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I need to setup a dual boot computer. I have 2 hard drives each has an os I need the option to select at startup

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Do you have both operating systems installed seperatly ? In case of installing another operating system while one is present, the computer would've known to select the one of it by itself or through some menus while startup. If you have installed both operating system seperately than you may need to find out first that both operating system are able to boot with some menu choice from the startup. To dual boot computer one system has to set as primary while other as extended partition using some Harddisk utility like FDISK. If you need to reset the partitions make sure that both systems works together as dual boot. Win XP, Win98 works as dual boot, WINXP , LINUX works together , but WIX 95 and WIN 98 may not work for dual boot systems.

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Try Install KDE on your desktop, I think its much better than gnome for booting setup. There's another way which one you'd like to booth by striking the F8 key repeatedly on the restart or starting your PC and select the drive which drive you like to boot.Or you can configure it on your bios setup by hitting the del key and configure your boot priority.

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If you have a Windows Vista installation disc, you need to restart (boot) your computer using the installation disc. If you do not restart your computer from the disc, the option to repair your computer will not appear.

Here is a step by step picture guide.

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You may have overwritten your boot.ini file.

  • Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click System.
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Or, Click on Start, right click on the My Computer option and select the option Properties.

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