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Dual boot


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Dual boot

  1. 1. Quick guide to dual booting Windows Operating Systems
  2. 2. <ul><li>When planning a dual-boot with two or more Windows Operating Systems, you need the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Two or more partitions, one for each OS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific space for each OS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The PC needs to meet system requirements for each OS </li></ul></ul>Plan a Dual Boot
  3. 3. <ul><li>Dual-booting will require fresh installations of each OS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need multiple partitions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can use 3 rd -party software </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Install oldest OS first </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: Dual-boot Windows XP and Vista </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Install XP first, then Vista </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Boot-loader issues </li></ul></ul></ul>Install the First OS
  4. 4. <ul><li>When you have reached the partition setup in your installation, you need to create a new partition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine how much space is available </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine system requirements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine user needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create first partition for your oldest OS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For now, leave the rest unpartitioned </li></ul></ul>Partition Setup
  5. 7. <ul><li>After the partition is setup, finish the installation normally </li></ul><ul><li>Once complete, go to disk management and note your hard drive usage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How much space you have on your Windows partition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How much space you have as unpartitioned </li></ul></ul>Installation
  6. 8. <ul><li>Now the second operating system can be installed </li></ul><ul><li>This is also installed normally as a fresh installation </li></ul>Install the Second OS
  7. 9. <ul><li>At this point, you will have a more complicated partition setup </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Select your un partitioned space and create a new partition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You could use only part of this partition, and set aside more for a third OS! </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>You can use the default size for this partition </li></ul></ul>Second OS Partition Setup
  8. 12. <ul><li>After partitioning, finish the installation </li></ul><ul><li>Again, note the disk usage in disk management </li></ul>Installation
  9. 13. <ul><li>In Windows Vista or 7, you can easily change the default operating system. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>By default, the newest OS loads if no choice is made after 30 seconds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open System Properties </li></ul><ul><li>Open Advanced System Settings </li></ul><ul><li>Open the Advanced tab </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the settings button under Startup and Recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Change the default </li></ul>Boot Loader
  10. 18. <ul><li>You can change the description of the operating system in the boot manager </li></ul><ul><li>Open an elevated command prompt </li></ul><ul><li>Type bcdedit to see your current settings </li></ul><ul><li>To change the description of Windows XP: </li></ul><ul><li>Bcdedit /set {ntldr} description “Windows XP” </li></ul>BCDedit