I'm using Mandrake 9.0 and I'd like to install also Windows (for those who are wondering why, apart from a handful of Windows applications I need to use, I believe it will help me to take a few more "risks" now I'm learning about Linux to have a "back-up" system in case I need it urgently) The problem is, I'm not very proficient in using computers at this level, so my apologies if I'm asking really dumb questions... These are the tentative steps I've taken so far:
First, I tried to install Windows XP on a partition but I had several, serious problems with the NTFS formatting I couldn't figure out and the documentation I found about it seemed a bit hard to me. And anyway I don't like/need XP.
Now I'm trying with Win98 but it looks a bit more complicated in that I need to boot from a floppy (which I don't have) and some other similar details.
The reason of my post is that I was wondering whether it would be easier for setting a dual boot to use a spare hard drive I have, installing Windows on that. I haven't tried that yet, but I've found some threads where I saw that this has also some issues, although I didn't knew that could be done at all, so that's a start.
After a difficult adaptation, and now my Mandrake is working OK, I think I would only consider to remove it and install first Windows and then Linux if that would make a huge
difference in terms of how easy is to do that.
Now, getting to the point: My question is, what do you think is the easiest path to follow for a truly newby person? I know it'll depend a lot, but what do you think are the difficulties I'm going to face in each case (so I can assess what may be the ones I could deal with)? I'm not asking you about how to actually do the installation (yet
), but if I have to do some serious reading I'd like to know which way I'm going to find less obstacles.