This guide assists you on how to install Fedora 30 in a dual-boot with Windows. Installing Fedora 30 in a dual boot mode with Microsoft Windows does not require any special configurations.
But before starting the installation, you need to make sure to set your BIOS or UEFI boot order to ensure that the Fedora Bootable USB or CD should boot first.
- Fedora Bootable USB Drive or CD
- PC with pre-installed Windows. We perform this tutorial in a PC with Windows 7 pre-installed on it
Installing Fedora 30 dual-boot setup with Windows
Let’s start by creating a partition on which we are going to install Fedora. In case you have one partition that has Windows installed on it, then you need to resize this partition and create a new one.
Create New Partition using built-in Windows Tool
Partitioning can be done before or during the Fedora installation. We recommend doing it before using the Windows Disk Management tool to be on a safer side of not losing the Windows partition by mistake. If you followed our recommendation, you should skip Step 7 of this article.
Step 1. On your Windows machine, launch the Start menu and search for Disk Management application then open it.
Step 2. Select the needed partition.
Step 3. Right-click on the selected partition then choose to Shrink volume.
Step 4. Enter your new partition size and press the Shrink button to continue.
Step 5. After shrinking the partition successfully, you should find the new partition as allocated space.
Your system is now ready to install Fedora on the free unallocated space. At the time of writing the article, Fedora 30 is available. Therefore, you should see the screenshots of it.
Installing Fedora 30
Step 1. Insert the Fedora 30 bootable USB or CD into your machine then restart it.
Step 2. The Fedora 30 booting menu should appear after the system starts up. Now choose the Start Fedora Workstation Live 30 option then hit the Enter button.
Step 3. Fedora 30 live session should start, as you can see in the screenshot. Press the Install to Hard Drive option then hit the Enter button.
Step 4. Choose your language. Press the Continue button to complete the Fedora 30 installation.
Step 5. From the installation summary window, you can set your keyboard layout, your Fedora 30 system time and date, and the destination of the Fedora 30. Press the Installation destination to choose where to install Fedora 30.
Step 6. Select your disk to install Fedora 30 on it, then press the Done button from the top left of your screen.
Step 7. Skip this step if you have already partitioned your hard disk from Windows, as mentioned earlier in this guide.
If you have not partitioned your hard disk, then select your disk and choose the Advanced option from the storage configuration. Press the Done button to continue.
Select the partition you need to resize.
Right-click on the selected partition and choose the Resize option.
Choose your new partition size and press the Resize button to continue.
As you can see in the below screenshot, the new free space is created successfully.
Step 8. Now select your free space and press the (+) button to start creating partitions for Fedora installation.
We shall create a “/” partition only for this installation.
If you need, you can create a swap partition too.
After creating your partitions, press the Done button from the top left of your screen. A summary of the changes window should appear to you, press the Accept changes button to confirm the changes.
Step 9. Now press the Begin Installation button to continue the Fedora 30 installation.
Step 10. Applying your configurations and Fedora installation should start immediately.
Fedora 30 installation progress almost done.
Step 11. Fedora 30 should be installed successfully. Press the Quit button to continue. Then Restart your system. Do not forget to remove your bootable USB or CD when the system restarts.
Step 12. As you can see the Fedora 30 has been installed successfully alongside with Windows 7. Choose the Fedora option to complete the installation.
Step 13. Press the Next button to complete the post-installation tasks.
Step 14. Create a new Fedora 30 user, press the Next button to continue.
Step 15. Now you are ready to use Fedora 30.
Congratulations, Fedora 30 has been installed successfully in a dual boot mode with Windows operating system.