I have a Lenovo Helix with Windows installed. I want to install elementary OS along side it.

I have searched this subject and get different responses and to be honest I don't really understand what I'm reading.

What is the correct way to prepare my machine for dual booting?

  • My pc freeze on selection timezone! I use ethernet cable, in try elementary my internet conection works
    – Shock
    Commented Nov 22, 2016 at 18:34

1 Answer 1


Recommended System Specifications for elementary OS :

  • Intel i3 or comparable dual-core 64-bit processor
  • 1 GB of system memory (RAM)
  • 15 GB of disk space
  • Internet access
  1. Download Elementary OS from here

  2. Shrink one of your partition in windows (for example shrink 20GB)

  3. Boot in to live USB or disk.

  4. Now you’ll be asked to choose the language of the operating system to be installed. So select your language and click Install elementary. enter image description here
  5. After that you will see this page, Click continue. (It's better to uncheck Download updates while installing and Install this third-party software) enter image description here
  6. Choose something else and click install now. enter image description here
  7. Now you will see this page which is for creating elementary partitions. enter image description here
  8. Select your free space partition which had done in step 2 and click on Add... button. Here you will need to create at least three partitions ( / , /home and swap )

enter image description here enter image description here enter image description here

  1. Choose your location for time zone selection and click continue.

enter image description here

  1. Choose your language and click continue. enter image description here
  2. Fill in your information and choose a strong root/administrator password and click continue. enter image description here
  3. Core installation process starts wait until it finished and then restart your PC. enter image description here

Important: For dual-booting on UEFI mode see this answer

  • 3
    I suggest that you include at least a basic description of the steps required in your answer because, if the link dies, the answer will die too.
    – AlexandreC
    Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 21:32
  • Step 2 is the only one that answers the question (prepare for dual-booting), the rest is generic installation instructions. It's awfully sketchy. Do you actually need to resize the partition in Windows? Most Linux installers can do that, including Ubuntu's; have elementary removed this feature? And if resizing on Windows is necessary, how on earth does one do it? Is it even possible without third-party tools? Commented Jul 8, 2015 at 19:42

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.