If you are an IT professional, it might be necessary for you to have both Linux and Windows operating system platforms installed on the same system. However, you are not likely to find any Windows 7 help from Microsoft to facilitate this, for obvious reasons. But, there are a number of ways, in which you can install another OS platform like Linux on a Windows 7 system without uninstalling the Windows OS.
Install Linux using Virtualisation software
This is one of the easiest methods for installing another OS on the same Windows system. You need to first install a virtualization software application like Oracle VM VirtualBox on your Windows 7 system. This way, you can create a virtual machine or drive in your system.
You can then install another OS, whether it is Windows or Linux, in the Virtual machine. This Linux OS Virtual Machine can be launched like one of the applications you have in your Windows 7 system and you can run all Linux-based applications within this virtual machine without facing any OS compatibility problems or issues.
Setting up a Dual Boot system
Another option is to set up a Dual Boot system. This means that whenever you start the system, you will see a Boot menu with the two OS options, Linux and Windows 7. You can move from one OS to the other by simply restarting the system.
This can be set up easily. The installation wizard for the Linux OS will recognise the Windows 7 OS already installed in the system and will ask you choose between a Dual Boot installation and a Linux only installation. You just need to choose the right option and follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.
Run Linux from a USB stick
Yet another option is to create a bootable Linux USB stick. We are not talking about installing Linux from USB drive, but actually running the Linux OS from a USB flash drive, whenever you want. There are software applications available online, which you can use to create such a Linux USB stick. However, keep in mind that the OS performance will take a backseat when you are running an OS from the USB stick, instead of installing it in the hard drive.
These are the options available for installing Linux in a Windows system. Contact our tech support personnel, if you need any Windows 7 help with the installation.