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how to run both linux and windows XP

by Bradaz7928 / November 21, 2006 8:27 AM PST

I would like to be able to use both windows and linux on my PC, i currently have windows XP installed on it but wish to try linux, if there is anyway in which to do this without partioning my hard drive or booting from a USB "flash drive" i would be very greatful!!!

system specifications:

Intel Pentium III processor 449MHz
256MB of RAM
Microsoft Windows XP (service pack 2)

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Note that there is also
by Ray Harinec / November 21, 2006 8:50 AM PST

a Linux forum in the CNET forums. The people there just love Linux in all of its variants and enjoy the heck out of getting another convert by helping to the maximum.

I just chose to learn about Linux a few weeks ago and chose Kubuntu as my first vehicle. I posted in the Linux forum.

Nothing wrong for posting in this forum, but in the long run because of the big learning curve with Linux it may work out better in that forum.

Robert Proffitt posts in that forum as well to help.

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How about a Live CD?
by John.Wilkinson / November 21, 2006 8:53 AM PST

Most distros, including Ubuntu and Knoppix, offer Live CDs, where you can boot and run the OS directly from CD. In fact, you can completely remove your hard drive to prevent any changes from being made to it. Aside from that, though, your only option would be to partition your hard drive.

Hope this helps,
John

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Not so
by jackson dougless / November 21, 2006 10:23 AM PST
In reply to: How about a Live CD?

If you have a FAT16/32 drive, you should still be able to find versions of Linux that will install along side Windows. They're far less common these days with LiveCDs, but should still be available.

The BEST option is to partition the drive, or get a second drive to install on. Any other method won't really give you the full on experience.

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