Not a terribly unique post, but while going through this little exercise didn’t find many complete how-to’s. This post assumes you have Windows 10 already installed and want to install Linux Mint (or another Linux distro) as a dual boot setup.

  1. Start by downloading an updated version of the latest Linux Mint distro iso. I picked Mint due to the lack of needing to fiddle with things (been there, done that, just wanted a distro to install and have work)
  2. I used a usb to install Mint. That required burning the downloaded iso to a usb drive, which I was doing on windows. blood vessel makes it pretty easy to create bootable usb drives. Few things to note:
    1. Determine what type of partition scheme you have, How-To Geek has a short but easy guide on how to do that.
    2. Outside of the below highlighted things, the Rufus defaults should be fine. Hit start!
  3. A couple items need to be taken care of on the windows boot side of the…boot?
    1. Disable fast boot. It can cause you much grief – In the control panel find “Power Options” -> click “Choose what the power buttons do” -> click “change settings that are currently unavailable” -> in shutdown settings uncheck “fast startup”
    2. If you have issues when trying to boot to your bootable usb, try changing the bios boot order and have “CD or DVD” in the first slot
  4. Time to boot to your now bootable usb drive
    1. Insert usb and restart machine (or in some order that the usb is inserting before your machine starts up (read the below step before starting)
    2. When your computer is starting up wait for the first screen to pop up, look for something that says “Press F[*] to choose boot device” or something similar and hit the instructed key
    3. Once booted to the usb device there should be a few options like “Install linux mint” or “try linux mint”. You can choose either of those options. If you open up linux mint, you’ll just need to hit the install shortcut on the desktop when you’ve decided this is the route you’d like to go
  5. When going through the install you’ll eventually get to the below screen

    1. Now you have a choice to make depend on how devil may care you’re feeling (not really that dramatic). There is the easy and from what I can tell perfectly fine option of selecting “Install linux mint alongside windows…”. If going that route follow the installation to completion and you’re basically done – skip additional sub-step below. If you would like to manually create the parition select “Something else”
      1. This is a great guide on manually creating partitions
  6. After finishing the installation, when the computer reboots be sure to remove the usb drive (otherwise it may boot to the usb again and that could be confusing). You should see the grub screen upon restart and be able to either choose your windows or newly minted Linux Mint partition!