Windows 8 and Linux in dual-boot mode

Pair of Boots

Article from Issue 146/2013
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Although getting Windows to play nice with an existing Linux installation is difficult, with a few tricks, you can set up Windows 8 to dual-boot with Linux.

In 1982, Microsoft MS-DOS 1.25 could confidently assume it would be the only system on the boot medium – after all, it booted from a floppy disk. Hard disks did not even enter into the equation until MS DOS 2.0, when the new IBM PC was released.

Thirty years after MS-DOS 1.25, Microsoft is still unwilling to accommodate co-tenants: Just like its predecessors, it dumps its boot sector onto the hard drive during installation, even if the disk already contains another boot loader.

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