How to Install Linux Mint 18 with Windows 10 | Dual Boot Linux and Windows [Easy Way]

Want to use Linux but cannot get rid of
Windows? You can install both Linux and
Windows together in one system. This is called the dual booting and I’m going to show you how to dual boot
Linux Mint with Windows 10. Let’s go! This is one of the most requested
videos on It’s FOSS. Let’s first get Linux Mint ISO. Just head over to Linux Mint website and
go to its download section. You will see plenty of versions here. We will take the default desktop environment which is Cinnamon. I’m using 64-bit, so I’ll be downloading 64-bit ISO. There’s option for torrent
and there’s option for direct download There are many mirrors. You
can use any of them. Preferably something which is closer to your country. Download the ISO. It will take 2 to 20 minutes, depending on your internet speed. We will be using Universal USB installer. Google for it and go to its web site. This is a tiny software that helps you create a live USB from the ISO, you just downloaded. Download the exe file. You now have both the ISO and the software to burn the ISO to the USB. Plug in your USB now. Run Universal USB installer. Agree to the software terms and conditions. Select the distribution. In our case,
this is Linux Mint. Browse over to the ISO, which is usually
in your download section. And then, select the the USB Drive. Select FAT32 format for formatting the USB drive. Don’t need to put any persistent
size. It’s better to not do that. And then, just click on yes. It will take a few minutes for Universal USB installer to burn the ISO image onto the USB. This is the first part of the 4-5 part of
installing Linux Mint with Windows 10 The second part of the dual boot is to look for disk management system. Just search for partition and then you’ll
have the disk management system. Next up, we will make some free space for a new partition where we will be installing Linux. My C Drive has 220 GB an d I’m going to shrink it to 100-110 GB for Linux and the rest for for Windows. Windows suggests me to use 106
GB of free space so I’m just going to do just that. Any size is good size. It purely depends on how much free space you have. For Linux, you can use anything from 20 GB to 100, 200, 500GB. It depends on how much space you
have got. In my case, I will be using 100 GB which is sufficient for my use. It has created 100 GB of free space
and 120GB will be utilized by windows. We now have a new partition where we will be installing our Linux system. Restart your system and press F10 or F12 to go into the boot menu. when you see your computer logo on the screen, press F12 or F10 or F2 it depends really on your system In my case, it’s F12 to enter boot menu. Your USB should have been plugged in by now. Click on the option to boot from the USB. Go into the live session. This live
session is not actually doing anything, it’s just that you can use Linux in a
live session straight from USB and when you unplug the USB your system will be
like untouched. Note: We we’ll be using the same session to actually install Linux Mint. Doubleclick on the option to Install Linux Mint on the screen. Enter a few required parameters. I don’t prefer installing third-party software and I would recommend you the same. The important part here is to click on ‘Something Else’. This is my preferred way of installation. This method is also quite recommended because if you install it with Windows boot manager, it will try to install in the same directory where
you have Windows installed already. We’ll be using the new partitions which we created for this purpose. Click on ‘Something else’ and then on continue. This is another important part of the installation. Look for the free space you had made in the previous step. Which was like 110-111GB for me. Windows has 126 GB and Linux Mint has free space of 111 GB free. Click on the plus sign here,
to create some partition in it. In here, we will be creating a root partition and since I have 100 GB, I will allocate 20 GB. The recommended size is 6 GB but I would suggest you to keep it anything above 10 or 15GB. Next up, is Swap partition. It’s quite debatable what should be the swap size. The safe practice is, if you have more than 4 GB, just keep half of the RAM size as swap. You are not obliged to use swap size if you are running out of space You can allocate to rest to home. This is where you will be you have all your files stored. Like documents, download and other stuff. Just click on ‘Install now’. It will warn you that you will be
creating some new partition, click on continue. You have done the tough part.
Now it’s just click and play. I am already connected to internet
so it will know my location and everything. I’m going to select the English keyboard and options the suit me. Choose any username you want, create a password. Don’t go for log in automatically. I don’t prefer encryption because it might
actually create an issue if you forget your password. Then, you’ll be losing all your disk and that’s not a good situation to be in. It’s a security feature but it might harm you, if you’re not going to use your Linux partition that frequently. Altogether, and the process now will take 2-3 minutes. Whereas the windows 10 update takes like 15-20 minutes. Restart your system now. I will switch the camera view so that you can see the boot process. We have installed Linux Mint, we have just
dual-booted it. So, let’s see how exactly the grub boot menu looks now. If you look close enough, on the next start, you will see a number of option on the screen. It would show Linux Mint and then, advanced option, and then Windows boot
manager. The Windows boot manager is the option to go into Windows 10. The first and the default option is Linux Mint 18. If you don’t choose anything by
default it will go to Linux Mint. If have to go to Windows you choose
Windows boot manager. And there you have it! Two operating system in
one machine! Enter your password and log in to
Linux Mint. I’ll do another tutorial on how to use Linux Mint, a getting started guide with Linux sorts. We are nearing the end of our tutorial If you found this video useful, do give it a thumbs up It means and helps us a lot. It motivates us to create more more Linux
videos. We have selected Windows boot manager
and now we are logging in to Windows. There you have it. Linux and windows together. It’s nice, isn’t it? Do subscribe to our channel and give this video
a thumbs up! Stay tuned for more Linux tutorials! Signing off now, bye bye!


  • I can never boot. Tried all kinds of things, but I wonder if its simply not compatible with my system.

  • Thanks! You helped me with installation of Linux Mint 19.1. I was stuck at partition manager.

  • 6:30 – How about the boot loader application? I have an SSD and an HDD. I have created the partitions from the HDD and it selects me the SSD. Should I change it? Please help.

  • GREAT VIDEO! I rarely leave youtube comments but this tutorial deserves it. Made the process so easy and fast, thank you!!

  • Every time I do a dual boot with Windows and Linux it keeps screwing around with my computers clock and I have to keep reseting the time

  • Thank you

  • My new laptop crashed after installing and pressing Restart Now. Other than that it works fine!

  • I tried with same method, but now my windows is not there…Linux mint is getting loaded directly

  • There I was, trying to instal Linux Mint Mate as my first Linux installation ever and I was banging my head around the partitioning thingy. Then I watched this video and you, my now new good friend Foss, are the only person on YouTube who walked us through it and explained it in an easy to understand way. It was simple to do, but without your expert help, I was a lost babe in the woods. Thank you very much indeed Foss. Its blindly fast too. Cheers & subscribed.

  • The problem I am having is that I need to update my chipset and other drivers on a Precision T3610 Workstation, with Windows 10 but I am currently running Linux Mint 19.1 only. I don't think there is a way to update the chipset without Windows installed. I updated the Bios with a USB stick, but I don't think that's possible with chipset and sound drivers. I was going to do a windows linux dual boot instead.

  • great tutorial! this saved me a lot of time 🙂 keep up the good work!

  • please help. linux it stoped working . it said that I need more space. how do I do this. (adding more space)

  • will this work even if my SSD is GPT and bios is set to UEFI only? won't i be needing an ESP partition to install the bootloader as well?

  • It freezed during installation:(

  • I thought i had to install linux first then win

  • finally a proper tutorial
    love it

  • I'm building a new PC (1st time build). My new computer (Asrock 470X SLI with Ryzen 7 2700 CPU) will have 2 hard drives: A 1 terabyte Samsung 970 EVO SSD (m.2) & a 6 terabyte Western Digital 7200 SATA drive. Will the dual-boot work OK with Windows 10 on the SSD and Linux Mint on the SATA drive? Any insights are greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  • Please advise: I just downloaded linux mint today (19.1) and when I set up the partition during the install, there isn't an option for the "swap" in the drop down menu. What should I do?

  • Have used this tutorial before to load an earlier version of mint with no problem? But after Several attempts to install LInux mint 19.1 I have had no luck . The best I got was initially getting grub menu with Linux and Windows options but then after restart it will only load Windows . Even when I disable secure boot. This seems to be a common problem for people. Anyone found a way to deal with this?

  • Great man! Thank you from Ukraine))!

  • Watched this on itsfoss. Did the effort to come here and give a like! It's extremely helpful. Thank you!!!!!

  • An error occured

  • awesome.. going to install linux❤️

  • I just followed the steps and was able to install Mint. But now, I don't find any option to switch to windows 10. How can I restore the partitions and move to Windows 10 as before ?

  • Universal USB Installer is not working on my old bios, the alternative is rufus which is working.

  • Khub bhalo laglo. Thanks.

  • Can I use rufus?

  • someone help me pls !!!
    its giving me message to create 1MB partition for bios grub. What should I do ? And which directory should i choose for "Device for bootloader installation" ?

  • will this work on win10(uefi) and linux mint 19.1 ?

  • Great video, and worked perfectly. Question though, I now would like to remove Linux to get the HDD storage back for windows. Is it safe to use windows disk management to remove the three disk partitions created? I do not wish to preserve any data on those three partitions, but I do not want anything to happen to the primary Windows portion. I can share screenshots if it helps.

  • Awesome video man. Thank you so much

  • Thanks, but when I restarted after mint was installed , it showed that it failed to repair my pc, and now I couldn't even log in Win10

  • Simple instructions, do this do this some theroy in everyday terms.
    Thank you very much. You made a very good vid Tky!

  • Asus R510JX …boot menu option showing only "windows boot manager" …please help

  • I couldn't get to the boot option so I went to recovery and did an advanced restart so I could get to the linux. I haven't downloaded it to the partition yet in fear of losing windows. Looking towards your response if it's ok to continue. p.s, you fucking rock dude, excellent tutorial

  • Thank you!!

  • The video is great and very descriptive. Only thing I would recommend is to allocate more memory to the root partition("/"). This is for the people who would mainly use Linux instead of Windows. My root partition got ran out of space in 2 days and I was not able to install/update apps. I would recommend allocating half the space of original Linux partition or at least 50GB for the root.

  • Thank you very much YOU The best

  • Why did you leave the root partition Primary when in your Ubuntu video you recommended Logical?

  • Pro tip, hold down SHIFT on either side of the keyboard before you press restart and keep holding it down until the computer restarts. 100% works in windows 10 when logged into the computer or even at the windows sign in screen if you click the little restart circle in the bottom right corner before you sign in to windows. This is how i have to get into the boot menu because my computer is too fast to press f12 during start up. I know, 2019 first world problems.

  • Thank you!

  • i followed every step and installed but linux doesn't show up it just boots to windows …any ideas?

  • thanks for the video man. i have a question. i have win 10 and free disc space of 450 gb. i choose the shring but it gives me only 38 gb of shrimgage space. why?

  • my laptop always boot windows, I have hp elitebook 8460p

  • The USB installer doesn't work. All of the input fields are greyed-out. I can only select the distro and nothing else. What gives?

  • I have BIOS instead of UEFI, installed linux correctly but grub loader doesn't appear at startup, directly windows start.

  • cool

  • Just how long is the boot from the live USB supposed to take? I think the process freezes on my computer at the load screen (5:25 in the video), but I can’t tell if it’s still running?

  • Good instructions…thank you!

  • When i create my root partition it automatically show my free space as "unusable" and i cant create anything after that. Any idea what may be the problem ?

  • That was straight to the point, very helpful. Thank you 🙂

  • It doesn't work when i restart my pc. i boot it with the usb and linux but it just comes up with a black screen and lists lots of errors and failed attempts. do you know what the problem could be?

  • Awesome.. very good refresher for me.. thank you

  • Thanks bro

  • what happens to the pen drive agter the process is done can we use again pen drive for file transfer?

  • I keep getting a black screen when trying to boot Linux without any error lines. Am I doing something wrong? Anyone who can help?

  • I created free space but it shows it as unusable space. Any solution?

  • Thank you , very helpful

  • Thanks mate , helped me a lot … After seeing many others I felt this was the best among all of them

  • Thanks Man, first time dual booting Linux with Windows. Helps a lot.

  • Thanks bro it's working

  • Thanks bro it's working

  • This was first time installing linux… Thanks for all the detailed steps… 😁😁😁

  • Thanks. It was just what I was looking for.

  • You have done a very good job, thanks 😌

  • Superb vdo 🔥

  • GNU GRUB cmd is opening , what should i do?

  • Just installed Linux for the first time using this video tutorial!.
    It went flawless. Thanks bro ❤️

  • Did exactly as mentioned,but after clicking on restart it boots into windows..and also theres no option for grub it boot order??

  • Hey bro, this worked perfectly, but as I created all partition, these are not visible in Windows, I want /home partition to be visible from linux and windows both.

    C:/ windows
    Swap area
    / for mint installation.

    And /home common partition for both windows and linux

  • Cool

  • The background music is annoying af. It's clashing with your own voice. Lower the background music so that it doesn't overlap with your own voice.

  • You speak better than most of the youtubers of your language, they are terrible. Goos job there.

  • You didn't talk about 'Device for Boot loader' I don't know if this is where I'm going wrong, but my installs are never installing grub to allow the dual boot menu

  • the grub-efi-amd64-signed package failed to install into /target/ without the grub boot loader, the installed system will not boot its showing me this error?

  • YOu are amazing

  • After creating a 20 GB root partition, all the remaining free space went to unusable state and I'm not able to create the other home and swap. What to do.

  • would this work for debian too?

  • outstanding tutorial!

  • you have earned a subscriber. thanks!!!!

  • Really nice explanation
    Thanks a lot✌️✌️

  • How can I access the files from windows 10 on Linux mint?

  • ** I'm unable to use WiFi!! Please help me!!

  • If you already got the iso file, skip to: 1:10
    If you already formatted your USB, skip to 3:06
    If you already partitioned your Harddrive, skip to: 4:31
    If you booted into your USB OS already: 5:25
    If you created the new partitions skip to: 8:13

  • How to uninstall linux mint from dual boot windows 7?

  • It’s FOSS – LINUX Blog: I have followed your instructions and I’m stuck at partition. After I set up the boot and Swap area (7:55 sec in the video), my remaining data says unusable rather than free space and then the + sign is greyed out. I cannot set the remaining partition as Home. I’m not able to figure this out. Any help would be appreciated!!

  • It all worked. Thanks

  • I'm curious, the Linux Mint official installation guide only specifies 2 partitions – root @ 100gb+ and swap = available memory, whereas you separate the root partition and home partition into 2 separate partitions – why? Is there a benefit to doing it this way? You seem to know what you're doing, so I'd really appreciate your insight before I proceed with the installation. Thanks!

  • Hey, after allotting root partition of 6200 i got left with unusable space

  • thank you man. everything worked like a charm. kudoss !!

  • how can I setup a wifi connection on my freshly installed Linux mint ?

  • I have a problem at the end when I restart it shows vfs:busy inodes on changed media or resized disk sdb

  • I have done all this. installed in the same way. but after installing, they asked to restart. after restarting I lost both os. How to get rid of this problem?

  • In Unallocated space it is not creating any partition

  • No EFI System partion was found error

  • You're a God, thanks dude. The boot with windows boot manager didn't appear for me, and I got scared as all hell I just fucked up. Thanks for the help haha

  • I have just installed , successful got installed after 3 times , but in the Boot menu not showing the two operating systems , would you please suggest me to solve the issue! When the press the F9 , then it's showing

  • Its not in my boot menu idk what i did wrong

  • I wanted to install linux alongside windows instead of somewhere else but the choice does not show up why?

  • I followed all the steps but mint doesn't detected the 234 gb I unallocated

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