Twisted dual boot

earfrager

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I have been thinking of dual booting my Linux machine with windows. The problem is I cannot seem to find any guide in which dual boot is done with Linux being the initial software. I was wondering, is it even possible? If so, could you help me? If not, do I have any other options? I also tried on a VM and when I installed windows Ubuntu was gone never to be found, by me at least. Thank you, all, in advance.
 


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Though you can technically install Ubuntu and Windows in any order, I would highly recommend that you install Windows first. This is because installing Windows on top of Ubuntu will likely result in messing up the MBR. When that happens, it can be very difficult to boot into Ubuntu, because the Grub dual-boot menu might disappear. It can be a little tricky recovering from that, which you can read all about here:
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RecoveringUbuntuAfterInstallingWindows
 

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Welcome to the forums,
option 1, using one hard drive then the normal score is to install windows first then Linux [windows does not give you the option to install alongside]
option 2 is to use a separate hard drive for your windows
option 3 is to run windows in a virtual machine [this won't work well unless you have a good amount of ram]
 

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I run Windows and Linux and I recommend that you run Linux and Windows on seperate hard drives (if possible).

When you're setting up Dual Boot, you should install Linux first onto Disk 1 and then Windows onto Disk 2. In your BIOS, set your Linux OS to boot first, and this should allow you have a GRUB menu where you can select Windows or Linux, this is what I do.

Edit: Meant to say Install Windows first to make things easier.
 
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I would also recommend installing Windows first. It's just too selfish and doesn't play well with others. :^D
 
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