Dual Boot Windows 7 and Fedora 14 Laughlin

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This is an installation guide for Fedora 14 users who want to dual boot Fedora 14 with Windows 7 (should work for any version of Windows) and Fedora 14. I have chosen the most basic setup with Windows 7 already installed and occupying the entire hard drive.

Step 0: Before with start with the installation, you obviously need to make space for the Fedora installation. You have a few options to do so, if you are using Windows 7, then you can use Windows native tool to resize the partition, as described here, second option is to use a third  party software like Gparted Live CD, or use the Fedora installer to do the resizing for you. If you have Windows 7, then the first approach is the way to go.

Step 1: Put the Fedora 14 installation disk, iso for which can be download from http://fedoraproject.org,  in your CD/DVD drive and reboot (make sure your DVD/CD Drive is the first boot device or at least ahead of your hard drive in boot order).  Alternatively you can use your USB drive to transfer the Iso image and make it bootable by using Unetbootin as described here. I am going to make use of the Fedora 14 live CD for the installation. The live CD should start to boot as soon as your computer restarts.

The Fedora Live Desktop would look something like this, start the installation by double clicking on the Install to Hard Drive launcher. Step 2 Installation of Fedora 14 Laughlin: The screenshot of each installation step is shown below and the appropriate description is appended where needed. Hit the next button Choose storage type, continue with Basic Storage Devices Specify the host name (the name of your computer, it can be anything you like) Select the time zone. Next specify the password for the root (super user). This is needed for making any changes to your installation, later. In the next step, to keep things simple, we are going to choose the option of Use Free Space for the Fedora installation (we already have created free space on drive in Step 0. If you want to see how the partitions are created and want to modify them, then tick the box that says Review and modify the partitioning layout. It would show the partition structure that installer is going to create. If you are not comfortable with dealing with partitions then I would suggest you to go with the default selection and hit next. In the next step you would be asked if you want to write changes to the disk. Click on it to continue and the partitions would be created for you. The next step involves the setting for the boot loader installation. Here choose the default choice of OS  at the time of boot. Other represents Windows 7 that have already and you can select it and hit the edit button to modify the name to Windows 7 or something more appropriate, but this is optional. By default the boot loader is installed on the MBR (Master Boot Record), I would continue with the default choice as it works all the time.  So I would suggest you stick to it. Installation of files would start Click on Close to exit the installer and then restart your computer by going to the System menu on top bar (don’t forget to eject the CD or unplug the USB as computer restarts) Upon restart you should be greeted by the Grub menu. Choose Fedora to finalize your installation by creating users etc. Enjoy your dual boot system. Leave your feedback if you think I was not clear in explaining any of the steps.

Keep hitting forward and then you should get the Fedora login prompt. For further configuration and perfect desktop creation see related posts below.

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One Comment on “Dual Boot Windows 7 and Fedora 14 Laughlin”

  • Francisco A. wrote on 29 April, 2011, 2:36

    Great how-to, simple and well explained, this is just what I was looking for, keep up the good work! 

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