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

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Fix Windows boot order

I have Windows XP, and I installed Windows 7 to my D: partition. In Windows 7 I changed the timeout to 0 and default to 'Windows XP' from bcdedit. Now I can't see the OS selection at my startup. It ...
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How to resize a Windows Vista partition to use the extra space for dual-booting with Fedora using GRUB?

I just got a new laptop and it came pre-installed with a Windows Vista. But I am a Fedora user. Now, it would be easy for me to just remove Vista and use the entire disk space for Fedora. But the ...
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Testing different OS's with multiboot and Windows Home Server

I'm comfortable installing OS's, but I've never done much with multiboot. I want to test some software that I'm writing against multiple OS's, but VM isn't a great option, as my software uses USB ...
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Dual-Boot Error. Grub said “Error 18”

For years I've been working with my PC having a dual boot windows/linux (Suse 9.3). Today, things have changed. Grub said : Grub loading stage 1.5 Grub loading, please wait... Error 18 and nothing ...
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Can a Virus Enter via Ubuntu and affect Windows in dual boot?

I have a Windows XP Pro dual booting with Ubuntu Jaunty Jackelope on a single hard drive. On Windows XP I have a Eset NOD 32 while on Ubuntu I have no antivirus installed. While working on the ...
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How to fix GRUB after Windows breaks it, and how to edit the GRUB menu

I had Windows XP and Ubuntu both installed. I could easily boot into either until Windows "fixed" the bootloader so that it now only boots into Windows. I guess there is no way to prevent Windows ...
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Which command can I use overwrite the boot loader?

Grub was installed onto my machine as part of an Ubuntu installation. I'm now reverting my machine to be Windows only, and so no longer require the Grub boot loader. How do I remove Grub?
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dual booting xp and windows 7

I have a c drive and a d drive...the only thing on my d drive is My Documents...can I move this folder and all of its contents to my c drive and format the d drive so I can install Windows 7 on it and ...
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How to repartition my drive for dual booting Ubuntu and Windows

I need to repartition my drive so that I can dual boot windows and Ubuntu. I have an older laptop so I need to have the kernel in a BIOS accessible partion. With my current partition layout as done ...
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Windows 7 boot manager

I have Windows 7 installed as my main operating system on my machine and recently installed Hyper V Server on a separate hard disk. Now I have realised that I don't use Hyper V as much as I thought I ...
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Ubuntu dual boot and grub error 18

I've attempted to install 9.04 on an older toshiba laptop with a new 300GB drive and am getting the dreaded Grub error 18 that indicates that grub is looking beyond the bios readable area of the HD ...
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Is there any practical reason to dual-boot Linux alongside Windows? [closed]

I am planning on getting an extra hard drive for my Windows tower, and am thinking about trying out Linux again as a dual-boot. However, I can't really think of any pros to this, only cons: More ...
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Is it possible to enable hibernation when dual booting Windows?

I'd love to be able to hibernate one Windows instance, boot into another, then switch back to the first instance and have it resume my hibernated state. Is there some sort of hack or software product ...
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Dual boot 32 bit and 64 bit Windows

I plan on leaving XP professional on my C drive...then installing Windows 7 professional on my D drive....therefore having a dual boot system...Can I install the Windows 7 as a 64 bit operating system ...
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Dual booting from Windows 7 hard disk and a Windows 7 VHD file

I have Windows 7 Enterprise edition installed on my laptop on the real physical hard disk. Now I want to create a vhd partition on the c:\ root directory and be able to dual boot into my real machine ...
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How can I “dual-boot” both Windows XP and Windows 7 from a partitioned hard drive?

I have a 750 GB hard drive that is partitioned into C and D drives. I am running XP Professional. I will be installing Windows 7. Can I install different operating systems on different drives? XP-c ...
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Install Tiger/Leopard/Snow Leopard on multiple partitions

I have a mac I want to partition so I can have three versions of OS X to choose to boot into. Before I go try stuff, I wanted to check if someone has done it or knows a handy way to do this which ...
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Installing 64-bit Ubuntu alongside 32-bit Ubuntu?

I have a 64-bit processor in my PC, but because of worries over application compatibility, up until now I have been using 32-bit Ubuntu (and 32-bit Vista because Dell wouldn't sell me 64-bit with my ...
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Ubuntu : blank screen while boooting from windows XP CD

I have ubuntu installed. This is the output of $sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = ...
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MacBook Pro Dual Boot Snow Leopard and Windows 7 [closed]

what are the best guides out there to do this. just got a MBP today (my first mac) and I'm a complete noob with it.
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Removing old Vista partition, but it's the active, system partition

I originally had Vista installed on my laptop and installed Win7 as a dual boot option. Now I've moved everything from Vista, I have removed the dual boot option via msconfig.exe. Finally, I want to ...
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Configuring NTLDR so that I can dual boot without using grub?

I recovered my windows and in the process I lost the grub for ubuntu 9 . Now i want to change NTLDR so that i can dual boot. Can anyone help?
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How to install Ubuntu, Windows XP and Windows 7 from scratch as triple-boot system

I'm currently running Windows XP, but have ordered Windows 7. I want to keep Windows XP on a separate partition, and install Ubuntu as well. In which order should I install the OSs, and is there ...
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Time changes when using two OSs

I have a dual boot machine. Ubuntu and Windows Vista. After rebooting from Ubuntu to Vista, i see that the time has changed in Vista and vice versa. Why does this happen?? The time zones on both the ...
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Is it better to dual-boot or run a VM?

I want to run Windows Vista 64bit (Eventually Windows 7) and Ubuntu on the same machine. I want to play games and do graphic design in Windows. I want to write code, surf the internet, check email, ...
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Hibernating and booting into another OS: will my filesystems be corrupted?

IMPORTANT If you came here looking for an answer to this question, please read all the answers below. There are some testimonials from people who have lost data doing this. If you plan to do this ...
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Which should I install first, Windows XP or Windows 7?

I already have an existing Windows 7 installation and want to dual boot to XP. I already create a partition for the XP installation. If I proceed with the Windows XP installation, will anything bad ...
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Why can I not boot off non-Windows CD or DVD with Windows 7 installed?

I've looked at: http://www.superuser.com/questions/22952/installing-windows-7-on-a-dual-boot-machine and ...
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Dual Boot Linux/Windows 7

I've been a long time user of Ubuntu on my home desktop, but for some things you just need Windows. I downloaded the Windows 7 RC and got a key for it, and I'd like to dual-boot. I've tried several ...
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change drive letters in triple boot

i currently triple boot vista (c drive), xp (e drive) and linux (drive doesnt show up in windows) My data is on d drive. I want to get rid of vista installation and move xp to c drive (make default ...
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How do I boot Ubuntu which shares a harddive with Windows 7?

I have Ubuntu and Windows 7 each on its own partition. When I switch on the computer, I do not get the option of switching to Ubuntu. Windows 7 starts automatically.
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Degragmenting before partitioning a hard drive?

I want to partition my computer's hard drive in half. I have degragmented it several times in order to get all data onto the first half of the hard drive. Is this necessary or will the partitioning ...
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Installing Ubuntu after hard-drive re-formating: The partitioner won't work

When I get to the part where you partition your disk, no disks are shown. How do I fix this? Do I need to shrink one of my partitions so I have some free (unallocated) space?
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Windows 7 and XP dual boot - resizing partitions on windows 7

I've just installed Win7 on my laptop and it is dual-booting with my Windows XP. I just realized that I should have added more space to Win7 as I will slowly abandon XP. My question is: Is it safe ...
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How to make a multiboot USB key?

I want to cut my 8 GB USB key into several partitions to use WinToFlash for a Windows XP (maybe nLited before). I also want to put the Framakey ubuntu-fr remix pack into it such that it has the ...
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Can I use my Windows 7 license in a dual-boot configuration? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When installing Windows 7 or Vista, does the language, version, architecture (64-bit or 32-bit) or source (OEM, retail, or MSDN) matter? I've purchased a retail license ...
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Boot from Second SATA Drive

I have a Dell Precision 490 Workstation, and I just had my other question answered, Install Ubuntu to drive B without impacting drive A, and now I'm having a boot sequence issue. The external drive ...
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Will Bitlocker make it impossible to read my files from my dual booting Ubuntu OS?

When I activate BitLocker, I imagine that will make it impossible to read any files on my Windows partition from my Ubuntu installation. Is that correct? Any way to not encrypt certain directories ...
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Install Ubuntu to drive B without impacting drive A

Simple question, I have two drives, Drive A and Drive B. I have Windows XP installed to Drive A and I want to install Ubuntu to Drive B. Is there a way to install Ubuntu to Drive B without it ...
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Dual Booting Linux and Windows XP

To start off, I am strictly a Windows user. I've used a Mac, and especially never used Linux before. However, I would like to learn more about Linux in general, and I figured the best way to do this ...
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Workaround for Vista BSOD when setting SATA drive frm AHCI to standard when trying to setup Dual Boot w/XP

I was trying to setup a friends laptop to dual boot vista/xp like mine. However after some searching, I found that his BIOS has his SATA setup to use AHCI mode. If I change that back to legacy or ...
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Ubuntu and OpenSUSE Dual Boot issue

I've been trying to create a dual boot with OpenSUSE 11.1 and Ubuntu 9.04 and it has been giving me problems. I first install OpenSUSE which I believe formats the whole disk to ext3 by default, and ...
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Windows XP Boot Loader

I have recently completely formatted my computer's hard drive and installed a copy of Windows 7 on it to play with. However, because it has been a bit buggy on my system, I decided to reinstall my ...
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Disk Error on Boot (Possible boot sector issue)

I own a 4-5 year old Dell Dimension E510 with Windows XP: Media Center Edition. I have 2 drives installed: C Drive: Windows XP: Media Center Edition G Drive: 2 partitions: Windows 7 (beta) Windows ...
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Multiple OS's and GRUB chainloading

I want to have multiple OS installations and I have been advised that chain loading using GRUB is a good way to handle this. I have looked at tutorials on the web but I still have some questions ...
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How do I fix a boot process that broke because of a failed hard drive? (Windows 7)

I used Windows XP for years, before I was able to get my hands on Windows 7 RC, which I bought a new HDD for, and setup to dual-boot. About a month ago, Windows XP started acting funny, and I thought ...
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Repair grub mbr and /boot using ubuntu 9.04 live CD

I have broken my boot sequence on my XP/Vista/Ubuntu box. I wish to restore the system back to the way that Ubuntu 9.04 (last installed OS) had it setup. I want to do only the mbr and /boot on the ...
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Windows with TrueCrypt and Mac OS X on the same machine

I'm trying to install Windows 7 with a TrueCrypt System Drive encrypted partiton along with Mac OS X and probably using rEFIt as the boot loader. So far I've tried several approaches: Install ...
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How can I run an existing WinXP partition (dual boot machine) inside KVM?

I use KVM to run virtual machines on Ubuntu Jaunty and virt-manager to configure them. My machine is dual-boot, and I don't want to have to reboot for my occasional uses of Windows. So I set up a VM ...
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Sharing TrueCrypt partition between Windows and Ubuntu

I want to install dual boot with Windows and Ubuntu (Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.04 in this case) both sharing one partition for data with TrueCrypt. Is that possible? Would that work well? My plan would ...