1. Windows Central Question's Avatar
    How many versions of windows can be put on one computer?
    Not dual booting, just on a hard drive,but including windows 1.0- windows 7. Will any conflict with one another?
    05-08-2015 02:25 PM
  2. HeyCori's Avatar
    Depends on your computer.

    Systems that rely on a master boot record (MBR) can have up to 4 partitions.
    Master boot record - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Systems that use the GUID can have up to 128 partitions.
    GUID Partition Table - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I've done two partitions on my computer (which is likely MBR as many are) but I don't remember how off hand. It's not hard though.
  3. Jazmac's Avatar
    I've done 3. Max.
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    05-08-2015 02:28 PM
  4. HeyCori's Avatar
    Depends on your computer.

    Systems that rely on a master boot record (MBR) can have up to 4 partitions.
    Master boot record - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Systems that use the GUID can have up to 128 partitions.
    GUID Partition Table - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I've done two partitions on my computer (which is likely MBR as many are) but I don't remember how off hand. It's not hard though.
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    05-08-2015 02:35 PM
  5. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Are you simply talking about file storage? You say, "Not dual booting, just on a hard drive" as if you just want to store .ISO images?

    In the case of just building an archive it is only limited by storage space on the hard drive. You fail to mention any system capacities so any answers must be generic. If you want any/all of these to boot it is a whole different kettle of fish than building a vault to store Installable images.

    Could you join the site and reply in this thread for clarification if your questions have not been answered?

    For instance, what is your end desire for this project? What are the hardware parameters?
    05-08-2015 10:14 PM
  6. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Depends on your computer.

    Systems that rely on a master boot record (MBR) can have up to 4 partitions.
    Master boot record - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Systems that use the GUID can have up to 128 partitions.
    GUID Partition Table - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    I've done two partitions on my computer (which is likely MBR as many are) but I don't remember how off hand. It's not hard though.
    At one time, I was triple booting Windows 7, Linux Mint and openSUSE.

    To the OP, if you're running both Linux and Windows, you need to install Windows first, then shrink the Windows partition prior to installing Linux on a new partition.
    RumoredNow and HeyCori like this.
    05-08-2015 10:40 PM
  7. tgp's Avatar
    I don't know what the limit is, but I am currently triple booting Windows 8.1, Windows 7, and Linux Mint on my laptop. I used EasyBCD to include Linux in the Windows 8.1 bootloader, since I like its looks the best!
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    05-08-2015 11:02 PM
  8. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    05-08-2015 11:06 PM
  9. MaxyBley's Avatar
    I bought a key for Widows 8.1 and the seller told me I needed to have Windows 8.1 installed for the key to be able to be activated.

    But I'm on Windows 10 preview and I don't want to get rid of it. I bought a windows 8.1 key so I can get the free upgrade to Windows 10 when it launches.

    So, I would like to know how to make this dual boot for Windows 8.1 and 10. I also have Ubuntu as dual boot but it's lacking the drivers for my wifi card so the internet is really slow. So I want to get rid of Ubuntu for now.
    05-09-2015 12:11 AM
  10. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I bought a key for Widows 8.1 and the seller told me I needed to have Windows 8.1 installed for the key to be able to be activated.

    But I'm on Windows 10 preview and I don't want to get rid of it. I bought a windows 8.1 key so I can get the free upgrade to Windows 10 when it launches.

    So, I would like to know how to make this dual boot for Windows 8.1 and 10. I also have Ubuntu as dual boot but it's lacking the drivers for my wifi card so the internet is really slow. So I want to get rid of Ubuntu for now.
    That's complicated. If you are running Grub2 and Ubuntu and want to remove Ubuntu and Grub2, you'll need to repair MBR if you remove Ubuntu and Grub2. https://social.technet.microsoft.com...w7itproinstall
    HeyCori likes this.
    05-09-2015 12:23 AM
  11. TechFreak1's Avatar
    I bought a key for Widows 8.1 and the seller told me I needed to have Windows 8.1 installed for the key to be able to be activated.

    But I'm on Windows 10 preview and I don't want to get rid of it. I bought a windows 8.1 key so I can get the free upgrade to Windows 10 when it launches.

    So, I would like to know how to make this dual boot for Windows 8.1 and 10. I also have Ubuntu as dual boot but it's lacking the drivers for my wifi card so the internet is really slow. So I want to get rid of Ubuntu for now.
    You bought a key but no o/s?

    Before doing anything, best make a back up of your files.

    Simple, just open up disk management and format the ubuntu partition as you stated you want to get rid of it and install Windows 8.1 on that. Then when Windows 10 launches, upgrade your windows 8.1 install presuming you still want to dual boot with the tech preview.

    Or just simply reformat you hard drive, install windows 8.1 and upgrade to windows 10 in case you change your mind and don't want the tech preview any longer.
    05-09-2015 12:26 AM
  12. RumoredNow's Avatar
    I keep going back to this part of the OP...

    ...Not dual booting, just on a hard drive...
    I don't think the user wants to actually run the OS's... As odd as that sounds.
    05-09-2015 11:37 AM
  13. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Love GParted and the System Rescue CD: SystemRescueCd It can save your bacon.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    05-09-2015 11:38 AM

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