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How to dual boot Windows 10 and Garuda Linux in 2022?

In previous blog we talked about Garuda Linux and its advantages, now we will learn how to install Garuda Linux in your PC (or how to dual boot Linux and Windows so that you can keep both of your operating systems in the same PC without deleting any one).

Before installing Garuda Linux, make sure you have-

  • 30 GB or more storage space

  • 4 GB RAM

  • Video card with OpenGL 3.3 or better

  • 64-bit system

1. First go to https://garudalinux.org/downloads.html and download any of the desktop environments (we recommend KDE Dr460nized)

2. Now download ventoy to make a bootable usb drive- https://ventoy.net/en/download.html

3. After that install ventoy into your USB drive by clicking on the Ventoy2disk icon.

4. Now simply copy and paste the Garuda ISO into your USB to make it a bootable drive.

5. This step is not required but you can do it for safety. Since we are using Ventoy, so we can make a multiboot USB and install many ISOs in it. We recommend the beginners to keep a Windows 10 ISO in the drive so that if anything goes wrong during Linux installation you can fix the boot menu with windows 10 ISO.

How to install Garuda Linux?

  • You can create a backup of your system before beginning but it is not required.

  • Now go to disk management (type in the search bar) and chose a drive from which you want to shrink space. Give at least 50 GB of space to be unallocated. After getting the unallocated space close the program.

  • Make sure you have your USB drive plugged in and then restart the computer

  • To get into the boot menu press keys which are specified by the manufacturers. For Dell it is F12 and for H.P. its F2.

  • After getting into the boot menu chose your USB drive to boot into Garuda Linux installer

  • You will get a screen like this. Now chose the option which says boot allowing proprietary drivers.

  • Now you can install Garuda Linux by clicking on Install button

  • Chose your time zone, keyboard format, language etc

  • After that chose the Manual Partitioning if you want to dual boot or Erase disk if you want to install Garuda Linux and remove Windows 10

  • We will chose Manual Partitioning

  • In manual partitioning select the disk which we created earlier (50 GB), it will show as free space in grey colour.

  • Now select the free space and chose the create option

  • First we will create the boot loader. Allocate 512 MB to boot menu with the mount point as /boot/efi and select the file system as fat32. assign it a boot tag.

  • After that swap. Allocate at least twice the size of your ram to it (if you have 4 GB ram then assign 8 GB to swap). Select the file system as linuxswap.

  • Now create the root which will contain all the files of Linux and your working environment. Allocate rest of the space to root. Chose "/" as your mount point (without quotes and select the btrfs file system

  • After completing the steps you will get to check all the settings once more after that now you can make your ID and password and now you're ready to install Garuda in your PC

You can now customize your freshly installed Garuda Linux and make it your own. We will talk about how to customize and apply different settings to Garuda in next blog.

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