Installing Linux on a Windows System

1. Back up your Windows programs and dataIf you make a mistake when you install Linux on Windows you can loose all your Windows programs and data! Also, if you install Linux and then remove it later, you may not be able to boot into Windows. Some people have run dual boot Linux systems without loosing programs and data, but it's good to know this downside. It's extra incentive to do a backup. Doing a backup is like buying insurance. If you don't need it, fine. But if you do, you'll be very glad you took this extra step. 2. Get Linux on CD or DVDSelect a Linux distribution (a.k.a. distro) and either download it and burn it to disk or buy it and have it delivered. Linux Tip: To get Linux delivered, just do an Internet search for "linux cd" and you can have it mailed to you anywhere in the world for a very small fee. 3. Create empty unpartitioned disk space for LinuxMake sure your system has enough empty unpartitioned disk space for Linux.