In this guide I will cover the installation of Slackware 14.0 using the Slackware 14.0 64-bit DVD media. The installation of 32-bit Slackware will be the same as this guide. I will try to explain certain options and provide helpful hints along the way, so rather than just following the guide, you can understand the reasoning behind the decisions.
If there are any mistakes please draw my attention to them and I will correct as needed. I have tried to make this as simple as possible, whilst covering the vast majority of scenarios users will come across when installing this operating system.
Using your disc burning software, burn the .iso you downloaded to a DVD.
Before you go any further, ensure all important data is backed up in case of data loss on your drives. This guide assumes you have media backups of your hard drives and you are safe to proceed.
For those of you using Windows and installing Linux for the first time I recommend you either use a separate hard disk not used with Windows, or create a partition big enough for Linux within Windows, by using the Disk Management utility in the Administrative Tools menu of the control panel. 20GB of hard disk space is absolutely plenty of space for you to begin exploring Slackware whilst at the same time having room to grow.
Ensure you have a network cable connected, restart your computer, and boot from the CD drive.
Before you can continue with installing Slackware you will be required to select the correct keyboard layout map. Those using a US English keyboard can press enter. Everyone else needs to type 1 and select the correct map from the menu as shown below: