The Definitive Dual Booting Guide

Step by step article on dual booting Windows 7, Linux, Vista and XP

There seems to be a small but growing interest in Linux. One of the good things about Linux is that you can get a Live CD, where everything runs off the CD with no changes to your current system. Another is that you can install Linux as an additional operating system on your computer. When your computer boots up, you pick whether you want to use Linux or Windows.

One of the best things about this article is that it shows how to boot from each system to another system.
Like this:

- How to dual boot Linux and Windows XP (Linux installed first) -- the step-by-step guide with screenshots
- How to dual boot Vista and XP (with Vista installed first) -- the step-by-step guide with screenshots
- How to dual boot Windows XP and Linux (XP installed first) -- the step-by-step guide with screenshots
- How to dual-boot Vista with Linux (with Linux installed first) -- the step-by-step guide with screenshots
- How to dual-boot Vista with Linux (Vista installed first) -- the step-by-step guide with screenshots
- How to dual-boot Vista with XP (with XP installed first) - step-by-step guide with screenshots
- How to dual boot Windows Vista and Windows 7 (Vista installed first)
- How to dual boot Windows XP and Windows 7 (XP installed first)

The screenshots and directions are very clear.
The article is at the APC site, APC being the Australian Personal Computer magazine or APC for short.
(not, as I previously and erroneously mentioned while putting foot in mouth, APC the company that sells Uninterruptible Power Supplies)
There are flash ads on the site, not particulalry related to APC. Some of the articles have flash animations as well.
Its a little on the busy side with all that movement.

You may be wondering about which Linux to try.
It just so happens that the same site has a good article on how to choose the best version of Linux.
There is of course no definitive answer to that, so the article points you to some sites that should equip you with enough information to make some choices.


How To Choose The Best Version of Linux


The definitive dual-booting guide: Windows 7, Linux, Vista and XP step-by-step

Signing off,
Rhiannon

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by Anonymous on 9. April 2009 - 22:34  (19594)

Also good is triple booting - install xp first, then vista, then windows 7 - with 3 partitions of course - works a treat :)

by Anonymous on 10. April 2009 - 2:22  (19602)

"The article is at the APC site, APC being one of the companies that sells Uninterruptible Power Supplies and other hardware."

Actually its the site of Australian Personal Computer magazine or APC for short.

Jay

by rhiannon on 10. April 2009 - 4:03  (19609)

Oh my stars and garters you're right! I'd best see about correcting that.
Thanks for the heads up.

by Geert on 10. April 2009 - 8:46  (19613)

What a pity that their website is so badly readable (in FF as well as in IE).
Most of the times I can't read the words at the end of the lines.

by peter on 10. April 2009 - 8:49  (19614)

It displays perfectly in my FF.

by Anonymous on 10. April 2009 - 14:44  (19623)

Is there any guide for setting up a dual boot of XP or Linux with FreeDos?
At this point, is there any free version of MS-Dos? At this point why wouldn't they offer it for free?

by wdhpr on 10. August 2009 - 23:17  (19629)

Dual booting using the install xp then linux method in the article will result in installing Grub to the computers MBR (master boot record) This can have undesired results by corrupting the MBR.

An alternative method can be found here http://www.mepis.org/node/7088
This will install Grub to your linux root without writing to the MBR

UPDATE: I have been using the above method for some time now (6 months) and have had ZERO problems dual booting.

Again I am no expert. But in my humble opinion. Its better to let windows find and then run the linux boot file separate during boot up. If the boot ini is properly modified along with the rest of it, you will have your linux boot option during start-up.

Cheers
Wdhpr

by Anonymous on 20. September 2009 - 17:04  (33012)

i would like to see an article on how to triple-boot or quad-boot, etc..(or even more OS'es)...

by rikmayell (not verified) on 20. September 2009 - 17:49  (33016)

The article mentioned does a great job of the options it covers. Unfortunately, if you want to dual boot Windows 7 and, say, Ubuntu, especially from a RAID array, it will not help you. There are how tos that claim to cover the Windows 7 / Ubuntu combination, but, from painful experience, I can advise that they don't work.

I have Windows 7 x64 RTM (installed first) dual booting with Ubuntu 9.04 64 bit from an NVidia RAID array, although the approach I've used will work for a non-RAID boot disk as well. I am writing up how I made this work and will make the information freely available as soon as possible.

Rik Mayell - Category Editor, Best Free Windows 7 / Vista 64 bit Software

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