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Installing Linux and XP on same computer

Discussion in 'Linux and Unix' started by nfinit1, Apr 18, 2004.

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  1. nfinit1

    nfinit1 Thread Starter

    Jan 31, 2002
    Hello All
    I want to install XP and Linux on the same machine
    I have read some of the post on the site about having swap files for this
    Because I want to know why...I have questions...I need "for dummies" with this one :)

    WHy is swap file necessary for a machine with both Linux and Windows XP????

    What operating system should I install first??? WHy???
    Can you point me to a website that will give me step by step instruction???

    How will system commander or partition magic help me with this???

  2. Whiteskin


    Nov 15, 2002
    Install windows first. Windows does not play fair with other OSes. Then, install linux. I dont quite get your comment about swap.... linux uses swap partitions (though, it can use swap files, it just likes partitions better). Windows uses swap files, which arent user managable anyhow (I mean, they are through VM, but you dont get much control)
  3. winningham.2


    Apr 19, 2004
    I have installed both XP and Suse on my IBM A31p Notebook with ZERO problems. Here is how I did it:

    1. XP having already been installed, needs to have the disk cleanup and defrag ran to clean up the "trash" and stick the files to the front of the HDD. This is a VERY important step. Restart with SUSE 9 CD or DVD in drive.

    2. Installation instructions with give you a chance to install SUSE beside XP (FAT or NTFS). It will adjust existing partitions (including the hidden recovery partition, if you have one so be careful), and useually split the difference by default.

    3. You may want to lower the linux partition and give yourself about 3-4 times the amount of RAM you have for a Linux Swap file. Think of this as adding more memory for your computer though it is actually HDD space. This is a watered down answer but it pays off. The example is say I have 512MB of RAM, then I create a 1.5GB Swap partition.

    4. Once you get the partitioning correct, and by following the defaults you'll be pretty safe, it's smooth sailing from there. Honestly, this is about as simple as it gets, as I was able to pull it off without ever having installed Linux before. (Of course I had printed instructions basically outlining the above).

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