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Old 08-09-2019, 12:08 AM   #1
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Unhappy Which distro does this well? To be installed on top of Windows7 to enable the dual boot.


What kind of a distro which can be easily installed on top of the existing win 7 to enable the dual boot?

I do not want to see, "Congratulations your distro is successfully installed. By the way the Linux distro has no clue where your Win7 is. Maybe the distro was installed on top of the Win7 by overwriting it"

I would like most of the process to be automatic.

Thanks a lot!

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- Intel i3 2350M

- 8GB DDR3

- 500GB Evo 860 SSD
 
Old 08-09-2019, 02:07 AM   #2
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the distro is almost irrelevant, it depends on the bootloader. And that is grub in most cases.
The install process may differ, so probably you need to be familiar with that.
 
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Old 08-09-2019, 02:10 AM   #3
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Most distros can do what you desire if you do a little preparation first:
  1. Use Windows own built in partition resizer to make enough freespace on your SSD so that you can tell the Linux installation program to use only the freespace. Usually you can create a larger size freespace by first disabling Windows' hibernation and swap.
  2. Disable Windows 10 fast startup if using Windows 10.
  3. Determine whether Windows boots in UEFI mode, or in Legacy/CSM/BIOS/MBR mode.
  4. Boot the Linux installation media in the same mode Windows boots.
  5. Select to install using only the available freespace on your SSD.
How to do #4 & #5 varies among distros, but is discoverable in advance in the installation documentation you should read before beginning.

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Old 08-09-2019, 03:00 AM   #4
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The clue is to use the distro's own installation tutorial before things go pear-shaped.

Also, technically you're installing them side-by-side, not one on top of the other. That's a different story.
 
Old 08-09-2019, 05:13 PM   #5
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If you want to be a bit more safe, also consider a free virtual machine to run linux at the same time as windows.
 
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Manjaro offers an option to install beside your Windows OS, and even shrinks the partition for you (you choose how big manjaro should be). No problem or extra configuration to see Windows OS in your bootloader alongside manjaro.
 
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