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> I have decided to make a dual boot system on my desktop PC as I have a
> large hard disk. I have partitioned this into an 83Gb drive for Win XP
> with the NTFS format and made another clean partition of 63Gb for the
> Linux installation (with the Fat32 format)
> I will be downloading a Kunbutu 5.04 install image tonight to burn to CD
> and then hope to install to the second partition tomorrow.
> Is this likely to be complicated or straightforward? I have never setup
> a 'dual boot' before but would like to think that I 'know my way around'
> a computer. I have a full up to date backups of both PC's (laptop &
> desktop) on a separate external HD.
I suggested that you go ahead with KDE (Kubuntu) even _before_ I saw your
message. I suggest that you try to install Linux first. Windows might be
reluctant to let a second operating system reside on the same computer
(it will want to take _all_ the HDD space to eliminate the competition).
Linux installers are quite mature and they should probably identify both
partitions and ask you which one you would like to install Linux on.
I remember that it only took me 20 minutes or so to install Ubuntu on an old
Dell machine and the installation process was not complicated. More
usefully, everything was detected properly so I didn't need to configure
Let me know if you have problems,
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