Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/187789/dual-booting-explained-how-you-can-have-multiple-operating-systems-on-your-computer/
Most computers ship with a single operating system, but you can have multiple operating systems installed on a single PC. Having two operating systems installed — and choosing between them at boot time — is known as “dual-booting.”
Nice. A couple things I do differently. I always partition my disk(s) prior to the installation using gparted. I then use the "something else" option of the Linux installer instead of "install alongside" .
You don't necessarily have to install windows first. If you have a machine with Linux already on it you can create space for windows, install windows, reboot to make sure windows is fine. Now all you need to do is reset the MBR back to GRUB. You can boot off a linux live medium, open terminal and issue two commands to reset the MBR back to GRUB or use the GUI tool called boot-repair. Personally I prefer the terminal, but either way will work.
My set up is I have an SSD with Windows 7 & Arch linux. I have another disk with windows 8 and ubuntu 12.04. I also have a 1TB disk for my data and a 1 TB disk for backup and images. For redundancy I also back up images and important files via network to a machine that only boots when backing up or retrieving images/files if needed.
The article mentions installing Windows on a Mac, but is it possible to install Apple OS on a PC and if so, how?
How is that possible? Do I see Windows Disk Managment showing 5 partitions on a single hard drive?
It might be possible, but I'm pretty sure that Apple doesn't allow it, so you would have to use 3rd party hacks. Not certain though
This is a GREAT Summary Article for dual booting !!!!
Would like to see an IN DEPTH article concerning Windows Boot Manager with ALL the Manual Commands With Examples for manipulation.
The article would be long but be better than the MS TechNet documentation.
Rick, here you may find most of what you need for managing the bootmgr.
I was thinking more of the BCDEdit Commands that change the Boot Manager natively without the use of third party software.
Remember "The Boot Manager Missing Error" was never completely solved on the old HTG forum mainly because us "ole gurus" never really knew or understood ALL the possible commands that can be used to configure the Boot Manager.
Books always reference some of the Boot Manager Commands but never really get into each and every command with examples.
The problem is that the 3 commands that are usually recommended to fix the bootmgr never seem to work. Maybe because you have to reboot after each command.
A better and proven method is to run a startup/repair 3 times. That seems to work.
I myself never had the problem, but other people reported success.
You are right. This method is often recommended but seems to have problems.
This topic was automatically closed after 10 days. New replies are no longer allowed.