Dual Boot Microsoft® Windows® 7 and Linux® using BCDEdit
What is BCDEdit? How could you dual boot Windows 7 and Linux using BCDEdit?
Boot Configuration Data Editor or BCDEdit is used to configure Windows 7 operating system. This utility would help you to display a menu at system booting. This menu would allow you to select Windows 7 or Linux. Here Windows 7 and Linux distribution occupy in the same physical hard drive. BCDEdit configuration would help you to recognize and boot a Linux distribution located on a second physical hard drive. For running in Linux, you need to install either Fedora or Ubuntu after the installation of Windows 7 operating system. Before setting up your system to dual boot, you need to meet all system requirements like RAM, Hard disk space, etc. Otherwise you may experience with slow system performance.
Following are the tips to boot Windows 7 and Linux using BCDEdit:
- Dual boot
- Installing Linux
- Configuring for dual boot
Dual boot is the configuration of two operating systems in a system. Here, while booting your system you need to choose the operating system. It is better that you need to partition your hard disk into two and store each operating system files in each partitions. It is important to note that before setting the dual boot you need to install minimum of 2 GB RAM space.
Before the set-up of dual partition, you need to have a minimum 80 GB hard drive which already contains Windows 7 operating system. Then you need to repartition the drive with the help of Gnome Partition Editor or GParted for adding Ubuntu or Fedora. Also you need to use BCDedit with which a Windows boot menu option for your Linux distribution can be added. Before doing this steps, you need to have a functioning CD drive or USB drive from which your system can boot.
After installing Fedora or Ubuntu, you can set-up dual boot to boot with Windows 7 or Linux distribution. Set-up your system to boot involves copying the Master Boot Record of our Linux boot partition to Windows 7. You need to use BCDEdit to create a new entry in the BCD store that will point to that file. Then you could get the option to choose Windows 7 and Linux while booting your system.
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