Dual Boot

How can I image my new computer before I get started?

Backup and Restore (Windows 7)

Episode 1443

Charles from Colton, CA

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.

How can I dual boot with Windows 10 and Windows 7?

Windows 10 Start Menu

Episode 1306

Tony from Woodland Hills, CA

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.

Can I install both Windows 7 and Windows 10?

Episode 1304

Glen from Winnetka, CA

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.

Will the Mac Mini be able to run Windows?

Apple Mac Mini

Episode 1237

Paul from Columbus, OH

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.

How can I dual boot in a UEFI secure boot laptop?

Episode 1045

Sterling from Nina, WI

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.