Dual booting Windows 10 and Fedora 24 Spins KDE Plasma on ACER ASPIRE E15 Start from USB. NEWB guide

asked 2016-09-11 12:18:26 -0600

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I promised I would do this if I got it to work, and, well, it only took 2 weeks (this is my first Linux install). Please note that this is so far the only OS (Windows 10 specifically on my ACER) that I have been able to perform a dual boot on. I am using VirtualBox for Kali on my MAC (and have not yet successfully executed that), nor have I been able to reproduce this on a Toshiba I have running XP that I was hoping to make a dedicated Fedora PC. I will post as I work it out.

Its actually easy – and I have not yet needed to use command lines in terminal or research Grub, its just a lot of the resources on the net miss out critical bits that collapse the process. This means that I get into an endless research loop which accelerates frustration. I will miss stuff that’s important to users no doubt – but hopefully I can save you some time on sourcing good resources for all of the rest.

From what I can gather Fedora is similar to Ubuntu – so the Ubuntu guides ended up being really helpful across the board, and there is more of them.

The Fedora Installation Guides are incredible, but I found I could not commit to reading through all of them so I ended up hardly referencing them.

Oh – and UEFI is actually awesome once you get the hang of it.

What I did:

Linux OS via download from the getfedora or fedoraproject sites was listed as an unstable way of downloading so I downloaded uTorrent and used the torrent directory at getfedora to download the torrent file. I used the Fedora KDE Live x86_64 24 torrent file.


I wanted to be safe so I checked that the completed torrent was not corrupted by checking off the hashsum by downloading and then I manually checked the two off. I copy and pasted the checksum that came with the torrent download by copy and paste into a notepad document and checking it off against fedorahosted as it shows the checksum:




I loaded my 8GB USB and downloaded Rufus. If you have a UEFI Bios like I do, and you are a newb like me use Rufus – don’t use anything else. Rufus is easy and intuitive and there are a ton of images on Google images that verify your options quickly and easily. In short, what you need to do is select the option GPT with UEFI, FAT32 and burn the .ISO from there. Im not quite up to speed on why the disk partitions should be allocated as Rufus suggests but the reason is a very good one – so be safe and go with the recommended. I also tried the numerous GPT etc options. GPT is really important. I figured it out after an IT friend told me by using ... (more)

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This is very informative but definitely not for the new user. I will admit, I have an Windows 8.1 and fedora 24 setup myself and I kinda stumbled through the whole experience. I don't think I could use this guide, but with all of the links you have given, I think that is the most helpful. For an example of what I am talking about (though this version uses EasyBCD), check out this link: https://neosmart.net/wiki/easybcd/dua...

arkieboy72472 gravatar imagearkieboy72472 ( 2016-09-11 15:47:12 -0600 )edit

Thanks Arkieboy - great points, I agree. Ill add the screenshots and create the easy step by step when I can. I do promise that I am a brand new user however, I have never used or tried to use Linux, have never created an .iso nor entered a computers BIOS before. The guides listed helped me gain the confidence to do so, but it was a frustrating couple of weeks getting up to scratch!

clintondenheyer gravatar imageclintondenheyer ( 2016-09-14 07:57:14 -0600 )edit