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Re: [opensuse] double dual boot with windows
On 12/09/2015 12:26 PM, stakanov@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:
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Von: buhorojo
Gesendet: Mi. 09.12.2015 21:14
An: opensuse@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Betreff: [opensuse] double dual boot with windows

We have a laptop with windows 8.1. We'd like to install leap alongside.
We booted from a usb but only got the option to install. Is it possible
to do this?

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Yes you can install opensuse as dual boot with windows.
You should before:
- create a restore disk for windows if you do not own a full licences in case
things should go south on you.
- make sure you did defragment the file system completely. This is important
when you will resize the partition of windows.
- make a full backup off your data and licences etc. Every such procedure
bears an intrinsic risk. You want to make sure you minimize.

I found myself comfortable to prepare the disk with a lifeCD of parted magic
or with gparted. Make a reasoned choice on how much space you want to
dedicate for linux, how much for Windows. You may wish to create a little
dedicated fat32 Partition to share files between the two installs (as both
will be able to read and write it, although the latter is not a prerogative,
I just put it as a suggestion.

Just to be clear, backup of personal data and of licences is paramount IMO to
avoid bad experiences.

If you did free up the space the procedure is straightforward and the binding
in of windows is done via the grub2 boot manager. Windows will appear as a
choice after the first boot of opensuse.

Personally I did not try the build in partition-tool for this, I found a
dedicated life CD more convenient. I think it is possible to get a usb
version for this too. But I never tried.
YMMV, others may advice better if they have sound experience with the
partition tool of the install disk of NTFS.

Have fun.

Complex, and risky.

And from past reports your boot partition is likely to get trashed, either by
linux or Windows.

Guys: Its 2015. There hasn't been a valid reason to dual boot for 10 years

I don't know of a single person who is happy with dual boot. Your machine is
in the state you want it, and booting back and forth is a pain in the ass.
Every single
time you upgrade either OS, you put both systems at risk.

Just run Linux in a virtual machine (There are lots to choose from,take your
choice, I like VmWare,
lots of people like VirtualBox).

Its way safer. You have access to both systems, just a mouse click away. They
talk to each other
like they were on the same network (cuz they are). You can install as many
Virtual Machines as you
have disk for, and you can run as many simultaneously as you have ram for.

Once you go Virtual you will never consider dual boot ever again.

After all is said and done, more is said than done.
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