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Old 09-20-2007, 08:41 AM   #1
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Lightbulb How to setup double os?

Hi I am a newbie in this forum, i wanted to know if there is a way to use both linux and windows on same computer. i know i could do it from computers in my university but i need help to build a system in which i can switch to each other. thanks in advance.
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google search, or search here for dual booting linux and winXP. very easy to do.

1. install winXP with the C: partition being what ever size you want.
2. during winXP install create but do not format a D: partition during install.
3. once XP is up and running and you are happy with it right click my computer, manage, format the new partition FAT32 (as long as it is under 132G, if it is over, ignore it and skip this step.)
4. install Linux distro of choice.
5. when prompted by grub to setup a dual boot do so and choose what OS you want as the main OS. windows of XP.

you are done.
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Try VMware. Install linux and use windows through VMware as a guest OS or vice-versa.
No need to reboot and you can network the host and guest and use all network services etc.
Or if you can dual boot, I prefer VMware.
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In my view the choice would depend on what hardware you have.

If you have a new AMD CPU with the extra virtualization support (think thats the newish 64 bit CPUs), then try virtualization. Xen is an alternative to VMWare. I have seen Suse Linux (SLED 10) used as server running Windows server 2003 virualized. Very impressive. Little overhead with these CPUs.

If you have slighly older CPU, the overhead is bigger, so dual boot is better (well depend on how heavy the application you intend to run on the virtualized OS). There are plenty of howtos around on dual - booting.


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