Originally Posted by chatelaine
Is there a simple way to run Linux in company with windows 7? Why would I want to you ask, well I have a new computer (isn't a crash the most inconvenient thing?) and it comes with windows 7. Thanks in advance. Also are there any other pogrammes of changing avi to iso apart from devede, which said new computer does not seem to like much.
First of all, these are two questions that you shouldn't post here. Firstly because this thread isn't appropriate (start new threads for new questions), and secondly because you can easily find your answers if you use search engines (as you can see below, even alternatives to Google often work out). But in case you run into trouble you can't solve yourself, you are then of course invited to start a new thread.
What you are asking for sounds like either "dual boot" (two [or more] operating systems are installed and one can be chosen at boot time) or "virtualization" (which enables multiple operating systems to be run simultaneously on one computer).
I searched for "dual boot linux" here
and found this
First, install Windows, then install Linux. For all modern distributions (tested with SUSE 11.1 and Ubuntu 7.10), the Linux installer will offer to create a grub bootloader that lets you choose at computer startup if you want to run Linux or Windows.
I found this to be true even with distributions like Debian, though I admit I don't know what distro's will recognize Windows7 (probably most).
For your second question, this search
seems to help out (if you run into the problem that you need .mpg files, you can use for example the VLC player to convert media).