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dual boot windows 7 linux windows 10

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#1 slayme1974



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Posted 06 August 2016 - 02:44 PM

Hi I have a dual boot system with Windows 10 and Opensuse Leap 42.1 Linux on separate hard drives. I was hoping to play some of my old games in wine, but I'm not having much luck to be honest.

My new plan is to pull out an old copy of Windows 7 i have stashed away that I never used (some of my old games don't work in windows 10 64bit). I don't want to go though the hassle of reinstalling windows 10 and linux, so I thought maybe I could unplug both my hard drives and add a third hard drive, install Windows 7 on it, plug my hard drives back in and just boot off the third drive when I want windows 7. Would this work? Is there a better option?


ps. both my current hard drives have gpt volumes.

#2 Master_Scythe



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Posted 08 August 2016 - 08:32 AM

This will work fine.

Unplugging is a good safety, but no need to do it ususally; just find out what your motherboard 'boot menu' key is, and select the HDD you want :)


You can use windows or linux boot managers to point to different partitions\drives, but doing 'full installs' and selecting the HDD you want to boot from in the BIOS is 'effective' is a a little simple.

I'd probably do it that way :P

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