CT320: Network and System Administration

Fall 2018

Windows Installation

CT320: Windows Installation and Dual Boot

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  1. Learn how to install Windows.
  2. Learn that order is important.

Windows Installation

  1. Power up the system and press F9 to load the boot menu.
  2. Select CD drive from the menu after inserting your Windows 7 Installation Disk. Boot in “legacy” mode, not in “EFI” mode.
  3. Select English as the language, Mountain Time as the time zone and US as the keyboard.
  4. Select "Custom (advanced)" in the installation wizard and proceed.
  5. Delete all existing partitions. All of them!
  6. Let the installation proceed.
  7. After the installation completes:
    • Select "ct320-X" as the system name, where X is the system number
    • Select ct320 as your username and password
    • Select "Use recommended settings" for updates.
    • Reboot your system
  8. Observe that we cannot boot to Linux.
    • That’s because we overwrote it. It’s gone!
    • It wouldn’t have worked, anyway. Windows does not play well with others.
    • We will need to reinstall Linux.

Linux Reinstallation

  1. Boot from a Linux installation disk.
  2. There should be two NTFS partitions. The larger one is the Windows partition, the other is the Windows recovery partition.
    • Shrink the Windows partition to 50GB.
    • Mount the Windows partition as /Windows.
    • Ignore the smaller one.
  3. Use the unallocated space to create:
    • a 10GB swap partition
    • / and /home, each using half of the remaining space
  4. Set up networking, per Installation & Configuration.
  5. Set up user ct320, per Configuration.

Sharing Files from Linux to Windows

Log in to Linux, and do this command to copy a file to the Windows partition:

    sudo cp ~/.bashrc /Windows/Users/ct320/Desktop/bashrc.txt

Now, boot to Windows, log in as user ct320, and make sure that file is on the desktop.


  1. Boot to one OS.
  2. Show that OS to the TA.
  3. Demonstrate that you can reboot to the other OS.

User: Guest

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