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Old 01-16-2012, 11:17 AM   #1
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Linux and Windows 7 On Same Laptop: Is It Possible?


Hello,
I have just bought a linux laptop and my neighbour claims I can install Windows 7 or XP as well as Linux and when I turn on my laptop I can choose which I want to use.
I don't believe him and nothing I search on Google is conclusive in a answer.
I chose Linux for a new pc because it doesn't constantly get viruses according to my neighbour and lots of info on the web. I am sick of viruses messing me up.
Can I have a simple choice as to which I want to run?
You see, I cannot download many programs for my website and forum building in linux and I can on windows (for free often).
Is it possible to run both?
I have duel core and quite a lot of memory etc.
Thanks
Alf
 
Old 01-16-2012, 11:26 AM   #2
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Yes, it is possible. It is called a "dual boot."

Have you picked which linux distribution or distro you want to use? For example if you want to use Ubuntu, you can Google "Ubuntu dual boot" and this page is the first hit: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WindowsDualBoot

If you have never used Linux before, then I recommend you create a live CD or live USB and test-drive it in "live" mode with no change to your computer for a few days, get the feel for it before proceeding.
 
Old 01-16-2012, 11:33 AM   #3
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Hello,
I have just bought a linux laptop and my neighbour claims I can install Windows 7 or XP as well as Linux and when I turn on my laptop I can choose which I want to use.
yes this is possible and quite easy

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I don't believe him and nothing I search on Google is conclusive in a answer.
What did you google if anything? theres hundreds of thousands of posts quite clearly saying yes this is possible both on here in other forums and most distrobutions have website documentation and mailing lists that say yes as well.



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I chose Linux for a new pc because it doesn't constantly get viruses according to my neighbour
True not that there is no vulnerability if you're exceedingly stupid someone can still root you...less likely than on windows though by far

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Can I have a simple choice as to which I want to run?
Yes see distrowatch.com and look for one that seems to fit you


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You see, I cannot download many programs for my website and forum building in linux and I can on windows (for free often).
Linux has lots of programming compilers and other developer tools almost all free


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Is it possible to run both?
yes

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Old 01-16-2012, 11:33 AM   #4
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Alternatively, if you just need Windows for a few special programs, you can install it in a virtual machine within Linux. That way you always stay in Linux, and you just boot up the Windows VM when you need to use one of those Windows-specific programs. I've been setting up my machines like this more and more often in the last couple of years, and it's been working out great.

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Old 01-16-2012, 12:00 PM   #5
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Thanks for that.
I think I will get someone who knows what they are doing to install it.
I swear, I get so confused when it comes to software.
I am hopeless in fact.
I didn't mean I couldn't find any info on combining the two I just learned that for a newbie it appears quite difficult. As for programs (such as web design) which I am getting into a lot these days, it seems that Linux lags far behind. But my main reason for buying one was the fact that my old laptop was constantly getting attacked by viruses. I use gambling sites a lot and that is where I seem to get them as well as from email attachments which I now know how to avoid. It costs me money each time I get a virus and need someone to come round and get rid of it and one of these tech guys reccomended Linux.
Here's hoping.
Thanks for the swift replies. Great forum.
 
Old 01-16-2012, 01:49 PM   #6
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I think I will get someone who knows what they are doing to install it.
That's not a bad idea; it isn't really necessary, but sitting there, watching and asking questions is probably a quicker way of learning than the more usual 'make mistakes, do something different' algorithm.

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I didn't mean I couldn't find any info on combining the two I just learned that for a newbie it appears quite difficult.
The "secret" is to get windows installed and sorted first and add Linux later (having left enough disk space). Most of the 'user friendly' distros make a decent job of helping you, when they see that there is an existing Windows install, where windows actually does its best to be unhelpful, presumably because Microsoft thinks that this posture is to their commercial advantage.

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As for programs (such as web design) which I am getting into a lot these days, it seems that Linux lags far behind.
Depends what you want. If you want something as close to Dreamweaver (to pluck an example from thin air) as possible, then you'll find the linux selection of programs rather disappointing.

On the other hand, if you just want programs to let you get on with it and do your own thing, then there are Linux programs around.

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I use gambling sites a lot and that is where I seem to get them as well as from email attachments which I now know how to avoid.
eek! They will be among the more dangerous sites out there, so do be careful. In particular, do ensure that you keep your browser up to date, and take other good security measures, because you can be sure that someone will be trying to exploit you. Normally I would advise people to avoid doing dangerous things, but you have decided to go a bit close to the edge, so you are going to have to be extra careful.
 
Old 01-16-2012, 09:05 PM   #7
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dual-boot with windoze7

It was fairly easy with XP but I think the bootloader has changed with windows 7 but so has grub.You could do a wubi instal of Linux within Windoze, i.e., on a file (virtual) in Windows.
There are many cms programs within 'Linux' but not so many design programs with a ready to use GUI. I have used KompoZer with acceptable results. A matter of choice, you could even argue that HTML is a form of cms.

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Old 01-16-2012, 10:10 PM   #8
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How does Linux "lag far behind" in Web Design. there isn't anything that you can do in Windows that you can't do in Linux for web design. Hell, most anything. We have text editors, image editors, graphic programs, etc. And the thing is, they are free!
 
  


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