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Adding linux to a windows computer

By wprecht ·
Don't know if the previous post went through. I would like some advice about adding linux to a Windows box.

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by robo_dev

Can you be a bit more specific?

Linux, being an operating system, can run in place of the Windows operating system, either permanently, by reformatting and replacing the OS on the computer, or temporarily, via a bootable CD or USB memory stick.

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Dual Boot and Virtual Machine

by Scalloway1 In reply to Adding linux to a windows ...

You can also set up the pc to dual boot or install Linux in a virtual machine.

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by wprecht In reply to Dual Boot and Virtual Mac ...

I have been a programmer for decades, but still a bit fuzzy about operating environments, and leery about disturbing my Windows,
I like the idea about a bootable CD or USB drive, but do not know how to set up a virtual machine. I thought what I wanted was a dual boot setup, bit my booka on Windows and Linux do not make it clear enough (for me) how to do this. Any help qould be appreciated.

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Use a Linux CD

by dldorrance In reply to Adding linux to a windows ...

Download an ISO image from a Linux website and burn it to a CD/DVD. Next boot your computer from the CD/DVD. This will load the Linux OS into computer memory where it will run without disturbing your Windows OS. In this mode you may try out the Linux. If you wish to install the Linux onto your computer's HDD, you need to click the appropriate button in the Linux running in computer memory.

At this point you will be asked whether you want to erase the existing OS or dual boot ( a different phrase may be used for "dual boot"). Choose the latter to keep Windows.

The above instructions work for a pre Windows 8 machines. The game has changed with UEFI, Secure Boot.

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