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Windows 7: Fedora 11 and Win7

21 Aug 2009   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
Fedora 11 and Win7

Okay, I wanna run a dual-boot with Windows 7 and Fedora11 with Windows 7 as the main OS. Sounds simple right? Well, I know I have one partition using the whole drive ( about 260GB) and I'm new to installing OS's and I don't know how to install/run a dual-boot system. Can somebody make a tutorial for this? If there's already a tutorial on it can you post the link? Thanks!

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21 Aug 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mcyoung5 View Post
Okay, I wanna run a dual-boot with Windows 7 and Fedora11 with Windows 7 as the main OS. Sounds simple right? Well, I know I have one partition using the whole drive ( about 260GB) and I'm new to installing OS's and I don't know how to install/run a dual-boot system. Can somebody make a tutorial for this? If there's already a tutorial on it can you post the link? Thanks!
Assumptions: You have already downloaded the Fedora 11 DVD installer from the website and have burned the ISO file to your hard drive.

Resize Windows 7 Hard Drive:

Boot into Windows 7
Click on the Start Orb
Right Click on Computer and choose Manage
Click on Disk Management
Highlight the C drive at the bottom, right click and choose Shrink Volume.

You will be asked to choose how much you want to shrink your C drive by. For example, you might want to dedicate 40GB to Fedora. So, that would be 40,000MB.

Once that is complete, it's time to boot from the Fedora 11 DVD that you burned.

Installing Fedora 11 from DVD

Boot the machine from the Fedora 11 DVD
At the welcome screen, choose "Install or upgrade an existing system"
At the Disc Found section, you can opt to scan your media for problems or choose Skip. I'll leave that choice up to you.
At the Splash Screen, click on Next.
Choose your installation language and click on Next.
Choose your keyboard type and click on Next.
Set a hostname for the box and click on Next. (you can leave localhost.localdomain if you want)

Pick your location and click on Next.
Set a root password (make sure you make note of what this is) and click on Next.


Now, at the partitioning screen, Make sure that you pick "Use Free Space" and click on Next.
You will get a warning about writing changes to the disk, click "Write Changes to Disk"
The system will now create the logical volume defaults on the unpartitioned space on your hard drive (example, of 40GB above).
At the default installation screen, choose what you want loaded and click on Next.
Dependencies for choices will be checked and the install process will start.
At the conclusion, you will get a Congratulations screen. Click on Reboot.

The system will reboot, make sure you eject the Fedora 11 DVD.
You will get a Fedora boot loader menu...press any key.
You will be able to choose Fedora or Other.

Picking Other will bring you into Windows 7

Logging into Fedora for the first time
You will be presented with a Welcome Screen, click on Forward
View the license agreement and click on Forward
Create a user account for yourself and click on Forward
Set the date and time and click on Forward
Leave the hardware profile to "Do Not Send" and click on Finish




Modifying the boot loader to make Windows 7 the default
Boot into Fedora and log on with your standard user account you created
Click Applications, System Tools, Terminal
type : su - (that is a dash)
type in the password that you set for root during the install
type: gedit /boot/grub/grub.conf

In this file, modify the following lines as shown below
default=1
timeout=5 (set to however many seconds you want to wait)

Change "title Other" to
title Windows7

Click on Save.

Exit the editor
Reboot by clicking System, Shutdown, choose Restart

Windows should now be default OS, unless you choose Fedora by hand.
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23 Oct 2009   #3

Win 7 and Fedora
 
 

Hi pparks,

hank you for the post on dual booting.
Have trid and works.
But my problem now is how to I boot back my Fedora after changing to boot win 7 by default. Now how I try it still boot win 7....

Don't really understand by what you meant by booting Fedora by hand.
Can elaborate... help... appreciated.

thanks.
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22 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pksng27 View Post
Hi pparks,

hank you for the post on dual booting.
Have trid and works.
But my problem now is how to I boot back my Fedora after changing to boot win 7 by default. Now how I try it still boot win 7....

Don't really understand by what you meant by booting Fedora by hand.
Can elaborate... help... appreciated.

thanks.
Just hit enter when the screen that says, "booting Windows 7 in 5" comes up and choose Fedora.
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22 Nov 2009   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

pparks, thanks for helping me out. It worked real well when I did it originally with GNOME. But I recently re-installed Fedora with KDE. Do you know how to change the default OS with the KDE desktop?
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