Installing Linux and Windows (Dual Installation)
A computer system can have more then one operating system. These operating
system can be installed in a single hard disk or in double hard disk separately.
To boot these types of system is called dual booting. Each operating
system uses its own hard drive or disk partition liberally.
In this part we will tell you a brief overview about how to install Linux
with windows operating system.
For installing Linux on existing window platform, first must create hard disk
partition by using partitioning software also set the proper partition types for your Linux
while it is needed during Linux installation, other wise the hard disk may be
corrupt or can not get the successful Linux installation. No new
partitions should be held during installation.
In the case of installing Linux on Windows 9x or Windows ME platform, you can not define partitions during the Windows installation.
So install Windows first and then install Linux from any Linux
distribution while if you are installing Linux on the Windows NT or
Windows 2000, you can mount partitions of a specific size for Windows, leave enough free space
(approx. 1024 cylinders space) that is not partitioned or formatted on the hard drive to install Red Hat Linux. In
the older system must leave 1024 cylinder(528 MB) to prevent the overlapping and
corrupting the hard disk.
Installing Red Hat Linux on Windows platform
As the window has installed on the hard disk and there are enough disk space
for installing Linux along with its open source software, the following process
goes on. The difference in the installing process is only in the hard disk
partition and configuring the boot loader, rest step is same as written in the Installationprocess.shtml.
So here we are giving the process of only Disk partition and configuring the
In the Linux installation there are two more partition besides windows. The
first partition is for running Linux as an operating system and the second
partition is for application software, it is larger portion of partition and the
previous one is smaller.
There are two types of partitioning option.
In the automatic partitioning, selection of automatic partition option use
existing free space and leave the Windows partitions which was earlier done
during the installation of Windows.
Manual partitioning with Disk Druid.
For partitioning of hard disk manually, partitioned the hard disk without
deleting the existing Windows partitions with the help of Disk Druid.
As you have already installed Windows as an operating system and want to
install Linux on the same hard disk then installed Grub not MBR. For installing
grub, select Configure Advance Boot Loader options and install it to first
sector of boot partition. For this:
Select "Use GRUB as the boot loader".
Select Install Boot Loader record on "...First sector of boot partition".
After finishing the Fedora Core 6 installation, reboot in.
Configuring the Boot Loader
As Boot Loader Installation screen appears in Linux installation process,
select Boot Loader to install. 3rd-party boot loader such as System Commander or Partition
Magic can be used to boot both Linux and Windows. Some distribution
of Linux e.g. Fedora Core 6 does not support alternate boot loaders.
The Fedora Core 6 Linux installation program will usually detect Windows and automatically configure the boot loader (GRUB) to boot either
Linux or Windows. This can be seen on the boot loader screen of the installation program. An entry named DOS appears in the list of operating systems to boot.
All the later method is similar to the step of installing Fedora Core
For more detail visit : http://www.roseindia.net/linux/fedora-core-6/index.shtml
After the completion of installation whenever you start the computer a screen
appears from the boot loader giving the option to choose either Linux to boot
into Fedora Core 6 or DOS to boot into Windows.