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Dual boot?

Hi I have Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit) installed on one drive, and my other drive is blank. What would be the best way to install Ubuntu 10 on the blank drive so as to not mess up the boot loader? Thanks.

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Just install it

Just install it. Ubuntu should pick up on the fact that Windows is installed and configure GRUB appropriately. You just need to be sure to remove GRUB if you ever decide you no longer want to have Ubuntu installed.

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Don't do it. notes that a stable release of 10 is just around the corner. UNTIL THEN I suggest you boot and run it from the CD or USB drive.
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The new version of ubuntu is coming, however, the current version 9.10 uses the new GRUB 2 bootloader. So it will make the later upgrade to ubuntu 10 easier.

To answer your original question, no, you will need to overwrite your windows bootloader in order to dual boot to ubuntu. Most critics actually say the GRUB bootloader for linux is much better then the windows loader and is quite configurable. If you don't wish to dive in just yet, boot from the disk and have fun.

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