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Dual Booting: Part 2 (Installing Windows)

So, we discussed some basic things about dual booting in the previous post. Here, we'll see the installation process of Windows. Windows doesn't detect any other operating systems such as Linux. So, to achieve a dual boot configuration, you should install Windows first, so that Linux can easily setup a dual boot environment when it detects previous Windows installation. If you already have Windows installed, you can skip it. But if you have Linux installed, fear not, you can proceed installing Windows as we would later describe the procedure to add Linux to Windows boot menu.


To install windows, you need to check if your hardware meets the requirements of the version of Windows you are installing. You must have the installation disc or ISO file of Windows. We've shown how to install Windows 7 here. But the other versions should be similar.

Installing Windows

Installing Windows is fairly easy. You first need to burn the Windows 7 ISO file to a DVD or create a bootable pendrive. Then insert the disc and restart to boot from it. you might need to change the boot order in the BIOS settings accordingly if you want to boot from CD/DVD or Pendrive.

When you boot from the Windows 7 disc, you'll be prompted to select the language and the country. After choosing appropriate values, click "Next".

Then click "Install Now"

If the disc contains multiple versions of Windows 7, you'll be asked to choose a version. Generally 32-bit versions are referred as x86 and 64-bit versions as x64. So choose accordingly. If your RAM is not more than 3GB, there is no reason to choose 64-bit and it is always safer to go with 32-bit as most hardware and software are compatible with it.

The next step would require you to select the Partition in which you want to install Windows. You can click "Drive Options (Advanced)" if you want to create, delete, extend and format partitions. Now choose the desired partition and click "Next". You should assign around 50 GB to that partition in my opinion. You can increase or decrease it according to your needs.

After you click "Next", the installation will begin. It can take some time and the computer will restart many times. I recommend to remove the DVD when the first restart occurs.

Then it will setup Windows for use.

The next step is to ask for a Host name. It is not the same as username, so don't get confused.

Now you have to choose the Windows update settings.

When it asks for your time zone, select your appropriate time zone from the dropdown list.

Now after some dialog boxes like asking for username, password etc, the installation will finish. You might be prompted to Activate Windows. You can skip the step if you don't have an internet connection or want to activate it later. If you don't activate, Windows will expire in 30 days.

Now after the installation finishes, you can start using Windows normally.

What's Next?

We'll see the installation process of Ubuntu in the next article.

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