Install Debian Linux, from Windows Vista


This component has no official endorsement by the Debian project. (yet)

Today we're installing Debian GNU/Linux, using the Windows based Debian Installer Loader on Vista. The release (of Vista) you install from should not matter so much. This is now possible because the installer loader can configure bootmgr with bcdedit to launch GRUB.

Walk through

Download the small and versitle Debian Installer Loader, debian.exe.

MSIE7 dialog, download and verify debian.exe.
Figure 1: MSIE7 dialog, download and verify debian.exe.

The License Agreement is to the point. Data loss is possible, regardless if your NTFS/FAT/ext3 partitions are resized. The license agreement in the program download takes presidence. This weblink may have a stale development snapshot. See program for specifics.

License Agreement.  Warranty.  Disclaimer.
Figure 2: License Agreement. Warranty. Disclaimer.

Run the installer loader.

Debian Installer Loader on Microsoft Windows Vista.
Figure 3: Debian Installer Loader on Microsoft Windows Vista.

After the reboot, choose Debian Installer.

Windows Vista boot menu, featuring Debian Installer.
Figure 4: Windows Vista boot menu, featuring Debian Installer.

When you select Debian Installer, press enter to start the installer process. Click Here to see the remainder of the Debian Installer.