Help with Dual Boot

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Help and Support' started by xnewx, May 18, 2011.

  1. xnewx

    xnewx New Member

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    Hello.
    I am considering adding a dual boot to my laptop and am hoping for some step by step instruction.

    I want to
    • maintain my primary OS on primary drive C
    • adopt dual boot
    • have second OS reside on USB key or USB external drive.
    Normal use I would boot from my primary drive
    When booting 2nd OS is desired, I would connect my USB drive and boot..

    I haves an Asus G2S running VIsta and I have a little Asus EeePC running Windows7

    Hope you can help instruct me.
     
  2. patcooke

    patcooke Microsoft MVP
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    Dual booting normally refers to two operating systems residing on the hard drive with a menu at start up to select the operating system required. In the scenario you describe the boot from usb or external hard drive is and "alternative" boot source and nothing special is required other than to set you bios to look for bootable devices on usb and to set up the boot image on your usb device. There are many tutorials online for creating bootable usb devices on the web such as this informative page:

    Boot From A USB Flash/Pen/Key Drive
     
  3. xnewx

    xnewx New Member

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    thank you.
    I'll check it out today.
    I did try reading on it... but with no experience with doing it I actually found what I read more conflicting than educating.
     

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