Windows XP & Linux Dual Boot Lesson



In this day and age, Linux is becoming a bigger player in the OS field. Not only that, the use of multiple forms of operating systems of all kinds is going on all around them: in iPhones, iPads, computers - both PCs and Macs - and students need to be familiar with other operating systems if they want to continue on in the IT field. This lesson exposes them to a form of Linux that is used on PCs and students need to lose their fear of the unknown - in this case, Linux OS, and play with more than just one OS to compare and contrast them. Ubuntu is perfect because it can be loaded onto an older, more common computer usually found in computer repair classrooms and will very little or no cost. The fact that linux is open source and 'free' is something that can also be discussed during the time students are installing the operating systems.

Lesson Time

2 - 4 Hours

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (1)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will learn how to install an additional operating system onto a computer hard drive already loaded with WinXP. Students will learn that computers can run more than one operating system on a hard drive, although just one at a time on a PC.Students will learn how to choose which OS to boot.Students will become a bit familiar with Ubuntu and be able to compare/contrast the two operating systems.

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