If you experience any difficulty in accessing content on our website, please contact us at 1-866-333-8917 or email us at support@chicagovps.net and we will make every effort to assist you.

May 5, 2024

Unlocking Linux: A Guide on the Windows Installer that Installs Linux


It might have been ages since some of our readers have installed a version of Windows. However, it seems that during the installation process, there comes a stage where you’re asked to choose the OS version you want to install. Usually, this is filled with the Windows versions available on the installation medium, but there are other options. How does a Windows installer with Alpine Linux as an option sound? We think it sounds exciting.

Below, you can see Alpine Linux appearing amongst the options. This is followed by the usual Windows licence agreement screen showing the General Public License instead of the standard Microsoft text. The remaining installation process mentions installing Windows, but let’s give it a pass for not expecting a Linux installation.

So, how is it achieved? It has to do with a WIM file, which is a regular Windows image that the installer unpacks on your hard drive. The Linux distribution should be installable on an NTFS root partition, with a trick involving the Windows pre-installation environment enabling this.

This is an entertaining hack, but as it is admitted in the guide, it’s delicate and perhaps not the most practical. Even so, seeing Linux in a Windows installer is undoubtedly worth the amusement.

Some good old fashioned tomfoolery. I love it.

ChicagoVPS is your gateway to unparalleled hosting solutions. Our state-of-the-art datacenters and powerful network ensures lightning-fast speeds and uninterrupted connectivity for your websites and applications. Whether you’re a startup looking for scalable resources or an enterprise in need of enterprise-grade hosting, our range of plans and customizable solutions guarantee a perfect fit. Trust in ChicagoVPS to deliver excellence, combining unmatched reliability and top-tier support.

For Inquiries or to receive a personalized quote, please reach out to us through our contact form here or email us at sales@chicagovps.net.

Subscribe Email