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Old 12-16-2014, 12:10 AM   #1
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How do I dual boot linux and windows 7?


I want to dual boot because I'm a newb at linux. I want to learn how to use it, and have the accessibility of windows in the mean time.

i currently have debian. I'm not sure which version. It says the version of gnome is 2.30.2. Every tutorial i find starts by saying i need to install windows first.

What are my options here?

Which linux distributor would you recommend?

Which version of windows would you suggest?
 
Old 12-16-2014, 01:49 AM   #2
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Welcome to LQ drainingthoughts!

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...archid=7729710

If you have a free drive for the linux install then it is easier to install windows first.

Easy use distributions are (among others) mint, kubuntu, ubuntu (anyone you ask may give you 2 or 3 others)
 
Old 12-16-2014, 02:03 AM   #3
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Windows 7 is probably the best version currently available (IMO).

For a newcomer to GNU/Linux, Mint or Zorin OS are best suited.

It would be best for you to install Windows first because the GNU/Linux distributions will recognise Windows and provide a menu entry for it in their startup screens.

Windows, OTOH, cannot recognise the other operating systems and you would have to chroot into GNU/Linux and install a compatible loader for both systems.

See this thread for more suggestions.
 
Old 12-16-2014, 02:19 AM   #4
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Do I need to uninstall Debian?

If so, how would I do so?

---------- Post added 12-16-14 at 12:20 AM ----------

Do I need to uninstall Debian?

If so, how would I do so?
 
Old 12-16-2014, 02:20 AM   #5
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sorry if i sound really dumb
 
Old 12-16-2014, 03:48 AM   #6
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What's your set up now?
Do you have multiple of hard drives?
I take it you're posting from your Debian install?

Donít worry about asking questions - how else do we learn?

;-)
 
Old 12-16-2014, 03:57 AM   #7
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1 internal hard drive and 1 external hard drive. Yes this is on the debian which is on the internal hard drive
 
Old 12-16-2014, 04:22 AM   #8
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My preference is to use external hdds for backup or storage.

I've dual booted with Windows since Feisty (Ubuntu 7.04) and mostly used multiple hdds - one for each.

So, you would backup all the stuff you need to on the external and then load the Linux OS of your choice.

That will require partitioning the internal hdd but most of the distros aimed at inexperienced Linux users will talk you through that.

Head-on-a-stick and j-ray have provided some great resources above - donít NOT read them :-)
 
Old 12-16-2014, 05:41 AM   #9
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Every tutorial i find starts by saying i need to install windows first.
That is assuming that you want windows installed. If you don't won't windows installed, all you really need to do is determine how big to make the partition and what drive to install to. I usually create the partitions I want to install to before installing and then select the partition during the installation process. The other decison is which distro bootloader will be used to boot the system.
 
Old 12-16-2014, 07:04 AM   #10
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So I should back up my files I want to save

Partition the hard drive

Install Windows and Linux boot loaders

Install windows

Uninstall linux

Then install linux?
 
Old 12-16-2014, 12:38 PM   #11
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If your going to install other distros plus window
partition hard drive,
install windows, I think now a days windows will ask what partition to install to or have to hit some key to get to partitions options, not sure it has been a while since installing windows. Windows will write over the debian bootloader, that is why it is recommended to install windows first. A live Cd can be used to restore debian bootloader, without having to uninstall reinstall debian. If you install other distros after windows install, most likely they will install their bootloader over windows bootloader and allow you to boot debian from the new distro's bootloader
 
Old 12-16-2014, 09:56 PM   #12
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So I should back up my files I want to save

Partition the hard drive

Install Windows and Linux boot loaders

Install windows

Uninstall linux

Then install linux?
1) Backup files which is of value

2) Boot Linux install cd and partition the hard drive into 2 partitions one for Windows and one for Linux
It would be better if you read one of the howtos at http://www.tldp.org

3) Don't install whole linux. Just abort after making partitions successfully.
Please set Windows partition type correctly as ntfs

4) Boot Windows Install CD. Install it in the partition made for Windows

5) After Windows installed successfully and see it starts also.

6) Then again boot Linux Install CD and install on the non-Windows partition

7) Most distros see Windows partition and offer a screen to enable boot Windows in a bootloader menu

8) First time you will need lot of help and tries.

9) The tldp.org site has few HOWTOS for installing Windows and Linux together. They would definetly help and more informative than this post.
 
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