How can I boot more than two operating systems?

Severdthumbz May 11, 2011
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I know it’s possible to dual boot Windows Vista and Windows 7. How would you perform a triple boot to include Windows Vista (32bit), Windows 7 (64bit), and KuBuntu (32/64bit). Furthermore, to be able to select any of the OS from Grub/Lilo bootloader.

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  1. JormaS
    May 17, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    Personally, as cheap and drive space is, I would have several partitions.

    For example, using a 1TB Harddrive, split it into 4 partitions
      
    1  250gb Kubuntu
    2  250gb Windows XP
    3  250gb Windows Vista
    4  250gb Windows 7

    install the OS where you choose. Edit the grub loader to show the OS's you can choose.
    As stated be for Windows must be installed before Linux.

    You could also use 4 separate drives.

    Another powerful option is http://www.virtualbox.org/

  2. pceasies
    May 14, 2011 at 1:54 am

     Actually, the order really doesn't matter, it's just easier to install oldest to newest because the newest should automatically detect the older ones and add the options to the bootloader.

    The operating system will change the master boot record (MBR) to point to its own boot loader (code that starts the operating system). This can be changed and it's not too hard.

    You can use GRUB (what Ubuntu uses) or Bootmgr (Vista & 7) as the main one and have options that will point to the other one. If you choose Bootmgr, you'll need to download EasyBCD and install NeoGRUB so you can boot Linux operating systems. The program will also let you easily modify the list of operating systems, MBR, and boot files. You can also use GRUB, it should add an entry that loads BOOTMGR (which will have Vista & 7 entries). If GRUB doesn't automatically add an entry, you can manually edit the menu.lst file to include the option. BOOTMGR and GRUB can also load NTLDR used for Windows XP. There's a way to load OSX's boot loader, but I've never had it setup before.

  3. Namespace
    May 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Create a separate partition table in an advanced option of installation.

  4. Anonymous
    May 12, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Vista must be installed first
    Windows 7 must be installed next and you must use its boot loader to dual boot Vista and Win 7
    Ubuntu must be installed last and its boot loader must be used to dual boot Windows

    Triple boot Ubuntu Vista Windows 7
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=991987