Dual Boot Windows® 7
What does dual boot mean? How to dual bootÂ Windows 7? What are the issues in dual booting it?
Dual booting is the process of configuring two different operating systems (OS)Â in one computer.Â In simple language dual booting means you install second OS when you already have one.This might beÂ due toÂ reasons like you have one operating system on your computer but you do not want to remove it before trying out featurs of the otherÂ operating system.Â Windows 7 is the latest OS fromÂ MicrosoftÂ and it can be dual booted with following options:
1. Dual booted withÂ Windows XP
2. Dual booted with Vista
Windows 7 is alsoÂ dual bootable with Linux, OSXÂ and others. Howver the popular ones are with the WindowsXP and WindowsVista versions.
Dual booted withÂ Windows XP
Make installation disc ofÂ Windows 7 and then create a partition in XP hard drive by resizing it. Freeup some disc space, then make a new partition in it and insert the installation cd. Follow the installation wizard and boot upÂ Windows 7 in yourÂ computer.
Dual booted with Vista
You need to free up at least 16 GB ofÂ disc space whileÂ creating a partition in the hard drive, which is done through computer management toolÂ of control panel. Once the free space is created post partition, insert the installationÂ cd ofÂ Windows 7 andÂ follow the stepsÂ to completion.
While you might enjoy the dual booting benefits of two OS in one computer, there are some technical complications which might disrupt the booting process like
1. Partition of OS is not showing up
2.Â UnableÂ to boot into one of the OS
3. Operating system crashed
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