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Old 07-18-2004, 09:57 PM   #1
motionman04
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Installing linux with windows xp


I'm new to linux, and want to try it out as an alternative to windows, and I just wanted to make sure of a few things before I install it. I just wanted to know, is it possible to install linux along with windows xp without any problems? And how so? Also, how would I remove Linux if am not satisfied?
 
Old 07-18-2004, 10:00 PM   #2
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If you only have one harddrive you would have to either
1. Using a partitioning tool on a linux cd, and wipe the drive clean, reinstall winxp one part and linux on the other and then if you didn't like linux just turn the linux partition into windows space.

or

2. Get a ($50ish) tool called partition magic which will allow you to safely resize partitions without losing data.
 
Old 07-18-2004, 10:09 PM   #3
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linux with XP

Hi i run a system that handles windows XP professional and SUSE linux 9.0. both runs in a dual boot system. These are the steps:

first install windows XP (make sure that you do not cover the whole partion instead you make 2 partiotions ex. 10GB for windows, 5 GB raw(for linux)) then after you have installed windows normally you boot your CPU using the linux installer ( Destribution of your choice, then follow the instructions or search this forum for installation instructions)
 
Old 07-18-2004, 10:09 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally posted by darin3200
If you only have one harddrive you would have to either
1. Using a partitioning tool on a linux cd, and wipe the drive clean, reinstall winxp one part and linux on the other and then if you didn't like linux just turn the linux partition into windows space.
This is only true if you have only one partition in the only harddrive. If you already have more than one partitions in your harddisk, say C: and D:, you could simply move all your data in D: to C:, then turn D: into a linux partition(can be done during installation of linux) and install linux there.

It helps others to help you if they have more information about your computer. So please help others to help you by giving more information about your computer, such as the partition table of your harddisk.

Welcome to the linux world!
 
Old 07-19-2004, 12:08 AM   #5
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You can download a trial version of a partition program. I use it all the time, and I highly recommend it. I've never had a problem losing data in the process, but you should always be aware of the potential disaster.
BootIt
 
Old 07-19-2004, 01:31 AM   #6
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Just buy another hard drive, there cheep.......Xp on one SUsE 9.1 on the other.
 
  


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