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How To Install Linux Alongside Your Windows Installation

Did you know that it is possible to install two operating systems on one PC? This is possible as long as there is enough space on the hard drive. In this guide, we are going to show you how to install Linux alongside Windows. After this, you will be able to switch between these operating systems as you would like. However, this is not a simple process to do. Oftentimes you have to make additional space because each operating system requires its own partition. In addition, you have to make changes to the boot loader. Even if the procedures mentioned in this article are generally considered safe, there is still a risk. You should at least back up your personal data before following this guide. Then, you have to download special software to make this all possible. Luckily, there are many softwares available online and most of them are free. We recommend you use Win32 Disk Imager – and you probably won't need any other.

If you want to install another operating system, you have to change the boot sequence from your BIOS. Many computers have a boot menu that you can access by using keys such as Esc, F8, F10, or F12. After that, you should turn off Secure Boot before installing Linux. Windows 7 does not support Secure Boot. You must, therefore, switch off the function. Otherwise, the system will not start. Some operating systems don't require this. However, this is not the case with every operating system. So it's better to be safe than sorry. So let's move to the next step.

Now you have to download Win32 Disk Imager from their official website. Then you have to load the ISO file of your preferred operating system into Win32 Disk Imager. After that, click “Next” and follow the further instructions of the wizard. Remember: you should always install Linux after Windows because if you do otherwise, your computer won't boot. When the process is finished, you will receive a notification that the process was successful. After that, your computer will reboot once the process is complete.