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

James Milligan lake54 at lake54.com
Wed Jul 30 21:05:23 BST 2008

Oops - forgot to come back to the mailing list lol.

I installed Ubuntu Studio last night, got extremely tired and went to bed
lol. Woke up this morning, switched it on, set it up a bit more, installed
OpenOffice etc, made sure XP worked, and it all works fine.

Now I'm trying to get XP onto my EeePC which is proving quite tricky (long
story, but if you want to, you can read the thread here:

I'm trying a few alternative methods, e.g. nLite, so I'll post on that
thread with any updates.

Thanks for everybody's help on the other install - really helped!

James Milligan
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-----Original Message-----
From: ubuntu-uk-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com
[mailto:ubuntu-uk-bounces at lists.ubuntu.com] On Behalf Of Neil Greenwood
Sent: 30 July 2008 21:02
To: lake54 at lake54.com; British Ubuntu Talk
Subject: Re: [ubuntu-uk] Dual booting (Was: Re: Bug Day)

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_fir
> st.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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