[GTALUG] installing linux while retaining Windows 10

Lennart Sorensen lsorense at csclub.uwaterloo.ca
Tue Jan 5 14:18:17 UTC 2016

On Tue, Jan 05, 2016 at 11:04:00AM -0500, Blaise Alleyne wrote:
> Only if you need regular access to Windows. If it's infrequent (i.e. just not
> brave enough to wipe it in case it might one day ever be needed), you could swap
> drives in that rare case when it's needed for something.
> Or, will Windows 10 boot from an external USB drive? Hardware would be the
> same... I haven't used Windows since XP, so not sure if more recent control
> measures would freak out over that... If that's an option, you could just put
> the second drive in an external USB enclosure.

No it won't.  At least not in general.  I suspect the
enterprise/educational 'windows to go' version are the only ones that can.
So since it is a faeture of some versions, it must be an artificial
limitation Microsoft chose to implement.  Of course a USB booting install
would need to have more generic drivers available than a fixed install,
since you might be tempted to move it between computers.

Len Sorensen

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