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It depends what you want to do with Windows XP. If you want to erase the whole thing and start with a fresh new Linux distro, then you need to download your favorite Linux flavor, pop the DVD in your PC at boot time and follow the instructions.
If you want to keep your Windows on your system and just want to add Linux to it. You need to have the two distribution installed on the same PC. This means that you will have to repartition your HD, to make some space for your Linux distro. Keeping in mind that you have a working Windows XP.
Once the repartitionning is done, restart your PC with the Linux DVD in. Follow the instructions on the screen. When you are prompt with the question which partition do you want to use for you Linux distro, make sure to choose the freshly made partition without any data on. I would also suggest you reformat this partition in ext3 (the Linux format).
For anymore information, you will need to look a bit further, or ask more questions.
P.S. Actually, this is the theory behind it. It should be as simple as that, but it seems like it never works that easily the first time. So I recommend backing up important data you have on Windows XP.
if you are trying to install a "user friendly" distribution like Suse or Ubuntu, just insert the DVD and start installation. By following the instructions you can easily install linux paralel to your windows.
The idea is what fatra2 has written. You create a new partition and install linux on it.
Well - if you want to use 1 harddisk for it all (XP + linux) - and the current situation now is that the whole harddisk is reserved for XP - then usually the datafiles from XP is "spread around" on the harddisk (fragmented).
What I mean is; one single file can be spread out amongst several sectors - on different locations of the disk.
This *COULD* mean that if you make a new partition out of some of the AMOUNT OF "free space" - you risk loosing datafiles (or make XP unusable - because some of the systemfiles has lost sectors because of repartitioning).
By defragmenting - the files on the disk will be re-arranged - in "correct" sector-order to the beginning (or end?) of the disk...... which means that the free space now will be REALLY free space..
i just wanted to know the theoratical reason..what might happen if i don't deactivate the virtual memory..because i installed without deactivating the virtual memory and could observe anything.
The page file or virtual memory is the green band that shows up in the defragmenting GUI - files that cannot be moved. If you try to resize without disabling it, you may not be able to shrink the partition as much as you want to.