- Dual boot Windows XP and PCLinuxOS
- Dual boot Windows Vista and PCLinuxOS
- Dual boot Windows 7 and Linux Mint
- Dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu
- Dual boot Windows 8.1 and Linux Mint
- Dual boot Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu
- Dual boot Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu (alternative guide)
- Dual boot Windows 8.1 and Fedora
- Dual boot Windows 8.1 and Debian
- Dual boot Windows 10 and Lubuntu
- Dual boot Windows 10 and Ubuntu (UEFI)
- Dual boot Windows 10 and Ubuntu (BIOS)
What You Will Need
- a blank USB drive
- media to back up your current system to (i.e. external hard drive, blank DVDs, large USB drive)
- an internet connection
Backup Your Computer
Shrink Your Windows Partition
Create A Linux Mint USB Drive
- how to download Linux Mint
- how to format a USB drive
- how to create the Linux Mint USB drive
- how to change the boot settings to allow booting into Linux Mint live
- how to actually boot into Linux Mint live
Install Linux Mint
You are however still asked whether you want to install third party software for graphics and WI-FI hardware, Flash, MP3 and other media.
I recommend checking this box especially if you have a modern computer as it will help to get your wireless and graphics cards working to their optimum.
It was a fairly pointless screen because the options were as follows:
- check your computer is plugged in
- check your computer is connected to the internet
- check your computer has enough disk space. (minimum 9.4 gigabytes)
In Linux Mint 18 the installer does indeed show the "Install alongside Windows 10 boot manager".
If you get the install alongside Windows 10 boot manager, choose that option and click install now. Now skip to the section with the title "Confirm Changes To Disk".