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Dual Boot with Windows vista

by jcdavies / September 28, 2009 9:36 AM PDT

does any one have a simple way to set up a dual boot with windows vista already installed and ubuntu, i tried the steps on and just got confused i managed to partition the drive but when i went to install ubuntu it did not detect the partitioned drive, now trying this

but do i need to partion the drive before i do this. Does anyone have a better guide for doing this or maybe just some tips to help me out cheers

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Nice guide.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 29, 2009 12:01 AM PDT

But the problem I find is many want to see exactly what will happen and beyond that they want every screen and question as a screen shot all documented ahead of time.

Sadly I've yet to find that. But if you were to boot up the usual Ubuntu CD I've installed it without reading a single web site. That is, I answer the questions and end up with a dual boot machine.

Then again, since I can run Ubuntu from the CD or USB stick, why would I install it now?

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take a look at the Illustrated Dual Boot Site
by scott_789 / September 30, 2009 5:28 PM PDT

He has a guide (with screenshots) for Jaunty Jackalope with Windows 7 - which should still be applicable for the most part.

That guide is for using the GParted partitioner in the LiveCD to do the partitioning first so you could see your existing partitions graphically which might be helpful.

the Illustrated Dual Boot Site really has a plethora of info that's applicable for Linux and dual-booting with Linux in general. Check it out! (He recently had to move his whole site to new hosting so it may not be coming up correctly in Google yet.)

That guide explains how not to install GRUB (bootloader) to the MBR which really is the point of that particular guide. I like GRUB personally, but I plan on always dual booting with Linux

Incidentally - also provides some Vista boot CDs that can be used to repair a Vista MBR if need be (if you just have your PC's recovery disks for instance)


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The definitive dual-booting guide
by arochester / October 1, 2009 2:21 AM PDT
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Odd tutorial.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 1, 2009 2:54 AM PDT

I looked at step 2 and how come I never had to do that? I used the latest Ubuntu and never had to shrink C: like that. I let Ubuntu's installer do all that.

This tutorial explains why so many can't install Ubuntu. They find tutorials like that and get scared off.

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by GODhack / October 1, 2009 3:39 PM PDT
In reply to: Odd tutorial.

Many tutorials are old and back in 2005 things were not so easy.

You have to look into date of tutorial always. 1 year old so try find other.

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But this one is from 2009.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 1, 2009 8:10 PM PDT
In reply to: hmm

And used a method that while it can work could scare off those that could have used the Ubuntu easy install method.

I'm not saying the install didn't work, it just seems to ignore the easy path that's less scary to some.

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