Kali Linux Dual Boot with Windows
Installing KALI alongside with Windows operating system can prove to be very useful. However, before doing this, you need to be somehow conscious during the setup process. And before starting this process first Back-Up all your important data on your windows installation in your external Hard-Disk because we will be modifying the hard drive properties. After you are done with the windows installation backup I Recommend you to go through Kali Linux Hard Disk Install which will explain you the normal procedure of basic Kali Linux installation.
In this article, we will be installing Kali Linux alongside Windows 10 OS, which is currently taking up 100% of disk space in our computer. We will start by resizing our current windows partition so that it will occupy less space and then proceed the installation of Kali Linux in the newly created empty disk partition.
Let’s start with Downloading Kali Linux from its Official Website then either burn the downloaded ISO to DVD or prepare a USB stick with Kali Linux live. And if you don’t have DVD or USB port on your computer then check out the Kali Linux network install. Ensure that you are having:
- Minimum 20GB free disk space on windows
- CD/DVD or USB boot support
Preparing for Installation
- Download Kali Linux
- Burn the Kali Linux ISO to DVD or copy Kali Linux Live to USB
- Ensure that your system is set to boot from CD/DVD or USB in the BIOS
Dual Boot Installation Process
- To start the installation, boot your system with your default installation medium. You will be greeted with the boot screen of Kali Linux, from there select ‘LIVE’ and you will be booted into Kali Linux default Desktop.
- After logging into the Live system of Kali Linux open Gparted, we will use Gparted application to shrink the existing windows partition so that we can get enough space to install our Kali Linux
3. Select your windows partition, it ususally depends from system to system. Mostly the windows partition will be the second largest partion in the partition table. Now after selecting the windows partition resize it and leave enough space (20GB Minimum) for the installation of Kali Linux.
4. Once you have resized your windows partition and make it an UNALLOCATED partition, then make sure to apply all the changes by clicking the Green arrow button on the top of Gparted windows and then exit the Gparted windows.
Kali Linux Installation Procedure
- The installation procedure after this point is the same as the installation of Kali Linux Hard Disk Install, until that point of installation where you have to choose “Guided- use the largest continuous free space”, that we have created using the Gparted.
2. Once you are finished with the Installation Process of Kali Linux then Reboot your system, you should be greeted with Grub Boot Menu, which will allow you to either boot into Kali Linux or Windows Operating System from there.
Now that you have completed the dual boot installation of Kali Linux with Windows, you need to customize your Kali Linux system little bit. Go to the Kali Linux General Use section of official website of Kali Linux, where you will find lots of tips and tricks about how to get most out of your Kali System.