Dual Booting Fedora and Windows 11

In the past, I dualbooted Linux Mint and Windows 11, however, I’ve seen some in the past say that dualbooting Linux and Windows potentially could lead to issues.

For example, there was one person that said that the Windows Bootloader can sometimes break a Linux install if dualbooting.

I’m curious if this is true and if dualbooting is a solid option.

Dualbooting is a solid option. Just install Windows first and then Linux, and take out or power off all other drives before both installations, 'cause Windows can sometimes install boot and system partitions on different drives :roll_eyes:
AFAIK, Linux distros are very careful with partitioning during installations so they don’t break other installed systems, unless you explicitly allow them to wipe the whole drive before partitioning.


In my experience dual-booting will often lead to issues, often they are solvable issues, or preventable issues if you are knowledgeable about how the two OSes, but still, the likelihood of running into issues dual-booting is a lot higher than a single boot setup.

The one exception to this (and the only way I’m willing to dual-boot these days) is if you install each OS on its own separate physical drive. In essence with this setup is not exactly dual booting, it is more like single boot x2, the OS’s and their bootloaders stay separate, anything you do with one won’t affect the other. For me, this is the best, most resilient and reliable compromise if I need multi-boot.

If you can tolerate the performance loss, a Fedora-only system with a Windows VM is a better set up. Specially if you can run the VM without network.

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What is your advice on dualbooting windows 11 and fedora on a laptop?
That laptop only has 1 SSD inside.
Is it risky to install both OS on the same drive? If so why?

What is your advice on dualbooting windows 11 and fedora on a laptop?

  1. I don’t have any specific guidance except that you should do your research ahead of time, read a few guides/tutorials, pick a good well written guide, and follow it.
  2. Backup your system,
  3. And learn the recovery steps if one or the other OS won’t boot properly.

Is it risky to install both OS on the same drive?

‘Risky’ might be a stronger word than I would choose. I would say its more “Fragile” and complicated. But yeah, you do significantly increase the likelihood of experiencing issues when you dual boot as a new user. Its not like dualbooting inevitably leads to issues 100% of the time, but in my experience when you do experience boot issues, more often than not, its been related to dualbooting Windows.

If so, why?

Complexity. In some ways its like the ‘too many cooks in the kitchen’ problem except in the case of operating systems the cooks don’t talk with one another. At best (Linux) they can make informed assumptions about how the other OS will probably behave and try not to step on its toes, at worst (Windows) it will be totally oblivious and indifferent to the other OS. If these OSes are on totally separate disks, its not an issue, but when they share a single drive, you can run into complications from one OS or the other making changes to aspects of the boot process that affect or

That said, plenty of people dual boot, and do it successfully (or put up with the problems and learn how to fix/troubleshoot them). I personally found that my desire for stability and simplicity outweighed my need for anything Windows related, so I no longer dual boot. If you

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