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Steps To Install Linux as Dual Boot

Gather System Information

  1. CPU model and speed
  2. RAM
  3. Available contiguous Storage (10G-25G)
  4. Disk Parition Type: GPT or MBR (must be possible to create at least 2 partitions)

Prepare A USB Boot Disk

  1. Use YUMI on Windows and the empty flash drive brought with you today
    Some Instructions
  2. Download the desired Linux Distro - Get ISOs
    Put a few ISOs onto the USB Flash drive to make booting different tools and a Linux disto easy;
    having YUMI and the ISOs in the same directory makes this easy.
  3. Gparted Live | Local | Instructions


  1. Backup and Defragment
  2. Proprietary Dynamic Windows Partitions are not supported. Only _Basic Partitioning_ can be used.
  3. Ensure at least 10G of storage is available, 25G would be better.
  4. Using the current OS, shrink the size of storage to make room for Linux
  5. Boot off a Linux Live Installation - USB Flash or CDROM/DVD

Create at least 2 Partitions for Linux

Preinstalled Win8-10 has GPT paritioning (almost always)

BIOS Boot or UEFI?

Boot The Live Installer

  1. Follow the prompts
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  4. Storage Decisions for Linux
  5. New to Linux - do NOT use encryption or LVM
  6. Most linux storage should be on a Linux file system (ext4)
  7. Data like music and videos can be on NTFS, if required, but it is better to share from a Linux file system through samba
  8. Backups of Linux needs to be on Linux file systems - this solves many other issues during restore