Manjaro Dualboot

Warning: Please make sure you have made a backup of all the data you do not want to loose.

If you haven't checked out the Dualboot preinstall checks, go back and go through them.

Please make sure you have a backup of any data you do not want to lose. We are providing the instructions as they are, and we are not responsible for any data loss that might occur. Use at your own risk.

This guide will walk you through how to install Manjaro as dual boot, alongside your existing Windows OS.

It assumes you have already shrunk your Windows partition and correctly set the boot order. If you haven't then you still didn't read the pre-install checks T_T Go read them!

Step 1 (Preparation)

Before starting, download Manjaro.

You'll get an ISO file, which is a disk image. You need to flash this to a USB drive, using an imager tool. The Raspberry Pi foundation keeps an up-to-date list of imagers for Windows, however, we recommend Etcher. Rufus is another good ISO burner.

In Etcher:

  • Select your ISO file
  • Select your USB drive (plug it in!)
  • Then flash!

Etcher

Step 2 (Boot)

To boot into the live installation media, plug your USB into your computer/laptop, and reboot - you should be able to boot off it with no problems.

Once boot has finished, you should be presented with the Manjaro Hello utility!

Installer

Close it and play around with the system. Make sure everything works (keyboard, trackpad). You can also connect to the wifi:

Wifi

And choose the network:

Network

Once you're happy everything works okay, you can proceed to install it. Click the disk w/ a green arrow on the left hand side bar. This will start the installer. Choose the language:

Language

Your region:

Installer Region

And your keyboard layout:

Installer Keyboard

Partitioning time! Choose Replace a partition and click on the gray area (the free space you created when shrinking the Windows partition). Click Next.

Partitions

The final screen will confirm all your options. Now click Install and wait.

Confirm install

Once it's completed, follow the prompts to shutdown, remove the installation media, and restart your computer. When you startup, you should be booted into Manjaro!

Neofetch

And remember, the most important think about using Arch is to tell people as often as possible

btw, I use Arch 😄

Now head over to the Post Installation guide to update your system and install some useful software.