Can I dual boot CloudReady with another OS?

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. 

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7 Comments

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    Ryan Ridenour
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    Ryan Ridenour

    What if I was to install Ubuntu in a seperate partitiion after CloudReady?

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    Shawn Hobbs

    It is possible to dual boot. It takes a little work. But it is possible. I am currently run CloudReady (which is awesome) along side Kodibuntu. The key is to install CloudReady first and then partition the drive.
    I currently have no issues with CloudReady and still boots up when I select it just fine.

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    Forrest Smith
    Here's a preview of official dual boot support: https://neverware.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/215909818
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    Daniel Escasa

    Shawn, that becomes something of an issue if you also want to install Windows. Not insurmountable, just a pain. And if you know how to use partitioning software and a boot manager such as GRUB, I don't have to tell you how it's done :)

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    Joel Lee

    I think the CloudReady dual-boot installation is not going to fully support
    BIOS-Based Systems later on. Chromium OS requires the GPT hard disk partition table, Because it has more than 4 Primary Partitions.
    So, CloudReady Can't dual-boot on an MBR disk. I also think it is nearly impossible to install CloudReady on a MBR hard disk on a extended partition.

    Edited by Joel Lee
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    David your friend

    good points about dualboot..

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