Installing Windows and Linux on a New System

Windows is designed to be the primary operating system on your computer and isn't all that smart about alternate scenarios. If you have a new machine and want to install both Windows and SUSE, you should always install Windows first.

Different versions of Microsoft Windows interact with the disks in a system differently:

■ Windows Me systems do not provide the opportunity to partition the disk during installation, but simply format it all as a single large partition in Windows FAT32 (a 32-bit version of the Windows file allocation table — FAT — filesystem) format.

■ Windows NT, 2000, and XP systems enable you to partition the disk during installation. When installing Windows, you can simply leave unallocated space on the disk after allocating sufficient space for your Windows installation.

After installing any of these versions of Windows, you can follow the instructions in the next section, "Installing Linux on an Existing Windows System,'' to install SUSE. If your entire disk is currently dedicated to a Windows partition, the SUSE installer will automatically offer to shrink the size of your existing Windows partition and will use the space that it has reclaimed to install SUSE Linux. If you were able to leave space unallocated when installing Windows NT or 2000, 2003, XP, or Vista, the SUSE installer will offer to partition the unallocated space and install SUSE Linux there.

r ■ rj The BIOS used by some older systems cannot directly address more than 1,024

-■.■v..■¿•CV-.wcylinders (528 MB) of disk space. If you have one of these systems, the partition containing the Linux kernel — either / or a separate partition mounted as /boot — must be located within the first 528 MB of the disk. When the kernel is loaded, the Linux disk drivers can address disks of essentially any size, but your BIOS must be able to find and load the kernel in order for that to occur.

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