfs recovery 7GB (boot, diag) sda2 ntfs windows 40 GB sda3 ext3 linux 12 GB sda4 extended 55 GB sda6 ext3 work 53 GB sda5 swap 2GB I tried to shrink the ...
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How can I dual-boot Windows and Fedora with two hard disks?

I have an 80GB and a 40GB hard drive. My primary hard drive contains Windows. On the second hard drive, I want to install Fedora 15. When the system boots, there should be a menu to select the ...
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Multi-Truecrypt, One unencrypted

My goal is to create a multi-boot system in which I have an unencrypted Windows XP\7 for guests and and an encrypted Windows 7 for me with WUBI installed on this partition if possible. Truecrypt ...
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Is it possible to dual boot two OS's at the same time?

Is it possible to dual boot two OS's at the same time? For example: I'm currently dual booting Ubuntu 11.04 and Windows 7. Ubuntu is running on a single 500gb HDD, Windows 7 is running on 1TB RAID 1 ...
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Can I boot Windows 7 on a USB drive attached to by MacBook Pro? If so, how?

I have a mid-2011 Core i7 Macbook Pro that currently is dual-booting a File-Vault encrypted OS X Lion installation and an OS X Snow Leopard installation. Unfortunately I need to keep both of these on ...
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Installing multiple Windows OSs on one hard drive

I wish to install multiple, probably 3, copies of Windows on one hard drive. I envisage setting up 4 partitions, one for each OS and a shared data area. I intend to ghost the empty, formatted drive ...
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Dualboot (10.5.8/XP) MacBook freezes at startup

My MacBook freezes at the boot screen The wheel is not spinning. I can however do the following: Hold down alt and select if I want to boot Mac OS X or Windows XP Start windows in safe mode, if ...
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Is there a way to use a bootable USB stick on a Mac?

I'm trying to upgrade my SSD firmware on my Mac, but it won't boot using the bootable USB stick that the Samsung SSD Magician software made since it's DOS. Is there a way to boot from it? I have ...
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Multiple OSs in one box

I have a Windows Vista Box running Ubuntu 9.10 (with multiple kernel images) in another partition. Now, I'd like to install Ubuntu 11.10 beta too so it can coexist with the other two. Are there any ...
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Windows 7 Freezes Due To NTFS Corruption After Boot Into Ubuntu

I manually partitioned space for Ubuntu 10.10 and installed it on my Windows 7 laptop. It installed successfully, and Windows 7 booted successfully but then froze after a few minutes. I removed the ...
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Install Windows 7 on Mac mini with CD mounted on Windows Vista

I plan on buying a Mac mini of the new generation without an external DVD drive if possible. I do have a few PCs running Windows Vista or different Linux distributions but no Mac. I know that it is ...
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Is it possible to install Debian within a Windows filesystem in the same manner as Ubuntu can be installed with Wubi?

I have a Windows 7 laptop whose hard drive has four primary partitions out of the box. The first partition is labeled "SYSTEM" (209 MB NTFS) and seems to contain the Windows boot loader. The second ...
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Loading a new kernel in a chrooted environment

Is it posible to load a new kernel while in a chrooted environment. Say I have one linux distro and want to chroot into another and load its kernel
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How can I setup several Windows/Software configuration on one machine?

I would like to install Windows XP, perform all updates and patches, install all my software and make an image of this setup. I would further like to be able to make copies of this image and create ...
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Linux Mint Randomly Locks Up

I have a Sony Vaio in which I'm dual booting XP and Mint on. XP is painfully slow, and Mint likes to lock up randomly, to the point I have to power off to unfreeze it. The Windows issue is fixed by ...
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how to broadcast a PXE server like Trinity Rescue Kit

I would like to set up a portable PXE server for diagnostic purposes. The issue is that I won't always have access to the DHCP server, or the router itself (sometimes a home router) doesn't have an ...
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Can I TrueCrypt half of a dual booted machine?

I want to have two copies of Windows 7 installed on the same physical drive, is it possible to use TrueCrypt to encrypt one of the drive partitions/windows instances? If so, how should I go about it, ...
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Booting from a partition

I have a system on which multiple operating systems are installed. Let's say: C: Windows D: Linux I have a bootable USB drive, using which I can boot both into to Windows and Linux. I don't want to ...
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Problems with Windows boot loader and Grub. How to make one primary and the other secondary?

I had a working Windows 7 + Ubuntu 10.10 setup where my primary boot loader was that of Windows 7 and from there when I went on Ubuntu, it took me to Grub. When I updated to Ubuntu 11.04 it made Grub ...
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Does it cause any harm to use dual Operating Systems like Windows and Linux in terms of losing data?

I have Windows 7 working on my laptop. I have 20GB space unpartitioned. I want to install a flavor of Linux like Fedora or Ubuntu in that space, but I have heard that keeping a dual OS configuration ...
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Does Lion kill Bootcamp?

Does OSX Lion break Bootcamp with Windows 7 installed? I've been looking around online and can't seem to find a definitive answer on this. I'm considering upgrading to Lion, but I'm worried that it ...
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Will my computer slow down if I install multiple operating systems?

Many of my friends have said that installing multiple operating systems on a single PC slows down individual OS's because the total RAM gets divided among the OS's. Is there any truth in the above ...
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Does it matter if an OS is listed in GRUB but not available?

I want to create a second OS install on an eSATA disk (Ubuntu to be precise) and create a dualboot with my already existing Windows 7 install. I want use Ubuntu's GRUB bootloader and it should be ...
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Creating clean Win 7 media for laptop

I have a new Lenovo ThinkPad T520. I want to install Linux on this and keep Win 7 HP on the side. I haven't used Windows for 10+ years, so this turned out to be more complicated than expected. The ...
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How to manage/create multiple partitions (for multiple OS'es)?

How do I divide my hard drive into multiple OS'es/partitions for my test machine? For example: Win XP Win 7 Gentoo Ubuntu Storage Can Linux'es share swap area? I was told to leave the first ...
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Reinstalled Windows 7 on new HDD, installed Linux over previous Windows 7 on old HDD, how to dual boot?

I reinstalled Windows 7 on my new HDD, installed Linux over the previous Windows 7 on the old HDD. How do I dual boot? It seems that I overrided the Windows bootsector in the original HDD that was ...
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Trying to dual boot ubuntu 11.04 and windows 7. No OS detected

I'm trying to dual boot ubuntu 11.04 with windows 7. In the installer, there's supposed to be a "run alongside something else" option for dual booting. However, it says that no operating system are ...
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How can I tripple-boot via my Mac? Help install Linux? I already got OS X Lion and Windows and 30GB unpartitioned space reserved for Linux [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Triple boot (OS X/Win/Linux) via rEFIt doesn't work - Linux not visible in rEFIt I would really love to triple-boot on my MacBook Pro. (Not with Virtual machines!!) ...
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What boot manager is this?

No doubt you have stumbled across the Black Dwarf NAS, but your man also has this: http://www.willudesign.com/osxboxproTop.html This image shows the boot manager, I can't see anywhere in the ...
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Windows 7 + Ubuntu dual boot + UEFI BIOS

I received a new Lenovo T420 laptop with Windows 7. The disk now contains: a hidden SYSTEM_DRV boot partition (1.17GB, 400MB used). I'm guessing this is the UEFI partition; the laptop comes with ...
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Windows 7 + Ubuntu dual boot + conversion to GPT

I have received a new Lenovo T420 laptop with Windows 7. The disk now contains: a hidden SYSTEM_DRV boot partition (1.17 gb, 400mb used). I'm guessing this is the EFI partition, the laptop comes ...
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How do I permanently fix a GRUB partition off by one error?

I have a MacBook Pro set up to triple boot with rEFIt and GRUB. (I had to go through GRUB to get Windows 7 to boot, but that's tolerable.) I upgraded to Lion which added a new partition for the ...
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How to bring back Ubuntu after Lion install using rEFIt

Upgraded to Lion this morning which went mostly smoothly, but when I tried to boot back into Ubuntu (I do most of my work in Linux) I was only able to get as far as the grub command mode. I spent a ...
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How to run WINDOWS inside Linux via container (Reverse-WUBI)

Would it be possible to install Windows 7 to a virtual container, chainload, and boot it? This is similar to how WUBI boots Ubuntu inside windows. It wouldn't be hard to install windows to a ...
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Fedora15 - Help me understand how cryptsetup and LVM interact

Upgrading F11 to F15 I've decided to encrypt the disk. Anaconda appears to have limited support for custom disk partitions (mine is dual boot). The result of my second install attempt was a PV boot ...
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Ubuntu 11.04 not booting

I installed Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.04, I usually got the problem with Ubuntu for first boot. When the bootloader comes up, I chose the Ubuntu, but it stayed still, it didn't go into the system. Could ...
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Install 32 bit x86 version of Ubuntu 11.04 on a 64 bit capable Core 2 Duo computer

I am trying to install Ubuntu 11.04 on my Core 2 Duo PC using the 'Ubuntu installer for Windows' so that I can dual-boot to Windows 7 (32bit) or Ubuntu 11.04. I already have the x86 alternative ISO ...
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Upgrading Ubuntu alongside windows 7

I've recently had a dual boot with Windows 7 alongside Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhall). Ubuntu has this trend that in every 6 months a new version would be out, so my concern is if I upgrade to Ubuntu ...
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Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.04 dual boot issues

I have Windows 7 installed in sda1 and Ubuntu 10.04 installed in sda5 as root and sda6 as home. Since installing Windows after Ubuntu, I am unable to boot into Ubuntu. I booted via a live CD and ...
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Is it possible to format master windows on Dual Boot?

May be it is a silly question but i think its worth to me if it done. I had worked on windows 7 ultimate but as you all know that there are still some software which doesn't work on windows 7 so I ...
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How should I install Fedora or any other Linux in USB hard disk and configure booting?

I want to install Fedora or any other Linux in USB hard disk. I have Windows XP installed in internal HDD. When USB HDD is attached to my PC, it should ask me to boot from Win XP or Linux. ...
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Dual boot backtrack 5 with windows 7

Is there a way to do it without a boot disc (something like wubi)? Even if not, is there a way to do it so that the bootloader stays the same (i.e. remains the bootloader for win7 as opposed to grub)? ...