How to Dual Boot Windows 10 with Other Versions of Windows, macOS and Linux

 

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Thank you for this! It was so helpful!!!

Be aware that as of build 9926, there might be NTFS interoperability issues between Windows 10 and Windows 7.

You might want to look at this thread for more details :

unwarranted dirty bit & chkdsk incompatibility

I had a dual boot setup with Windows 8.1 and the Windows 10 Tech Preview. When I updated to the latest Build 9926, I lost the dual boot. It goes straight to Windows 10.

I how can I get Windows 8.1 back? If I need to repair the MBR, is there a recommended tool for that? Unfortunately, I have a Dell that included Win 8 pre-installed and I don't have any install disks.

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Andre
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I'm running Windows XP with a quad core processor motherboard and 4 GB ram.  I have created an additional partition using Partition Commander that is around 46GB big.  I can boot into my XP Windows from the System Commander window that comes up after I boot.  I once had Server 2003 as well as Linux running on this in separate partitions.  Would Windows 10 make itself the default boot OS?  If I had to I can run System Commander from a bootable CD and recreate it's Boot Manager.  I just don't want to risk loosing out on a working OS just to try this new Windows 10 on a dual boot if things go astray.

Vern

Andre,

What a well written & comprehensive guide, I had to uninstall build # 9926 due to several issue's, it could have been some I caused by installing the tech. preview right over 8.1. This time I'll follow your guide, hopefully for a much better experience.

Thanks,

David

P.S. I tried to perform a screen capture of disk management, but couldn't seem to get it to work properly.

Right now it shows there are the following:

Disk 0 (Only 1 Hard Drive Installed)

2 Different recovery partition's (1.46 GB-450MB) Layout/Simple  Type/Basic

1 Primary Partition (8.75 GB) Layout/Simple  Type/Basic

1 C: System,Boot,Page File,Primary Partition (232.89 GB) NTFS File System 63 % Free (139.96 GB)

I think since I had tech. preview installed previousl over the top of 8.1, it messed up the partition's on my hard drive, I need to get that corrected before I proceed any further. Does anyone have any suggestion on the 'proper' thing to do @ this point ??

Thanks,

David

Thank you Andre,

I followed your instructions on another laptop and it worked

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Truly well done Article, Outstanding presentation!

After partitioning a new HD I installed XP Pro into one of the primary partitions, made it active and booted into it a few times ok.  Then I installed Windows 10 into the other partition and if set up and finalized.  Booted into it a few times and no issues.  There was a new screen that prompted for booting into the new Win 10 evaluation or to an earlier OS.  When I tried to boot back into Windows XP I got an error message of cannot find ntloader and it would not boot back into XP.  I have it now so that it boots into xp but cannot boot into the partition that has Win Pro evaluation.

Is there an issue with dual booting XP that relies on a MBR and Windows 10 that uses the newer boot

GPT boot record?  Is there any issues having one OS, such as Windows XP PRO that uses a MBR to boot and then another partition that boots Windows 10 that uses a different boot configuration, the GPT?

Did you follow the instructions as described in the following article?

How to dual boot Windows XP and Windows 8

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Andre
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MVP-Windows and Devices for IT
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