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Windows 7: How to install UNIX with Win 7?

17 Oct 2011   #1
ArpitRaj

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 
How to install UNIX with Win 7?

I would like to know how to install UNIX with Win 7, not as dual boot but simultaneously with Win 7 (using some kind of emulators or some virtual drive... I don't know exactly).

Which software to use for this purpose?

Regards
Arpit Raj


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17 Oct 2011   #2
lhorwinkle

Win 7
 
 

It can be done, but it's complicated.
Do you need a true Unix environment? Or can you make use of Cygwin ... free and simple to install?
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18 Oct 2011   #3
ArpitRaj

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lhorwinkle View Post
Do you need a true Unix environment? Or can you make use of Cygwin ... free and simple to install?
I don't know the difference between the 2... I just want to install UNIX so that I can practice and learn... as a beginner
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18 Oct 2011   #4
Corazon

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit
 
 

Are you sure you want to install a true UNIX system? For home PCs the choice is usually a Linux-based OS, one of the most popular variants being Ubuntu.

Ubuntu comes as an .iso image that you download and burn to CD which will then be bootable. You can:
  1. install Ubuntu into its own partition and dualboot with Windows,
  2. run Ubuntu directly from the CD (slow, you can't save changes, but Windows will be completely untouched),
  3. or you can install Ubuntu with a tool named WUBI as a file container within Windows, which needs no separate partition and no dualboot setup. You simply boot Windows as usual and then run Ubuntu from within.
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20 Oct 2011   #5
lhorwinkle

Win 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ArpitRaj View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lhorwinkle View Post
Do you need a true Unix environment? Or can you make use of Cygwin ... free and simple to install?
I don't know the difference between the 2... I just want to install UNIX so that I can practice and learn... as a beginner
  • Google for "cygwin".
  • Save the "setup.exe" file in a new Windows folder called "C:\cygwin"
  • Double-click the setup.exe program to run the installer.
  • You can choose lots of options to install, including:
    • X-Windows
    • C/C++ and other compilers
    • command-line tools
    • web tools
    • audio tools
In the end, you have a Unix environment without having to bother with a dual-boot configuration. Just run Windows, and use it as a Unix system.
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20 Oct 2011   #6
rraod

MS Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
 
 

Just for practicing and learning UNIX OS, you would be better off with live CDs. These live CDs run off the CD and does not change the native operating system (windows) on it.

You can try BeleniX Live CD (0.7.1) which is a Open source based Solaris OS. This live CD is free to use and distribute and can be run directly on a Computer without installation. Belenix is a real Unix operating system.

Once you like this OS and would like to do serious practice, same CD can be used to install this OS on a computer.

If you want to practice on Linux (a unix like environment) you can try UBUNTU live CD which works similar to Belenix..

Try to search on Big Brother (Google) and you will get lots of informaition on Unix free e-books and distros.
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21 Oct 2011   #7
Meatytaco

Linux Mint
 
 

You can run pretty much any linux OS live (without installing it) off of a USB drive. Download an iso file of the distro of your choice, I'd suggest ubuntu, Linux mint or if you're on an older comp, or one with less resources to throw around (RAM, CPU, graphics card) try xubuntu or Lubuntu. Xubuntu and Lubuntu are ubuntu, just made to use less resources. Download the Linux live USB creator (just google it) and install. Point it to your .iso file, and if your USB is big enough, set persistence (up to 4 GB). Persistence let's you save your work and changes to the flash drive so you can pick back up where you left off when you shut down. I would say this would be the best choice for you if you want to learn more about Linux/unix without dual booting. And once you get more comfortable with the distro you choose, the USB will let you install it if you choose to do so. Dual boot or not. This is an easy way to check out different Linux distros.
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12 Feb 2012   #8
groupusers

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Unix installation on windows

Cygwin is the great tool , a tool for unix installation on windows , memory usage is low and thread utilisation is comparably low. thanks for great tool.This is found at Cygwin Installation files
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