Another great article from the folks at HowtoGeek.com. The article mentions Win8 but also applies to Win7.
If you’re a serious operating system geek, you might want to test out both Windows 8 and Linux Mint. Here’s how to get the best of both by dual-booting Linux Mint with your Windows 8 installation.
Before we start there is a couple of things that you are going to need:
- 10GB of free space on your drive
- The Linux Mint DVD, from here (x86) or here (x64), burnt to a DVD.
- About 30 Minutes of free time
The DVD should automatically boot into its Live mode, however if you bump a key and are prompted simply choose to start it.
You will need to reboot your PC when the installation is finished, as you can see we can now easily choose our OS at startup.
Your default OS will now be Linux Mint, but you always have the choice of switching back to Windows 8 from the Grub boot menu at any time.