Question Ubuntu, Windows 11 and Windows 10. Dual Booting. Which one should be installed first?

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I want to install Ubuntu, Windows 11 and Windows 10 simultenously. Just want to know which one should I install first? Also should I install Windows 10 before Windows 11?

Laptop - HP Elitbook 840 G3

Core i7 6h Gen
500 GB Samsun Evo 970 M.2
24 GB DDR3 RAM
 

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Welcome to the forums, newcomer!

Might I ask why you'd like to have 3 OSes on the drive in your laptop? I'd advise on sticking to either Windows 10(due to the age of your platform) or Windows 11 and a secondary OS of your choice, which in this instance is Ubuntu.

As for the question of which to install first, it's Windows then you install Ubuntu, after shrinking the main OS partition's size.
 
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newest to oldest with windows, then linux.

so win 11, win 10 and then linux. though i agree as above that both win 10 and 11 sems kind of redundant. other than a gui change, there is no real difference in win 10 to 11. thus making it not worth having both.

but hey, you do you :)
 
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newest to oldest with windows, then linux.

so win 11, win 10 and then linux. though i agree as above that both win 10 and 11 sems kind of redundant. other than a gui change, there is no real difference in win 10 to 11. thus making it not worth having both.

but hey, you do you :)
Actually, the other way around with Windows.
Assuming all the drives are connected when you do these installs.

Win 10, then 11, then Linux.


I much much much prefer to install each OS on its own drive, with only that drive connected.
No relationship between them.
 

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Actually, the other way around with Windows.
Assuming all the drives are connected when you do these installs.

Win 10, then 11, then Linux.


I much much much prefer to install each OS on its own drive, with only that drive connected.
No relationship between them.


interesting, i've always done newest first. but have done it the other way as well when one was already installed. seems to work either way with the newest windows versions.

i also prefer each OS to have it's own drive, but for a laptop this may not be possible. it does bring the multi-boot menu into play on one drive and you can't avoid it. not a big deal but i do prefer that each OS doesn't even know the others are there. lol
 
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Welcome to the forums, newcomer!

Might I ask why you'd like to have 3 OSes on the drive in your laptop? I'd advise on sticking to either Windows 10(due to the age of your platform) or Windows 11 and a secondary OS of your choice, which in this instance is Ubuntu.

As for the question of which to install first, it's Windows then you install Ubuntu, after shrinking the main OS partition's size.
Thanks man. Really appreciate your help. In fact I wanna install 3 OS in 3 different drives. C, D and E. Ubuntu is needed for my programming experiments and software development projects. Windows is needed for same reasons too. But as I am not familiar with Windows 11 yet now and there are many software which still not updated for Windows 11 (I guess so) therefore I want to run Windows 10 and 11 simultaneously for some time. Once I would see Windows 10 is not necessary for me I would delete the OS drive. Therefore I think I should install Windows 11 on C drive first. Afterwards Windows 10 on E drive and eventually Ubuntu on D drive. Is that okay?
 
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newest to oldest with windows, then linux.

so win 11, win 10 and then linux. though i agree as above that both win 10 and 11 sems kind of redundant. other than a gui change, there is no real difference in win 10 to 11. thus making it not worth having both.

but hey, you do you :)
I see. Then all the software released for Win10 will run on Win11 effortlessly? If so then I really don't want to install Windows 10 by burning 100GB more space on my 500GB NVME
 
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Actually, the other way around with Windows.
Assuming all the drives are connected when you do these installs.

Win 10, then 11, then Linux.


I much much much prefer to install each OS on its own drive, with only that drive connected.
No relationship between them.
On C Drive Windows 11
On D Drive Ubuntu
On E Drive Windows 10

This is my plan. In future once I will be fully familiar with Windows 11 I will format the Windows 10 drive. The boot loader will be Windows 11. This is my plan. Do you see any issue with this order/plan?
 

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Windows 11 will be used for Video Editing via Premier pro. Ubuntu will be used for software development
For that use, there is no good way to split up a single 500GB drive for 3x OS.

But if you must....

150GB for each Windows, the remaining for Linux.

Remember, that drive is only really 465GB, and you must leave free space for TRIM to do its thing.
Do not fill it up over 400GB in total.
 
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i don't know of any software that does not work on win 11. obviously i don't use everything but i've not read about anything major that does not work.

i guess you can get win 11 running and see if something needs win 10. then delete when you find out you do not really need it. i do agree though that 500 gb is not really fit for 3 OS's. especially when talking about video editing. raw video can get rather large really fast. just for that reason, i'd get as large of a drive as you can afford.
 
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i don't know of any software that does not work on win 11. obviously i don't use everything but i've not read about anything major that does not work.

i guess you can get win 11 running and see if something needs win 10. then delete when you find out you do not really need it. i do agree though that 500 gb is not really fit for 3 OS's. especially when talking about video editing. raw video can get rather large really fast. just for that reason, i'd get as large of a drive as you can afford.
Indeed.
I've had zero software issues from 10 to 11.
Further, from 7, through 8/8.1, into 10.

The only issue I had was an old Dell printer, that would not work in Win 10.
Dunno if that was software or the hardware. Didn't really care because it was already over a decade old by that time.

For all my applications?
Zero issues.
 

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the only thing i found that did not work on win 7 was games specifically hobbled to only work on win 10.

although that is changing fast as updates to software is quickly removing win 7 support. for instance vmware and virtual box newest versions don't work on win 7. steam is going to also stop working on win 7 in 200 days or so.

but win 10 to 11 i've not heard of anything that does not work on both.
 
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For that use, there is no good way to split up a single 500GB drive for 3x OS.

But if you must....

150GB for each Windows, the remaining for Linux.

Remember, that drive is only really 465GB, and you must leave free space for TRIM to do its thing.
Do not fill it up over 400GB in total.
I see. I have decided to stick with win 11 and Ubuntu only now. Thanks for your suggestion.
 
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You can run win 11 AND Ubuntu at same time. It’s called WSL

Install it and then once you run the terminal, you can install any distro that you want from the store. ubuntu is one of them. Too many problems associated with dual booting.
 
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You can run win 11 AND Ubuntu at same time. It’s called WSL

Install it and then once you run the terminal, you can install any distro that you want from the store. ubuntu is one of them. Too many problems associated with dual booting.
Interesting! Can you please explain it a bit further? Is it like old school Virtual Machines like VMware, Virtualbox, Qemu?
 

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