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I have a 64-bit Windows 7 install as the only partition on a 1 TB HDD, with about 350 GB free. I would like to install Fedora 17 as a dual-boot option on this system and give it about 100 GB to play with.

If in the Fedora install utility I choose to shrink the Windows 7 partition by 100 GB to give it space, will that cause me to lose my existing Windows 7 data? And how do I go about setting up dual-boot (with Windows 7 as the default)?

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If in the Fedora install utility I choose to shrink the Windows 7 partition by 100 GB to give it space, will that cause me to lose my existing Windows 7 data?

Generally, no. However, you should always have a backup of your data so that you can restore it incase something goes wrong.

And how do I go about setting up dual-boot (with Windows 7 as the default)?

Just follow the install Wizard, there's nothing special to be done to set up dual boot.

  • Thank you! I got it working with a relatively small amount of fuss and am looking forward to learning my way around Fedora. I haven't worked with any *nix in nearly 20 years so I expect a few things have changed... :) – Moose4 Jun 17 '12 at 13:34
  • @Moose4 cheers. Do ask any questions that you might have over here in Super User. – Sathyajith Bhat Jun 17 '12 at 16:43

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