Charles bought a new computer and is trying to back up his operating system before he gets going. Leo says it's a good idea to make an image right at the beginning. He can even do it on a small 8GB USB thumb drive and keep it in his pocket. The laptop will likely have a rescue utility that will enable him to create a restore rescue disc, but he can also use the Windows 10 backup feature. Just press Windows Key and type "Backup" and then go to backup settings. Then click "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)." This is actually an image backup, and it will create a system image.
Tony has a Windows 7 laptop and he wants to replace the hard drive with an SSD and then dual boot with Windows 10. Leo says it's completely doable. Leo recommends backing up his data and then replacing the drive. Then he can do a clean install of Windows 7, and then do the Windows 10 upgrade. Then he can also choose a dual boot option.
There are a few pitfalls doing this, though. Leo recommends Googling "Windows 10 dual boot" for tips.
Glen wants to dual boot with Windows 7 and 10. Leo says it can be done. He can do the download and it should ask him if he wants to install Windows side by side. Will he be able to update both? Leo says absolutely. It'll be free, too, since the license is associated with the hardware and not the user. He'll have to update within the version he's using, though.
Glen should create his partition first. Then go into the Windows installer and choose the dual boot side by side option.
Mike wants to put Windows on his Mac and wants to know how he should format his drive. Leo says that exFAT is a good option because it can go bigger than 4GB per file and Mac supports it. But Leo just uses FAT32. exFAT is also optimized for Flash, so it works great on USB keys.
Paul is looking to get an iMac or Mac Mini and run Windows on it. Leo says that it really is the best Windows computer out there, so that's a good idea. Paul is wondering when the new models be coming out and can a Mac Mini do it? Leo says that the new iMacs just came out and the Mac Minis were upgraded recently as well, right in the middle of the development schedule. So now's a good time to pull the trigger.
Mike has an old Mac that he dual boots with Windows XP. He wants to upgrade to Windows 7. Leo says to get the upgrade and it'll install on top of it. Use the Windows 7 upgrade install disc to wipe the partition, and then install it. Mike is wondering whether it will preserve his data, though. Leo says no. He should make sure he backs up his data first.
Lawrence wants to run Windows and OS X on his Mac. Leo says that there are two ways to do this: He can run Windows with BootCamp, or virtually within Mac OS X. Leo advises running BootCamp when he first starts up and partition about 10GB for Windows. BootCamp will give him an option of which OS to boot up into when he turns it on.
Sterling bought a new Acer Aspire M5 laptop that has Windows 8.1 and UEFI, but he can't install Ubuntu to dual boot it. Leo says that if he goes into the settings for the UEFI firmware, he can set it up. But it's not trivial, and it's not supposed to be. The BIOS can be modified to reinfect a computer, so UEFI was designed to combat that. It also causes dual boot computers to not work in that configuration. Leo was able to do it by disabling secure boot.
Robert installed a second version of Windows and now he can't get it to boot up to the newer Windows 7. Leo says that's because Windows always boots up the latest installed OS. Leo advises using a boot manager to choose operating systems. Leo uses GAG.
Michael would like to create a dual boot setup where he can either choose to boot into Windows or Linux, but it doesn't work. Leo says that it sounds like the Boot Manager didn't get altered when Chris installed Linux. The good news is, he can create a Boot Manager after the fact. Leo recommends GAG. The chatroom recommends SuperGrub.