Idea of multi-booting
If you got bored by using a single operating system on your computer, and want to try something exciting and happening, then make your system multi-booting and enjoy different operating system on a single disk. So let’s understand the concept of multi-booting.
When a single or more disk get partitioned for installing multiple operating system on a single machine and able to choose the operating system you want to boot is known as multi-booting. In other words, multi-booting facilitates the users to operate various platforms on a single system.
Actually the operating system of the computer is generally installed on its internal hard drive. When you boot the computer, the BIOS loads the boot loader from the hard drive and then boot loader boots the installed operating system on the computer.
Generally most of the computers have only single operating system. But if you have an adequate free space on your computer hard drive, then you can install second or third operating system by partitioning the hard drive. And if your hard drive do not have enough free space to install four, five or more then you can also use second or third external hard drive to install any number of operating system on your system and choosing which hard drive to boot in the BIOS or boot menu to proceed further.
The system having two operating systems installed and allow to choose one of them at boot time is known as dual-booting.
And the system with multiple operating systems installed and allows choosing one of them at boot time is known multi-booting.
Note: There is also a possible alternative to multi-booting and is known as virtualization, where a software like hypervisor, VMware, etc. are used to host one or more virtual machines running as guest operating system.
By having or installing multiple operating systems on your computer, you can try something that doesn’t work with one operating system could work with other one. For example- incompatible software issue may arise with one and may solve with other.
In multi-booting, each operating system needs a separate partition on your hard drive. They will consume a lot of storage space which will make your system slow in performance. If you are running one operating system, then you can’t run a program installed on another operating system. You will need to install the programs on each operating system that you want to use them. You must restart the computer each time you want to switch to different operating system which may also lead to unusual issues.
Thank you for your patience 🙂
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