Dual boot LibreELEC w/ Win10

  • The Windows Update process on major upgrades (usually twice a year) ignores your existing bootloader setup and always assumes *it* has full control of the disk. If you are using the Windows Bootloader it's not a problem, but if your dual boot is using a different bootloader like GRUB, the update will either overwrite the MBR or it will just fail and restore Windows 10 to the pre-update status.

  • I'm using separate SSDs for each OS at the moment (perhaps overkill, I know, but some of the smaller SSDs are quite cheap). Running Ubuntu / Windows / LibreELEC for now on the office PC. I didn't know about Windows rewriting the bootloader with each big update. I'm using Ubuntu as my daily driver along with its GRUB loader, so I guess I dodged a bullet there.

    hi, can you install it libreelec on a ssd and windows on a different ssd and choose which boot?

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    I'm sure there is a way to instruct the Windows boot leader to pick the LibreELEC partition, and there are external (linux) boot solutions compatible with Windows. I just haven't used Windows properly for more than 10 years, so I'm a bit rusty there.

  • I'm sure there is a way to instruct the Windows boot leader to pick the LibreELEC partition, and there are external (linux) boot solutions compatible with Windows. I just haven't used Windows properly for more than 10 years, so I'm a bit rusty there.

    ok thanks, to see if somebody knows some program that has that function.

  • I then used a GPart live boot disk to delete these partitions and recreate 2 empty ext4 partitions the size of my Libreelec installation at the beginning an empty drive (that way the Libreelec would remain in dev/sda1 and dev/sda2 like my existing Libreelec). Then I installed Windows 10 in the remaining space.


    Hi again, I finally have time to tackle this tomorrow :)


    I have a question. I am using a brand new drive (still in the amazon packaging) and wondering if it is the exact same process.



    With a new drive use Gparted to create two empty ext4 partitions at the beginning of the drive AND manually create an NTFS partition at the end of the drive for Win 10?


    Or


    With a new drive use Gparted to create two empty ext4 partitions at the beginning of the drive, install Windows 10 and leave Win 10 to automatically create the NTFS partitions during OS installation.



    Thankyou!

    INTEL NUC 3050

  • It doesn't really matter. If you create NTFS partition after the Ext4 partitions Windows will manipulate that partition as required for the installation. If the space is blank space Windows will do the same thing.

  • I purchased a Mini PC recently that came with Windows 10 installed on one internal SSD and it had another cable to connect an external SSD so I got a 32GB SSD and put LibreElec on that second drive. In this scenario it is possible to technically dual boot without doing anything, other than installing LibreElec on the second SSD which is simple. In Windows 10 there is a boot to Recovery option, once in that you select the Uefi OS and it will load up LibreElec. I had no idea Windows had that function. At no point did I have to go into the BIOS and change the boot order as the Recovery option also allows you to boot from the USB flash drive, which in my case was called Kingston.