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    Default dual booting

    Hi.
    Ok first off I have opensuse 13.1 install on my 150g hard drive.
    What I want to do is install windows 7 on my computer and dual boot.
    How do I go about installing windows 7 without deleting my current partition with opensuse.
    I know I'm going to have to resize my hard drive partitions and everything and im willing to.
    Can someone explain it to me step by step please.
    Thank you.

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    Default Re: dual booting

    On Sat, 29 Mar 2014 02:46:01 +0000, gamergoat89 wrote:

    > Hi.
    > Ok first off I have opensuse 13.1 install on my 150g hard drive. What I
    > want to do is install windows 7 on my computer and dual boot.
    > How do I go about installing windows 7 without deleting my current
    > partition with opensuse.
    > I know I'm going to have to resize my hard drive partitions and
    > everything and im willing to.
    > Can someone explain it to me step by step please.
    > Thank you.


    Have you perhaps tried googling with the search phrase:

    "dual boot windows 7 opensuse 13.1"?

    That search seems to come up with lots of relevant articles. You might
    try looking those over rather than ask someone here to recreate those
    steps from scratch for you.

    Jim
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    Default Re: dual booting

    On Sat, 29 Mar 2014 02:58:02 +0000, Jim Henderson wrote:

    > On Sat, 29 Mar 2014 02:46:01 +0000, gamergoat89 wrote:
    >
    >> Hi.
    >> Ok first off I have opensuse 13.1 install on my 150g hard drive. What I
    >> want to do is install windows 7 on my computer and dual boot.
    >> How do I go about installing windows 7 without deleting my current
    >> partition with opensuse.
    >> I know I'm going to have to resize my hard drive partitions and
    >> everything and im willing to.
    >> Can someone explain it to me step by step please.
    >> Thank you.

    >
    > Have you perhaps tried googling with the search phrase:
    >
    > "dual boot windows 7 opensuse 13.1"?
    >
    > That search seems to come up with lots of relevant articles. You might
    > try looking those over rather than ask someone here to recreate those
    > steps from scratch for you.


    Also, whatever procedure you find and attempt, rule #1 for any sort of
    operation is this:

    BACK UP YOUR DATA. (Yes, I wrote that in all caps. I did so because
    it's really, *really* important that you do this before trying to do this
    installation.)

    Seriously, this is important. If you overwrite your data by incorrectly
    installing Windows after installing a Linux distribution, there is
    generally /no/ getting it back. It will be gone, overwritten with new
    data. You might get pieces of it back /if you're lucky/ using something
    like photorec, but it's better to START with a backup.

    The normal way to do an installation like this is to install Windows
    first, then install Linux - this is because Windows doesn't generally
    play nicely with other operating systems already on the drive when it is
    installed. That's another reason why backing your data up before you
    start is absolutely critical.

    Jim
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    Default Re: dual booting

    I tend to use gparted in a live distro like "SystemRescue" to sort out my partitions. As mentioned earlier please make sure you backup all your data first. Even the act of moving, and creating partitions in such a well respected app as Gparted can lead to data loss. By the way if you have a separate /home partition then even if you have issues with reinstating grub you will only need to reinstall opensuse making sure you don't format that /home directory at installation time. If you do need to reinstall, pay particular attention at the partitioning stage for this reason. Also remember that windows cannot read linux filesystem so if you want to transfer files across to windows you will need to do that within linux. Also check what the minimum space requirements you will need to install windows 7 and any programs you may want as windows is more of a hardrive hog!

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