How to build a dual-boot system with Windows XP and Zorin

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My desktop computer is running on Windows XP with two internal hard drives, both are 127GB. The second drive (Drive E) is primarily used for backup. I'm planning to make a dual-boot system with my primary HDD keeping the OS and my current files while run Zorin off of drive E. I have Zorin OS 6 Business. I would appreciate any input on how to accomplish this.

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How to build a dual-boot system with Windows XP and Zorin



Windows XP is a Windows and Zorin is a Linux. In order to boot both OS, you have to use EasyBCD, a free software for booting multiple OSs from the boot menu.

First of all, download and install EasyBCD. Download EasyBCD.

Now, free up some space from your HDD by using Disk Management. From Run, type and enter “compmgmt.msc”. Select “Disk Management”, shrink up any volume(s) to free at least 10GB free space.

Then, get Zorin OS and install it on the freed up space. Download Zorin OS. Learn how to install Zorin OS.

After installation is complete, restart your PC, select Windows to boot into. There, start EasyBCD.

1. From “BCD Deployment”, select “Install the Windows XP bootloader to the MBR” from “MBR Configuration Options” >> press “Write MBR”.

2. From “Add New Entry”, select “Linux/BSD” from “Operating Systems” >> Select “Type” to “GRUB 2” >> Enter any name >> Select the partition where you’ve installed Zorin OS, make sure to choose the right one >> click “Add Entry”.

3. From “Edit  Boot Menu”, make sure to keep “Windows XP” on the top.

Now, your Windows XP and Zorin OS – both will be available to use.

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