Visit Jeremy's Blog.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!


  Search this Thread
Old 07-04-2011, 07:06 AM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Jul 2011
Posts: 1

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
linux installation

how do i install linux in my PC which already has windows
Old 07-04-2011, 07:12 AM   #2
Registered: May 2006
Location: Latvia, Europe
Distribution: random
Posts: 301

Rep: Reputation: 203Reputation: 203Reputation: 203
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.
Old 07-04-2011, 07:16 AM   #3
Senior Member
Registered: Mar 2008
Location: Waaaaay out West Texas
Distribution: AntiX 15 , Linux-Lite 2.4, Slackel 14.1, ChromeOS
Posts: 3,803
Blog Entries: 19

Rep: Reputation: 1267Reputation: 1267Reputation: 1267Reputation: 1267Reputation: 1267Reputation: 1267Reputation: 1267Reputation: 1267Reputation: 1267
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, 07:17 AM   #4
Senior Member
Registered: Aug 2010
Location: Near Edinburgh, Scotland
Posts: 1,045

Rep: Reputation: 179Reputation: 179
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, 10:14 AM   #5
Registered: Jan 2010
Posts: 418

Rep: Reputation: 83
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, 12:18 PM   #6
Senior Member
Registered: Jul 2006
Location: London
Distribution: CentOS, Salix
Posts: 3,653

Rep: Reputation: 964Reputation: 964Reputation: 964Reputation: 964Reputation: 964Reputation: 964Reputation: 964Reputation: 964
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!
Old 07-04-2011, 07:45 PM   #7
LQ Guru
Registered: Aug 2004
Location: Sydney
Distribution: Centos 6.7, Centos 5.10
Posts: 16,923

Rep: Reputation: 2215Reputation: 2215Reputation: 2215Reputation: 2215Reputation: 2215Reputation: 2215Reputation: 2215Reputation: 2215Reputation: 2215Reputation: 2215Reputation: 2215
Re post #5, I'd recommend defragging MS before backing it up. If not, definitely do it before shrinking it.
Old 07-04-2011, 11:04 PM   #8
Registered: Jul 2011
Location: US and A.
Distribution: RHEL 6.1 & Ubuntu 10.04
Posts: 50

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
First, decide that you want Red Hat. Then, read this:

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

Godspeed, soldier.
Old 07-05-2011, 08:15 AM   #9
LQ 5k Club
Registered: Sep 2009
Posts: 6,443
Blog Entries: 3

Rep: Reputation: 715Reputation: 715Reputation: 715Reputation: 715Reputation: 715Reputation: 715Reputation: 715
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.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Redhat/Linux Installation Support??? Is It Red hat installation problem??? wanux Red Hat 1 08-01-2006 11:32 PM
Linux Installation before Windows Installation pragun Fedora 1 01-19-2005 12:27 AM
Installation doesn't recognize Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES installation cd bizkut Red Hat 2 08-15-2004 09:57 AM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:28 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration