Dual Boot Windows 7 and Fedora 15 Lovelock (Step by Step Guide)

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This is an installation guide for Fedora 15 who want to dual boot Fedora 15 Lovelock alongside Windows 7 (should work with any version of Windows) and Fedora 15. 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 easiest and least messy approach. So resize current partition and leave empty space!

Step 1: Put the Fedora 15 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 15 live CD for the installation. The live CD should start to boot as soon as your computer restarts.

On first boot if you would encounter Gnome3 failed error, don’t be alarmed by it, once you have the video drivers installed Gnome3 would start to work.

The Fedora Live Desktop would look something like this, start the installation by choosing Install to Hard Drive option from Applications > System Tools menu.

Step 2 Installation of Fedora 15: The screenshot of each installation step is shown below and the appropriate description is appended where needed.

Choose storage type, continue with Basic Storage Devices and hit the Next button

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, auto partitioning should work fine.

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 that you saw in previous step would be created for you.

Now this next step is an important one! This 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 you already have on your machine 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 most times. So I would suggest you stick to it. However, if you don’t get the Grub screen on boot, then you can repeat above steps and try changing settings in Change device option.

Installation of Fedora 15 would start now

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 or if you are stuck.

Once you boot in to Fedora, you would be greeted with fedora setup screen which would let you create users:

Keep hitting forward and then you should get the Fedora login prompt. For further configuration and perfect desktop creation see related posts below, for perfect desktop and for installation of video drivers for enabling Gnome3 shell, see this post.

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