Setup Dualboot installation in Windows

There are many reasons for people to install more than one OS on their computer. Maybe you want to run Linux next to your Windows installation. Maybe you are like me and need to have an older version of Windows (let’s say XP) because your boss doesn’t want to upgrade his systems. Or maybe you need it to run the new Windows 9 beta next to your current Windows installation. What ever the reason might be, I will show you how to get it done!

Tutorial on how to create a dualboot installation

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Start by removing/ ejecting all the drive you might have connected from you PC, beside the one you want to create the extra partition on. This include the USB drive you have inserted in your PC.

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Go to the administrative tools (start -> search -> administrative tools), select computer management -> go to disk management.

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Select the partition you want to shrink, right click and select shrink volume

Insert or connect your installation disk or USB and restart your computer. Let it boot from the installation device. When installing, be sure to select the newly created reallocated space on your drive.

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Pepijn van Gastel
Pepijn has always been passionate about technology, but found his vocation in medicine. As of today he has focused it's experience on his new startup company PuurHost.nl and is therefore not an active participator of WindowsInstructed anymore.

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