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Now that you have a bootable copy of each OS on DVDs or USBs (as explained in part 1) here are the rest of the steps to use Windows and Linux on a single computer.

Installing the two OS

Now the next step is installing Windows and Linux on your computer. For Windows, you are going to need a product key unless your computer came with Windows already installed. In such a case the key would be embedded into your computer. But if you bought the retail version of Windows during the installation process you are going to need that key for proceeding forward. For Linux, since in most cases it is free, you don’t require such. Just follow the instructions of the installer to advance. You would find installing Windows a lot easier and less time taking. While for the Linux distribution it is highly likely that you would need to invest your time, energy and mind.

It is better to install Windows first

If you want to make this process less hectic install Windows first on your PC. Why? Because during the installation process many Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, give you the option to install it while keeping Windows. If you select this option, the installer will handle this. It will analyze the Windows and partition your hard disk without causing any trouble. However, Windows provides you with no such option. Hence you would have to partition your hard disk if you want both the OS on a single hard disk and you might mess up.

Allocating Space

You’ll have to allocate space to each OS. This allocation would depend on your needs. You would definitely want Linux to have more memory than Windows if you wish to use it more often and vice versa.

Switching between the OS

To switch all you have to do is restart your system. You will be asked to select the OS you want to access when the computer is booting and that is it.

Why do you need Windows and Linux on a single computer?

There can be many reasons why a person might want the two operating systems on the same computer. For example, you want to migrate from Windows to Linux, but you are not sure whether you would like this change. So, if you straight ahead delete Windows but later realize that Linux isn’t for you (which is highly unlikely) then what? Some users keep Windows with Linux because there are certain software and games that you can not run on Linux, therefore, you need Windows to see them. But is it possible to keep two OS on a single computer? Yes, and here is how you can use both Windows and Linux on a single computer.

The First Step

The first thing that you need is obviously a copy of both the OS. If you don’t already have Windows pre-installed on your PC grab a copy of it. You’ll have to purchase it unless you already have a copy. If you don’t have the Windows on CD make a bootable form of it on USB or DVD-R. You are also going to need a bootable copy of the Linux distribution you wish to install. There are two ways you can acquire a Linux OS. They are mostly free and available on their official website. However, you can buy a disk containing a copy of the OS. This helps the developers of the OS get some money and you don’t have to make a bootable copy of it either.

How to make bootable copies

As mentioned above if you don’t have the OS on disk or USB, you’ll have to make them. For Windows download Windows Media Creation Tool and follow its steps for making a bootable copy. Whereas for Linux download and ISO image of the distribution from their site and use third-party software to make your USB a bootable Linux copy. As for DVD-R, you can use your default DVD burning software.

Linux and Windows are both the computer operating systems or simply the OS. Both Linux and windows are compatible with x86 hardware including intel processors or AMD. Though the function of both the operating systems is almost the same, they differ in respect to their ‘Graphical User Interface (GUI)’.

Here is a brief list of differences between Linux and windows:

Overview of Windows OS:

When it comes to Microsoft Windows, is simply an extended version of the MS-DOS. It is not an open-source OS rather it is a commercial operating system. It means that not everyone has access to source code.

Furthermore, with Windows OS, the user has very limited customization options and it is vulnerable to malware & other viruses if used without anti-virus software. But comparatively, windows are simple to use, easy to access and have a more accessible support system than any other OS.

Overview of Linux OS:

Linux – is an open-source operating system and based on UNIX. It means its source code is accessible to everyone, whether a member or not. The user has a great variety of customization options and can also alter the source code to remove bugs. Moreover, the GUI of Linux comes with certain software that is helpful for the developers to perform their day-to-day tasks.

Unlike Windows, Linux is compatible with all devices including computers, smartphones, gaming consoles, e-book readers, and even cameras & video recorders. The users having a license can easily modify the software in Linux and they can operate this OS on multiple devices at a time.

Though Linux is more complicated to install, it makes complicated tasks much easier to perform. The best thing about this OS is that it is secure from malware and other security threats, even without anti-virus software.

Both operating systems – Microsoft Windows and Linux have their own features and advantages. But when it comes to security, accessibility, and ease of use, Linux outweighs windows. Also, Linux is more reliable and much faster than Windows.