[ubuntu-uk] Dual booting (Was: Re: Bug Day)

Neil Greenwood neil.greenwood.lug at gmail.com
Wed Jul 30 21:01:46 BST 2008

2008/7/29 James Milligan <lake54 at lake54.com>:
> Thanks for your reply

No problem!

> I asked my Dad before, and I'm actually incredibly surprised, as he said yes
> to installing Ubuntu (fully! Not just WUBI etc)

Good for him.

> Is it ok to follow the guide at
> http://apcmag.com/how_to_dualboot_vista_with_linux_vista_installed_first.htm
> ?
> Mainly just checking that there aren't any major flaws with it etc.

Looks OK, although I'd skip page 4 and stick with GRUB.

I also agree with Kris, use the LiveCD to resize the partition. Never
tried it in Windows (I don't think it's an option in XP).

> Also, can someone advise me on a Windows program that can partition my drive
> more effectively than the built-in one with Windows? I've got a ~300 GB HDD,
> 293 is registering (that's pretty much normal), I've got ~65 GB free, but
> can only create a new partition of 2GB (shrinking the main partition by 2GB,
> therefore expanding unused space).

This sounds odd. Were you trying to create a partition for Linux under
Windows? If so, don't bother and let the LiveCD do it.

> Assuming everything goes well, I could be using Ubuntu by the end of
> tomorrow!

Certainly hope so! Having the article printed out may help, at least
in terms of reassurance. I personally feel just clicking the Install
icon in the LiveCD is easy enough and holds your hand fairly well (as
long as you understand partitioning and the terms involved).

But then again, I've been using Linux for over 10 years now (eek!).


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