Multi-booting is simply a process of installing more than one operating system on a PC. Yes, you can have two or more different operating systems on one computer. Today I am going to teach you how you can install more than one OS on your computer. I know you may be wondering what the advantages of having more than one operating system on a system be? I will try to list some of the advantages here because the list is endless.
With Multi-booting, you won’t have any problems using software applications that require different operating system; you can now use it on one system. Multi-booting allows one to test a new operating system without having to switch completely maybe later to find out the operating system isn’t what he wants. Multi-booting can help you transfer all your files and data from one operating system to another before you can decide to remove the old operating system entirely. Software developers also use multi-booting to test the performances of their new software before releasing it. Having more than one operating system on one PC can help you reduce hardware cost. Etc…
Install more than one OS (MULTI BOOT) on your PC
You can only be able to install more than one OS on a system if you have sufficient hard disk space. Partitioning your hard disk will provide you with drives to install multiple OS on one PC. Installing multiple OS requires different partitions for each OS. For the purpose of this article I will limit the installations to just two operating systems (DUAL BOOTING).
Steps to installing two operating systems in your computer: Lets say we want to install Windows 7 and Windows XP for the purposes of this article.
- Partition your Hard disk using the cmd or software like partition magic into two different partitions. (DRIVE C & DRIVE D)
- Install Windows XP first on the first partition (NOTE: it’ll be installed on drive c). You can read more on how to install Windows XP here
- Following the instructions above you can be able to successfully install a Windows XP OS on your machine.
- Then restart your PC so that your current/newly installer version of Windows starts normally.
- Insert the Windows 7 installation DVD on your DVD drive and browse the installation files and double click on the Windows 7 setup.exe installer file, or you can wait for it to auto-start.
- Click on “Install now” on the Windows 7 install windows menu
- Accept the license terms by clicking the “I accept the license terms”
- Chose custom installation type next
- Chose the partition which should now be the DRIVE D since the Windows XP OS is on the DRIVE C
- Now click next to start the installation
- Once the files have been successfully copied and installed, you system will have two different operating systems Windows XP and Windows 7
The same process goes with other operating systems just that their interfaces and steps may vary but its all same grand process.If you have any contribution to add to this blog post, please use the comment box below. I will like to hear from you. You should also Subscribe to NetMediaBlog Feeds by Email.