Windows 10: Is it possible to make it dual boot?

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  1. Posts : 22
    Windows 10 Home SL 64-bit, Win 64 Pro
       04 Jun 2016 #1

    Is it possible to make it dual boot?


    I had to replace the Hard Disk on my Lenovo Flex14. I was running it in dual boot - Win10 and Linux. I set up the entire drive under NTFS. Now is it possible to make it dual boot.

    Also, I am on Win10 Single Language (ie Home). Is there any way to run a virtual machine in this. My accounting software is bombing out with an insufficient memory error. From the web I find that most probably it is unhappy with some printer driver. So if I can set up a Virtul Machine or run Wine under Linux then I should be OK.
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  2.    04 Jun 2016 #2

    sgiitk said: View Post
    II set up the entire drive under NTFS. Now is it possible to make it dual boot.
    Did you really? I dual boot with Arch and I'm almost 100% certain that you can't boot Linux on NTFS. I use BTRFS (rather than ext4). If you can get Linux to boot on NTFS then you are cleverer than me

    sgiitk said: View Post
    Also, I am on Win10 Single Language (ie Home). Is there any way to run a virtual machine in this. My accounting software is bombing out with an insufficient memory error. From the web I find that most probably it is unhappy with some printer driver. So if I can set up a Virtul Machine or run Wine under Linux then I should be OK.
    Yes you can. You can get either VirtualBox or VMWare for free and assuming your PC has a CPU manufactured in the last 10 or 20 years (with VT-x) it will work fine. You can't use Hyper-V as you need Windows Pro for that.

    I prefer VirtualBox myself as I like running VMs headless - most other people on this forum seem to prefer VMware. There isn't really much difference unless you want to get very teckie about it though so whatever you prefer. Both are quite easy to use and you could look into this tutorial if you like. VMware Player - Install Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
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  3. Posts : 22
    Windows 10 Home SL 64-bit, Win 64 Pro
       04 Jun 2016 #3

    lx07 said: View Post
    1. Did you really? I dual boot with Arch and I'm almost 100% certain that you can't boot Linux on NTFS. I use BTRFS (rather than ext4). If you can get Linux to boot on NTFS then you are cleverer than me

    2. Yes you can. You can get either VirtualBox or VMWare for free and assuming your PC has a CPU manufactured in the last 10 or 20 years (with VT-x) it will work fine. You can't use Hyper-V as you need Windows Pro for that.

    I prefer VirtualBox myself as I like running VMs headless - most other people on this forum seem to prefer VMware. There isn't really much difference unless you want to get very teckie about it though so whatever you prefer. Both are quite easy to use and you could look into this tutorial if you like. VMware Player - Install Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums
    1. This is why I am cribbing. So Linux is out. My option has to be Windows VM.

    2. I downloaded both. Now I will have to download a new Win10SL and then work from there. Installing from my 5 month old copy may involve a lot of updates. I may even try and go to a Win 7 Pro I have, but on hindsight Win10 it may be. What do you mean by running the VM headless?
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  4.    04 Jun 2016 #4

    I'd recommend that you install 10. You can activate it direct with your 7 Pro key (7 pro key would activate 10 Pro not 10 SL).

    The reason is that if you install 7 it will then download approximately 76 billion updates and with the best internet connection in the world it will take ages. Unless you prefer 7 of course.

    A headless VM is one you run without a screen by the way. You might want to do that to run a web server or something. I run a CENTOS VM to run my transmission client as I don't like doing torrents on my PC. With VirtualBox (or Hyper-V) you can start a VM headless. With the free version of VMWare you can't - you have to have a console window open.

    I wouldn't worry about it too much. Make your VM disk a VHD and then you can use it with anything.
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  5. Posts : 22
    Windows 10 Home SL 64-bit, Win 64 Pro
       04 Jun 2016 #5

    lx07 said: View Post
    I'd recommend that you install 10. You can activate it direct with your 7 Pro key (7 pro key would activate 10 Pro not 10 SL).
    The reason is that if you install 7.....

    A headless VM is one you run without a screen by the way.

    I wouldn't worry about it too much. Make your VM disk a VHD and then you can use it with anything.
    As it happened while I got VM Ware VM did not download properly so the decision is made by a higher force.

    I may do better. I think I have about 80GB of unassigned disk space. So I will activate some of it and then install the VM there. A separate 'drive'.

    Let me try one of these days. I think I will get Win10SL I already have to do the honours.
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  6. Posts : 22
    Windows 10 Home SL 64-bit, Win 64 Pro
       05 Jun 2016 #6

    I have partitioned 50GB as another 'drive', G: in my case. Also, I have a copy of my Win10_SL_GB install (1511) on a pen drive. Now I will install VM_Ware or Virtual_Box (please give your reco since this is my first foray in this area) then install Win_10_SL there under a modified name - say Win10_VM. I guess the same license info will be picked up from MS.

    Any suggestions, before I fly off into the unknown!
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  7.    05 Jun 2016 #7

    sgiitk said: View Post
    I guess the same license info will be picked up from MS.

    Any suggestions, before I fly off into the unknown!
    The Windows 10 that you install in the virtual machine will not have any license to pick up. It will not be activated. Unless you have a product key specifically for Single Language Edition, you won't be able to activate it. Another question is, what operating system are you going to use to host the Virtual Machine?
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  8. Posts : 22
    Windows 10 Home SL 64-bit, Win 64 Pro
       05 Jun 2016 #8

    I will be running under Win10Single Language. I have the key and also the software for Win 7 Pro (academic license) so probably have an activation still available. I cam do that or maybe even drop back to WinXP.
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  9.    05 Jun 2016 #9

    So, I am confused.... why run Windows 10 Single Language in a virtual machine hosted by Windows 10 Single Language?
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  10. Posts : 22
    Windows 10 Home SL 64-bit, Win 64 Pro
       05 Jun 2016 #10

    The reason is that my accounting software is not running. Looking around it seems it is unhappy with the Samsung SCX-3400 MF Printer install. It is bombing out with an out of memory error. I think by setting up a VM I should be able to bypass this. The software is a very popular one in India - named Tally.
    Last edited by sgiitk; 05 Jun 2016 at 11:19.
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