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Ask Max: What Is Dual Boot?

Asked on 11/02/2006:

What Is Dual Boot?


Dual Boot is a generic computer term for a system setup and capable of natively running two different operating systems. In the case of PowerPC Macs, Dual Boot means that you can start up the computer in both Mac OS 9 or Mac OS X. Not all Macs can boot OS 9 and OS X. Most newer PowerPC Macs will only boot into OS X and any older application that needs to run in OS 9 will have to be run in emulation through the Classic environment. Some software does not run well in Classic so some people will need a Dual Boot Mac to run their application natively.

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