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M Burke
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I would like to get back into the world of Linux, but I still need my Windows 10 desktop. Way back when, I had SUSU and Windows XP on duel boot. The problem is I could only use one at a time. I would like to be able to run both at the same time and switch between them. Is that possible?
 
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Take a look a Hyper-V (it's already part of Windows 10) - it allows you to run a number virtual machines on the same plaform. The VMs can host Linux, Windows, etc.
 
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Ron McLeod wrote:Take a look a Hyper-V (it's already part of Windows 10) - it allows you to run a number virtual machines on the same plaform. The VMs can host Linux, Windows, etc.



Thanks, that looks interesting. I am surprised it comes from MS itself. Hopefully its easy to set up with Linux. I will see.
 
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Post back here if you have any problems. I have 4 instances of Centos happily running on my laptop right now.
 
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It is by no means difficult to put Linux onto a Window® box as a dual boot system. You can download many Linux distributions as a livedisc system and run them from a CD/DVD and try them out.
I have never used a virtualisation environment, but you can read about Hyper-V here (I hope). There are other virtualisation programs.
 
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You could also, for example, install Linux in a VirtualBox virtual machine. VirtualBox is a free virtualization tool.
 
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I will let you all know how it goes. I rebuilt my Windows 10 OS this weekend. So I have a clean slate. Another reason I want is to contain viruses by using Linux for Web access.
 
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Unless you completely disconnect the Windows® half of your computer from the Internet, it will be at risk of malware. You would need the usual anti‑malware precautions an programs.
Some people suggest it is impossible to infect a Linux box with malware, but I use an inti‑virus rather than taking such risks. I won't say that anti‑virus XYZ is better than PQR or anything like that.
 
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Ron McLeod wrote:Take a look a Hyper-V (it's already part of Windows 10) - it allows you to run a number virtual machines on the same plaform.  The VMs can host Linux, Windows, etc.


I looked at Hyper-V, it won't work on Windows 10 - Home. Is there something else out there?
 
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Sorry - I should have asked before recommending it (I am running Windows 10 Pro).

Maybe try Jesper's suggestion - Virtualbox.
 
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I took a look at VirtualBox and will give it a try.
 
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I want to install Linux too. It seems more powerful and flexible than Windows. Especially after Win10 edition. I use many of their products, but my relationship got worst.
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