The New Bios is UEFI and this makes the dual booting process a bit harder.
If you have a Windows 8 computer, or newer, then you probably have UEFI.
Since we are going to alter partitions it is recommended to make a backup of your Windows (I never do it ).
1) In the Windows start menu; search for Windows 7 File Recovery - yes it is called that even if you have Windows 8 - and select it.
2) On the left panel, select System Repair Disk
3) Select System Image
Follow the instructions.
Reduce your Windows partition:
1) Right click on "Computer"
2) Select "Manage"
3) Select "Storage"
4) Select "Disk Management (local)"
5)Right click the Windows partition and select "Shrink Volume" (shrink it as much as you want to make place for Linux - at least 30 GB but you probably want way more).
Deactivate Fast Startup and Secureboot
This is necessary because it is supposed to only allow "authorized" software - which "always" is Windows.
Deactivating Fast Startup:
1) Go to Control Panel
2)Select Energy Options
3) On the left side select "Choose what the power button does"
4)On the top of the page, activate "Change settings that are currently unavailable".
5)At the bottom of the page at "Shutdown Settings", deactivate the option "Turn On Fast Startup"
6) Save the new settings.
Alternative to deactivate Fast startup:
Open a cmd window as administrator and type:
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powercfg /h off
Reboot and enter your Bios/Uefi (<F2> or <Delete> or some other mentioned button that you will see briefly during boot).
1) Find "Secureboot"
2) Change it to "Disabled".
While you are in there you should also alter the Boot priority so that your Computer can boot from USB so that your pen drive can be started at boot (If You have a Linux Live CD this is not necessary, but many computers come without DVD slots these days).
Also set the Windows Boot manager at the very bottom.
Now you are ready to install (64bit) Linux!
(The Distro's sites will have instructions on the install and they may slightly vary).
Here is an Example (Manjaro)
Here is a nice Video on how you can do it with Mageia:
..And an even nicer one on how you can do it with Fedora23: