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Old 07-04-2011, 06:06 AM   #1
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how do i install linux in my PC which already has windows
Old 07-04-2011, 06:12 AM   #2
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Which distribution? Can't help more if you won't point out which one. Basic start steps are same..get image file..burn in media or put on usb+bootloader and then restart PC and go to boot menu and select boot from selected device and then follow on-screen instructions.
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Originally Posted by minnama_san View Post
how do i install linux in my PC which already has windows
Since you are new to this
Old 07-04-2011, 06:17 AM   #4
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Welcome to Linux Questions.

You might like to search some of the threads within the forum, as this question is one of the most asked and we would rather that you spent some time doing some research rather than us spoon feeding you. In the long term you'll learn more.

Your choices are either to dual boot or use something like VirtualBox to run Linux as a Virtual machine.

Both solutions can be found by searching for similar requests.

Play Bonny!
Old 07-04-2011, 09:14 AM   #5
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in broad terms:
Choose which distribution of Linux you want
try it with a live cd to see if your pc is happy with it
backup your Windows data to an external disk
launch the install itself (most linux installers will let you shrink the existing Windows partition)
during the linux install, it will ask you if you want that existing Windows partition to be a menu entry of your boot.

It should work just fine, but you've got some researching to do before actually performing it
Old 07-04-2011, 11:18 AM   #6
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A lot of distributions have a wiki at their web site, or even a pdf guide you can download, like this
It's always a good idea to read about what you're going to install and how to do it before you actually try!
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Re post #5, I'd recommend defragging MS before backing it up. If not, definitely do it before shrinking it.
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First, decide that you want Red Hat. Then, read this:

Then, download your face off. Then, read this:

Godspeed, soldier.
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Note that you have to pay for RedHat.

It you're a beginner and want to use Linux on your desktop, I would recommend something like Mint.


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