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    Installing more than 2 operating systems on a computer

    Okay, So a friend of mine had an idea. I doubt It's even possible so I can here to ask.

    She wants to take a Laptop and Install Windows, Linux, and Mac OSX on it all at once. Ignoring The issues of dealing with Hardware compatibility, is is even possible to do this?

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    Re: Installing more than 2 operating systems on a computer

    Unless it is a Mac we cannot help. As Apple owns OSX.

    http://www.ubuntu.com/about/about-ubuntu/conduct
    http://ubuntuforums.org/misc.php?do=showrules

    . We do not support circumventing TOS, EULA, etc here.
    But many have multiple installs of various Linux and some even have several Windows.
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    Re: Installing more than 2 operating systems on a computer

    Her plan is to buy a Mac, then install windows and Linux alongside it.
    I know it's possible to install Linux and windows side by side so long as windows is installed first but to do it with Mac too?

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    Re: Installing more than 2 operating systems on a computer

    Microsoft owns Windows OS. And I do not think that the users wants to install an End of Life version of Ubuntu (10.04) and we have community documentation covering some of this.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/DualBoot/MacOSX

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Ma...elInstallation

    The order might be

    resident OS = OSX. Second installed OS = Windows. Third installed OS = Ubuntu.

    But do plenty of research.

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    Re: Installing more than 2 operating systems on a computer

    Would Windows even allow itself to be installed as the secondary OS? Doesn't it automatically take the primary position and overwrite previous boot loaders?
    "Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects." Will Rogers

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    Re: Installing more than 2 operating systems on a computer

    The entire Apple sub-forum has a lot of threads on this topic.

    You have to buy a full license for Windows and Macs have several tools to implement multiple booting. Not sure it works with Windows 8 in UEFI as always before it used a hybrid way to have both gpt and MBR partitioning. Macs use an older UEFI, so the new UEFI systems do not easily work, so they install Windows in MBR.
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