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Dual Boot Install Of Linux Mint 11

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Dual Boot: If you want a Dual boot PC, which means you want both Windows and Linux Mint on your machine, you must follow these instructions.

Requirements: In order to create a dual boot machine, Windows should be already installed on your PC. There should be a separate partition with free space for Linux Mint 11 installation. If you don’t have any free space then first you need to reinstall Windows on your PC and create a separate partition for Linux Mint 11.

During Windows installation, allocate desired space for Windows (20-50GB) and leave remaining space free for Linux Mint and data.

I know it may be a bit difficult if you are doing it for the first time, but once it is done your hard-drive is future ready for dual boot for ever. You will be free to upgrade to the newer version of Linux Mint whenever you want.

Dual Boot Installation
Insert the Live CD/DVD or LiveUSB (as prefered) and restart the PC. After restarting you will see this screen. In order to install Linux Mint 11, click on the Install Linux Mint button.

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Install
1. Select Language and click forward. English is the default language which you can easily change. Click Forward

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2. Preparing To Install Linux Mint: In this window Linux Mint 11 will give you info about your System. You must have at least 3.9GB of free space for installation. If you are using netbook/laptop, make sure it is plugged in to a power source so that the battery doesn’t run down during installation. If you have a LAN connection for the Internet, please connect it to your PC.

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A window will pop-up warning you about a mounted partition. It is the same partition which is being used as the Live USB. So you can select No.

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3. Allocate Drive Space
Select “Something Else” on this window

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4. Allocate Device Space.
In this Windows you can see all the partitions including Windows partition (ntfs) and free space for Linux Mint 11. If there is data on the partition where you want to install Linux Mint, select that partition and click on Delete button which will create the free space.

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5 Select the free space and click on Add button, you will be greeted with this window.

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Create a news partition
– New Partition size in megabytes: Enter 8000 or 15000 (for giving 8GB or 15GB for root)
– Location of the new partition: Beginning
– Use as: Ext4
– Mount Point: select / from drop down
→ Now click OK. It will scan the drive and create the root partition.

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Create Swap for Linux Mint 11
Now we need to create a Swap partition. Select the free space and click on Add. A window will open (screenshot below).

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– New partition size in megabytes: Must be appropriate as explained here. Give as much space as you have the amount of RAM. If you have more than 4GB RAM give 1000 only. I am giving 2000 (2GB) as I have 2GB Ram on this PC.
– Location for the new partition: Beginning
– Use as : select ‘swap area’ from the drop down menu.
– There is no option of mount point.
→ Click OK.

Now you can see the newly created root and swap partitions.

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Create Partitions for Linux Mint
In order to create partitions for data select the free space and click on add

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– Type of new partition: Logical
– New Partition size in megabytes: Enter remaining size or what ever size you want to give to this partition
– Location of the new partition: Beginning
– Use as: Ext4
– Mount Point: enter /media/data.
Here you can choose name of your preference instead of data if you want. It must be alphabets in lowercase — as short as possible.
→ Now click OK. It will scan the drive and create the partition.

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5. Click on Install Now.

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6. Where are you. You will see a Map, you can select your location by either pin-pointing your position on the map or entering the region in the box below.
→ Forward

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7. Keyboard Layout. If you are using non-American/English keyboard, you can select the language here. Once selected you can test if it is correct by typing in the box
→ Forward

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8. Who are you?

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In this window you have to enter your name. It will automatically create the computer name, which you can change if you want. It will also suggest a username which you can change in ‘Pick a username’ box. You will need this username to log into your system.

Next option is password. Create a good password and confirm it. If you want to skip the login window every time you restart your PC, you can select ‘Log in automatically.

You can leave the Encrypt my home folder unchecked.
→ Forward

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9. Now there isn’t much for you to do. Linux Mint will start the installation process which will take couple of minutes. During the installation process you can enjoy the slideshow about the cool features of Linux Mint.

10. Once the installation is finished, click on the ‘Restart’ button to reboot the PC into your new system. Remove the CD/DVD or the LiveUSB before the PC starts otherwise it will boot into the Live Linux Mint again.

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Swapnil Bhartiya

A free software fund-a-mental-ist and Charles Bukowski fan, Swapnil also writes fiction and tries to find cracks in the paper armours of proprietary companies. Swapnil has been covering Linux and Free Software/Open Source since 2005.

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