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Overview of Dual Boot Setup
Heres an overview of how we
are going to reach our goal of a functional, dual boot Windows XP /
Linux system. There are four basic steps:
- Install Windows XP: See the
preceding chapters on installing Windows XP. When you partition your
hard drive using the XP setup program, youll want to leave some
unpartitioned space. This unpartitioned space can be used to install
a Linux partition. Be sure to plan ahead how much disk space you want
to allocate to Windows XP and how much for Linux.
- Backup any valuable data from your
Windows system: This isnt important if youve freshly
installed Windows. But, if youve worked with Windows for awhile
before deciding to dual boot, you should backup your important files.
Before adding another operating system or partitioning a disk, always
backup your important data.
- Make a bootable Linux disk:
If your system wont boot from a CD, you might need to make a bootable
Linux floppy disk to start the installation process. If you were able
to boot from the Windows XP CD, this means your system will boot from
a CD. You can change your systems BIOS settings to allow the system
to boot from the CD instead of making a bootable floppy.
- Perform the Linux installation from
its CD: It will recognize that Windows XP is already installed and
offer you the option of keeping it and adding Linux also.
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