Windows 8 Dual Boot and Linux Mint on the Same PC

Introduction

 
In this article, we are going to explain how to Dual Boot Windows 8 and Linux Mint on the same PC. In Windows 8, if we might want to test out both Windows 8 and Linux Mint then there is a couple of things that are needed.
  • Our drive space - 10GB
  • The Linux Mint DVD, from here (x86) or here (x64), burnt to a DVD.
  • About 30 minutes of free time

How to Dual Boot Windows 8 and Linux Mint on the PC?

 
Step 1
 
In Windows 8 Desktop, first, we press Win + R key. The Run window opens. Then type "diskmgmt.msc" into the Run box and click "OK".
 
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Step 2
 
The Disk Management window opens. Right-click on our drive containing Windows 8 and select Shrink Volume from the context menu.
 
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Step 3
 
Now enter the size of the hard disk in megabytes to shrink the partition. We recommend a minimum of 10GB.
 
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Step 4
 
Inset our Mint DVD and boot our PC from the DVD drive, press the F11 or F12 key.
 
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Step 5
 
The DVD should automatically boot into its Live mode, however, if you bump a key and are prompted simply choose to start it.
 
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Step 6
 
Once booted, we can start the installation by double-clicking on the Install Linux Mint shortcut on the Desktop.
 
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Step 7
 
Click the "Continue" tab and get to the installation type section.
 
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Step 8
 
We now need to select where to install Mint. Scroll down until we see a partition called "free space".
 
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Step 9
 
Double-click on it to bring up the Format menu, here accept all the defaults except for the mount point, where we should enter a single forward slash, then click "Ok".
 
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Step 10
 
Now we can click on the "Install Now" button.
 
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Step 11
 
It then asks for a few configuration settings while the OS is busy installing.
 
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Step 12
 
We will need to reboot our PC when the installation is finished, as we can see now how easy it is to choose our OS at start-up.
 
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Our default OS will now be Linux Mint, but we always have the choice of switching back to Windows 8 from the Grub boot menu at any time.
 

Summary

 
In this article, we learned about Windows 8 Dual Boot and Linux Mint on the Same PC.