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I have a computer running Windows 8.1 and I would love to dual boot it with Linux. I am very new to Linux. I have run it in a virtual machine a few times before, but virtual machines are slow. I want to run it in real time with basically every resource in my computer used on Linux. I have tried installing Ubuntu but it gets confusing once I have to pick partitions for things and I do not want to erase anything from my Windows partition by accident.

Does anyone have any suggestions for someone with my experience or lack there of. I understand it is a broad question, but please help a fellow computer wanna-be enthusiast out. T

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You need to first create a separate partition to install your Linux on. Then you'll be able to pick that partition in the Linux installer, without overwriting your Windows partition(s). Also, most installers these days automatically detects any Windows installations and adds them to the list of OSes to boot from. –  user13742 Nov 13 '14 at 22:15

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