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how do i install to dual boot with existing win8.1

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how do i install to dual boot with existing win8.1

#1 Post by JimZiii » Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:23 pm

so i already have windows 8.1 installed (and windows 10 as dual boot already through vhd but i don't think that matters) but how do i install linux to "dual boot" with my existing systems? should i just create a vhd and install in on that, like you do when installing a second windows system?

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Re: how do i install to dual boot with existing win8.1

#2 Post by Paul.. » Sat Jan 21, 2017 9:55 pm

See this part of the UEFI post in the Wiki

https://mxlinux.org/wiki/system/uefi#Li ... dows%208.x

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Re: how do i install to dual boot with existing win8.1

#3 Post by JimZiii » Sun Jan 22, 2017 10:05 am

thnx but is it possible to do from a vhd? and do i have to boot it through a linux bootloader or is it possible to boot it through the windows bootloader?

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Re: how do i install to dual boot with existing win8.1

#4 Post by tascoast » Sun Jan 22, 2017 5:08 pm

JimZiii wrote:thnx but is it possible to do from a vhd? and do i have to boot it through a linux bootloader or is it possible to boot it through the windows bootloader?
Not sure on vhd, but Grub seems the simplest way to dual boot. I have dual booted XP, Vista and most recently, 8.1 before upgrading to W10 on an Aspire One netbook.
Step 4: Optional: Add Windows to GRUB Menu

Since selecting Windows or Linux via the UEFI boot menu requires determining the interrupt key for each particular PC's implementation, some users may find this inconvenient for everyday use. Adding Windows 8.or 10 to the GRUB menu can by-pass this annoyance and is relatively easy to accomplish:

Run update-grub. After Linux is installed, log into MX-15 or 16, and open a terminal as root. Run the command update-grub.

Reboot. Windows should appear in the GRUB menu as a boot option.
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Re: how do i install to dual boot with existing win8.1

#5 Post by lucky9 » Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:11 am

The wiki covers the use of booting from Windows. Basically you need to install GRUB to the /root of the Linux you are installing. Then do a little editing in the Windows bootloader.
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Re: how do i install to dual boot with existing win8.1

#6 Post by Paul.. » Thu Jan 26, 2017 9:21 am

lucky9 wrote:The wiki covers the use of booting from Windows. Basically you need to install GRUB to the /root of the Linux you are installing. Then do a little editing in the Windows bootloader.
Actually, the wiki shows how to boot Windows from GRUB as well.
Step 4: Optional: Add Windows to GRUB Menu

Since selecting Windows or Linux via the UEFI boot menu requires determining the interrupt key for each particular PC's implementation, some users may find this inconvenient for everyday use. Adding Windows 8.or 10 to the GRUB menu can by-pass this annoyance and is relatively easy to accomplish:

Run update-grub. After Linux is installed, log into MX-15 or 16, and open a terminal as root. Run the command update-grub.

Reboot. Windows should appear in the GRUB menu as a boot option.

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Re: how do i install to dual boot with existing win8.1

#7 Post by lucky9 » Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:12 pm

The request was for an existing booting double Windows to accommodate a Linux installation. I would prefer to use GRUB also but that was not what was asked for if I read the request correctly. Which is always a possibility.
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Re: how do i install to dual boot with existing win8.1

#8 Post by Stevo » Thu Jan 26, 2017 10:54 pm

I found that when installing MX 16 x64 on the Acer laptop, when I installed GRUB to the UEFI partition, it automatically detected and added an entry for Windows 10, plus an entry to go to the UEFI setup ("BIOS"). YMMV.

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