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I've downloaded linux as I need an Ada compiler. Can I dual boot with an existing Windows 7 and how?
I'm at a total loss.
In a word, yes. How you do it depends on what kind of hardware you have. In general it starts with you downloading an iso file of the distribution you want and then burning an iso image to a CD/DVD or a usb stick. In the course of the installation process you will partition your disk allocating space for your windows partition and space for your linux partition.
Any amd-64 distro should work with that unit. All you need to do is make unallocated space on your hdd.
Simply resize using windows disk utility & install to unallocated space. The 2 areas that you may be able to resize are most likely C or D drive.
I'd consider using a free virtual machine and run both OS's at the same time. Your system is fine for that and it is the most easy way to run linux. They make pre-made virtual machines (virtual appliances or other names) too. Just download them install vm and double click. It would save you from borking your windows install.