Install ubuntu next to Windows?

Karl F. Larsen klarsen1 at
Thu Dec 11 21:43:01 UTC 2008

Mike McGinn wrote:
> On Thursday 11 December 2008 16:22:00 Leonard Chatagnier wrote:
>> --- On Thu, 12/11/08, elmo <elmo at> wrote:
>>> From: elmo <elmo at>
>>> Subject: Install ubuntu next to Windows?
>>> To: ubuntu-users at
>>> Date: Thursday, December 11, 2008, 11:06 AM
>>> I've been asked to install ubuntu in a computer that has
>>> a single hard drive and I'm not sure how to
>>> start.   I know it preferrable to have a separate hard
>>> drive but am not sure if installing in  a separate partition
>>> on the single hard drive that already  has Windows  will do
>>> the trick.  There's plenty of room on that
>>> single HD for another partition or two.  An external HD is
>>> not an option.
>>> What are the chances for success?.
>>> Elmo
>> Of course you can install ubuntu on a separate partition with windows.
>> I expect most installs are that way.  You can also install ubuntu within
>> windows, as an application, using wubi.  I've never done it that way and
>> wouldn't care to but there are many posts on the list describing it. It may
>> be some opinion that a separate hard drive is preferable but that's
>> strictly and opinion.  Can be done any way mentioned above as you chose. 
>> HTH,
>> Leonard Chatagnier
>> lenc5570 at
> Here is a related (I hope question):
> Let's say I buy a laptop with Vista and repartition it and install Ubuntu. Can 
> I run the existing Vista install in a virtual machine? I am becoming the new 
> treasurer for my church, and sadly there is some stuff that has to be done in 
> Windows.
    I have done this lately. I have a new laptop with Vista installed. 
The way it was put on the 160 GB hard drive it took the whole thing! I 
had the Vista partition as /dev/sda1 and the rescue at /dev/sda2. Now 
dev/sda1 was 130GB of which Vista was using 10 GB.

    So the first step was to load the liveCD and use the partitioner to 
take 120 GB from /dev/sda1 which it did leaving 10 GB. Vista works fine.

    But now you need to move /dev/sda2 next to /dev/sda1 which it will 
do but it takes a long time. When done you have 120 GB of free space. 
Put your Linux there.


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