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Is there a Guide on installing MX on a machine running Win 10?

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:29 pm
by Sparky
I read here that many people are having problems with dual boot.
I have a machine left that is running Windooze 10. I need to keep Win though. Is there any guide on how to do it right on a single SSD?
When I get to the point in MX do I allow it to create a GRUB?

Re: Is there a Guide on installing MX on a machine running Win 10?

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:53 pm
by tascoast
Dual booting with Win 10 in itself is pretty straightforward and I've had no problems with HDDs.

I recommend posting the output of
inxi -F
in a terminal which will show the hardware and SSD you have.

This last part will be the area you will want to research here on the forum and elsewhere, to address any wrinkles that may crop up.

Re: Is there a Guide on installing MX on a machine running Win 10?

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:19 pm
by Sparky
Unfortunately, its a windows machine so I can't run the command on this one.

Re: Is there a Guide on installing MX on a machine running Win 10?

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:41 pm
by KBD
If your computer has a dvd drive you are not using, you might consider an insert that allows for a 2nd drive to install MX on. I did this in the past. I installed grub just to that drive and could hit F12 at startup and boot directly into Linux and not touch the main drive with Windows on it.

Re: Is there a Guide on installing MX on a machine running Win 10?

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:48 pm
by tascoast
I'd also be booting the machine up using a MX Live USB to check things out initially. That way you can test out wifi card, video and use inxi -F.
You will likewise leave the machine and Win 10 otherwise untouched.

* I have typically partitioned a Win 10 drive from there initially, with a suitable free partition tool, then moved on to installing MX once a Swap and other ext4 partitions have been created.

Re: Is there a Guide on installing MX on a machine running Win 10?

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:49 pm
by Stevo
You can boot the Live USB on it and run the inxi command.

First, you have to decide how much of the SSD Windows is going to get, and how much to give to MX. Then you should also turn off Secure Boot in your UEFI setup, and turn off fast shutdown in the Windows power settings.

Next, use Window's disk manager to shrink the partitions that it uses to create free space for MX. Then shut down
Windows and boot the Live USB. Use GParted to create the main and swap partitions in the free space on the SSD for the MX install. After that, use the installer to custom install in those new partitions.

Re: Is there a Guide on installing MX on a machine running Win 10?

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:55 pm
by tascoast
Well put Stevo.
Perhaps give thought to having a common data partition for both systems to access, where you keep your music, multimedia and other large files.

Edit - That MX Live USB is like a little acorn :happy:

Re: Is there a Guide on installing MX on a machine running Win 10?

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:01 pm
by KBD
You can also use Windows 10 disk management to shrink the partition.
https://www.intowindows.com/how-to-shri ... indows-10/
Edit: Just saw Stevo beat me to it :)

Re: Is there a Guide on installing MX on a machine running Win 10?

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:06 pm
by Sparky
KBD wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:41 pm
If your computer has a dvd drive you are not using, you might consider an insert that allows for a 2nd drive to install MX on. I did this in the past. I installed grub just to that drive and could hit F12 at startup and boot directly into Linux and not touch the main drive with Windows on it.
I have the option of installing a second drive. Would I still need to use GRUB or F12 to select?

Re: Is there a Guide on installing MX on a machine running Win 10?

Posted: Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:24 pm
by KBD
Sparky wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:06 pm
KBD wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 8:41 pm
If your computer has a dvd drive you are not using, you might consider an insert that allows for a 2nd drive to install MX on. I did this in the past. I installed grub just to that drive and could hit F12 at startup and boot directly into Linux and not touch the main drive with Windows on it.
I have the option of installing a second drive. Would I still need to use GRUB or F12 to select?
Yes, but no chance of Windows breaking grub with an update. If your drive is SDB you just install grub to SDB and use whatever your bios requires to boot from another device during boot up: esc, F9, F12, etc.
Edit: not sure where you live, but those inserts are relatively inexpensive on Ebay. The last one I bought was $5, though they usually run about $10.