I want to dual-boot windows with Chromium OS (Linux-based), but I currently don't have the money to buy Windows (I'm not an adult, still working off of birthday money :P). Seeing as Chromium OS is free, I have it ready for installation right now. However, I have read multiple times that beginners like me should always install windows before Linux. Does this rule apply even if the two OS's are being installed on different drives? If so, what is the recommended plan of action?
Right now, I want to install Chromium OS on my SSD, and then, when I have the money, buy and install Windows on an HDD.
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That will work with zero problems. I do this all the time. When you get windows and the HDD, install it with no other drives connected.
On boot, choose which drive to boot from in the BIOS.
You can install Linux before Windows. It's not hard at all. You just have to use EasyBCD or a Linux LiveCD to fix it. You can install to separate drives if you want.