On 2015-01-11 12:06, limotux wrote:
> Thanks Carlos,
> So, may be I will install to have dual boot with windows 8 but I am
> scared to do it…
> Last time I tried this, may be I did not properly select where to
> install Grub and it was installed properly but it did not include the
> windows installation with it. That time I had and could see the windows
> partition but can’t boot it.
> Now I am still having the linux partition. but as explained I’m scared
> of repeating the same:O
My laptop is double boot with Windows 7 and Linux (two linuxes,
actually), no problem. Windows 8 I think it is a bit different, and
things get interesting if your machine is modern and uses GPT partition
tables and UEFI instead of BIOS, as is typically the case when you have
Windows 8 natively installed.
An alternative for you would be to use a virtualization system instead,
like virtualbox or vmware player. Linux would not be installed as a
double boot system; instead, you would first boot Windows, start
virtualbox, then select Linux to run, inside a window in Windows, or
full screen. It might run slower, though, but it allows you to become
familiar with Linux without “touching” your machine.
Another alternative, specially interesting if you have USB3 or eSATA,
would be to install Linux only to an external disk. You can even
disconnect the internal hard disk during installation in order to be
absolutely sure that a mistake doesn’t touch it.
In any case, there are dozens of threads of people here asking how to do
it. You can read them, or simply ask for advice, posting first details
about your system: exact partition layout, for starters, and whether
your machine is UEFI.
If you want to try a double boot install, I’d like the output of this
(in any linux):
> lsblk --output NAME,KNAME,RA,RM,RO,SIZE,TYPE,FSTYPE,LABEL,PARTLABEL,MOUNTPOINT,UUID,PARTUUID,WWN,MODEL,ALIGNMENT
gdisk -l /dev/sda (guessing)
and then the people here can suggest further advice
Cheers / Saludos,
Carlos E. R.
(from 13.1 x86_64 “Bottle” at Telcontar)