I am trying to install Linux Mint 14 on my 300GB hard disk 3GB RAM HP laptop. I am presently running with Windows 7 but would like to try out Linux Mint 14 O/S whilst retaining Windows O/S i.e i wish to have dual booting. I am a very moderate user of the laptop but like to use open source programs. I have a DVD start disk for Linux from which I can boot and I want to complete the installation from the internet. The problem I have come up against is when the installation reaches the question on partitioning. I do not have a clue what answer I should give. When I read the official installation guide it seems to assume you want single boot and it devotes all the hard disk to Linux. Is there any guide that will hold my hand through the dual boot installation and if there is, is there any way it can be referred to on screen during the installation process?. Partitioning the hard disk appears to be a complicated subject unless you have an 'A' level in the subject. It bothers me that the Windows 7 installation procedure is straightforward but Linux installation seems anything but so far. No doubt the cost of a Windows installation disk has something to do with it or am I being a cynic? I would be grateful for any assistance in the subject.