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Can We Dual Boot Windows 10 And Windows 11?

Can We Dual Boot Windows 10 And Windows 11?

Yes, we can dual boot Windows 10 and Windows 11. In dual-boot Windows, you must have enough free disk space for the new operating system. For this, you will need a minimum of 25 GB of space. But you can space more for Windows 11 up to 50GB or 60GB. If you want to set up your dual boot system it will require more time. But when you complete the process then you can operate both versions of windows. Here is how the process starts.

Process To Dual Boot Windows 10 And Windows 11

Let’s discuss the process of dual booting Windows 10 and Windows 11.

Ready Your Pc For The Windows 11

Before you start you have to ensure that your PC has some essential system requirements for Windows 11; which are very heavy than Windows 10. You require a TPM chip installed on your PC so that the new operating system can run on your computer. In addition, you also have to enable the Secure Boot option. You can boot up in your BIOS to ensure that the TPM setting exists. Then you should go for the Secure Boot setting and if it is turned off then enable it. 

BIOS menus are very unique to your computer’s producers. So do not worry if your BIOS looks very different from what is shown above. You can also download the latest version of Microsoft PC Health Check to your computer. This will show you whether your computer will qualify for Windows 11 or not. 

Download Windows 11

The next step is to download the Microsoft ISO file for Windows 11. This needs that you are part of the Windows Insider program and needs a Microsoft account. However, if you have not joined the Insider program yet then browse the Windows Insider page and sign in. Then go to the registration page where you have to check the box to accept the terms and then click on the Register Now. For the purpose of downloading the ISO file, browse to the Windows Insider Preview Download Page then sign in your Microsoft account and scroll to the bottom of the page to select the Select Edition section. Tap the drop-down menu to Select Edition. Here you may select either Windows 11 Insider Preview (Beta channel) or Windows 11 Insider Preview (Dev channel).

However, the beta channel is more stable. On the other hand, the Dev channel is less stable and will have the latest and most advanced features for Windows 11 this year. Choose the channel you want and then tap Confirm. Then choose the product language and then tap on Confirm. Tap the Download button and save the file to your PC.

Copy Windows 11 ISO File

The next is to burn the ISO file to a DVD or you can also copy it to the USB drive that you can boot from Windows 11. However, Windows 11 does not make it a simple process. As this file of Windows 11 ISO file is larger than the 5GB, so it is difficult for it to fit on a standard DVD. You will have to use an 8.5GB double-layer DVD to hold the complete file. You may also use a Blu-ray disc if you have Blu-ray drive on your computer. If you use a USB drive then it is not an easier option for you. While TPM 20 and Secure Boot are the main requirements for Windows 11. 

Firstly, you have to connect your USB drive to your PC. For Windows 10, you have to tap on the start button, then scroll down and open the Windows Administration Tools folder, and then choose Computer Management. Tap on Storage, then Disk Management. Right-click on your USB device and choose the Delete Volume to erase the USB drive. Then right-click on the new unallocated space for the USB drive and choose the New Simple Volume so that you can open the New Simple Volume Wizard then tap Next. Type volume size to 1000, since this partition will need only 1GB space then tap NEXT. 

You may also tap Next at the Path Windows or Assign Drive Letter. Then you have to change the file system to the FAT32. For the volume name, you can use any name you want but the good one is BOOTPART as this is suggested by Tom’s Hardware. Tap Next, then tap Finish. Then tap New Simple Volume by right-clicking on the remaining unallocated space in a USB drive. Tap Next. Allow using the remaining space at the Specify Volume Size then tap Next. Then change the file system to NTFS at the Format Partition Window. Then name it as you want. Tap Next. 

At the final window tap Finish. Then open the File Explorer. Then you have to right-click on the Windows 11 ISO file and click the Mount command. This will show all the files that have ISO as if it was an actual disk. From these contents of ISO you have to copy all the files and folders other than the sources folder to the FAT32 partition on a USB drive. Then create an empty folder on the USB drive’s FAT32 partition and copy this to boot.win file from the Windows 11 ISO sources folder. Copy all these folders and files from Windows 11 ISO having all the files you copied before to the NTFS partition on a USB drive. 

Set Up A Partition For Windows 11 

The next is to free up the disc space for the partition of Windows 11. In the Disk Management entry right-click on the primary drive particularly your C drive then choose the Shrink volume from the pop-up menu. At the next window, enter that space amount you want to shrink. Then the partition will shrink, according to the amount you entered which now shows up as unallocated. Then you have to right-click on the unallocated space and choose the New Simple Volume from the pop-up menu. 

Follow all these steps in the New Simple Volume wizard; then accept the default in the Volume Size Window. At the Path Window, you have to select the Do not assign a drive path or letter option and tap Next. At the Format Partition window go for the setting for NTFS and Default. Then in the Volume Label field, you have to type Windows 11 Preview or some name similar to identify the partition tap Next, and then tap Finish. Then you will insert the DVD or USB drive with your windows 11 installation. 

Reboot the PC. Select the drive you want to boot from your DVD or USB drive. The Windows 11 setup window would appear. Select the language and other related settings. Press Next and then Install. Then you have to enter the product key and if you don’t have this one then tap on the I don’t have a product key. Choose the Windows 11 version that you want to install like Home or Pro then tap on the Next. 

Accept all the terms of the license then select the Custom: Install Windows only (advance) option. When asking where you want to install the windows then choose the Windows 11 partition you were created then tap Next. Windows 11 is now available in your new partition.

Enroll Windows 11

After you have installed windows11, you will easily customize the Windows 11 as you want. After you have done signing in to the new operating system, then ensure you will register with the Windows Insider program in order to receive the insider builds. 

For this go onto the Settings>Windows Update>Windows Insider Program. Tap the Get started button, then you have to link your Microsoft account for the Insiders program and tap Continue. Select your suitable channel – Dev Channel or Beta Channel, then tap Continue. Go through the agreement, then tap Continue. Choose the Restart now button if you want to reboot your VM.

Set Default Operating System

If you don’t see any menu where you will choose whether you want to launch Window10 or Window 11 then don’t worry sometimes it will not automatically pop up when you install a new OS. You can set OS by singing back in Windows 11. Go to Setting > System > About and then tap on the Advanced system settings link. In the properties tap the Settings button. 

After the recovery window, tap the drop-down menu where you see both Windows 11 and Windows 10. You have to select the one to load by default if you do not select any operating system manually. Check the box that is next to the Time to display a list of the operating system. Then you have to type the number of seconds you wish to boot the menu to appear so you may select your preferred OS. Then tap OK. Tap on the start button, choose the Power button, then tap Restart

When your computer will reboot the boot menu will appear on the screen, which gives you the choice of selecting between Windows 10 and Windows 11. Tap the one you wish to load. If you will do nothing, then your default OS automatically launches after the seconds you set earlier. However, if you want to change the option from the boot menu, then tap the Change defaults or choose another options link. Here you may also change the time and default operating system. 

Conclusion

From the above-mentioned procedure, we can easily dual boot Windows 11 and Windows 10 on our computers. It will very helpful if you wish to work with both of the operating systems. This option is also helpful if you want to see what Windows 11 is all about and also do not want to let go of your old Windows 10. 

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