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I want to use Linux (Arch) as my main operating system. But sometimes I need to use software which is only available on Windows (and not supported by Wine) or I want to play some games. So I found two possible solutions:

  1. Use Windows inside a VM
    • Does not offer the needed performance for games (GPU)
    • I could use GPU passthrough, but this requires a second GPU and it's likely not to work correctly on most hardware
  2. Dual-boot Linux and Windows
    • I have to reboot every time I want to switch the OS => I cannot use Windows and Linux software at the same time

Is there maybe the possibility to create a dual-bootable VM so that I can use Windows software while I booted Linux. And game on a dual-booted Windows? Or do you have another idea how to achieve my goals.

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    Windows host with a Linux VM? If that's not an option, I think you've exhausted your choices. – gronostaj Dec 3 at 11:34
  • Sadly this is not an option, because I want to use my linux environment to work (for example with i3 would have problems using the Windows Key for mappings) – Erik Bender Dec 3 at 11:37
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    What stops you from having two windows installations? One dual-booted for games, the other inside a VM for your work software. – Eugen Rieck Dec 3 at 11:52
  • Yeah if there is no other solution I will do it like this. I just don't wanted to maintain two installations. – Erik Bender Dec 3 at 11:55
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    it's likely to not work correctly on most hardware is unlikely true for pcie passthrough these days – Tom Yan Dec 3 at 11:57
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You might have look at KVM a kernel level hypervisor for linux systems. As far as i know it should be light weight enough to enable gaming.

There might be other bare metal hypervisors that allow you to boot 2 oses simontaniously but i dont know about any from the top of my head.

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