I recently moved to Microsoft's Windows 10 because of some apps that wine wouldn't run. I consider myself a fairly knowledgeable Gnu/Linux user. I am trying to set up a dual-boot with windows 10 and solus. These are the steps I followed:
- I shrank the C:\ partition of the drive, to allow space for Gnu/Linux. (The new partition had 160 gigs).
- I created a bootable Solus USB with balenaEtcher.
- I restarted my computer, pressed f2 to enter the BIOS, and selected the USB as the first boot option. I applied these settings and the computer automatically restarted and booted into the live Solus.
- I went into the KDEPartition Manager, and formatted the 160gb partition into ext4.
- I applied this, restarted the computer, and started the Installation Manager
- Upon reaching the "Where should we install?" menu, I selected the "custom" option.
- I selected my 160gb volume to be the "/". This may be wrong. I have never installed using the custom menu. I might have need to choose this to be "/home", but no tutorials mentioned this. Also, the 160gb volume showed up as 170gb.
- I spammed through the rest of the options, such as username/passwd.
- I restarted the computer, removing the USB.
- The computer booted into Windows 10.
- I though it might be a boot order issue, so I checked the BIOS. There was no Gnu/Linux option. There were 3 Windows options, but that is the way my computer has been for a while, even when using Gnu/Linux. nevertheless, I tried each of them, but all of them predictably booted into Windows.
- I got a new installation USB with a new iso and tried steps 2-9 again. 10 and 11 were the results, again.
- I entered Windows' partition manager to see what's what, and windows had replaced that new partition with the drive letter D:\
I am not sure why this is doing this. I am on a Dell Precision Tower 3420, which originally had Windows 10 pre-installed. The default barracuda HHD was too slow, so i used a 120gb SSD with Ubuntu instead. I bought a 500gb m.2 SSD and transfered the old SSD to the m.2. I needed Windows, so I cloned the original HHD to the m.2, wiping Gnu/Linux. Then I tried the aforementioned steps. I do not want to use a VM, so please do not include answers involving that. Much thanks in advance!