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You can use Windows Disk Management to shrink full-disk partitions, enabling you to create another partition on the same drive.

The doctor tackles Dual Dual-Boot Questions, Ancient Computers, Router Confusion, and more

Dual Boot 7 and Linux

I am a bit of a newbie, but 76 years old. Can a Windows user install both Windows 7 and a Linux distro on a solid-state drive—particularly a Samsung 840 EVO drive?

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Head 2 Head: Surface RT vs. Chromebook

The Acer C720 is the best deal in Chromebooks, and a worthy competitor to the Surface RT.

Surface RT vs. Chromebook

We’ll be honest—no one on our staff would choose a tablet or Chromebook as his or her primary portable over a full-featured laptop. Yet, we can’t deny that Google’s Chrombooks have been wildly successful sellers. The proper platform to put against Chromebooks? Surface RT. Yes, Microsoft’s original hybrid device that marked a break from x86, and one that people thought would be a game-changer. It wasn’t, but the Surface RT is still around and is now competitively priced at $300. That, folks, is Chromebook range, and makes it the perfect combatant to get into this slap fight.

Note: This article originally appeared in the May 2014 issue of the magazine.