I just recently installed Windows 10 alongside a computer that originally had only Ubuntu. Each OS is stored on its own SSD and by default I have Ubuntu boot as the default OS.

The question that I have, is there an easier way for me to switch between operating systems without having to reboot the computer every time I want to use a different one? Can I make one OS sleep while using the other OS? I am using Ubuntu as my primary day-to-day stuff, and I am using Windows for when I feel like playing a game.

On my Ubuntu computer I have Plex Media Server, so if I want to watch any movies/tv shows that I have stored on it I need to have my Ubuntu OS active.

Is there anything I can do?

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    not unless one is a VM running inside the other. – Tetsujin Jan 1 '18 at 18:00
  • Not sure if this affects your comment, but I don't need to use them side-by-side, just use one for an hour or two then switch to the other, and vise versa where I would physically only be interacting with one OS at a time. – Get Off My Lawn Jan 1 '18 at 18:06
  • You would have to restart your system to accomplish what you want but you don’t want to do that so your stuck between impossible and a hard place. – Ramhound Jan 1 '18 at 18:10
  • I would follow Tetsujin's advice. Within the Super User realm, we see a lot of questions from people who encounter problems with their Windows/Linux dual-boot configurations. On the other hand, we very rarely hear about any type of problems from someone running a VM inside of Hyper-V or VirtualBox. – Run5k Jan 1 '18 at 19:29
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    Then you're in rock/hard place territory, because there's no other way to "live swap" OSes. – Tetsujin Jan 1 '18 at 20:13

There are options.

  1. Run Windows as a VM. Windows as you need media performance on Linux.
  2. Acquire another box for Windows and use a good quality KVM switch to jump between them.

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