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    Dual Booting Windows 10 and Linux

    Hello,

    I read some time ago that Windows 10 would cripple dual booting to prevent users from running Linux. (I currently dual boot Linux Mint alongside Windows 7. I like having the option in the event I am having problems running one or the other OS. As well, I tend to use the more secure OS to make purchases and other financial transactions.)

    Is there an update on this issue?

    Thank you,

    Perri 7.

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    Perri,

    I may be wrong but it is my understanding that the problem is not Windows 10 but rather the Secure Boot feature. If you computer does not have the hardware for secure boot you should still be able to load and run Win 10 (I'm currently running W10 TP on a laptop w/o secure boot). On my main desktop computer I run Win 8.1 Pro with Secure Boot enabled. I can use the UEFI settings to deselect SB as I do to run Windows Defender Offline Beta from a USB stick, yes MS doesn't provide a SB version!. So there are always options. HTH
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    Dear RetiredGeek,

    Thank you for your prompt reply.

    How do I determine if I have "secure boot"? Would this be a BIOS setting (or is it only a feature of UEFI systems)? Could I assume that because I am dual booting Windows 7 and Linux Mint I have secure boot? My machine is a ThinkPad W510 laptop.

    I look forward to your further reply.

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    Perri 7.

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    Perri,

    Most likely you don't have SB on your machine. Yes it is a feature of UEFI systems. SB requires UEFI and a TPM.

    Here's an ARS Technica article on the subject pay particular attention to the next to last paragraph.

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    Dear RetiredGeek,

    Thank you for your prompt reply and for pointing me to the ARS Technica article. Interesting.

    I take it MS has not issued any clarification to date?

    Best Regards,

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    Hello,

    On a related question, if I install Windows 10 on top of Windows 7 in a dual boot configuration, will Windows 10 install in the ore-existing Windows 7 partition and respect the dual boot configuration or will it attempt to remove the dual boot configuration and thereby delete Linux?

    Any thoughts or suggestions?

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    Perri,

    If you have your partitions set correctly an Upgrade install should not affect your Linux partitions. However, Windows will install its boot loader rendering Linux unbootable. You can fix this by using EasyBCD in Windows to edit the boot record and recover the Linux boot capability. I have done this on eariler versions of Windows and can only "assume" it will work w/Win 10.

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    <SOLVED> Dual Booting Windows 10 and Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    Perri,

    However, Windows will install its boot loader rendering Linux unbootable.
    Thank you for your reply and suggestion.

    Hmm, I am starting to get the impression that it may be premature to install Windows 10 upon release. I think I will wait until more definitive information is issued by MS regarding these questions. While I am quite capable of reinstalling operating systems, partitioning drives and so on, I don't want to do this if I don't have to (especially when I did so recently).

    Thank you RetiredGeek. I think I will consider this issue solved.

    Kind Regards,

    Perri 7.

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