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    How do I install Linux inside Windows while building up my confidence?

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    A virtualization like virtualbox or vmware comes to mind.
    You must always face the curtain with a bow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Irithori View Post
    A virtualization like virtualbox or vmware comes to mind.
    Thanks.

    I shall have to investigate what exactly "virtualization" is.

    Someone posted me that Linux can be installed inside Windows - can it?

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    Take a look at Wubi install ... more info here

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwz View Post
    Thanks.

    I shall have to investigate what exactly "virtualization" is.

    Someone posted me that Linux can be installed inside Windows - can it?
    In your case it would mean:
    Install an application called Virtualbox.
    Download an installable CD/DVD-iso of a Gnu/Linux distribution.
    Create a virtual hard-disk in VirtualBox (with a few clicks)
    Point VirtualBox to the downloaded iso and install it inside of VirtualBox.
    It is a _huge_ subject, but for testing Linux (or for testing Windows) it is not very difficult. A few clicks and a bit of headaches.

    I bet the same is valid for VMware, but i don't use it.

    Download VirtualBox for Windows-hosts:
    Downloads - VirtualBox
    Wiki entry for Ubuntu:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/VirtualBox

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan183 View Post
    Take a look at Wubi install ...
    Hey thanks.

    I went to the link you posted and had a brief look at Wubi.

    If I use the Wubi Ubuntu installer can it mess up my Windows OS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tornow View Post
    In your case it would mean: ...
    Yay!

    I think you understood "my case"!
    You answered my question nicely.
    Thanks for the info and link.

    If I download and install VirtualBox and run a guest operating system with it, can it mess up my Windows OS?

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    If I download and install VirtualBox and run a guest operating system with it, can it mess up my Windows OS?
    Mhhh... one can always mess a running OS, but chances are very, very low
    (in the case of VirtualBox).

    In case things go south in VirtualBox you simply remove the VirtualBox installation.
    And, best of all, it has got a snaphot-utility. You make a screenshot of a given state of the guest-OS.
    If you bork it, go back to the snapshot you made. You spare yourself the trouble of reinstalling and reconfiguring the basics.

    The interface of VirtualBox is self-explanatory. Perhaps have a first look: click-click.
    Read a bit, ask a bit...

    I think something similar is valid for wubi (you will not bork Windows with it).

    good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tornow View Post
    Mhhh... ... chances are very, very low (in the case of VirtualBox) .... ... snaphot-utility. ... ... ... ... ... click-click. Read a bit, ask a bit... ... good luck.
    Thanks!

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    Um, do I think correctly if I think that if I want to have Linux OS and Windows OS installed in my hard disk, I do not have to partition my disk to install VirtualBox?

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