How to have two operating systems on the same PC: Windows 10 and Windows 11



For anyone who isn’t quite sure yet whether Windows 11 is worth as the primary operating system, a good option may be to have the new version and the old Windows 10 coexist on the same PC. Let’s see how we can do it.

If you’re one of those people who thinks Windows 11 hasn’t matured a bit yet to consider it your definitive operating system option, then there may be a good solution for you.

If you put Windows 11 in a virtual machine, it won’t be the same as they tend to run slower than if it wasn’t on that media. You can also try putting it on another computer that you own, but this has the downside of having to manage two devices.

The best solution would be to have both Windows 10 like Windows 11 on one PC and choose which of the two we want to run when we turn on the device.

To achieve this dual boot, we need to have enough hard drive space to have two operating systems. At least 64 GB of space is recommended for version 11.

System requirements to install Windows 11

The first thing to check is that we can install the new Microsoft operating system without problems, because it is much more demanding with the components than version 10.

These requirements must be met:

Have the TPM 2.0. At least 4 GB of RAM memory. A screen with a Minimum resolution of 720p. 64 GB of storage internal. A graphics card that can use DirectX 12. A Intel or AMD processor make it compatible. In this case, most of the seventh or older Intel processors are left out, and by AMD that doesn’t work in the first gen Ryzen.

If you want to know the whole question of the requirements for installing Windows 11 in more detail, you can find out on this page from Microsoft.

There are times when the configuration TPM we have disabled it and you have to go to the BIOS from our computer to start it, normally being in the Safe Boot configuration.

If you want to know 100% that you can install Windows 11, you can always run Microsoft’s PC Health Check, a program that runs a scan and tells you exactly if you have compatibility.

Windows 11 has already been revealed, and it has caused a great stir in the PC world, without it being the fault of the operating system itself. You are told all the keys to replacing Windows 10.

Download Windows 11 ISO

Once we know that our computer can host Windows 11, it’s time to download the ISO of the operating system we will be working with later.

The steps to follow are as follows:

We need to go to the page that Microsoft has created that will serve us for the purpose we need now, which is none other than save the Windows 11 ISO image to your computer. We scroll down the website until we see where it says Download the Windows 11 disk image (ISO).
We will see that in this option we have a dropdown button where it says Select Download. We click on it and choose Windows 11. At that point we will get a file called Win11_Spanish_x64.iso It occupies about 5.52 GB, which we save on our computer’s hard drive.

How to burn the ISO file

To continue the whole process, we need to use the ISO image that we saved and save it in a certain way on the USB stick, before entering what are the partitions of the hard drive.

The steps can be quite numerous, but they are not too complicated.

The first thing to do is to connect the USB stick to your PC. Now, being in Windows 10, we click on the Start button and select Windows administration tools. Then we go Team management. We click on Storage room and then in Disk management. Then we right click on the USB stick and select Remove volume to erase the drive. At this point, we click on the new unallocated space for your USB drive and select New tome to open the New volume assistant, then click Next. We write 1000 as the volume size because this partition will only require 1 GB of space. When it’s put we give in Next. Click on Next in the Assign drive letter or path window. Now in the Format Partition window we need to change the file system to FAT32. In the name of the volume we put the one we want, and then click on Next and then in Finalize. At this point we right click on the unallocated space remaining on the USB drive and select New tome. Then click on Next (in the first wizard window), for its exit Specify the volume size, leave all the remaining space to be used and press Next. In the Assign drive letter or path window click on Next. Now that we are in the Format partition, we change the filesystem to NTFS, assigning the name we want as before, then click Next and then in Finalize. We open file explorer and right click on Windows 11 ISO file and select Rise. This will make us see all the files that the ISO contains. At this time, we need to copy all the files and folders from this ISO, except the folder that says sources, to the FAT32 partition of the USB drive. Now we create an empty folder called sources on the FAT32 partition of the USB stick and copy only the file there from the Windows 11 ISO sources folder. Simply copy all Windows 11 ISO files and folders, including the ones we copied earlier, to the NTFS partition on the USB drive.

Windows 11 partition

Now what we need is to configure the space we are going to dedicate to Windows 11 on our hard drive.

To do this, we proceed as follows:

We come back to Disk Manager to Team management. We click with the right button of the mouse on its main unit (normally it is C) then we select Decrease the volume. Now we have to put in the amount of space we want to reduce, which in this case will be 65000 (which is equivalent to 65 GB). The partition is shrunk and we see how the space we just created appears as unallocated. Right click on unallocated space and select New tome. We follow the steps of the wizard and accept the default in the window Volume size. Then in Assign drive letter or path, choose the option Do not assign a drive letter or path and click Next. In the Format partition, we keep the configuration of NTFS and default, while in Volume Label we write a name to identify that it is Windows 11. Once done click on Next and then in Finalize.
We now insert the USB drive with your installation of Windows 11 and restart the computer. We press the necessary key to access BIOS (It can be F2, del, F8, F10 depending on each computer) and inside of it we change the reading order when the computer starts up to make the USB stick the first option. At this point, the computer restarts and the first Windows 11 setup window should appear. Then the Windows 11 installation process will begin, which we must continue until we reach the window in which it asks you where you want to install Windows, at which point we must select the Windows 11 partition that we created, using the file manager. After making this selection, click Next and we continue until the end Installing Windows 11.

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Menu to choose the operating system

Normally, every time we start the computer, a menu should appear where we have the option to choose the operating system we want to use.

If this menu does not appear, no problem, because we will see how to fix it. We just have to do the following:

We’re going Setting and then we enter System. Then we go On and click on the link Advanced system settings. Now in System properties we click on the button Setting next to the section Start-up and recovery. Then in Startup and recovery, click on the drop-down menu on Default operating system. We should have Windows 10 and 11 on the list. We select one to load if we don’t choose manually. We must check the box Display time of the list of operating systems and we write the number of seconds we want the menu to appear in which it allows us to choose the operating system when starting the computer. Then click on Accept. Now we need to restart the computer to verify that the changes worked.

Now that you know how to have both Windows 10 and Windows 11 on one computer, you can take the opportunity to keep using the one that works best for you at all times.

In addition, it will be as easy as choosing it when starting the computer, so the complication in this regard is zero.


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