openSUSE installation under Windows

Hello all,

I saw on one of my colleagues an Ubuntu Linux distribution installed under Windows I mean it was installed on an Windows NTFS partition under a certain directory.

My question is: Is it possible to install openSUSE 11.2 in the same way?


I’m a bit confused:

  • Do you mean that it involved a virtual machine in windows?

  • Or do you mean that it had no relation to a running instance or windows, but was simply installed on an NTFS filesystem?

  • Or do you mean that it was a standard openSUSE installation that had a windows partition mounted in it for purposes of accessing the windows files in openSUSE?

It wasn’t a virtual machine.
It was like a normal installation but instaled on the NTFS partition (let’s say on D:). At boot time you can select if you want to boot in Win or Linux and if you boot unde Windows you will see a directory where is palced the Ubuntu installation.

In theory you can install openSUSE but it will be broken by the lack of proper permissions. This is because NTFS doesn’t support Linux permissions directly.

This is what ubuntu refers to as a wubi install, It installs linux to a file on the windows system,and alters the bootloader.

There is nothing new about this method.I installed Mandrake 9.0 in a similar way on a fat32 partition in win98 and booted from floppy back when I started playing with linux.

Note however if your windows file system has problems your linux system may pay!

like swerdna, i’m a bit confused by the way you ask the question…

if your questions is:

Q1: Can i install openSUSE on my Windows machine and then, when
booting can i choose either Windows or Linux to run?

A1: yes (it is called “dual booting”)

Q2: Then, when booted to Linux can i access (read, write, use, see,
listen to, change) files on the Windows NTFS?

A2: yes

Q3: If i boot to Linux and find thing on the net, can save them to
Windows NTFS and use/see it in either Windows or Linux?

A3: yes

Q4: If i find/create stuff in Linux and save them to my Linux /home
file system can i then read, write, see, use, listen to, etc those
things while i am booted into Windows?

A4: No, Window can not ‘see’ or access Linux file systems. (Why?
because Redmond doesn’t want you to use Linux, ever!)

Q5: But i saw on my friends machine a directory on his D: drive that
was like D:/Ubuntu, what was that?

A5: I have no idea but i can assure you that it was not a dual
bootable Ubuntu system! Well, maybe it was where s/he puts things
(like music) to be used on either machine…i do not know…

Q6: Can i run both Windows and Linux at the same time?

A6: Yes, launch Linux and start a VM, and then run Windows inside that
VM (or the other way, run Linux in a VM hosted by Windows–but, that
is kinda dumb, i think)…

have a read here:

thank you for your interest…


Ubuntu has the option to install this way, but it is not a good choice.

openSUSE does not give you the opportunity to make this particular mistake .(although there are options for other mistakes if you like).

I was talking about this kind of installation (wubi install). So…it is not possible under openSUSE.

Can you recommend me a free VM to install under Windows and then run openSUSE?

Thanks to all for the replies!

Virtualbox,be sure to install the tools as well.

Sun VirtualBox - Downloads

Dual booting with partitioned drives is not that risky if done correctly however, and does allow the OS to run as intended.