Booting windows 10 with legacy mode on or off, for dual boot with Mint

  1. Posts : 5
    Windows 10

    Booting windows 10 with legacy mode on or off, for dual boot with Mint

    I have a desktop with a SSD of 250 GB running windows 10, I tried putting it into legacy mode in BIOS for dual booting with Linux Mint. But when I restart to check it, I get error 1962, no operating system found.

    I made a partition in C drive and installed Mint on it, but during boot up, I go straight to windows with no mint option.

    I tried Windows 10 fast boot stopper from the tutorial here, maybe too late, it made no difference.

    EasyBDC is blocked from Linux options in editing boot menu.

    I don't want to lose windows 10, but would like Mint as well. Any experience or advice, is there a tutorial?
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  2. Posts : 11,210
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux

    Hi there

    Not sure why you'd want to double boot Linux Mint -- run it as a Virtual machine -- simple / easy and you can switch from one OS to the other without a re-boot.

    Linux mint on a Virtual machine can easily run in 1GB of Virtual memory and say 12 - 20 GB GB of HDD space --better if stored on an SSD.

    Use VBOX or VMPLAYER (both free) for installing the Linux VM. Linux mint usually works straight OOB. For VMPLAYER though your Windows 10 HOST machine must be 64 bit

    - the GUEST (VM) can be either 32 or 64 bit.

    You can also have fun with other Linux distros or even other versions of Windows using VM's --remember though a Windows VM needs a licence just like a Real machine. Linux distros are always free at consumer level.

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  3. Posts : 17,369
    Windows 11 Pro

    In order to boot in Legacy BIOS mode (CSM) the SSD has to be partitioned as MBR. Since your system was set up as UEFI originally, it is partitioned using GPT and had an EFI System Partition. That's why legacy booting can't find the OS.
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