Dual Boot openSUSE and Windows.

Let us Take 80 GB of HardDrive.

1)Boot From Windows cd ,MakeUpto Two Ntfs Partitions Say 20 Gb For C:/ and 20 Gb for D:/ and Rest Remains Free.

You can Make 1 Partition For Windows.

2)There is a Step Including in The Dvd Installation of openSUSE Which Will Show You The Other Operating Systems in The Installation itself .

3)Now Install openSUSE On The Free Partition .It Will Recoganize the Window Partition in Between Will Show the Partition Table Like Below (as per the Windows Installed):

Device              Label             MountPoint         Type             Format          Size


/dev/sda1                                                             ntfs                                      20003

/dev/sda2                                                      Extended                                    56306

/dev/sda5                                                             ntfs                                      20003

Free                                                             FreeSpace                                  39252

Now Above 20003 First Partition is Your Windows Partition(ntfs) and Other 20003 Partition is Your D:/ Partition(ntfs) and Now Click On Free and Make The Partition Like Below :

Device                 Label                     Mount Point                     Type                      Format             Size


/dev/sda1                                                                                         ntfs                                              20003

/dev/sda2                                                                                   Extended                                           56306

/dev/sda5                                                                                         ntfs                                              20003

/dev/sda6                                                /boot                                 ext3                         yes               1028

/dev/sda7                                                /swap                               ext3                         yes                 1028

/dev/sda8                                                /                                       ext3                         yes                 20000

/dev/sda9                                             /home                                 ext3                          yes                 17188

Freespace                                                                                                                                             8mb

Here at the Above Partition The Space I Have Allocated is :

/boot Partition is Of 1 Gb Nearly (You Can Give 512 Mb )

/swap Partition is Of 1 Gb Nearly(You Can Give 512 Mb)

/ is the Root Partition Holding All The Installed Softwares ,Files etc (You Can Give this space as Per Your Requirement Minimum of 9 Gb if You are Installing Both KDE And Gnome Enviroments)

/home is The Home Partition ,it is Holding Your Documents,Music Files etc (IT Should Be Large For Storing Documents And Music etc)

If Windows Operating is Not Showing Up at the Booting Screen.

Just Follow The Steps Below

Boot Into openSUSE :-

Now Care fully Follow steps below:-

Right Click on Desktop ->Open Terminal

vi /boot/grub/menu.lst


gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

At the end write this (if the lines below already exists skip the steps):-

title Windows XP
root (hd0,1)
chainloader +1

Now Save the file and Exit.

hd0 Refers To Your First Hard Drive and 1 Refers To Your Partition No. Where The Windows Installed(like sda1).

(hd0,1) can be Different as Per the Windows Installed.

Restart Your System Now You have the Options to switch to Windows and openSuse.


Happy Dual Booting.


Fedora 8 :Installation

If you boot from the Live CD, select the “Install to Hard Disk” option from the menu to run the installation program. If you boot from minimal media or a downloaded kernel, select a network or hard disk resource from which to install.

Installation From Dvd.

1) First Go to Bios and Make Ur Dvd as First Boot and Remove second and Third Boot,Save & Exit.
2)Insert Dvd and I Prefer Watch This Video http://www.linux.com/feature/121387 .
How to Partition Hard Disk Tutorial Extras:




I have Given Dual Boot Partitions earlier 🙂

If you have an empty hard drive or wish to delete the entire contents of your drive, then let the installer automatically partition or remove everything and partition.

If you wish to dual-boot or save some contents on your drive, then select custom Layout partitioning. I recommend at least 3 partitions of Free Space :

1) 10GB / main partition,

2) 10GB /home partition

3)About 1GB <swap> partition.

4)/boot Partition 1 GB

/ Partition is the main partition is where your applications will be installed.

The /home partition will hold all your personal data (larger is better).

The <swap> should be at least as large as your physical memory (if you wish to support things like ACPI hibernate).

/boot is Used For Booting


Boot Loader

If you have a blank hard Drive or wish Fedora to be your Primary Operating System, then leave the default options here. This also works for dual booting with other systems (ex: Windows).

If you wish to preserve Windows as your primary operating system, then install Grub on the / partition, NOT the MBR. To do this, select Configure Advanced Boot Loader Options and install to First sector of boot partition. I use Bootpart from Windows 2000/XP to load Linux .:)

Network Setup

The networking options will default to dynamically configure the network using DHCP. This will work for most high speed internet users.

NOTE: IPv6 – If you select Edit under Network Devices you can disable IPv6 for Fedora. This should not be necessary, however it may be helpful to disable here and re-enable later if you know you have problems with IPv6.


Thanx 🙂