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Offline tenfoot

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Dual boot - Windows 11 and SparkyLinux....
« on: December 12, 2021, 02:41:55 am »
Please move this to the appropriate section, if necessary.

I have purchased a Dell Inspiron laptop, with Windows 11 Home already installed, and a member of the Dell Support team ensured me that I will be able to dual boot Windows 11 and Linux on it without problem.

Several videos on YouTube speak of people having issues with this, as any updates by Microsoft overwrites the grub menu. However, I understand that this is not a concern for some distributions and the one frequently mentioned is Ubuntu which fully supports UEFI and Secure Boot and something called TPN.

So, my question is, am I likely to have any difficulty dual booting Windows 11 and SparkyLinux, please?
« Last Edit: December 12, 2021, 03:30:41 am by tenfoot »
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Re: Dual boot - Windows 11 and SparkyLinux....
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2021, 06:00:18 pm »
It's no different with W11 and Sparky as it would be any Linux and W11.

If it's not too technical;
Add a second drive (SSD) to your computer. Most computers and some laptops have room and provisions for a second drive.
Install Linux on the second drive.
Assign the boot loader to that drive. It will pick up and dual boot with W11.
Change the BIOS/UEFI to boot from the new drive.
Leaves the original W11 drive intact and can be booted as before by telling the BIOS/UEFI to do so.

HTH
8bit
« Last Edit: December 12, 2021, 06:03:22 pm by 8bit »

Offline tenfoot

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Re: Dual boot - Windows 11 and SparkyLinux....
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2021, 08:47:22 pm »
Thank you for your prompt reply.

The suggestion you make is definitely the most secure one. The only difficulty I see is my ability to install the other SSD.  It wouldn't even mean purchasing another as I already have a spare :-)

When the new computer arrives - hopefully by 7th Jan 2022, I'll do some investigation and keep you posted.
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