How To Dual Boot Windows 10 And Fedora 25

how to dual boot windows 10 and fedora 25

Fedora 25 is the latest update released for the Fedora distro. Fedora Workstation is an easy to use operating system for laptop and desktop computers, with a set of tools which are idle for everyone. Fedora is a global community that works together to lead the advancement of free and open source software. It is based on Red Hat which has scored well this time
Fedora 25 is beauty in itself. To know all the new and exciting features provided by it you can visit Here Is What Is New In Fedora 25.

If you are a fan of Linux or want to give a spin to a Linux distro, you have hit the right place. If you are wondering how to install Fedora 25 on a pc that has already Windows 10 installed, then this guide is for you.

In this tutorial, I assume that you have a prior experience of running any kind of Linux distro although if you’re a newbie there shouldn’t be any problem while following the guide. However, it is always advised to backup your data although if you are a professional or not.

Dual Booting Fedora 25 And Windows 10

  • Decide what architecture of Fedora you want to install on your system i.e 32 bit or 64 bit.
  • On the other hand you should also have a spare USB stick of at least 2gb.

Basically there are two ways of installing Fedora 25 on your system:

  1. Through Fedora Media Writer .

With the release of Fedora 25, Fedora community also released the Fedora Media Writer. This tool makes it easier than ever to download and install Fedora Workstation.

 2. By downloading the Live Image .
This is the legacy way of installing any Linux distro by downloading its live image(ISO) to create a bootable USB stick.
>Don’t worry we are going to explain both the ways.

Prerequisites

Creating the partition

Before starting the process of installation of your Fedora 25, you have to create the partition on your hard disk so that the new operating system can be installed on it.
Creating a partition is easy process but should be implemented with care.

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Right Click on ‘This PC’ and select ‘Manage’ for which you’ll administrative rights.
  3. Go to Storage > Disk Management.
  4. In the bottom half pane, you’ll find the list of all partitions. You’ will have  to shrink a partition to make space for another.
  5. Right click on the partition, select ‘Shrink Partition’.
  6. Enter the amount of space you would like your new partition to be. It cannot be more than free space for that drive. You can shrink multiple partitions to add more space. I recommend freeing up at least 20gb space.

Click Shrink and an un-allocated new volume will be generated.

create partition to dual boot fedora 25 and Windows 10

​Turn Off Windows Fast Startup

Go to Control Panel > Power Options.

  1. Click on ‘Chose what the closing lid does’.
  2. Click to Enable setting that are unavailable yet (Needs administrator access).
  3. Deselect ‘Turn On Fast Startup’ and Save Changes.
  4. Turning off Fast Start-up is optional but recommended. Also, if you want to get access to all files (documents, pictures, videos, music and everything else) in Ubuntu or Fedora it’s required to disable Fast Startup.
disable fast startup

Setting Bios for UEFI support:

Do these at your own risk as some of the steps may cause temporary/permanent damage to your system. Turning Off UEFI/Secure Boot may cause security issues.

  1. Restart your system and press ‘Esc’ to pause start-up. This key may differ in your system.
  2. A Start Up menu is displayed. Press the key defined to BIOS System/UEFI System. In my case it’s F10.
  3. Go to System Configuration.
  4. Turn Off Secure Boot
  5. Turn On Legacy Boot
  6. Save and Exit.


Now we are all done and ready to install Fedora on our system.It is important to follow above mentioned instructions in order to install Fedora smoothly on your system. By following above mentioned instruction the guest operating system will be able to access all the files easily and the permissions to do administrative work and to modify system files will be granted.

Installation via Fedora Media Writer

Fedora Media writer is a small .exe installer which in turn I found was nothing but a Fedora’s personal Live USB creator. On exploring it more it felt like UNetbootin, but lot, lot easier.You can download the latest version from here.

After firing it up you have to put on a spare USB and start the creation tool.

  • The media writer tool is a beauty in itself, unlike the hassle users have to bear previously. This tool offers a load of option within a clean interface. User has to choose the image type and the USB destination, then user gets the right to download.Do keep in mind to choose 32bit or 64bit accordingly. Within no time the USB with power of Fedora will ready.
fedora image writer

  • Now as the USB is ready you have to simply reboot the computer and open the Fedora installation setup. In order to do that make sure you have chosen the USB as first boot device in your BIOS settings.

  • On booting through pen drive it will ask whether you want to try Fedora first or simply install it on Hard Drive on your system. You simply have to choose “Install it on Hard Drive”.
try fedora or install fedora

  • After you choose desirable language and locale storage the installer starts installing packages. While the process is going on in background you can set the root password and/or add users.
set user password in fedora 25 installation

  • You are done.

How To Install Fedora 25 Via Live Image

  • In order to create a bootable Fedora USB stick first insert USB stick. Beware that all the data on the USB will be erased, so backup any data present on it.
  • You’ll have to download the Live image from the website.You can download the latest images 32-bit from here and 64bit from here.

  • For creating the live USB, I am using RUFUS . You can use any other Linux compatible software to create the Live USB.

  You can download RUFUS here.

  • Start the rufus application. On starting it a window will appear.
  • Rufus will auto-detect the USB stick.
  • On the window there will be a icon of CD Drive, click it.
  • Browse to the downloaded ISO image and select it.

Press start.

create fedora 25 live image with rufus

  • Now as the USB is ready you have to simply reboot the computer and open the Fedora installation setup. In order to do that make sure you have chosen the USB as first boot device in your BIOS settings.

  • On booting through pen drive it will ask whether you want to try Fedora first or simply install it on Hard Drive on your system. You simply have to choose “Install it on Hard Drive”.
try fedora or install fedora 25

  • After you choose desirable language and locale storage the installer starts installing packages. While the process is going on in background you can set the root password and/or add users.
set user password in fedora 25 installation

You are done.

Conclusion

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Fedora 25 is very awaited version and was released by Fedora Community after many major changes. Installing Fedora on your system is an easy process only if implemented carefully. Also there is an old saying in our community that to always make a backup while doing such type of work.Enjoy your new Fedora Workstation.

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