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Dualbooting for Dummies: Common Sense of Dualbooting

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So, you like Linux, you like Windows... Well more likely you *need* Windows because it runs programs flawlessly that Linux you need to mess around with, that's cool. I'm sure that there's enough useless prattle about Dualbooting on the web that would make your head spin. But there isn't often a list of things that you *should* or *should not* do that helps you become *better* in the subject is there? Not to fear, Th3 B@ckd00r is here! And I'm going to give you a list of things that you might already know, or might not of thought of, therefore letting you retain your independent thought... For now that is. So here you have it, the Common Sense of Dualbooting...

Things that might make your life easier: Let's reduce that addiction to Aspirin, yay!

- Use 2 harddrives whenever you can, honestly though you'll save some headaches later on

- If you're starting a new build, get all of your Windows' and other OS's on FIRST before even screwing around with Linux.

- Do your partitioning for Windows in Windows SETUP, then leave the other unallocated space for Linux to screw around with.

- Make your swap partition around that of 2 GB at least, trust me, even when you have 4 GB at your disposal, another 2-4 can’t hurt.

What you don’t want to do: This includes – Spilling beverages/Splitting wires/Using Windows

- Mess around with Windows setup after already installing Linux… You *can* add Windows later to GRUB and such (LILO), but why bother when you can just simply set up everything in one go? And I don’t know why, but whenever I seem to do this, Windows secretly corrupts my Linux partition (PCLOS)…… Evil Windows

- Make everything so complicated. Seriously though, do NOT have 30 distros at your disposal, just 1-2 Linux’s alongside Windows will do in most cases, find one you trust.

- Screw around with the Windows Partition in Linux... This is a big NO NO, don’t even tempt fate unless you have a secret fetish for pain and misery.

- Have more than 3 distros on a single HDD, this is more of a guideline than anything. I rather would like to have 1 OS for each HDD if anything.

- Use Windows ME with ANY Linux on the market…… This version of Windows has no mask of goodness, it is pure evil and ALL Linux’s run before it! I can’t even touch a disk of ME without gloves because it seems to singe my soul… On a different note I used to run Mandrake Linux alongside a Windows ME partition at one point. After 2 weeks of using it though my Linux started running really slow, some programs were coming back with errors of missing files. And then one day it just quit working altogether… Afterwards, I just knew that it was that evil little OS on the other side of that 20 GB HDD.

This is just common sense really with some personal thoughts thrown in. So take them with a grain of salt, this is mostly just a reference point for those new to Dualbooting.

Good Luck to all! pirat


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