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Windows 10 & Linux On The Same Machine?

Monday, August 17th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips, Windows 10

Dave has a questions about multiple operating systems on his PC.   “Can a person use Win 10 and Linux on same machine? What about keeping Win7 amd/or 8.1.”

Just as with any other version of Windows, you could choose to run it in a dual-boot with Linux on one machine or as a virtual operating system inside Linux. I’ll warn you, it will be much slower.


You could also choose do dual boot Windows 10 with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. But remember, in order to get Windows 10 for free, you have to upgrade from Windows 7 or 8. You’re swapping that Windows 7 or 8 license for your Windows 10 license. You’re not getting an extra one. So if you want to keep your current OS and also run Windows 10, you’ll have to pay for it.

~ Cynthia

2 Responses to “Windows 10 & Linux On The Same Machine?”

  1. alan erhardt says:

    hi all at word start, good information. Can one also copy windows game chess titans to windows 10 thanks alan erhardt

  2. Jamie says:

    Im wondering if this only applies to PCs with Win 7 pre-loaded by the oem. In my case I purchased Win 7 to upgrade from vista so what would stop me from upgrading to 10 then create an installation recovery disk of 10. Then format my disk and create a dual boot from both disks? Is this possible? I telecommute to work from home and im not comfortable that all our homegrown programs will be compatible with Win10

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