Dual-boot

Discussion in 'Computer Software and Operating Systems' started by Kwartel, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. Kwartel
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    Kwartel The fairest in all the land

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    I wanna dualboot my windoze with linux, but I want windows to start up. But when I start a key(combo) it will enter dualboot menu. Is this possible?
     
  2. nIxx

    nIxx GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    heh why do you want linux then ?
    You need at least a menu (ex. GRUB Loader) to choose what OS to start.
     
  3. prowler

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    I don't think its possible. Though if you havnt pressed a button for 20 seconds (i think) its starts Windows by auto
     
  4. luke_c

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    You mean you want the primary OS to be Windows, so if you don't choose an option within the time limit it auto-boots to Windows?
    bcdedit can control primary OS's and such, been a while since i'v used anything like that so give it a quick google.
     
  5. velocity37

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    Should be easy peasy with GRUB. Just set Windows as the default boot entry, and then set a custom timeout in seconds. It'll boot automatically to windows unless you hit something within the set time limit, which will bring you to the grub menu where you can choose Windows or Linux.
     
  6. Kwartel
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    Thanks
     
  7. Hakoda

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    I need something like this except for Windows and OS X, will GRUB still work?

    ~ Jon
     
  8. mrSmiles

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    Stick with windows but install Virtual Box or VMWare, and create a virtual linux system with whichever distro of your choice.
     
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    If you're talking about an osx86 install then you might want to try Chameleon. I'm not sure if it works with distros, but it definitely works with vanilla install (full retail installation on separate hard drives).
     
  10. Frederica Bernkastel

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    Thats what I do.

    Give it about 5 seconds.

    Also you could look into EasyBCD, and use the windows bootloader to launch *distro