I’m gonna receive a computer as a present, but the thing is it comes with windows inside and no cd to re-install. I like the idea to have windows because I use to use it and I will be able to run all those applications. But, on the other hand I have some linux applications made on different versions of linux (the 11.4 was the last I installed and was very stable).
But… what can I do ?
Can I do a partition without loosing the windows ? Or if I made one I loose all ?
I really want to to do it, without loosing windows and having the chance to install linux.
In most cases, you should be able to either shrink the Windows data partition and create an extended partition, or resize the Windows logical partition (if there is one) to make room for Linux. I suggest booting from a Linux live CD first, then open a terminal and post the output of this command:
sudo /sbin/fdisk -l
so we can have a look at your partitions and tell you more.
once you get the computer and have the Microsoft activation code .You can get a install dvd from MS
they will “snail mail” it to you
make a “recovery” one that will require the hidden( well to windows ) “recovery partition” on the MBR
It is up to you but i would remove that “recovery” partition
it is as susceptible to MS viruses as the windows install is
– but it is up to you –
and READ install / dual boot guides .Do a lot of studying on the subject