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"Tri-Booting" OS's

By the_ultimate_dingo ·
I have Windows 10 and Linux Mint 19.3 installed on my PC. I am looking to install Windows 7. Will the option to boot it be in my main grub or just when i select Windows Boot Manager
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Tri-Booting

by davidtrombly In reply to "Tri-Booting" OS's

You can tri-boot. I've done it, BUT be aware that Windows will demand to be placed on the first hard drive - it won't let you install it to a hard drive directly any other way. Now, you CAN use Vmware or any other virtualizing software to direct Windows to another hard drive and it will install.

I'll let you decide which way to go based on the Pros and Cons:


Direct Install to Hard Drive Virtual Install
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Pros

Easy to install. Easy to Install
Runs great. Runs Great
Won't be affected if you update Linux / Kernel. Can be linked to Linux
Can be linked to Linux via SMB shares. Can be allocated to
Can use all cores on the computer. one or more cores
Can use all memory. Can be allocated to
all ram or less ram


Cons

Drivers must be installed to see If you use Lilo, you
external devices. may need to edit it
Will not boot if you upgrade your CPU manually.
Will need to be
You're only installing the Operating reinstalled if you
system. Everything else is extra. upgrade your linux
Windows will insist on being in kernel.
the first hard drive only .
Could potentailly wip out your Lilo Upgrading your
or Grub configuration and not even virtualization software
warn you! may force you to reinstall
windows.


For me, it boiled down to how often am I using Windows at home, and what do I need it for. I run Linux primarily and use Windows at work (different computer - not mine) (If I had my choice it would be Linux and Emacs for pretty much any office task - yeah I'm that much of a geek!).

I run Windows in VMWare.....

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Tri-Booting , Part 2

by davidtrombly In reply to Tri-Booting

and keep a DVD handy in case VMWare upgrades or I upgrade my Kernel.
I use Grub to allow me to choose what to boot and it's worked great for years!

Hope I was able to help you out!

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