Components for Building Computers From Scratch/Installing Multiple Os in a computer.


QUESTION: Dear Keith

Is it possible to install multiple Operating Systems in a single machine viz Server, Workstation, Laptop, Mobile Devices ?.

For example : Microsoft Windows and Linux.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

ANSWER: I have never tried more than a dual boot system. It is fairly easy. You can either have 2 different hard drives (one with each OS) or one hard drive that is partitioned. For myself, I did not see any advantages of having a dual boot system and do not have one now. If you actually want to do it, get back with me and I will give you further instructions.

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QUESTION: Dear Keith

Thank you.

Similar to a single hard drive with dual os windows and linux installations possible, is it also possible to install dual os windows and linux installations in a single Pen Drive i.e. USB Flash Drive ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

It is possible to have an OS on a pendrive and boot to it. However, I do not know if it is possible to have 2 OS's on a single pendrive. My guess would be, no. I have never tried it. If you have never tried one of the versions of Linux in a "live" CD, you should. It is like having a dual boot system, but you run the OS straight from the disk. I tried Knoppix and you would not believe how fast it was running from the CD.

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Keith Davis


I can answer most any question in this category for the home desktop builder and for most gaming PC builders. This includes what kind of case, cooling products, overclocking, all hardware, software, and safety issues. I can also advise on where the best sources for purchasing hardware are on the net.


100's of system builds from Win 2k through Win7 for customers as a self-employed PC technician with 100% customer satisfaction. Most experienced with XP and Vista.

4 classes short of my Networking degree.

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