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Dualboot Fedora 29 with Windows 10

Fedora is the perfect Linux distro if you want to discover Linux used in enterprise (Probably Red Hat). As it is maintained by Red Hat it works really smoothly if compared with Ubuntu. With GNOME v3.20.2+ it looks really awesome.

We will dualboot existing Windows 10 with Fedora.

Update - 01/02/2019
Fedora-29 has been released now [article has been updated accordingly] but the installation process is still the same. If you already have Fedora-28 installed you can upgrade it easily by following this article. [what’s new]

Things you will need

  1. 30 to 50 GB hard disk space.
  1. USB drive (Pendrive)
  1. Fedora Workstation ISO Can be downloaded here.

  2. Rufus portable.

1. Make some space for new OS

From Disk Management Utility (Win + X -> k)

Select the partition from which you are going to reduce some space.

Right click -> Shrink Volume... -> Amount of space to Shrink: amount in MB

Don’t shrink C drive unless you have large amount of space available there. Minimum 30 GB is recommended.

You will see unallocated space.

2. Create bootable pendrive

Open Rufus and select the ISO,

If your hardisk has GPT partition scheme then select GPT partition scheme for UEFI otherwise keep it as it is. Hit the start, this will Format USB drive and make it bootable.

Rufus config

How to check if your disk has GTP or MBR

If your laptop has Windows pre installed it will be having GPT.

3. Boot into USB drive

To achieve this,

press Win + x -> U and then Shift + R.

Select Use a device and select the USB drive.

Alternatively you can restart the computer and keep on pressing F12 (Dell) or ESC (hp) and select the USB drive from boot options.

4. Installation

Follow the on screen instructions and images,

To configure partitions we will select Manual partitioning.

If you have UEFI boot then we have to select existing EFI partition and mount it at /boot/efi

Why it is necessary to select our system’s existing EFI system partition?

Microsoft’s Windows OS creates problems when it sees more than one EFI partitions while installing. For now it will work if we create another EFI System Partition but if we try to install windows again it may create problems.

More info 1,2.

After than we will add one partition for / and one for swap by clicking +

Better to have swap between 5GB to double of RAM available.

Accept Partitions

After that you have to set root password and create one user, when installation finishes you will boot into OS. Just restart and complete the setup process.

Installation Complete


Now you have Fedora-29 with Windows 10, you can enable tap for click from mouse settings and to add Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut for Terminal you can follow this

Let me know your suggestions, doubts in the comments section below.


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