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If you re-activate the page file, no need to worry about crashing Windows.  When you re-activate it, Windows will pick a new place for it based on the new size of the partition and everything will be back to normal again.

Wow!! I'm loving this Community; support, with these detailed suggestions is super! Thanks.  ;D I'll certainly consider this. Possibly crashing Windows concerns me. I'm wondering if this is worth it for a 5 GB gain in space. Max


Your reasoning is, indeed, correct.

I guess I've never experienced this problem with a NTFS partition because I always leave some room (5-10 GB) at the end for growth when I shrink one with GPartEd (LL's partition editor), and of course, CHKDSK is triggered automatically to verify the new, smaller partition. I just did this last night to put a dual-boot XP/Windows 7 system on a PC with GPartEd, booted from a LiveCD.

At the risk of being off-topic (but not when considering that some folks run a MS/Linux dual boot), one problem ALL versions of Windows share is that the swap file is set by default to be regulated automatically by Windows, and Windows ALWAYS sets the swap file size to be too small. If it's reset to a fixed size that is 1.5 times the amount of RAM and rebooted to finalize the change, this will speed up ANY Windows OS...


I don't have Win XP, but have read elsewhere that resizing partitions is not an option in it.  Have no idea whether that is true, but if you can't find that option, here is an alternative method I used a few years back when resizing NTFS partitions in Win 2000.

1.  Make sure to defragment the partition you will be shrinking first.
2.  Print, or print to file the instructions on this page for disabling the "Page File" in Windows.  (Page file performs similar function to swap partition in Linux -- handles things swapped from RAM.)

Don't remember the exact reason for this, but think it's because Windows typically puts that special file near the end of the partition.  If not deactivated and using a non-Windows program to shrink partition, that may cause problems if the page file existed past the point that partition gets shrunk down to.  (I think that's the reasoning I remember from back then, but not 100% sure.)

3.  Close any unnecessary running programs, including web browser.  (Object is to not have things running that may trigger need for the page file.)
4.  If you did not print instructions to paper, open the file you printed to and follow the instructions.
5.  Once Page File is disabled, shut down computer and reboot with Linux Lite DVD.
6.  Open GParted (Menu -> System -> Partition Drives) and resize the partition with it.  (Here is a tutorial:  GParted partitioning software - Full tutorial.
7.  As stated by busprof before, also use GParted to delete the Linux partitions from before.
8.  Leave space as un-partitioned, free space.
9.  Hit the "Apply" button (arrow button under "Help") to finalize everything.
10.  Close GParted when done.
11.  Now go ahead and run the Installer.
12.  Should now offer choice to install "Along side Windows"
13.  It will automatically use the free space and make necessary partitions and formatting.
14.  When complete, reboot and you should have choice of both OS's.
15.  Next time you choose to boot into Windows, reverse instructions and re-activate the Page File.  (DO NOT forget to do that or you may end up with programs locking up or crashing on you.)

Hope that helps.

I cannot find the resize function the tutorial is talking about. It seems there is a section here that is left out. I.e., this is what happens on my computer: Control Panel>Administrative Tools>Computer Management>Storage> (other choices here are System Tools and Services and Applications) (Under Storage are Removable Storage, Disk Defragmenter and Disk Management. Under Disk Management are the three partitions: "Partition Basic Healthy (Unknown Partition) 13.06 GB", "Partition Basic Healthy Partition 1.87", and "Partition Basic NTFS Healthy System 59.59 GB." Think I got that right!; Right click gives options of Open, Explore, Change Drive Letter and Paths and Properties. (Resize is not available anywhere.) Right click on other two partitions offers "Delete Logical Drive."  I haven't read the additional information links suggested at end of video. I'm thinking I should just delete the other two partitions and leave NTFS alone (forget about the 5 GB reduction). Then go back to Linux Lite>Install>Run alongside Windows. (Or, should I choose "Something else."??

As for the EOL XP issue: I'm planning to use XP only for a few old programs and files that I cannot open with Linux. No online stuff.  :)


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