Two Bootable Images on Same Drive?


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So, instead of having a Windows 10 Bootable Flash Drive and a Windows 11 Bootable Flash Drive, I was wondering if there was a way I could just use one Flash Drive for both and make it ask me during boot up which one I want to install?
 

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So, assuming the Flash Drive is large enough for each .iso file, you can create a multiboot USB for Windows using tools like WinSetupFromUSB or Yumi:

WinSetupFromUSB

Yumi
 

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There are also bootable 'launchers' that allow you to pick .ISOs directly on a drive to boot from.

One is Ventoy:


Another is Easy2Boot:


I've used both and they are pretty easy to use. The added benefit of these 2 is that you leave the .ISOs intact, meaning any time you have a new / updated .ISO, you replace the existing one with hte new one. Also, youre only limited by the size of your USB drive - so I used my HP (PNY) 128 GB USB Device and had numerous .ISOs on it - Ubuntu, Windows 7 AIO, Windows 10 Multi-Edition, Gentoo Live and Gentoo Admin install, CloneZilla, GPartEd, and numerous other utilities all in one place, ready to boot on any (BIOS / UEFI) system.

The disadvantage can be from some systems that refuse to let them boot (usualy secure boot, bout other issues have cropped up here and there, especially with E2B).
 

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I have a 16GB Flash Drive. . . All I want is Windows 10 and Windows 11 on them. Instead of using 2 separate drives. . lol I could free up a flash drive
 

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Any of those mentioned (both the ones I mentioned and the ones iko22 mentioned) will work. I think the smallest any of them allow for is ... 4 or 8 GB USB drive (recommended) but you can go as large as you want.
 

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Take your pick. None of the links specifically mention Windows 11, but the principle is the same:

1) Download program
2) Launch Program, select .iso and prepare USB
3) Boot computer to USB
 

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I'll try and do all this later. . I'm too tired to think. . haha
 

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Another way is to create the bootable flash as normal with e.g. win 11.

Then create a folder on the flash drive called win10 and copy the contents of the win10 iso into that folder.

To change it to booting win10 installer, just make a folder called win11 , move all the win11 stuff into it.

Then move the contents of the win10 folder to the root of the usb stick.

Go back and forth as often as you like
 

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Another way is to create the bootable flash as normal with e.g. win 11.

Then create a folder on the flash drive called win10 and copy the contents of the win10 iso into that folder.

To change it to booting win10 installer, just make a folder called win11 , move all the win11 stuff into it.

Then move the contents of the win10 folder to the root of the usb stick.

Go back and forth as often as you like
ohhh ok, so basically whatever OS I want to install, I have to move the contents of that OS to the root of the folder? Too bad computers won't pick up the Folders and ask me which one I want to install. . lol
 

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    Asus Crosshair VI Hero
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    16GB
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    AMD Radeon R290
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    240GB SSD
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    Air Cooling
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    Asus Crosshair V Formula Z
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    16GB
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    AMD Radeon R290
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    AOC 27"
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    1920X1080
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    250GB Intel SSD
    500GB Seagate
    PSU
    Cougar CMX 1000w
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    Air Cooling
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    MX Master
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so basically whatever OS I want to install, I have to move the contents of that OS to the root of the folder?


Move the contents of that os folder to the root of the usb stick.
 

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    i5-8400
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    gigabyte b365m ds3h
    Memory
    2x8gb 3200mhz
    Monitor(s) Displays
    benq gw2480
    PSU
    bequiet pure power 11 400CM
    Cooling
    cryorig m9i
  • Operating System
    win7
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    pentium g5400
    Motherboard
    gigabyte b365m ds3h
    Memory
    1x8gb 2400
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    xfx pro 450
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