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Old 07-22-2009, 07:25 AM   #1
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how to install fedora on windows machine(dual boot)

Hi all,

Please let me know how to install fedora on windows machine(dont want to distrub windows).

I have free space of 27gb on my machine after all particians for windows.

plese give my steps to follow.

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Old 07-22-2009, 08:26 AM   #2
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If you have 27 gig not allocated to any partition, then you are away to the races. Boot the install CD ( DVD ) and follow the prompts. You will install the system to the 'free space'. There are tools to partition that space, format it to a linux supported file system, and install the code.

Now, you need to understand some things about booting any system. In order for any OS to load, the BIOS on the system board, will send the hard drive heads to track 0 sector 1 to read the MBR ( Master Boot Record ). Right now you will have a windoze written MBR. During the install of Fedora, or any other linux system, you will be given an option to write a new MBR with a boot manager program. The two most common ones are Lilo, and Grub. You can pick either. Grub is the latest and most flexible one, so pick it. Take the option to write it to the MBR, yes you overwrite the windoze MBR. Grub should get set up to boot either Windoze ( any flavour ) and linux. Leave the defaults of Grub alone for now. On your first boot after the linux installation you will see a screen allowing you to pick windoze or linux. Use the arrow keys to select which you want. You should be able to boot either.

If things go wrong, almost any bug you create can be fixed without loss of the windoze system. Back up your windoze data before you begin.

If you want to know more about grub, search this board, or google it. There is a ton of information on it. It works, and is rock solid. Most problems are created by the user, not the code.

Post back any questions you have. Good luck....
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Let it also be known that fedora 11 will have to create a seperate "/boot"
partition cause fed11 uses ext4 filesystem
most other distro's can't use this, neither can Grub, thus fed11 by default wants a ext4 filesystem

The Live CD uses Ext4 filesystem by default and the default partition setup creates a separate small 200 MB /boot partition formatted as Ext3 since GRUB boot loader in Fedora 11 doesn't support Ext4 yet. You can customize the partition scheme however since the Live CD essentially transfers a complete image to the hard disk, it isn't possible to choose a different filesystem.
Please read the install guide
and don't get discouraged at first if any issues
fed11 is "bleeding edge" and will have hiccups
Old 07-22-2009, 08:51 AM   #4
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Yeah F11 takes ext4 by default and will not give other options. Some have had issues with ext4 some not. If you have issues, just revert back to a distro with ext3 support then but it should all be fine. But just a caution.


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