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dual boot linux/winblows?

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#1 enfant terrible

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 03:33 PM

Can anyone help me install linux but also keep windows on my machine? I'd prefer a really use-friendly iteration like Mint. TIA for any help anyone can give me. 

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 03:55 PM



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Posted 04 September 2017 - 05:52 PM

OK, I got this far. How much should I shrink? (I'm installing 64-bit.) 

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Posted 04 September 2017 - 06:48 PM

Shrink it more or less in half, but i would actually have you use Gparted in linux to shrink things so you dont mess up windows by mistake:



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Posted 05 September 2017 - 12:40 AM

You might want to consider whether you want to just run Mint from a VM, rather than dual boot, if you're worried about messing up your current Windows boot set up.




The article I've linked to uses a now out of date version of Mint, so just replace that with a current version.



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Posted 09 September 2017 - 05:18 AM

Gary R is proving great advise above, if new to Linux, will usually go through a few distros until 'the one' is found. :)


This also provides some Linux experience before installing the distro as a dual boot, as most of my Linux Mint installs now are. Yet back in 2009, had a spare notebook with Windows XP Pro, didn't really need two with the same OS, so after imaging the drive for safety. Which you should already be doing, as well as create Factory Recovery media for your OS, before any dual boot setup, as unlike BIOS/MBR, on UEFI systems with GPT partitioning, we can't simply set the Recovery partition as Active with a partition tool & reload the OS. Either a Full drive image must be created beforehand, or have the recovery media set on DVD's or a USB Flash drive of 16GiB or larger (I prefer both options). :)


It would be helpful to us if you provide your system specs, so that we can make the best suggestion, Speccy is a good tool for this & free, install, open & once the information is loaded, click the File tab, then Publish snapshot, you'll then be given a link to copy/paste in your response. Not to worry, the things you see such as your Windows COA, IP address & other potentially personally identifiable information will be changes to random values. We'll simply see what hardware setup that you have & can further advise you.


While this is an older version, performs the same & is hosted on our servers, screened for safety. :)




Good Luck!



Performing full disc images weekly and keeping important data off of the 'C' drive as generated can be the best defence against Malware/Ransomware attacks, as well as a wide range of other issues. 

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