Originally Posted by skpanda
Can i install linux in other partition.
If that phrase means you already have another partition, then you should delete that other partition leaving unpartitioned space.
Do not install Linux in a partition created by Windows.
If you don't yet have that other partition, it is best to use the disk manager inside Windows to defragment and then shrink the existing partition
, leaving unpartitioned space. Then let the Linux installer create the partitions it wants from that unpartitioned space.
If you want to shrink the Windows partition a lot, before defragmenting/shrinking it you need to go into
-- -- Performance Settings
-- -- -- Advanced
-- -- -- -- Virtual Memory Change
And select "no paging file"
After shrinking the Windows partition, you need to go to the same place to undo that change. I think a reboot is required each time you change the page file settings.
Originally Posted by RaviTezu
The better option would be.. installing it(linux)as a vm(virtual machine).
be better. Depends on the machine and on the reasons for wanting to try Linux.
Originally Posted by routers
boot the cd with that, the linux desktop come out
and play with that
Using a Linux liveCD (or a Linux installer CD in its liveCD mode, which most have) is certainly easier than installing Linux in a partition. It might
be a better way to start. One drawback that doesn't get much mention is that a liveCD tends to have odd stalls of several seconds when nothing seems to be happening. An experienced user understands what is happening, but a beginner is never sure whether what he just tried was so wrong that it does nothing vs. what he tried was correct and he needs to wait a few more seconds for results.
Originally Posted by pixellany
2. Resize the windows partition to make space for a Linux partition, then create the Linux partition. I favor using the GParted Live CD for this step.
I disagree. I think those are two steps not one and should be done in different places. Use Windows to shrink the Windows partition. Use Linux to create Linux partitions.
I'm sure it often works to use GParted to do the whole thing together, which means you save several reboots. But I have also seen GParted hang up trying to shrink a Windows partition. I think it is safer to use Windows to shrink Windows.