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How to dual-boot Elementary OS Juno with Windows 10

Interested in using the new Elementary OS Juno and want to set it up to dual-boot with Windows 10? If so, this is the tutorial for you! Here’s how to set up Elementary OS to dual-boot with Microsoft Windows 10.

Requirements

To be able to successfully dual-boot Elementary OS Juno and Windows 10, you’ll need to meet the requirements in the list below.

  1. Windows 10 must already be set up and installed on the hard drive you plan to dual-boot with Elementary OS Juno. If it’s not, go through the process of installing it before following this guide.
  2. A USB Flash drive of at least 2GB in size is required to make a bootable installation disk for Elementary OS Juno.
  3. Your Linux PC must have a hard drive with at least 30GB space available for Juno to install itself on.
  4. Your Linux PC must have at least 2GB of RAM and a reasonably powerful CPU.

Assuming you’ve met the requirements necessary to install Elementary OS alongside Windows 10, continue to the next section of the guide.

Download Juno

To download Elementary OS Juno, head over to the Elementary OS official website. Once the page is loaded, you’ll see a “Pay What You Want” window, followed by several pricing options. If you’d like to give a tip to the Elementary OS devs, select one of the prices. If not, enter “$0” to reveal the download link for free.

Once you’ve chosen a price for Juno, a download link will appear. Click on “Download” to instantly start downloading the ISO release through the browser. Or, if you prefer to download via Torrent, select the “U” icon.

When the Elementary OS Juno ISO file is done downloading to your Linux PC, move on to the next section of the guide.

Juno USB bootable disk

Installing Elementary OS Juno on a modern computer requires a bootable USB disk. Thankfully, in 2019, it’s very easy to create a bootable installation disk on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

The first step in creating a bootable Juno USB stick is to download the Etcher image burning tool. Head over to their website and download it on your Windows 10 install, a spare Linux PC or spare Mac.

Once the Etcher image burning tool is done downloading, install it, and open it. Then, plug in your USB flash drive into the USB port.

With the app open, find the blue “Select image” button and click it with the mouse to open up the file browser. Then, use the browser window to navigate to the Elementary OS Juno ISO file in “Downloads” to add it to Etcher.

After adding in the Juno ISO file in the Etcher app, click the “Select drive” button and use the menu that appears to choose the USB flash drive on your PC that was plugged in earlier.

When everything is set in Etcher, click the “Flash!” button to burn Elementary OS Juno to your flash drive.

Install Juno

The process of installing Elementary OS Juno starts by rebooting the PC you plan to install on into the BIOS. Then, once you have access to the BIOS, configure it to boot from USB.

After you’ve configured the system to boot from USB, plug in your Elementary OS USB stick into a port and let it load up into the Elementary OS installer. Then, click on the “Install elementary” button to begin.

Clicking the “Install elementary” button will take you to a “Keyboard layout” page. Using the UI, choose the keyboard layout that best fits your needs. When done, click “Continue” to move on.

On the next page of the installer, select the check-box next to “Install third-party software for graphics and Wi-Fi hardware and additional media formats,” if you require special drivers. Click “Continue” when done.

After the drivers page, you’ll see the “Installation type” page. Check the box that says “Install elementary alongside Windows 10” and click “Continue” to move to the next page.

Using the UI on screen, configure how much space you’d like to give to Windows 10 and Elementary OS. Then, click “Install Now” to continue.

Following the “Install Now” page, you’ll be asked to choose your time-zone. Using the map, click where you live. Then, select “Continue” to move on through to the next page in the installer.

Once you’ve gotten past the time zone page, the Elementary OS installer will ask that you create a new user. Using the on-screen UI, fill out your full name, the name of your PC, desired username, and password. Be sure to also check the box that says “Log in automatically” if you wish to enable auto-login.

With your user information set up in the installer, Elementary OS will continue to install itself. When it’s done, a message on-screen will appear which says the installation is done.

Reboot your PC and you’ll be able to access Elementary OS or Windows 10 in the boot menu!

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