|Important : Before you consider dual-booting your Windows machine with CloudReady, please be aware that we strongly advise users to only install CloudReady in Standalone mode as we will be discontinuing support for dual-booted machines after June 2018. Read more about the sunsetting of Dual Boot here.|
Yes! You can dual boot CloudReady with Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or 10.
The models highlighted on our Certified Hardware list as “Dualboot Certified” are officially supported by Neverware to dual boot with CloudReady. Dual-boot computers must have:
1. The ability to use UEFI boot mode.
2. A preexisting UEFI-mode installation of Windows 7, 8, 8.1, or 10. Click here for instructions on verifying whether Windows is installed in UEFI mode.
3. At least 32 GB of available free space in the main Windows partition you want to dual-boot with.
4. On the Windows installation you want to dual-boot with, you must make the following changes before performing a dual-boot installation of CloudReady:
a. Turn OFF “Fast Startup” (in Windows 8 or later) by visiting “Control Panel > Power Options > Choose what the power button does > Fast Startup”
b. Turn OFF any encryption
c. Disable hibernation
If your Windows installation is in legacy mode, but your machine supports UEFI, it will be necessary to reinstall Windows in UEFI mode in order to dual-boot with CloudReady.
At this time, Neverware only supports dualbooting CloudReady alongside Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10. We encourage users of sufficient technical ability to experiment with unsupported configurations of CloudReady, but note that your data may be at risk of accidental erasure and Neverware will be unable to assist with any issues faced in the process.