Dual-Booting Linux And Windows: Easier Said than Done: Page 2

Posted October 28, 2009

Matt Hartley

Matt Hartley

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Assuming the individual user looking to dual-boot their two operating systems found a tutorial that was in fact accurate, then there is the matter of ensuring that they fully realize which partition is which.

Why? Because many tutorials have users working with partitioning tools that give no clear indication as to which partition now contains the Windows installation. It’s be up to the end user to remember the size of each partition to make sure mistakes are avoided.

Can most new users actually do this? Should they be expected to install two different operating systems side by side? This is fine and well for advanced users like us, but it’s a fast track to a mishap for most people.

Common sense revisited

I'm certainly not advocating dumbing down the Linux experience. No, instead I would like to make sure people fully understand what they are doing before jumping into dual-booting their computers blind. Comprehending all of the risks involved is key when trying to establish a dual-boot setup.

So while many advanced users will continue to scoff at this notion as utter nonsense, not everyone out there has had to deal with a lack of understanding in working with multiple operating systems on the same computer.

What I would love for everyone to take away from this article is first, remember that not everyone is fluent in using computers. So to assume that providing a random link to dual-booting is all that is needed for someone to make it happen, is naive at best...irresponsible at worst.

I believe that along with a full disclosure of what it means to start messing with existing partitions, one might also mention that most people would do well to avoid dual-booting altogether. This may seem a bit absolute to some, but I can promise you that adding an Ubuntu guest installation to a VM in Windows does a lot less harm that trying to manipulate random partitions blindly.

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