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fedora linux alpha 24 multiboot

asked 2016-04-07 01:58:16 -0500

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Downloaded fedora linux alpha 24 on an existing laptop with windows 7. Created a G: partition when I clicked on the iso file and extracted all files to G:. Grub is also copied.When I reboot it starts with windows.
Created a boot option as UEFI. Named it G: with boot details as linux. Still booting only with windows. I have only 3 partitions in the disk c, d,e. Iso image was saved in D:/fedora

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answered 2016-04-07 07:33:20 -0500

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updated 2016-04-07 07:36:23 -0500

Hello apascs.

The answer provided by sideburns is fully correct but let me re-state it for a wider audience.

So far your efforts to install Fedora have been under the control of your Windows OS. That is the part that prevents you from succeeding. This is what I would do:

1) Download Fedora 23 and either create an installation DVD or a bootable USB drive. The bootable USB drive works so much faster and the instructions are here ( https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/How_to... ). I will assume you have taken this route.

2) From within your Windows OS, shrink your Windows partition to use only half of your disk. Leave the second half empty. Shutdown your computer.

3) Boot the machine and go to the BIOS. Make sure booting from USB is enabled. (If you have chosen the DVD route, make sure your computer tries to boot from your optical drive first. It's all under the boot order choices. Place the DVD in the tray.) Now, regardless of your choice of USB or DVD, shutdown the machine.

4) Now plug your bootable USB Fedora installation and boot the machine. The Fedora Live environment will offer you preset installation parameters and the choice of installing Fedora in the second half of your disk (the empty half).

I hope this helps.

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Before you install Fedora, backup your data.

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2016-04-07 11:48:47 -0500 )edit
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answered 2016-04-07 03:02:18 -0500

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Welcome to ask.fedora. Alas, just copying all of the files on the .iso onto a partition formatted for Windows isn't going to get you a bootable Linux installation. Among other things, the file permissions Linux needs (such as the ability to mark a file executable) don't exist in an NTFS file system. You need to follow the instructions at the place where you got the .iso to put the image onto a USB key that's bootable and use that to install Linux onto a partition, preferably one that's not yet formatted. And, if you're new to Linux, starting off with F 24 alpha probably isn't the best way to go. I'd suggest getting Fedora 23, because you won't have to deal with potential show-stopper bugs while trying to learn how to use Linux. I applaud your willingness to experiment, but you're trying to run the high hurdles before you've mastered walking. Good luck, and feel free to ask more, because that's what this site is for.

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Forgot to mention on clicking the .iso file downloaded it created G: as CDFS. Am following instructions in the installation guide. But when I click on .iso, it just expands and creates BD-ROM Drive(G:) Fedora-WS_live-2 and puts all these files in it. Dont see ang executables in any folder. Saw a binary file, some cfg files and img files The following folders were created EFI,images,isolinux and LiveOS.

apascs gravatar imageapascs ( 2016-04-07 06:27:32 -0500 )edit
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answered 2016-04-07 21:31:28 -0500

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updated 2016-04-08 01:23:04 -0500

Finally crossed the first hurdle of installing. As per your suggestions, I did create a bootable USB and am booting from that. Thanks to both of you for your guidance. Have installed on harddrive and started using fedora. I am sending this message using fedora platform.

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