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How to Install Dual Boot Windows and Kali Linux?

Installing a dual boot windows and Kali Linux operating system beside each other in a PC is not appealing much for Windows. But you must do it carefully, maybe you will lose all your hard disk data and information.

To do a dual boot windows and Kali Linux you must have a Kali Linux DVD or a Bootable USB flash drive. In order to create a boot-able USB read the article how to create a Kali Linux  Bootable USB. This will help you simply download Kali Linux and create a boot able USB flash. Next prepare your system hard disk to host a Linux by shrinking the existing drive or use empty ones.

Disk Management - Prepare Hard disk
Disk Management – Prepare Hard disk

So everything is ready to boot your system with Kali boot-able USB and see the bellow screen.

Select Install
Select Install

Now select install and press enter to start installation of Kali.

Kali Linux Lanaguage
Kali Linux Lanaguage

Select the language and press enter. You can leave it by default as well but better to set you specific location.

Select your location
Select your location

In this page select the keyboard you want and press enter.

Select your keyboard
Select your keyboard

In the configure the network page, set a host name for Kali Linux or leave it by default kali and press enter.

Configure the network
Configure the network

Next page in domain name don’t type anything, leave empty and press enter.

Type Domain name
Type Domain name

For set up users and passwords, set a password for root user and press enter.

Set up users and passwords
Set up users and passwords

Just retype the password again and press enter.

Retype the password
Retype the password

In configure the clock page, select the location for system time.

Configure the clock
Configure the clock

In the Partition disks page select Guided – use the largest continuous free space and press enter

Partition disks
Partition disks

Be careful!. Don’t select entire disk options, these will remove all your hard disk data and recreate the partitions for Linux.

If the Guided – use the largest continuous free space doesn’t work or you faced with some installation error issue, select Manual and create the partitions manually.

Now select Separate /home partition and press enter.This will create tow partition, one for system files another for users profile.

Separate home partition
Separate home partition

Finally select Finish partitioning and write changes to disk and press enter.

Finish partitioning
Finish partitioning

Select Yes by Tab button to accept bring changes to hard disk and press enter.

Write the changes to disks
Write the changes to disks

Now partitions has been created and system will install the Kali Linux.

Copying data to disk
Copying data to disk

It takes time to install but don’t do anything. Let the installation process complete successfully.

When ask you to Configure the package manager select No and press enter.

Configure the packeage manager
Configure the packeage manager

In the Install the boot loader on a hard disk page select Yes and press enter.

Install the GRUB boot loader
Install the GRUB boot loader

Now in the Finish the installation page select Continue and press enter.

Finish the installation
Finish the installation

Finally the installation has finished successfully, you can log in with root user.

Log in Page
Log in Page

Welcome to Kali Linux.

Welcom to Kali Linux
Welcom to Kali Linux

When you restart your PC, you will see the Linux boot manager with windows boot option.

Windows and Kali Linux dual boot
Windows and Kali Linux dual boot

Hope, it can help you to learn more.

I have install it very easy and simple, but for new Linux users it is difficult to install and run a Linux for the first time. Specially when you are using the tools of Hackers like Kali Linux or Back track.

If you want to start Linux, the best Linux Operating System for starter is Ubuntu Desktop. It’s much better and easy with graphical interface. The repository  or software center of Ubuntu is rich and have all Windows alternative software. It’s hard to migrate completely from Windows to Linux but easy to learn and use both of them.

11 Comments
  1. RazaSarwari says

    Hi Sir, when I boot kali Linux for installation but my keys are stopped working I cant select any options cant enter cant up and down.. so now what should I do?

    1. Shais says

      I think it’s the problems of your system.
      Use VMWare or Virtual Box instead.

  2. RazaSarwari says

    Brother I didn’t find VMware or Virtual box instead… so what should I do now?

    1. Shais says

      Download VMWare workstation for Windows form here https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=WKST-1100-WIN&productId=462&rPId=7174
      This is the trial version but you can find the register key from internet. If you can’t, just tell me.

  3. Maisum says

    and should I the shrinking part leave unlocated?

    1. Shais says

      Yes you can.
      later you must use this space for Kali linux.
      Be careful, don’t format the wrong partition.

  4. zabehullah says

    in the desktop it can’t Instal why

    1. Shais says

      Hi Zabehullah,

      What is the problem? Can you clearly define, what step you can’t continue?

  5. nowroz ali says

    tnx sir for sharing this helpful article, I have installed Kali Linux successfully once again tnx alot

    1. Shais says

      Your welcome dear Nowroz Ali.
      Thanks for appreciation.

  6. faiz orz says

    thanks sir it was so help full.

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