[GTALUG] installing linux while retaining Windows 10

William Park opengeometry at yahoo.ca
Tue Jan 5 23:30:10 UTC 2016

Yeah, I got bitten by hibernation issue last week, when I was upgrading
Windows7 laptop to Windows10.  You can't mount NTFS partition when it's

Now, as for Linux install, I use SSD in slimstyle DVD slot, using $15

On Mon, Jan 04, 2016 at 04:46:55PM -0500, D. Hugh Redelmeier wrote:
> When I buy a PC, it almost always comes with Win 10 these days and I am 
> not brave enough to throw it away.  So I install Linux beside Windows.  
> For this I need to shrink the Windows partition.
> Windows is unwilling to shrink its NTFS partition to less than half
> its original size.  That's because it has placed the Master File Table
> in the middle of the partition and considers it unmovable.  There are
> third party tools that can do this but I don't want to learn about
> them or trust them.
> So use Linux to resize the partition to give Windows less than half of
> the disk.  There are a couple of tricks that you need to know.
> Windows 10, by default, uses something called Fast Startup.  That
> means that when you ask it to shut down, it only hibernates.  I think
> that that means that if you change its partition (or any of several
> other things) while it is shut down, Bad Things might happen.  I think
> that it is best turn off Fast Startup before shutting down Win 10.
> 	Settings:
> 	System:
> 	Power and Sleep:
> 	Additional Power Settings:
> 	Choose what the power buttons do:
> 	Change settings that are currently unavailable:
> 	Under Shutdown Settings, untick: Turn on fast startup (recommended)
> (I don't think that Microsoft wants you to find this.)
> Shutdown Windows 10.
> Boot your favourite Live linux (need not be what you install).
> Run gparted to resize the NTFS partition.
> SUPERSTITIOUS MODE ON /* this seems to be needed */
> 	Immediately shut down Linux.
> 	Reboot Windows (it will repair some damage caused by ntfsresize).
> 	Shut down Windows.
> Install Linux however you wish to.
> You can turn on Windows' fast startup.  But only if Linux and Windows
> share no filesystems.
> ================
> Alternative solution (unreliable report of Giles' approach):
> Before EVER booting Wind 10, install Linux.
> Win 10 first-boot process won't eat a Linux installation.
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