Can I install Linux Operating System on my Netbook and keep Windows there too?

Can I install Linux Operating System on my Netbook and keep Windows there too? I have a netbook that runs Windows XP . I more less want to get rid of Windows and convert the computer to Linux now In case i make a mistake, is it possible to install Linux and keep my Windows XP And once I get linux installed... show more Can I install Linux Operating System on my Netbook and keep Windows there too?

I have a netbook that runs Windows XP . I more less want to get rid of Windows and convert the computer to Linux

now In case i make a mistake, is it possible to install Linux and keep my Windows XP
And once I get linux installed on my Netbook, can i delete and format all my Windows XP from my system? or should i do a clean install on my netbok if i want to run Linux properly?
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