Preparing your system for Linux


Bill Giannikos (Home Page)

Editing This Page

If you would like to edit this page please first view our Editing Guidelines.


In this article we will be discussing ways in preparing your computer for Linux. This guide is will assist in installing Linux on a standalone system or in a dual-boot setup with Microsoft Windows.

Step 1: Backup Your System

While installing Linux we will be modifying the partition table on your hard drive. Unless you don't care about the contents of your hard drive, it is highly recommended that you create a backup of your system before proceeding any further.

Please also make note that many desktops and laptops which had Windows pre-installed don't come with recovery CDs anymore, rather they have a hidden partition on your hard drive to store this data. However most manufacturers provide you a utility to create the CDs required, so you may also like to make use of this. Warning: You will likely see this hidden partition when you use a partitioning tool. I would highly recommend you leave it alone unless you know what you are doing.

Step 2: Preparing Your Hard Drive

There are two ways of installing Linux on your computer, either as a dual boot system with Microsoft Windows or a standalone system with just Linux. If you choose the later then you may continue to step 3 as all that is required is to wipe the hard drive clean.

If you have chosen a dual boot system (as you want to use both Microsoft Windows and Linux) then you will need to prepare your hard drive to hold both. It is recommended you leave at least 10GB for both Windows and Linux.

If your system doesn't have anything already installed you should install Windows first and then Linux. Installing Windows is outside the scope of this guide but when configuring your hard drive you should leave some space for the Linux installation.

Another scenario is that many desktops and laptops come with Microsoft Windows pre-installed. It is normal for the entire space on your hard drive to already be allocated to Windows.

Next you will need an application which is capable of resize a NTFS partition. Some Linux distributions (such as Ubuntu 9.04) are now able to resize a NTFS partition in their installer and make it very easy to do so. Another option is to use the open source GParted Live CD as well as the commercial Partition and BootIt NG. How to use these utilities is out of scope for this document, but you should resize the NTFS partition to the size you want leaving space for the Linux partition. Don't create any Linux partitions just yet, let the Linux installer do that.

Step 3: Booting from the installation CD

Many systems will not boot from the optical drive by default so you will need to find how to get your computer to boot from it. You should read your laptop's manual for this information but you normally need to push either the ESC, F1, F10 or F12 key when you turn on the system. Insert your installation CD/DVD into your optical drive, press the correct key to bring up the boot menu and select the optical drive. You should now be booting from the Linux installation CD.


You should now be ready to install Linux. You may like to read our Distribution Specific Guides for details on how to install a number of different Linux distributions.


polps, 2015/03/05 15:31

Thanks for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were
just preparing to do a little research on this. We got a grab a book from our area library but I think
I learned more from this post. I am very glad to see such great information being shared
freely out there.

polp, 2015/03/05 14:46

I recently found what I hoped for before you know it in the least.
Quite unusual. Is likely to appreciate it for those who
add forums or anything, web site theme . a tones way for your customer
to communicate. Excellent task..
hd security camera

dref, 2015/03/05 14:36

Valuable info. Lucky me I discovered your web site accidentally, and I am surprised why this twist of fate did not took place in advance!

I bookmarked it.

consulente seo

asa, 2015/03/04 16:50

That is the first time I frequented your web page and thus
far? I surprised with the analysis you made to make this actual publish
incredible. Wonderful job!

poko, 2015/03/04 16:46

Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or
something. I think that you can do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit,
but instead of that, this is wonderful blog. A fantastic read.
I’ll certainly be back. web agency napoli

geordiejohn, 2015/02/25 15:45

hello i have got the Acer Aspire 5536 and i have installed lots of various linux distros with no trouble until a few months ago,i used to be able to get a wifi signal any where in the house even though my sky router is in the front room,but a few months ago the signal dropped to about %51 and sometimes i had to reboot to get a signal,i have had to install windows 7 and use a wireless D-Link usb to get a good signal.

i really want to get back to linux so does any one know what i can do to fix my wifi problem please?

thank you.

ralph lauren polo outlet, 2015/02/25 02:29

Literary talent is very good, I believe you will be a great writer!

oakley outlet online, 2015/02/25 02:25

Articles written very well, good article is worthy of our study, we will continue to support you!<a href=“”>oakley outlet online</a>

coach factory outlet, 2015/02/25 02:20

Well written article, I will focus on your friends together, come on!

Lara Louise, 2015/02/21 08:07 This is a game changer man.

Jason Vorhees, 2015/02/21 07:58

This is gonna help you out a lot and you are going to want to make sure that you
get this as soon as you can get your hands on it

click here, 2015/02/20 13:40

I fully understood the matter and gonna follow your useful assumptions. Thanks much

ENGD, 2015/02/18 22:41

You shared this as a best way and easiest way for everyone to understand it and I appreciate it.
buy adderall online

boxer, 2015/02/18 22:28

The topic here i found was really effective to the topic which i was researching for a long time. Thanks
Sales coaching Sydney

boxer, 2015/02/18 22:19

I am glad I found this blog. Brilliant and wonderful job.
sales consultancy sydney

boxer, 2015/02/18 22:10

I am really enjoying reading your well written Information. I think you spend numerous effort and time updating your blog. I have bookmarked it and I am taking a look ahead to reading new Information. Please keep up the good Information!
sales training

boxer, 2015/02/18 21:59

Really your blog is very interesting…. it contains great and unique information. I enjoyed to visiting your blog. It's just amazing…. Thanks very much.

sales training Sydney

ENGD, 2015/02/18 20:43

Many websites has good collection of information but this one has great collection and combination of information.

buy ritalin online

ENGD, 2015/02/18 19:39

This is good information and not helpful for me but I think my friend will like this one.
buy codeine online

pioneer, 2015/02/18 19:15

I just got to this amazing site not long ago. I was actually captured with the piece of resources you have got here. Big thumbs up for making such wonderful blog page!

buy oxycodone pills

ENGD, 2015/02/18 18:58

Your post is outstanding and I appreciate your work in this. Thanks for sharing with us.

buy lortab online

boxer, 2015/02/18 18:24

This is really good information. Must agree that you are one of the coolest blogger I ever saw. buy percocet online

pioneer, 2015/02/18 18:21

I just got to this amazing site not long ago. I was actually captured with the piece of resources you have got here. Big thumbs up for making such wonderful blog page!
buy percocet pills

boxer, 2015/02/18 18:11

Thanks for your many years of a great service well done! I’ve always felt good about listing my concerts with you and linking from my website.
buy hydrocodone online

Buy adderall online, 2015/02/18 17:13

Sharing knowledge is a great act and you did that. Thank you for sharing this information.
Buy adderall online

Buy adderall online, 2015/02/18 16:59

Amazing knowledge and I like to share this kind of information with my friends and hope they like it they why I do.

Buy adderall online

ENGD, 2015/02/18 16:56

Many websites has good collection of information but this one has great collection and combination of information.
buy Phentermine online

pioneer, 2015/02/18 16:41

You provided a valuable service to the community. Thank you for doing such a great job all these years.
buy adderall pills

boxer, 2015/02/18 16:32

Thanks for sharing it. I found this Information very interesting and informative! Keep sharing!
sales coaching

boxer, 2015/02/18 16:28

Thanks for the informative writing. Would mind updating some good tips about it. I still wait your next place.
[|sales coaching]

boxer, 2015/02/18 16:15

Thanks for your Information, I like your blog very much, Well done.
[sales coaching](

Nio0, 2015/02/17 16:22

I’m still learning from you, while I’m improving myself.
I definitely enjoy reading all that is posted on your site.Keep the posts coming.
I enjoyed it! pinel gouv

Nik1, 2015/02/17 16:13

Hello.This post was really remarkable, particularly because

I was investigating for thoughts on this issue last week.

security camera systems

Kuldeep Sharma, 2015/02/17 15:43

You are looking lockal packers and movers in Kolkata
visit here:-

Packers And Movers Kolkata Dumdum @
Movers Packers @

Packers And Movers Kolkata @

Nodus, 2015/02/17 15:37

excellent issues altogether, you simply won a emblem new reader.
What may you recommend in regards to your publish that you simply made some days ago?
Any sure?

Porter, 2015/02/14 08:19

obviously like your web site but you need to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts.

Several of them are rife with spelling problems and I to

find it very troublesome to tell the truth however I will

surely come back again.


Kiop, 2015/02/14 08:05

I simply could not go away your site prior to suggesting
that I actually enjoyed the usual information an individual provide to your guests?
Is going to be again frequently in order to check up on new posts.
hd video surveillance

Njipo, 2015/02/14 07:57

I’ve been surfing on-line greater than three hours these days, but I never discovered any
fascinating article like yours. It is lovely worth sufficient for me.
In my opinion, if all site owners and bloggers made excellent content
as you probably did, the web will be a lot more useful
than ever before. “Revolution is not a onetime event.” by Audre
Lorde. youtube video

richard9, 2015/02/14 07:49

I really appreciate this post. I’ve been looking everywhere
for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day!

Vijayakumar, 2015/02/10 15:42

Happy Valentines Day Poems

valentines day gift ideas for him

<a href=“”>Happy Valentines Day Poems Messages</a>

<a href=“”>Valentines Day Gift Ideas for Him</a>

<a href=“”>Happy Valentines Day Poems</a>

<a href=“”>valentines day gift ideas for him</a>

<a href=“”>Happy Valentine's Day E-Cards, Gifts Ideas 2015</a>

<a href=“”>Valentine's Day Gifts Ideas</a>

<a href=“”>Valentine's Day Greetings</a>

<a href=“”>Valentine's Day Gift Watches</a>

<a href=“”>Valentine's Day Greeting Words</a>

<a href=“”>Valentine's Day E Cards Gifts 2015</a>

<a href=“”>Happy Valentine's Day Messages, Poems, Love Quotes</a>

<a href=“”>Valentine's Day Love Poems</a>

<a href=“”>Valentine's Day Poem Quotes 2015</a>

<a href=“”>Valentine's Day Whatsapp Status Messages</a>

<a href=“”>Valentine's Day Funny Wishes</a>

<a href=“”>Cute Valentine's Day Messages facebook Status</a>

jordanwer, 2015/02/10 11:18

Hi there I found your post from Google while searching for such kind of information. Your post is very helpful for me. when i come to this post i feel that this post has great informative article. i want to say thanks for this post. offer London bricks and London stock brick tiles at reasonable price

Simon Thompson, 2015/02/10 06:38

Great article about Preparing your system for Linux i have gain more info to this article Thank.

alaziz64, 2015/02/09 03:58

looking for a best website today so much but I was more impressed with your site really innovative and highly creative news content therein. Thank you for all that you have given to me, hopefully all of these are useful for all of us <a href⇒obat jantung koroner</a>

urbanjmf, 2015/02/08 03:09

refadaditya, 2015/02/06 07:26

I really like the horse, because the horse is an animal that is easy to tame and tractable. I like this post :)<br><a data-tid=“824”href=““rel=“nofollow” title=“Khasiat Kulit Manggis”>Khasiat Kulit Manggis</a></p>

refadaditya, 2015/02/06 07:24

Backup My system, its virus help me! <br><a data-tid=“824” href=““rel=“nofollow” title=“Khasiat Kulit Manggis”>Khasiat Kulit Manggis</a></p>

binalla, 2015/02/03 19:37

Its good to have this tut around when you are installing..^^

jeparaonline, 2015/01/30 17:21

Kami toko onlien menjual produk yang menawarkan produk produk mebel asli jepara memang sudah dikenal hingga mancanegara, jepara selalu menjaga kualitas produk furniture dengan sangat teliti Mulai dengan produk produk minimalis yang sqangat elegant hingga produk klasik modern yang sekarang sedang trend di beberapa tahun terakhir, produk klasik modern kami meliputi dengan model klasik modern juga tersedia mebel minimalis khas mebel jepara yang di buat dengan menggunakan material kayu perhutani pilihan, kayu perhutani dipilih karena memang kualitasnya yang jauh dari kayu kebun, produk dengan model simple elagant kami tawarkan dengan harga yang cukup kompetitif, semuanya tergantung akan banyaknya bahan yang digunakan juga tingkat kerumitan produk dengan yang tentunya tidak mengurangi kualitas dari produk yang kami tawarkan. Kami selalu berupaya dengan menawarkan produk produk dengan desain terbaru, dikarenakan setiap produk kami mempunyai keistimewaan tersendiri yang berbeda dengan produk mebel lainnya, yaitu tingkat kualitas kehalusan finishing juga kuaslitas ukiran yang khas kami selalu terjaga kualitas dan pamornya. Kami juga mempunyai banyak produk galleri yang dapat anda jadikan patokan untuk anda tempatkan di ruang tamu rumah anda, produk produk tersebuat dapat anda lihat disini asli produk Cv. Karya Priboemi Jepara yang dapat anda pesan secara custom atau biasa disebut pesanan sesuai keinginan anda, itu semua kami produksi menggunakan material kayu mahoni perhutani dan kayu dengan label Cv. Karya Priboemi Jepara yang sudah dikenal baik dalam maupun luar negri, anda tidak perlu khawatir akan kualitas dari setiap produk kami, beragam model kami sudah mulai membuka pemesanan dengan anda cukup dengan santai diruamh, anda tinggal menyodorkan bagaimana produk mebel yang anda inginkan, anda dp maka kami akan kerjakan, untuk lama proses tergantung tingkat kerumitan produk pesanan, itu smua bisasa kami tawarkan secara dengan kekuatan kontruksi pengrajin mebel jepara asli, yang memang sudah profesional dalam proses pembuatan kontruksi, pengrajin profesional iru semua ada di perusahaan kami kontruksi tersebuat bisa anda pakai hingga puluhan tahun, karena kualitas kami di atas produk produk lain, yang banyak di jual di pasaran tentunya sangat kokoh. Kami juga mempunyai banyak katalog produk meja muali dari meja makan ukiran jepara, meja makan klasik modern elegant yang tentunya sangat mewah untuk anda tempatkan di ruang makan rumah mewah anda, juga tak ketinggalan, kami juga menawarkan produk mebel asli desain Cv. Karya Priboemi Jepara, yang tentunya mempunyai kualitas diatas rata rata standart export, pamor produk mebel dari jepara memang masih banyak dikagumi oleh masyarakat luas, dikarenakan tenaga tenaga mebel jepara mempunyai pengalaman yang lebih baik ketimbang tenaga mebel di luar sana, bahkan produk&nbsp dsekarang sudah banyak di copy, salah satunya negri china, malaysia yang merekrut tenaga di jepara untuk mengajarkan kepada warganya di sana. dan anda juga dapat memilih warna di menu dan tak ketinggalan kami juga menawarnak produk menjadi brand ambrossador di beberapa tahun terakhgir, maraknya rumah berdesain minimalis modern membuat produk ini sangat laku di pasaran, untuk katalognya anda dapat&nbsp; melihat katalog produknya disini juga bisa disini untuk katalog produk ruang tamu dengan desain minimalis, anda bisa mengirimkan gambar desain yang anda inginkan, atau anda juga bisa lihat katalog kami disini kota kami sangat terkenal dengan produk produk etnik khas dari jawa yang terbuat dengan menggunakan material kayu jati yang di ukir dengan ukiran khas mebel jepara yang membuatnya begitu mendunia hingga sekarang, anda pasti akan tercengan jika sudah melihat produk yang satu ini meja makan dengan desain klasik minimalis semuanya ada di jepara, kami selaku salah satu perusahaan di jepara selalu berupaya membuat desain baru agar bisa tetap bersaing, salah satu produk hasil desain kami adalah sebagai berikut kota jepara juga terkenal dengan produsen tempat tidur yang cantik elok dan elegant yang tentunya produk itu sendiri diproses dengan sangat terkontrol, untuk katalog produknya anda bisa langsung tengok disini untuk katalog produk dengan desain klasik ataupun minimalis seperti meja makan ataupun yang lainnya anda juga bisa memilihnya di kolom produk dengan menu kategory produk produk kami tentunya mempunyai nilai tersendiri yang tentunya berkualitas tinggi, karena kami proses dengan melalui kontol yang sangat teliti. Seperti produk produk kursi tamu misalnya, untuk membuat kami memakai bahan dengan kualitas grade A jadi anda tidak perlu ragu lagi akan kualitas dari produk produk mebel yang kami tawarkan kepada anda. Ada lagi produk yang tak kalah larisnya yang ada di jepara yaitu , produk ini merupakan produk paling penting yang harus ada dalam suatu hunian rumah. Apapun bentuk / model dari tempat tidur tersebut, yang terpenting adalah kita nyaman saat beristirahat tentunya. Selain menjual tempat tidur dalam satuan, kami juga menerima pemesanan produk untuk ruang kamar berupa set kamar tidur. itu sendiri nantinya akan terdiri dari tempat tidur lemari pakaian dua nakas dan meja rias, anda juga bisa memesannya terpisah. selalu menjadi daya tarik tersendiri untuk turis asing yang ingin membuat usaha furniture, banyak sekali turis asling berbondong bondong ke jepara untuk memulai bisnisnya, tidak hanya itu banyak juga turis asing yang ingin mengisi rumahnya dengan membeli produk produk seperti tempat tidur kursi tamu meja makan yang asli dan khas

Abelee, 2015/01/29 16:55

wow.. its a great place to buy cheap medicine… Because now a days medicine is need for all home.. so it is very easily way to purchase medicine at home… wonderful article.
Buy Percocet online

NBN, 2015/01/25 13:33

Nike TN 2014

jeromi, 2015/01/20 06:47

thanks for this awesome tips post shared
happy valentines day 2015 sms
happy valentines day sms

sreelatha, 2015/01/20 06:45

i tried a lot but ma system showing error while set up Linux please solve the error is x214-hqw-754

Onam pookalam designs and tutorials =)

rodene, 2014/09/02 11:17

There are certainly a lot of details like that to take into consideration.I read and understand the entire article and I really enjoyed it to be honest.
Hospital in gurgaon
Liver transplant in gurgaon
Best ent Hospital in gurgaon

albetjacko, 2015/03/04 11:36

just travel that far and any zones of any sort manufactured further away than that will stay untouched.
xbox live code generator
SimCity BuildIt Hack Tool
Brave frontier hack tool
Générateur de crédits Fifa 15

aadi, 2014/08/16 11:10

I admire the valuable information you offer in your content articles. I will bookmark your weblog. I am quite certain i will learn lots of new stuff right here than anybody else!
Apple authorized service center Mumbai
Apple products dealer in delhi
AKG headphones dealers

PeterRoberts, 2014/08/12 21:14

As Red Hat Linux has matured over the years, its installation and configuration have gotten simpler and simpler. Although there is an autoprobe program that the Linux community is continuously working on, it is often possible for things to still go wrong during an installation.
write my thesis || write my assignment

rodene lee, 2014/08/11 09:35

Great Post… Nice share for me, maybe nice for all reader of your post.. thanks
Guar Meal chur

angeljulie3, 2014/06/09 11:10

best content that make us fascinating.

Charlesf, 2014/06/02 12:16

It is providing very intelligent information and valuable content. The content writers are providing more content like essay service and writing services and more. So I remember your content for my business and for my education.

ghdas, 2014/06/02 12:08


asuntaderose, 2014/05/16 07:36

Honestly, I really don;t know how to install Linux that is why I was searching for a resources that could help me about this stuff. Fortunately, I've came across to aright site. Thanks for the share. -

Jasmine Live Sex , 2014/05/10 12:56

There are some girls that want a champagne lifestyle on a lemonade budget, <a href=“”>Jasmine Live Sex</a> other girls that have a fur coat but no knickers, ones that are powerfully happy with being single and a few that are lucky enough to meet Mr Right.

Armin, 2014/03/17 04:06

Great article, but maybe is better call it GNU/Linux

Caspe, 2014/02/04 11:52

Thank you for making the best article that helped me to work on in a better way with the Linux platform and it made me award of the new programs and features installed. I liked making note of the details that you have provided me.

Enter your comment. Wiki syntax is allowed:
If you can't read the letters on the image, download this .wav file to get them read to you.
preparing_your_system_for_linux.txt · Last modified: 2009/09/19 07:51 by billg
Contact Us Sister Sites Privacy Policy Terms of Use
Copyright © 2006-2013 and other authors