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Old 05-04-2010, 02:40 PM   #1
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I am using window xp ,installed on my system . Now i want to make it dual boot with

I am using window xp ,installed on my system . Now i want to make it dual boot with rhel4. At the time of win xp installation , no space is kept un used on my hard disk. Can I install RHEL4 WITHOUT DISTURBING my win xp ? Please guide.

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Old 05-04-2010, 02:48 PM   #2
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In order to INSTALL any other operating system, you have to make some space for it first. There's no way around it. Alternatively, you can try some linux live distros which will run in RAM. All the settings will be lost once you reboot the computer.

If your disk is not completely full, you can defrag your winxp, then run one of those live CDs/DVDs and shrink your windows partitions to make some space for linux and then install linux on it.

btw, is there any specific reason why you want to run rhel4. It's quite old. Try CentOS 5 (5.4) (which is a free clone of RHEL5 (5.4) or Fedora for a bleeding edge distro that is based on RHEL (or shall I say RHEL is based on Fedora?)

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edit: here's a link for fedora live cd

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Well I had to chuckle at that one. If your concerned that RHEL4 may confluge your Windows files then don't do it. Its certainly possible that it might. I can tell you I have had serveral dual boot machines and have had no problems. At the same time, I have a batch file on my desktop to xcopy my files to a jump drive and I do it daily. That's because Windows only works for about a 2 years and then it gets jammed up and you have to reinstall it. I can rebuild my machine from scratch in 1hr 40 minutes back to where was. It's easier to reinstall it than to try and fix it. Now that's not practical for most folks. But I have learned through the years that windows will crash sooner or later.
Now if your going to do this PLEASE repartition your drive in to two separate partitions. DO not run them both on the C: drive. You can, but I wouldn't. I also suggest installing Ubuntu as a desktop.
I use ver 9.10. A lot have squawked about ver 10.x. Fedora is ok as well. Have fun and make sure you can recover before you do this. ONE MORE BIG ONE! Make sure your lan card drivers are on se[erate media before you do any of this. If you can't get to the internet, you can;t do anything anymore.

Made that mistake a few times >> Had to go to the local library to pick up a download of my lan card driver.
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I think that a newbie ought to start with one of these three choices. Live cd/dvd's, Live usb or Virtual Machines.

Any of the three are very safe choices. If you system is new enough there is really no bad reason to consider virtual machines or even live usb installs.
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I think virtual machines are a great, harmless way to get a feel of Linux (but I don't think they're a permanent solution).

If you like and get a hang of using it, then you can do a dual boot, or even install Linux and run Windows under a virtual machine. Ir just get rid of Windows altogether.


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