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Ubuntu LInux & XP Dual Boot

Question: Ubuntu LInux & XP Dual Boot

I am trying to dual boot between Windows XP Home Edition and Ubuntu Linux version 6. Previously i had no problem as i was able to install linux without the Grub bootloader and use Norton's Boot Magic to change between the Operating Systems. I have now installed Linux 6 with the Grub boot loader but i cannot change the boot order so that it boots XP by default which is what i really need it to do. Any ideas? Thanks

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Preferred Solution: Ubuntu LInux & XP Dual Boot

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Answer: Ubuntu LInux & XP Dual Boot

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Hello friends,

I would like to install Linux Ubuntu on my laptop alongside Windows using dual boot.
However, people keep telling me that it is not a good idea this to be done on a laptop because of driver comparability and stuff like that.

So is it OK if dual boot Ubuntu and Windows on a laptop or it is a terrible idea?

Best Regards

Answer:Dual boot Windows and Linux Ubuntu

I'm against multi-booting of any kind. I believe in keeping it simple, so if you want to play around with Ubuntu, especially if you are worried about compatibility, virtualize it. It's 100% compatible with VirtualBox.

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I need to install Ubuntu Linux 12.04 on my system for my college projects but I don't want to remove Windows 8 either ..... People are saying that I can't dual boot Win 8 with Ubuntu as 8 has UEFI secure boot enabled !! So , is there any workaround ?? your suggestions will really help me ....

Answer:Dual Boot Windows 8 with Ubuntu Linux

You might consider running Ubuntu as a hyper-v VM in the meantime until you figure out if dual booting is possible, then you won't even have to reboot its just always available

I'll agree the UEFI can be a pain for non-windows o/S's. The "For Your Own Protection™" b.s. that they try to excuse this situation with is just that - b.s., since the side effect of making is difficult or impossible for people to run other OS's besides Windows is too convenient for MS to be an unintended consequence and in practical use translates to little more than a lock keeping the honest out, all I can say is good luck.

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hi everyone. i have just sorted some problem i had and i thought i would post it here if some other people have the same problem. i had xp installed on my laptop and i decided to try Linux UBUNTU the new one ver.7.10 so i could have dual boot setup. i have used partition manager to to create another two small partitions for UBUNTU one for system and one for swap files. now all went well i have installed new system and restarted and voalaa i had linux perfectly running on my laptop. i was happy till i tried to boot back to XP :( and it would just go to the XP start logo and than it would just restart back to the main boot menu. i thought that i will have to reinstall windows so i was not happy at all but when i tried to boot from XP install CD i just couldn't get anywhere it wouldn't work as i always did :( now the solution : the good part :) what actually happened was that partition manager hide the main windows partitions so what you have to do is to is unhide partition using ULTIMATE BOOT CD click here . once the partition is unhiden than you can boot back to XP without any problem. hope this will help someone who is in position as i was. cu JARO

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i am running windows xp and ubuntu linux on my computer (dual boot) but i can't really get ubuntu to work properly. how would i uninstall it as well as the partition between linux and windows?

Answer:removing ubuntu (linux) from a dual boot system

how is your machine partitioned?

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I have got ubuntu on a cd.
I have got an old pc with a 60 GB hard drive with Windows Xp Home on it.
I decided I wanted to have this pc as a dual boot pc with Ubuntu & Xp Home.
I booted from the cd, partitined the Xp Home into 20GB and allotted 35GB for Ubuntu.
I then installed Ubuntu.
It looked like everything was going well.
The install took about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
After the install was finished, I clicked restart now.
The pc rebooted and I got the GRUB menu.
Ubuntu was first on the list, I clicked return.
The ubuntu symbol came up on the screen and the progress bar was below it, the progress bar started and only moved a tiny amount.
The pc did nothing for a few minutes.

Then I got this screen - please find it attached.

Please does anyone know what the problem is and how do I remedy this situation?

If it is relevent here are the specs of the pc I used:
60GB Hard Drive

Answer:Dual Boot Windows XP Home & Ubuntu Linux

also I installed it from a cd rw.
does this matter or should it have been a cd r.
also before I installed ubuntu it worked as a live cd.

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Hi ,       I just bought a new ideapad 500 am trying to install ubuntu 16.04 Lts alongside preloaded windows 10. I have  tried various options like disabling secure boot / fast boot / fast start up the USB boot just doesn't seem to work , when I try to boot through UEFI firm ware settings -> efi USB boot I get an error message ' USB boot option Not available' . Please suggest if I can achieve Dual boot ability on my ideapad

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I'm posting this topic as a reply to an untrue information which I found in a topic in this forum and is misguiding. The topic was about how to remove any linux dustributions from the boot selecting screen and make XP to start automatic. That topic said that you must put your XP CD, go to the repair screen and enter the command fixmbr. This is a lie - this command doesn't work and more - XP doesn't recognize it as its own. So, I decided to post this topic because I saw in google how many people have such a problem and they can't fix it. Hopefully, mine topic will help somebody else too.
I had ubuntu on my pc but when I found out what a piece of crap it is, I decided to uninstall it. But the name "ubuntu" in the bios boot screen remained. And I did a very simple task to remove it from there - edited the boot.ini file while Windows was running:

Right click on "My Computer" icon, then select "Properties". Under the "Advanced" tab click "Settings" in the "Startup and Recovery" sector. Click edit and the boot.ini file will open in notepad (you better make a backup of it before editing). Find the line of Ubuntu (or the operating system you'd like to remove from the boot screen), delete the line which contains its data (in my file the line contained "C:\wubildr.ldr" or something like that, don't remember the exact text) and save the file (you can do this by simply pressing Ctrl+S)... Read more

Answer:Want to remove Linux from dual boot with XP? Read here. (Ubuntu Wubi)

My XP is PRO version,Click to expand...

And this would be the pirated OS you bragged about?

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As stated in the subject line, I am on a Lenovo G50-80 laptop w/ Windows 10 x64. I have recently been experimenting with a couple Linux OSs in a dual boot configuration with complete success. I have though since decided to dedicate another machine to my Linux ambitions.

My partition is expanded back to norm, all is well with that, however, it still has ubuntu listed in the boot menu and I have been unable to remove it as it keeps being "reinstalled" w/ another {identifier} in BCDedit.

Is anyone aware of how I can delete the identifier and have it not return (it's obviously stored elswhere) or simply reflash the BIOS to it's original state?

NOTE: in BCDedit, /fixmbr or /fixboot had no effect. Also the most recent available update to the UEFI had no effect either.

This is really a non-issue as far as the functionality of the laptop goes, it's more of myself wanting the answer and satisfying that OCD side of

Any help would be appreciated. Thx.

Answer:G50-80 Win 10/Linux Dual-Boot - UEFI flash to original? Remove Ubuntu

Download Visual BCD Download then run. Ignore the popup error. Go thru the list on the left and delete all items related to UBUNTU.

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If I have Vista x64 and Ubuntu x64 on the same hdd (different partitions) will Vista complete system backup also backup the ubuntu partition to an external usb hdd?.In other words is the Ubuntu also recoverable via the image created by vista?.

Answer:Dual Boot Vista Ultimate x64/Linux Ubuntu x64.Backup Image

Hello Mika,

Sorry, but the backup image that Vista creates is only of the Vista partition or drive. Ubuntu will not be backed up by Vista.

You should be able to use the free program Macrium Reflect to create a back up image of both partitions though.

Hope this helps,

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Hello, I own an HP Envy 15 notebook K112-NL and have considerable difficulty installing Linux Ubuntu and Linux Mint in dual-boot and triple-boot. Both with Secure Boot enabled or disabled, either enabled or disabled legacy, both with fast boot enabled or disabled and also with the default boot from internal CD / DVD ROM, it is impossible to install Linux alongside Windows. I managed for a moment to start the Linux Mint DVD but it is planted to the first screen. I think just by reading other forums, that HP does everything to not allow this operation. Has anyone had the same problem? If yes how he solved it? Thank you. [Google Translation] Original post [Italian]: Buongiorno, posseggo un notebook HP Envy 15 K112-NL e ho notevoli difficoltà ad installare Linux Ubuntu e Linux Mint in dual-boot e triple-boot. Sia con Secure boot abilitato o disabilitato, sia con legacy abilitato o disabilitato, sia con fast boot abilitato o disabilitato e inoltre con l'avvio predefinito da internal CD/DVD ROM, è impossibile installare Linux accanto a Windows. Sono riuscito un attimo a far partire il DVD di Linux Mint ma si è piantato alla prima schermata. Penso proprio, leggendo altri forum, che HP faccia di tutto per non permettere questa operazione. Qualcuno ha avuto il mio stesso problema? Se sì come lo ha risolto? Grazie.

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Hello everyone!

I've made my Sony VAIO into a dual-boot machine (Win7 64-bit and Ubuntu Linux) and I'm having trouble getting into the BIOS.

When powering up, even though I repeatedly press and hold down the DEL key it always goes straight to the GRUB menu:

And then when I select to load Windows 7, I keep pressing DEL but it goes straight to Windows.

It doesn't seem to matter how fast I am on the keys - I can't get into the BIOS.

I have a should I be trying to enter the BIOS before getting to the GRUB menu, or after?

Also, (and this may be irrelevant) I've checked my registry to determine what kind of BIOS I have (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE / HARDWARE / DESCRIPTION / System ), where I found that the SystemBiosVersion variable = Sony - 20110905 BIOS Date: 09/05/11 11:20:58 Ver: 04.06.03

(I would have thought the BIOS would be something like American Megatrends!)

Anyways... is there any way I can get into the BIOS from Windows, i.e. after Windows has loaded? Do I have to remove Linux from my computer? I hope not!

Thanks so much for your help and have a great day.

Answer:can't enter BIOS when booting (Win7 / Ubuntu Linux dual boot system)

Best to keep in mind that the BIOS is completely different from ANY operating system. There is no connection between the two things, other than the BIOS handing off control to an OS.

You press DEL (or whatever key enters the BIOS) before any operating system begins to start up.
You can start pressing the key repeatedly (once a second) just as soon as you hear the POST beep or see anything happen on the display screen.
Once you reach the Grub loader it is too late. Start over.

You can't get into the BIOS from an operating system. You can only shut down and/or restart.
Nothing in the operating system's registry has anything to do with your system's BIOS, other than communicating with it initially.

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i hae dual monitors in win xp, but i have no clue how to set it up in linux. if anyone knows anything about this, please tell me, one monitor sucks

Answer:can i set up dual monitors in ubuntu linux?

Have you tried just plugging two in during the install? You might be surprised.

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Hi,I'm trying to set up a dual boot system (Windows XP/Ubuntu 8.04) on a new T61p but am experiencing some difficulties doing so.The Windows XP installation works just fine right after a fresh install, but unfortunately stops working after the Ubuntu installation.I started with the XP installation and continued with Ubuntu. Rebooting the system then (when the Ubuntu installation is done) provides me with a proper list of boot-options to choose from. Booting into Ubuntu works, however a couple of seconds into the XP startup screen I get an UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME bluescreen.Partitions on the system are:1. WinXP (NTFS, primary)2. swap3. /boot (ext3, primary)4. Ubuntu / (ext3, primary)5. Ubuntu /home (ext3, logical)Several forum posts I stumbled upon suggested different solutions for the problem, so I tried fixmbr and fixboot in the Windows Recovery Console, ntfsfix, chkdsk /r, everything without success. fixboot couldn't even find the partition, checkdisk found 'at least one problem that cannot be resolved' and ntfsfix didn't have any effect at all.Has anyone encountered similar problems? At this point I'm grateful for even the slightest hint that could point me towards a solution for the problem.Thanks!

Answer:UNMOUNTABLE_BOOT_VOLUME after Ubuntu installation on a T61p (XP/Ubuntu dual boot)

Just received a laptop back from Lenovo. Same error Unmountable_Boot_Volume. Not sure if this will help but under BIOS/Config/SATA. Change the mode from compatibility to AHCI. Reboot and your OS should fire right up.  Thank you.

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Acer Desktop PC Model: AM1610
sis ethernet adapter
webstar dpx 2000 series cable modem

After setting up a dual boot system successfully,
Vista connects to internet via ethernet, Ubuntu does not.

sis ethernet driver is updated to latest version

I can access the internet from Ubuntu however, after shutting down the pc, unplugging the power cord, removing the cmos battery and reinstalling. I reinsert the power cord and boot up as normal into Ubuntu, and have full access to internet.

Simply removing/reinserting ethernet cord, removing/reinserting pc or cable modem power cord, or resetting cable modem, does not work.

I am asking if there is a solution as to where I can log off Vista and restart pc into Ubuntu and have internet access automatically, bypassing all these steps I've explained?

After perusing multiple forums where people have described similar if not same issues, I've yet to find a solution to this.

I ran ipconfig in Vista and have the results. I ran ifconfig in Ubuntu 9.10 and have the results.

As these results may contain information that can present a vulnerability regarding system/ip identification, I have omitted them here.

If needed, I will respond via personal message with the contents.

Thank you in advance for your continued contributions in aiding the computer world "handicapped".

Answer:Dual Boot Vista and Ubuntu 9.10: No Internet Connection in Ubuntu

Ubu 9.10 has known issues

If you are using Ubuntu 9.10, it has known issues with the built-in Network Manager and DSL modems (and presumably Cable modems as well)..

Currently, there is no fix (short of going back to 8.10 or hoping it is fixed in Ubu10 due out in April (iirc). Sorry.

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when I start up ,a screen comes up asking me which o.s. i want to run.I really just wanted to try ubuntu,have chosen win 7.How do i comepletely wipe from my Samsung r 540?

Answer:Uninstall ubuntu from laptop windows 7 & ubuntu dual boot

If you only wanted to try to Ubuntu, you should have made a "Live CD" to run Ubuntu from a CD instead of installing it.To get rid of Ubuntu, delete the partition that contains Ubuntu.Then remove the Ubuntu entry from the Windows "boot.ini" file like this:Start Windows 7.Click Start >> Run.Type msconfigClick 'OK'.Click the Boot tab.Highlight the Ubuntu entry.Click the Delete button.Click 'OK'Restart Windows.

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Hey all I am new here. I recently did a dual boot install of Ubuntu with my Home Premium Windows 7 machine. I need to figure out how to uninstall Ubuntu and the grub loader... any thoughts?

I installed Windows 7 first... Ubuntu 64 desktop edition came after.

I shrunk my Windows 7 partition to install Ubuntu.

If you need more information, let me know, and thanks in advance.

Answer:dual boot w/ Ubuntu, need to uninstall Ubuntu

Quote: Originally Posted by Konstantinov

Hey all I am new here. I recently did a dual boot install of Ubuntu with my Home Premium Windows 7 machine. I need to figure out how to uninstall Ubuntu and the grub loader... any thoughts?

I installed Windows 7 first... Ubuntu 64 desktop edition came after.

I shrunk my Windows 7 partition to install Ubuntu.

If you need more information, let me know, and thanks in advance.

Hello Konstantinov, and welcome to Windows Seven Forums!

Baisically, you just need to delete the two Ubuntu partitions, then restore the bootmgr from Windows 7. Please look these over and post back any questions?

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

Remove Grub - Restore Windows 7


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Goal: Dual boot Windows 7 and Linux and have an NTFS partition for both OS.

Problem: When creating Logical Partitions with any Linux partition tool(Gparted, cfdisk) the Linux swap and ext 4 partitions shows up on Windows 7 as primary partitions outside of the Extended partition while the NTFS partition shows up inside the Extended partition as logical drive. Disk management shows 5 primary partitions and 1 logical drive inside an extended partition.(As seen in Disk1.jpg attachment) I'm using MBR.(not UEFI)

I can create the partitions in Windows 7 disk management and choose not to format the two logical partitions used for Linux. I can then use the mkswap and mkfs.ext4 command to format the partitions.(See Disk2.jpg attachment)

Why is Windows 7 disk management not showing my partitions correctly when I use a Linux tool to partition the disk? Will this cause any problems with Windows 7? I'm afraid of making Windows 7 unbootable.(although it booted just fine I do plan on using EasyBCD to add an entry to load the grub bootloader for Linux)

If I partition my disk with Windows 7 disk management(as seen in Disk2.jpg) will that cause any problems for Linux?

What is the recommended way to handle this? What are the downsides to each way?

Note: I'm a bit of a linux noob.

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Win 7/Win XP/Ubuntu Linux Tri-boot

I have a PC that is currently a dual boot between Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu Linux 8.04 (Hardy Heron). The two operating systems are on separate physical drives. Ubunutu is on the PC?s original 250 gig drive (the primary) and Win 7 is on a 1 TB Seagate internal drive that I added later (the slave).

I already discussed dual booting with Ubuntu and Win 7 on a Linux forum. I installed each OS completely independently of the other. I installed Ubuntu first without the other drive installed. I later disconnected the 250 GB primary drive and installed Windows 7 to the 1 TB drive as if Ubuntu were not even present on the PC. Later I reconnected and edited a file known as menu.lst in Ubuntu?s feature known as ?Grub?. Grub looks at the file and gives me the choice of Windows 7 or Ubuntu when I boot up.

Now it?s a long story, but I need to add Windows XP to my choices. I?m told on the Ubuntu forum that I can temporarily disconnect the Ubuntu drive and set up XP on the 1 TB drive as a dual boot with Bootloader handling the choice between Win 7 and XP. The idea is to get it running right and later reconnect the Ubuntu drive. Grub will give me the choice between Ubuntu and Windows; then if I choose Windows, Bootloader will give me the choice between Win 7 and XP. I could live with that.

So the Ubuntu drive is disconnected. We don?t have to worry about that in this thread. If I have any trouble with Grub, I?ll... Read more

Answer:Win 7/Win XP/Ubuntu Linux Tri-boot

Tom, I think the answer to your question is on the first sentence of the Tutorial how to load the SATA drivers: "When you install Win XP, setup can not find your Hard Drive."

So, if setup can find your HD, you should be good to go.

One remark: installing XP after Windows 7 is a bit more complicated, you will have to repair Windows 7 boot file to add XP. You have mentioned the tutorial, so you shoudl be good to go. I just highlight it since it can be a stumbling block.

Regarding the floppy disk thing, from what I know it is XP's idiosyncrasy, it doesn't allow drivers to be loaded with USB drives. It is from a time there were no USB drives...

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I installed Linux Ubuntu onto my laptop, When i enter the boot manager to attempt to boot Ubuntu it just goes black for a couple of seconds and then starts windows. there are no error dialogues, it just shows black and then boots windows.P.S. I went through the entire linux installation process.

Answer:Unable to boot Linux Ubuntu

@_Potato HP only warranties their PCs for usage with the OS that comes preinstalled. IF you replace that or add a different OS, then you assume full responsibility for maintaining that other OS -- as HP then provides no assistance on that.Win10 PCs nearly all use UEFI and that poses special problems for installing Linux distros: best bet for Linux support, since HP does not provide Linux drivers, is to contact the support forum for the Linux distro you are trying to install -- in this case, the Ubuntu Forums: Luck

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I managed to mess up my Windows 8.1 factory install almost as soon as I unboxed my Y50-70 with a couple of boneheaded moves. I was able to restore Windows from a downloaded USB image from Microsoft and the BIOS Windows key on the laptop. So far so good. The boot is on /dev/dsa1 as fat32. I have a suspicion that the system when installed was in a different location from the factory. The reason for my suspicion is the following. When trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 as a dual boot, Ubuntu cannot see the Windows OS. I have tried shrinking the Windows partition using the windows partition utility. I have also changed the unallocated space from shrinking to ext4 using GParted. Do I need to change the Windows boot location or change the BIOS boot type to get Ubuntu to see it should install alonside Windows?

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Hi all:

Strange problem. I have an Asus A8Js laptop. Core2Duo 7200, 2GB RAM, 100 GB HD. By default, comes with XP Pro. I'm an MSDN subscriber, so I deleted my XP partition, and installed Vista 32bit. Worked fine.

I wanted to try Linux, so I downloaded and burned Ubuntu 6.10 ("Edgy"?).

I booted from the Ubuntu CD, and resized my NTFS partition, and created a linux reiserfs partition, and a swap partition. I installed Ubuntu, rebooted, and finished configuring Linux (panel, etc). Works well. I set up my Vista partition to automount, and I am able to browse it just fine from Linux, can access files (readonly) just fine.

However, when I try to boot back to Vista, it no longer works. From the Grub bootloader, I can choose the Vista bootloader, and it boots up to the moving green lines, then HD stops, and the lines keep moving. I've tried booting in safe mode, no go, it stops at a certain point (sorry, can't remember where).

Here's the weird part - I tried booting from my Vista DVD, and the same thing happens. Strange, so I booted from my XP install CD, and it locks up too now! I'm not sure what the problem is here - I thought the NTFS partition might be "dirty", but I can't run a chkdsk without being able to boot some version of XP or Vista!

Any ideas?


Answer:Vista or XP will not boot after installing Ubuntu Linux?

I've done this before. What you're going to want to do is edit your grub.conf file on your Ubuntu partition, which is a really cool file which stores all kinds of bootloader settings. Look for instructions on that around the web. You'll find a way to 'chain' a bootloader onto another bootloader. As long as you installed your stuff on different partitions, you can tell it to look for your windows bootloader on the other partition. Doing this will give you an option when you start up to load the Windows bootloader on the other partition, which, from there, you can load Windows. Easy enough, eh?

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My original topic here: believe this belongs in the XP forum, as it is an XP startup related issue. (If not, move it to Linux please)IMPORTANT QUESTION: Will I be able to use an XP home CD to recover XP Media Centre?------------[URGENT] - ALL HELP GIVEN IS APPRECIATEDHey,I've just installed Ubuntu desktop edition 9.04 on a desktop computer.The installation was a success, and Ubuntu can now be used as a fully working operating system.BUT, when I try to load Windows XP (Media centre edition) from the GRUB option (I'm choosing the right option) it goes to the loading screen but then says something along the lines of "autochk not found - SKIPPING AUTOCHECK" followed by a Blue Screen of Death[STOP c000021a{Fatal System Error} ? 0xC000003a the system has been shut down]The system is manufactured by Packard Bell, it's a good few years old.(I would love to go in depth with its specs, but I'm not sure how on Ubuntu)It has ~512mb RAM, a nVidia graphics card and an Intel Pentium 4 (I highly doubt that means quad core) processor from what I can find.To modify the partitions, I used the ubuntu installer.Thanks so much in advance!Just to go over again in short, Ubuntu works, XP doesn't.Oh, and half of the XP documents and settings files seem to have *vanished*~AndyP.S. I believe the version of Ubuntu I have installed and working uses GNOME.I've tried using gedit to change a file in the grub fol... Read more

Answer:Windows XP boot failure after Ubuntu linux installation


Media Center (MCE) is a variation of XP Pro.

I'm not even sure that you could use an XP Pro version to "recover" an XP MCE system, since I thought that all those systems utilize recovery partitions/CDs which have been prepared by the manufacturer of the system.

These recovery/restore CDs/partitions...are not the same as an XP install CD, since they contain programs, drivers, and other modifications which might have been put in by the manufacturer.

I could be wrong.


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i have some questions regarding dual booting windows 7 home premium x64 with linux fedora 14 on dual independantly dedicated drives. i am a college student with moderate computer (windows) knowledge but am doing software development and would like to play around with some linux for a class. i have no prior experience with linux and have minimal knowledge of operation. i am currently running windows 7 and would like to keep it as my primary os. i do not wish to share media files across drives or os's, windows does that just fine as is and i dont want to get into a third drive. my current drive is a 1tb wd black caviar hdd. it is also currently 2/3rds full and the desktop is about 6 months old so i would rather not partition the drive for a dual boot. i would think that there are some other advantages for the os's operating independantly off their own drives other than if one hdd dies i should still have the other with its os still ok. i have read some topics about RAID configs with dual boot setups with dual drives like this but am not very familiar with RAID. is there a RAID config that would be beneficial in this situation? i currently do not have a RAID card. my tower internals are not very accessible and i dont like the idea of disconnecting drives depending on which os i want to operate. so what would be the best way of going about this? this is a near future project so i am looking for someone with some experience in this area hopefully.
thanks - garrett

Answer:windows 7 and linux fedora dual boot with dual drives

Hi garrettchatt and welcome to Windows 7 Forums

Are you trying to ask something? There's nothing there.

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Hi All,

I am thinking about formatting my hard disk and restarting everything from scratch. I would like some advice please!

I have a 320G hard drive. (In practice this is about 300G)

I am thinking about partitioning it like this

6G - Pagefile
4G - Swapfile
10G - Windows XP Home (NTFS)
10G - Ubuntu (EXT 3)
10G - Windows Programs (NTFS)
10G - Ubuntu Programs (EXT 3)
50G X 4 - Data (FAT 32)

Please would people tell me what they think of my idea and any thoughts they have about it!


PS - please tell me if I am right in thinking I can have the program folders for each OS in a separate partition to the OS' themselves.

Answer:Creating duel boot WinXP / Linux (Ubuntu) from scratch?

Have a look here:

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I burned the Damn Small Linux (DSL) ISO to a CD, placed it in the drive, restarted the machine and told it to boot from CD in the boot menu. This method worked for Ubuntu, but not for DSL.

I get a blank text screen for a few seconds, then the "Windows XP did not start correctly" menu.

When I tried Ubuntu (and KUbuntu, for that matter) I just put in the disk and restarted the computer. I didn't even have to use the boot menu.

The only difference is that I burned the DSL CD on a different computer because my burner stopped working.

There are hundreds of files on the download mirrors, but I'm all but certain I've got the right one. It's called "dsl-3.4.2.iso".

I have an HP Compaq BIOS, that's all Everest will tell me.
My motherboard is an HP d530 CMT (DG769A).

Answer:Damn Small Linux CD-ROM boot failes, Ubuntu worked.

The current versrion of DSL is 4.0.

Are you sure you burned the iso image as a CD image and not a file?
It could be something as simple as a bad burn too. Just try again?

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Help please
new blueray player now vista wont boot, but ubuntu linux does
this is a dual boot system
its a sata drive from pioneer
old optical ide drive broke so bought a new sata drive
i have a sata harddrive in number 1 sata connector and now a sata pioneer bdr-208 in sata connector 2
this motherboard  is old,  so no help from manufacturer
and pioneer is closed for the weekend

Answer:new blueray player now vista wont boot, but ubuntu linux does

i pulled power to sata bluray player booted to windows
shutdown computer
cleaned computer {air}
hooked power back to bluray player
and now it works
i think vista had to boot to a no dvd
to make it see a bluray player

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Hi a couple of months ago my system crashed, windows 7 wouldnt boot, and I misplaced my installation disk. I had the problems several times since obtaining the computer several years ago. (Lenovo IDeaPad y450). I attributed the problem to what I believed was a bad hard disk, so I replaced it with a refurbished model.
I installed Ubungu 13.10, and it worked well ever since. I later located my win 7 disk and created a dual boot. Windows worked very well for several months until it stopped starting up last week. It would get to the black windows screen, where it says starting, and usually get stuck there. I would get fed up and turn it off after half an hour. Once it was as the screen and it later started the checkdisk program and found no errors. Another time it finally got into windows after a very long loading time, and it seemed to work fine, until the next time I restarted windows. It just went back to the loading windows screen.
I formatted the windows partition through GParted in Ubuntu, and tried the installation disk, and it would get stuck at 0% in the "expanding files" sequence. After an hour of hoping something would happen I got fed up and forced it off again.
Not sure what to do from this point. I have read other posts and it has led me to think that the issue could possibly be bad RAM or an issue with BIOS. But, Ubuntu has been working fine, while Windows has simply been freezing at any attempt of a startup.

Answer:Win 7 , Ubuntu dual boot, windows wont boot, startup disk doesnt help

It could be that the HDD has a bad sector in the Windows partition, or that the drive is actually failing. If there is a utility in Linux that tests memory, I would run it.

You could also use Memtest86+. It runs from a CD/DVD. Let it run for several passes to rule out bad RAM.

Memtest86+ - Advanced Memory Diagnostic Tool

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Z540 will not boot from Hd. PXE-E61 error after installing Windows 10 prebuild to dual boot with UbuntuError is PXE-E61 Media test failed, check cable is the error. It's driving me crazy. I can't use one click recovery and bios is useless as it has about ten total options none of which help. Was working fine running Linux but I can't do anything at this point. Any ideas? I'm not real techy but Ive tried what I thought might help and nothing is working and I need this laptop for college! Thanks for any help!

Answer:Z540 will not boot. PXE-E61 error after installing Windows 10 prebuild to dual boot with Ubuntu

tylerindyc1 wrote:Z540 will not boot from Hd. PXE-E61 error after installing Windows 10 prebuild to dual boot with UbuntuError is PXE-E61 Media test failed, check cable is the error. It's driving me crazy. I can't use one click recovery and bios is useless as it has about ten total options none of which help. Was working fine running Linux but I can't do anything at this point. Any ideas? I'm not real techy but Ive tried what I thought might help and nothing is working and I need this laptop for college! Thanks for any help!You may want to disable PXE boot to Lan option in the bios and check if the problem is still there or not. If yes, you may have to reinstall Win 10 again but kept that option in the bios disabled.

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Just curious, but is there option for me to enable uefi boot of my Windows 10 Professional installation on my HP xw6600 dual quad core E5450 machine which holds two Samsung 850 Pro SSD's, one for Windows 10 and the other completely for Ubuntu LTS 16.04.When possible,  how to go about it. How do I enable this option. Yours truly, 

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I wanted to set up Ubuntu on my computer, and followed the instructions in the first answer to this thread: dual boot - How to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 7/8 - Ask Ubuntu

As instructed, I created a logical partition using EaseUS software. I did this on my H:/ drive, a hard disk drive (whereas Windows 7 was installed on C:, and SSD).

After a mandatory reboot for the new partition changes, I did not immediately go to install Ubuntu, although I had Live USB to do so. Instead, if I remember properly, I booted into Windows to make sure everything was OK, but only to find out that some "Windows could not boot properly", giving me the option to 'Launch Startup Repair' - which I did, but to no avail. All it did was reported that some 2 system files were missing or corrupt.

I then installed Ubuntu on a third drive because I still needed it to perform some benchmarking. I did this using the 'install alongside windows 7' option.
But now that I don't need Ubuntu anymore, all I am interested in is getting back to Windows, while keeping all the files and programs intact.

How should I go about fixing this? Delete the logical partition on the other drive? I also have that Windows installation CD, and I'm thinking its repair options could be useful - but not having a whole lot of self-confidence, I don't know what steps exactly to take to preserve my files.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

Edit 1: I booted from the Windows installation disk just to see the options avail... Read more

Answer:Wanted to Dual Boot Win7 and Ubuntu - Windows Won't Boot Anymore

Hi I Am User,

Upon inserting the Windows installation disk you should be able to install a new Windows and be able to select Upgrade and it should create the Windows.old folder on the new Windows.


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After deleting the partition on which Ubuntu was installed and enlarging the windows partition to fill the old space at the same time( stupid I know), I am unable to boot to Windows 7. All I see is a command line message that says Unknown File System and on the next line says Grub Rescue> with the option to input commands. After looking at this forum and Ubuntu forums I'm still unable to resolve the issue. I would like to be able to boot into windows 7.

Answer:Unable to boot Windows 7 after unistalling Ubuntu Dual boot

You'll have to restore your Master Boot Record. See this tutorial:

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

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Hi there,Recently got a HP Pavilion g6 2213sa which came with Windows 8 (spit!) and this disgusting UEFI BIOS replacement (double spit!).Anyway, I need to dual boot Ubuntu on my system, so I installed Ubuntu. Normally, on a non UEFI system, a "Grub" bootloader installed by Linux would take over the startup process, and allow you to choose between either Windows 8 or Ubuntu on startup. However, on this computer, startup is just booting straight to Windows 8 despite the fact that Ubuntu and Grub IS installed.Now, upon startup, if I press F9, then I get to change the boot-device on a one-time basis. I can either select "OS Boot Manager", which loads Windows 8, or "Ubuntu" which loads the Grub bootloader which allows me to select Windows 8 or Ubuntu.However, when I press F10 to enter the Bios Setup with the intention of changing the boot order permanently, the Ubuntu option isn't there. Instead it has OS Manager, USB Disk, CD Rom, USB CD Rom and Network Card.Thanks, HP for, the crappily designed BIOS.Anyway, can anyone PLEASE provide me a way of changing the boot order so that GRUB is loaded first and NOT this crap Windows 8 rubbish (that I would happily bin if I didn't need it for work). 

Answer:Changing Boot Order on Dual Boot Windows 8 and Ubuntu

Looks like HP forums are just as useful as HP customer service and HP computers - i.e., not very useful at all.Problem solved though. Took the piece of crap back for a full refund and won't be buying HP again.Happy days.Bye.

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Recently I played around with dual booting Linux Mint on my system. I decided that I would delete it for the present as I have other things to focus on. However, after deleting partitions and fixing my MBR to only boot windows my UEFI BIOS still has instances of Ubuntu as a boot option. Just for the sake of cleaning my system I was hoping someone could help with this.

My Motherboard is an ASUS M5A97 LE R2.0 with a UEFI BIOS. I'll provide screenshots of what's happening below. (Images were flipped upon upload for some reason)

As you can see there are two ubuntu options for some reason.
I tried to see if BCDedit would allow me to delete these but they didn't show up in BCDedit
I'm not sure where else to look to delete these options in my BIOS.

Thanks in advance for any help

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Question: Dual-boot Ubuntu

I have Vista Home Premium 32-bit on Dell Inspiron 6400

I want to have a go at installing a dual-boot Ubuntu 9.04

Why? "Because it's there!"

I've experimented with Wubi, which is dual-boot Ubuntu 9.04, but does not need it's own partition. (This allows a painless evaluation of Ubuntu. Clever idea!)

I would be most grateful if anyone could recommend some do's and don'ts. (BTW: I have complete Genie backups of my system files and data files.)

I intend to follow the instructions at the following two links:

The definitive dual-booting guide: Windows 7, Linux, Vista and XP step-by-step

Ubuntu:Intrepid -

My overall impression is that the commonest problem is that users can no longer boot to Vista after installing Ubuntu. IMHO, users get problems if they do the following:

1) Shrink the current Vista partition.
2) Create a new partition in the free space, to be used eventually for Ubuntu.

It's step 2 that seems to cause the problem. Alternative advice, such as in the two links that I quoted above, say that you should do *nothing* with the free space. You should allow Ubuntu to do everything itself.

I would be grateful for any comments?

Answer:Dual-boot Ubuntu

I already tried out SUN's Virtual Box here and no go for simply trying to get older versions of Windows running with that as one item seen in the article there. For seeing the Vista primary reduced in size not more then 15gb to 20gb since ubuntu is small to begin with for a Linux distro the free Gnome Partition Editor generall known as GParted live for cd is the choice tool for both shrinking the Vista primary down and creating the new VFat ext2 or ext 3 primary(root) for ubuntu.

The option for a second extended swap partition is just that an option while not being a necessity due to Linux having it's own form of swap file. The one thing however to watch out for is not seeing the installation of Grub into the Vista mbr to avoid Grub 14 and 22 errors but making the root the "/" mount point.

From there you can add the ubuntu entry into the Vista BCD with the NeoGrub option seen in the free EasyBCD tool available at Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

The instructions plus other references for that are seen at Dashboard - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki

When first running the ubuntu installer make sure to select the manual method and select the root partition. Later hightlight that and click the edit button to assign that as the "/"" mount point so you don't see the installer decide to reformat and partition the entire drive for Linux only! You want to see the root set as mount in order to have the NeoGrub pointed to that in order to see... Read more

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Question: Ubuntu Dual Boot

I am using the non-metro Windows 10 boot loader to manage a dual boot setup (legacy BIOS) with Ubuntu. Generally, everything works fine. However, sometimes when I perform an update in Ubuntu, grub overwrites the Windows MBR. Then I have to use EasyBCD to restore the Windows boot loader.

How do I prevent grub overwriting the MBR?

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I use my computer for alot of gaming. I currently am looking to upgrade my primary HD to a WD Raptor X 10,000rpm 150gb drive(SATA). Currently, however I am running 2 74gb Maxtors at 5400 rpm (IDE). I do not really use my second HD at all. I was wondering if I should install Ubuntu on it as I heard it is very good. I am not sure however if I should also while I'm at it create a partition on that HD for my current OS(WinXP)? Any suggestions on how to utilize the HD hardware I have to optimize my usage?

Answer:Should I dual boot with Ubuntu?

I am currently Tri Booting with XP, Vista Ultiamte and Ubuntu 7.10. Ubuntu is good. I am surprised myself by it. But it takes a lot of work and time to get used to it compared to Windows. If you wish to give it a shot by all means.

Wither that or you can use that 2nd drive as storage for downloads, documents, pretty much everything that you ever want to save in case of a reformat.

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Not sure if I should of posted this in a different local but I'll give this spot a try. So computer is cleaned, backed up and now I want to remove ubuntu from and the dual boot option, however it seems once again it takes me for a loop. I went into disk managment to check on size on the ubuntu part. Well, its not under disk managment, so I restarted the computer and it wouldn't start ubuntu up, instead it gave me almost a dos/command proumpt screen. So I'm taking a stab in the dark and going to stay that ubuntu most not of been remove correctly. Is there a way to finish removing it? If an image is needed I might be able to take one with my ipod and upload it.

Answer:Xp dual boot ubuntu

Well from what I can find online I guess its telling me to just go in and edit the boot menu file.

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Hi, I would like to create a dual boot. I have a rather new ThinkPad  Yoga. Here are my questions: 1. I was told I should make a recovery image or something when I bought it. How do I do that and what is it? is it just a plane Image or is it "Create your own Windows DVD"? In Volume Manager I have 4 Partitions, 1GB and 18GB are both called recoverypartitions, then an EFI and the normal C. (Didnt touch that) 2.How can I get my Win Key and a proper Win8.1 Image? 3. How can I create a new partition for installing Ubuntu 14.04 Server 64 bit? How to do it properly. 4. Drivers for Ubuntu? Any tips? Thanks

Answer:Dual Boot Win 8.1 & Ubuntu 14.04

We may need to move this to the Linux board for the last 2 questions, but let me try to  address the Windows side.
1. Methodology to create Recovery Media and reload a Lenovo system with Microsoft Windows 8 preload
2. The key is embedded in the BIOS.  As I understand it, an install of the same version of WIndows should detect it automatically.  Try this for the Win image:

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how can i dual boot ubuntu so i can choose at startup which os i want to load?xp sp2new ubuntu

Answer:UBUNTU how to dual boot with xp??

Once installed,you should get the option to choose between the here

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Question: Ubuntu Dual Boot

I am using the non-metro Windows 10 boot loader to manage a dual boot setup (legacy BIOS) with Ubuntu. Generally, everything works fine. However, sometimes when I perform an update in Ubuntu, grub overwrites the Windows MBR. Then I have to use EasyBCD to restore the Windows boot loader.

Here's the partition info on my primary drive:

sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
60 heads, 12 sectors/track, 325613 cylinders, total 234441648 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xea0264f2

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 2048 1026046 511999+ 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda2 1026048 171522991 85248472 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3 171524094 234440703 31458305 5 Extended
Partition 3 does not start on physical sector boundary.
/dev/sda5 171524096 230117845 29296875 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 230119424 234440703 2160640 82 Linux swap / Solaris


I have tried using grub-install --force /dev/sda5 to move grub off the MBR, but receive a warning stating ext2 partitions cannot be embedded. This is weird since I have confirmed that the partition is in fact ext4.

How do I prevent grub overwriting the MBR?

Answer:Ubuntu Dual Boot

I am never a fan of using dual boot. I have Windows 10 installed on a separate GPT SSD and Linux installed in MBR SSD and run them separately using Boot Menu so they are completely independent from each other.

However. This Video will show you how to setup the Grub Boot loader on its own partiiton so that they are independent from each other.

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I have a fresh install of XP and want to Dual boot Ubuntu 7.10 (linux) and XP. I have the Live cd, I have had some experience with this before but always run into problems. I am willing to manual partition on the live cd during install as long as its explained to me how to not screw it up. My main issues before were linux booted fine, but windows just said starting... and nothing ever happened. Assuming I wrote over the MBR and screwed everything up. Need some write ups or something.


Answer:I want to dual boot Ubuntu 7.10 and XP.

Let google be your friend.

Here, i found this (don't know about it myself)

Dual boot XP and Ubuntu 7.10 via boot.ini

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Hey I was able to set up my system with both Windows XP and UBuntu. I have partitioned my hard drive into 4 segments. One for windows in ntfs, one for ubuntu in ext3, a swap partition which ubuntu requires, and another partition in fat32 to swap files back and forth between windows and ubuntu. I had the systems working fine and then i screwed it up. When the system would boot it would give me a command prompt asking which system i would like to load. I could choose from Ubuntu or windows. If i were to choose windows it would go to another prompt asking to use windows or an unrecognized operating system. I was trying to get rid of this second step as it seemed useless. So when i orignally booted the system the first prompt would ask for both systems, there was a line saying you can edit the controls of these boots and so i checked it out to see if i could get rid of the second command prompt screen. I ended up deleting one of them ( stupid me) and now i can only start up ubuntu. If i try and boot windows xp it says there are missing commands. Any ideas how it could be possible to get those things i deleted back without having to reinstall both windows and ubuntu. And if you know how to get rid of the second command prompt but thats not neccesary i can deal with that. Thanks a lot.

Answer:Dual Boot: XP and Ubuntu

Hey just to add to the post when i try and boot xp from the command prompt it says NTLDR is missing and then goes back to the orginal boot screen.

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So I have this lenovo ideacentre B540 All-in-one that originally came with Windows 7. The customer bought it at best buy and it came with a free upgrade to Windows 8 when it came out. So the customer was using it with Windows 8 until he got some FBI porn virus on there. I was hired to reload windows 8 and have it dual boot with ubuntu. I put the windows 8 disc in, format the 1TB drive and leave about 200GB for ubuntu. windows 8 is setup and done.
i can no longer get this thing to do anything other than boot windows 8. cant get into BIOS, cant get a boot menu, can't boot from CD/DVD or USB through the windows 8 restart menu thing. what an abomination. any help?

Answer:dual boot with ubuntu

Welcome to EightForums.

As you are talking Lenovo.

BIOS setup menu is missing in my G580 after instal... - Lenovo Community

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Here's the scenario:

Shrunk my C partition by 20GB with W7
It now says 'unallocated'
Installing Ubuntu I choose 'side by side'
It says my 20GB partition is unusable
I try to format the partition in *nix but says no root available.


Answer:Dual boot W7 and Ubuntu

augiedoggie said:

Here's the scenario:

Shrunk my C partition by 20GB with W7
It now says 'unallocated'
Installing Ubuntu I choose 'side by side'
It says my 20GB partition is unusable
I try to format the partition in *nix but says no root available.

Help!!!:cry:-DClick to expand...

You effectively "deleted" 20GB of your disk Augie. It is "unallocated", unformatted, unrecognizable by your system, and therefore does not exist.

I'm assuming you used GPartEd, or something similar. You should've formatted the "unallocated" area to EXT file format, and then chose that area of disk for installation, but you better be SURE it's the correct one or bad things will happen!

Alternatively, there is a safer way! Simply expand your C partition to its original capacity. THEN install Ubuntu and choose "side by side"; Ubuntu will "carve out" the space it needs, reformat it to EXT 3 or EXT 4, depending on version of Ubuntu, and you'll be good to go!

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Hi !
This is the disk management screenshot. In disk 0 Partition C, Win 7 is installed. In Disk 1 partition D, there was Win XP, but I formatted is as primary to install Ubuntu there as dual boot. Practically I know almost nothing about Linux installation. When I am trying to install it, I am not able to find out which one is the D drive.

I tried the Gparted option there, but it seemed to me a puzzle .

Can anybody please help me?

Answer:Want to dual boot Ubuntu with Win 7


The D partition should be the first partition on the second hard drive. It is also the smaller of the approx 58GB partitions.

The Ubuntu setup should show the different hard drives.

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If I install XP first, (on the same hard drive) Ubuntu has a thing to allow me to dual boot, correct?

Or would it be easier to use two hard drives?

Answer:Dual Boot: XP & Ubuntu.

You will have to partition the hard drive. Can not install XP and Ubuntu on the same hard drive. They use different file systems.

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I have 2 hard drives and want to install Ubuntu on the 2nd HD rather than the one where W7 is. This is mainly because the 1st HD is very full so I don't want to partition it, but my 2nd HD is half-empty.
Will it cause any problems if I install to the 2nd HD? Do I need to do anything to make sure the dual-boot will work?
Any help greatly appreciated.


Answer:Dual boot W7 & Ubuntu using 2 HDs

It will be fine.

What is the capacity of the 2nd hard disk, and how much is remaining un-used?

I would recommend you do your partition editing within Windows where your going to be most comfortable.

To do that, click start, and then type in the text box Disk Management and hit enter. It will then open up your physical drives. If your 2nd hard disk is one physical partition, select the partition and then right click the mouse, and select "Shrink Partition" Set the amount to shrink the partition, hit OK, and then leave it to re-size, not using the computer until its done.

Once its resized, select the black unallocated disk space you've just created, and right click and select "New simple partition", fill the boxes in and then click ok and it'll make it. At this point, note down the exact size of the partition (this will be your confirmation in Linux that you have the right disk).

Then reboot and run the installer. I highly recommend the step by step guide in my signature below this post. It will explain in detail all the steps needed, and will also aid you with the advanced partitioner, as this is going to be best to ensure you use the correct physical disk.

Once your in the Linux partitioner you can delete the new simple partition you made, and then use the free space to make your / (root) and SWAP partitions.

Some Important points!

1. Do not assume that the first disk in linux is your first hard disk (e.g. C in Windows.
2. Letters for dr... Read more

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Good evening all,
I wasn't quite sure which forum this should go in so I apologize if this belongs elsewhere.
I primarily run Windows 7 on my 700GB HD but had an old 200GB HD lying around so I decided to try Ubuntu.
I'm very new to Linux, I know very little about it and I also know very little about dual booting.
I have W7 plugged into SATA 3 and Ubuntu plugged into SATA 1. When I turn my computer on it was launching automatically to Ubuntu until I changed the boot priorities in BIOS to launch the W7 HD.
When powering the PC on I'd like to be prompted to choose which OS to launch. How can I go about doing this? I consider myself very proficient with Google but I cannot find any helpful information! Well, maybe I should say I can't find any helpful information that I understand. I may have very well likely passed over a topic that is just using words that I don't understand and assumed that it wasn't what I needed
I've checked MSCONFIG but it only shows my primary drive with W7 (which I kind of expected). Any other advice?

Answer:Dual Boot - W7 & Ubuntu

You want to be able to choose which OS to boot from Windows 7 boot menu.Adding a boot entry for Ubuntu is simple.1. Download and install 'ext2fs' - this will give you access to Linux partitions (Ubuntu) from Windows.2. Copy the file "/boot/grub/boot.img" from Ubuntu to Windows 7 "\boot" partition.3. Create a boot sector loader. Give it as parameter the file \boot\boot.imgFor 3.) you can use Visual BCD Editor - right click for pop-up menu -> Create boot-sector loader. Adjust drive and path to point to drive and path of "\boot\boot.img" editing ApplicationDevice and ApplicationPath.

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I'm having a big problem. I used to have Windows XP installed, and Ubuntu on another partition. Since I installed Windows 7 (Over the Windows XP installation) the GRUB Loader is gone. Now I don't need Ubuntu, and I was wondering if I could delete the Unbuntu Partition using Disk Management in Windows 7 without having problems during booting to Windows.
I know the biggest problem after deleting Ubuntu is the absence of GRUB loader, which then causes Windows 7 not to boot properly. However, since GRUB loader has been overwritten during the Windows 7 installation, is it safe to just delete the Ubuntu Partition and extend the Windows 7 one?

I really want to make sure that after deleting Ubuntu, my PC will boot to Windows 7. I also have lost the Windows 7 repair disk...

Answer:Dual Boot with Ubuntu

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I have recently installed Ubuntu 14.04Lts in dual boot on my second drive, but since then I am unable to boot into windows 7 on my first drive. Ubuntu is installed in UEFI like Windows. In my BIOS, I have the two options for my first drive( ubuntu and Windows Boot Manager), Ubuntu works fine but when I select Windows Boot Manager I get error :

Status : 0xc0000225
Info: A required device isn't connected or can't be accessed.

When I boot into Ubuntu, I got 3 entries in my GRUB menu : Windows UEFI bootmgfw.efi, Windows Boot UEFI loader and Windows Boot Manager(on /dev/sda1)
They all give me the same error when I select them :

file : \windows\system32\winload.efi
status : 0xc0000001
info : The application or operating system couldn't be loaded because a required file is missing or contains errors.

I have tried booting in UEFI on a windows 7 installation disk and running startup repairs, but it failed in System files integrity check and repair with failed-error code 0x490.

Can anyone help?


Answer:Dual boot with Ubuntu 14.04Lts can't boot into windows7

Can you please post a screenshot of the menu you have when you boot into the installation disk?

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I used to use Windows for my work and It used to boot very fast. However, after dual boot with Ubuntu, my windows boot time became very long, it was annoying. I deleted Ubuntu, FORMATED ALL DRIVE, devided partitions, reinstalled Windows but it is still not better. FAST BOOT IS ENABLED, no start up app, no firewall, no antivirus.After windows logo 10 sec, boot is stucked in black screen 10 sec, and no background image in login screen (My laptop used to boot just in 8 sec before dual boot)

Answer:Windows boot slowly after dual boot Ubuntu

Hello buimanhthang,

Is your BIOS in UEFI or in Legacy mode? and with fast boot do you mean the option in Windows, the option in your bios (optional) or both?

Also, you could try to disable GUI boot. It basically gets rid of the Windows logo during the boot.
Open the run dialog with Windows key + R. then type in "msconfig" and activate "No GUI boot" inside the Boot tab.

Save changes and reboot. Let me know if the problem still exists.

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I am aiming to install latest version of Ubuntu (v13?) alongside the original Win XP Home OS on the C drive of my ageing desktop computer - mainly to see how Ubuntu/Linux works as I have no experience of this OS.
I want to make sure I know EXACTLY what to do, and have looked at various step by step guides and how-to videos. But I would welcome advice on a specific point - with apologies to those who think the answer is too obvious to need explaining!
The main steps are clear:
1) download Ubuntu and burn .iso to a disk or USB stick
2) back up, defrag, and chkdisk your existing C drive
3) partition the C drive to create a separate space for Ubuntu - either by using third party software like EaseUS or GParted, or when prompted during Ubuntu installation
4) amend boot menu to boot from CDROM or USB stick (whatever the Ubuntu .iso is on) rather than the hard drive.
5) put Ubuntu .iso disk into CDROM drive (or USB into slot) and restart
6) follow steps for Ubuntu install
..... and if it all works, Ubuntu installs on to the "new" partition, then when you restart every time thereafter, a "dual boot" menu (is this the so-called GRUB menu from Ubuntu?) comes up showing the two OSs and giving the option to choose which to boot from.
7) remove .iso disk from CDROM drive (or unplug USB) and away you go.
All seems fine in theory. But being logical, one thing bothers me. At step (4), before loading and installing Ubuntu, I will have changed the boot order in the boot men... Read more

Answer:Dual boot Win XP and Ubuntu - setting the boot menu?

OK, there's a few misconceptions here to clarify.
Starting with the boot order.
You set the boot order in your computer BIOS, telling it to first boot from your CD/DVD drive (or USB). Once this is done, the BIOS will look for whatever you've selected first, but if it doesn't find a CD/DVD in the drive, it will look at whatever you have set next - say your hard drive for example. It wouldn't matter in that scenario if you never changed the boot order back, as it will check for each device in turn according to whatever you've set. Normally there are a minimum of three options for the boot order, so you could set as follows: CD/DVD, hard drive, USB. Note, not all BIOS's will have the option to boot from a USB stick. Older ones probably won't.
Having said all that, it doesn't matter which operating system you have installed, the BIOS is ALWAYS available at boot-up PRIOR to the operating system loading. You need to look at your first boot screen to find which key to access it, but it's often Delete.
When you install Ubuntu (or any other mainstream Linux distribution), it will set up a dual boot option for you. GRUB (Grand Unified Bootloader), is the piece of software that takes care of that for you. It will overwrite your hard drives MBR. That's not a problem in itself, but just be aware, if you later remove Ubuntu, you won't get back into XP, without using your XP disc to write a new MBR. This is because the GRUB files reside in Ubuntu.
Two further things I should mention.
You do... Read more

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I have dual boot Ubuntu 11.04 and Windows 7 and now i cant boot Windows it says Windows can not start the installation process.

Answer:I have dual boot Ubuntu 11.04 and Windows 7 and now i cant boot Window

The best two ways of running Linux with Wondows on one Hd drive.
Dual Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu
Linux - Install on Windows 7 Virtual Machine using VirtualBox

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I have been struggling with boot issues ever since I decided to install ubuntu 14.04 LTS along Win 7 64 bits on myVAIO computer. To install it I chose "Something else" and resized the partition myself within the Ubuntu Installer. At first I got GRUB working and finding Win 7 but I could not start it. after this boot-info: Ubuntu Pastebin, I reinstalled GRUB in /sda using the following commands:

sudo update-grub
sudo grub-install /dev/sda
I got a seemingly quite common black screen from Windows Boot Manager saying this:

HTML Code:
File: \Boot\BCD

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: An error occured while attempting to read the boot configuration data.
From this message, I found out that I needed to rebuild the BCD and then reinstall GRUB to get a working dual boot.
I have created a Win 7 64 bits repair USB and using diskpart, I know I have 4 primary partitions:

1 - 100 MB - It seems to me that the boot files are supposed to be there. According to DISKPART, it s the volume C: and labeled "System Reserved"

2 - 140 GB - Windows is installed on this partition. According to DISKPART, there is no volume associated with this partition and it is hidden

3 - 81 GB - Ubuntu is installed on this partition

4 - 999MB is SWAP
Auto repair from Win 7 repair usb does not recognize my Windows 7 and does not work. Therefore, I have to work with the command prompt. I have tried most available tutorial on rebuilding BCDs. Basically, when I run al... Read more

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I have Vista installed on my "play" puter. Installed Ubuntu using most of the defaults. It re-arrainged my single 80G harddrive, left vista intact and ubuntu installed clean.
Grub splash screen shows some ubuntu options, it also shows vista.
Ubuntu boots fine. If I select vista the boot hangs. Tried to boot vista in safe mode and the last thing the log shows is "/windows/system32/drivers/crcdisk.sys"

Vista booted ok before I installed ubuntu

Any idea what is going on


Answer:Dual boot -- vista wont boot ubuntu will

Yeah I Think windows dosen't like being dual booted it has some protection or something. But found a page to help :

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Answer:Cannot Boot Windows 7 after Uninstalling Ubuntu Dual-Boot

The Linux Grub messed you up. You can try to fix it with EasyBCD. Elseyou can make your C: partition active (with the bootable CD of Partition Wizard) and run repair/install with your installation disk 3 times. Reboot after each time.

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I have Asus laptop with OEM Win7 HomeP 64bit on it, I installed Ubuntu 12.04 along side with Win7, didn't know that Ubuntu will be the main boot, I used Ubuntu 11.10 a year a go and Windows was my main boot, I tired several way to retrieve Win7 as main boot but didn't work.

I tried to fully recover Windows, but when finished I get black screen with "getgrub error"
now recovery doesn't work any more.

I want to get rid of Ubuntu for ever, how? without losing my genuine Win7

Answer:Dual Boot problem, Ubuntu is the main boot

Hello, Mesh F90 and welcome to Seven Forums.

First you to boot to Ubuntu 12.04 and follow this :

1. Open your Terminal.
2. Type grep menuentry /boot/grub/grub.cfg
3. You will got something like :
menuentry "Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)" {
You will got other lines but you need this, this is last one.
4. Remember this quotes for Windows 7 (ex . "Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)") (DON'T FORGOT quotes!!!) you will need it later.
5. In Terminal type this : sudo nano -B /etc/default/grub
6. You will got this :

# If you change this file, run 'update-grub' afterwards to update
# /boot/grub/grub.cfg.

GRUB_DISTRIBUTOR=`lsb_release -i -s 2> /dev/null || echo Debian`
.... you will have more ....

7. Change GRUB_DEFAULT to value for Windows 7 from menuentry (you remembered it ) (ex. GRUB_DEFAULT="Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)") (DON'T FORGET quotes).
8. Press CTRL+X and type "y" (without quotes) to save it.
9. Important step! Type in your terminal : sudo update-grub
to save your changes

That is all and Windows 7 will be default now.


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After having installed Ubuntu 16.04 on my Lenovo IdeaPad U430p I'm not able to start Windows anymore. When I installed Ubuntu I used the setup to divide my Windows partition in two parts. One is still used for Windows and the other part is used for Ubuntu. Whenever I select Windows in Grub or use the EFI boot menu and select Windows it immediately goes into startup repair mode. When using the command line of startup repair I can see that all my files that are on the Windows partition are still there and everything looks fine to me. But still, so far I haven't found a solution. I've tried the automatic startup repair. I have tried to fix it with the bootrec command and rebuilt the bcd, which was also unsuccessful. I also tried to activate the boot log but the log is not even created. It seems that the system directly goes into startup repair without even starting to boot into windows. I'm kind of lost and don't really know what I could do to fix this. Does anybody have an idea how to fix this? Cheers,Bastian

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I installed Ubuntu on the same hard drive as my Windows 7 (different partition ofcourse)

Now, even with windows boot manager, when I choose 'start windows' it writes 'windows is loading files' then reboots.

Can't use recovery options "repair your computer" off my windows cd since it keeps telling me I don't have the matching windows version (perhaps since ubuntu made some changes ro the MBR?).

Solutions I've tried:
1. Fixing MBR with a 'utility' boot-cd like hiren's. All it did was mess up ubuntu aswell so I had to reinstall ubuntu just to be able to boot.

2. Tried using boot-repair utility in Ubuntu - didn't work, same problem.

3. Tried burning rescue disc off an existing windows 7 computer. Same error - 'no matching windows found'

How can I reach window's rescue enviourment if it won't let me boot into it? I would try to use bootrec.exe but I can't get to it.

Please help? I really don't want to re-install windows 7 and lose all I have on that partition.

Answer:Windows won't boot after installing Ubuntu 14.04 for dual-boot.

First off, if you can boot into Ubuntu you can browse the Windows partition and copy your files to a USB HDD for backup, so you won't loose anything if you have to reinstall.
Then use EasyBCD boot manager to manage your OS's boot loader.

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I have dual boot Ubuntu 11.04 and Windows 7 and now i cant boot Windows it says Windows can not start the installation process.

Answer:I have dual boot Ubuntu 11.04 and Windows 7 and now i cant boot Window

Could you tell me exactly how you installed Ubuntu in your dual boot? Did you use Wubi Installer or install the OS on a separate partition?

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Hp envy 6 sleekbook 6z 1100 I have already disable the secure boot in the BIOS But I still cannot install the ubuntu 13.04 The installation was good and smooth But after reboot, there is no boot menu appear for me to choose which OS I want to boot I wonder if HP locked something......... or should I turn on Legacy support in the BIOS? But ubuntu 13.04 should support EFL BIOS I need Ubuntu for work!

View Solution.

Answer:How to dual boot ubuntu and windows 8?

Hi, The following tutorials will help: Regards.

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I Have Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and just installed linux ubuntu 9.10 as a dual boot option. After playing around with it I realized I don't want it as a full os yet. Video problems, sound issues, flash player issues. How would I remove it from a dual boot option and set the space back to windows?

Answer:Removing Ubuntu 9.10 from Dual Boot

One way is to right click on my computer, click on the manage option. There you can delete the section of hard drive that was allocated to the Ubuntu installation and then expand the Windows 7 drive to take up the empty space left behind.

Also you can remove it from your boot options by following this simple tutorial.

BCDEDIT - How to Use

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Is it possible?

Answer:Dual boot Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04?

Once I had Windows 10 RTM dual booting with Linux 17.2. No issue whatsoever.

Here is a tutorial on dual booting Win 10 and Ubuntu 15.04

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i have dual boot windows 7 with ubuntu, but after that ubuntu run well but it is not displaying any drive. then i restart windows,
it shows 5 boot option 2 of ubuntu, 2 of memtest, and 1 of windows 7 loader(on\devsda2\) something. when i click on it
it shows 2 option:
1. launch startup repair
2. start window normally
when i click on " start window normally" it restart after displaying a blue screen for 1 second.
launch startup repair is also not working.

then i finally decided to start a fresh copy of windows 7, but on partition manager it shows no drive when i boot it from windows 7 DVD.

help me to correct this problem without any data loss.

Answer:7 is not working after dual boot with ubuntu

Hello vikrantsjs.

The first thing to do would be to make backups of the data you need to save to external media using the method out-lined in this tutorial at the link below, it works very well, I've used it myself.

Copy & Paste - in Windows Recovery Console

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I'm trying to dual boot Ubuntu with my Windows 7 install on my laptop. See my signature for specs. When I ran the live CD on my flash drive and went to install it, the only options were to replace the Windows 7 install or selection 'other'. On my desktop, the option to install along side windows came up on the install window.

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you

Answer:How do I dual boot Win7 and Ubuntu on my SSD?

I would recommend that you resize it with Gparted via the live CD & then install it accordingly. GRUB should take care of the booting for both.

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Hi. I have a new PC running Vista HP 64x- Intel Q6600, Asus P5N-E SLI, nVidia 8600GT,4GB RAM, 500GB HDD. I'm loving Vista 64x but wish to try a dual boot with Ubuntu 7.10. I'm told that I need to create space on my HDD via Vista Partition Manager so I tried that. I found that I have 269GB free space but when I try the shrink tool I get "total available shrink space is MB 25282".What am I doing wrong? Can I create a decent size partion area for Ubuntu?Thanks, JOhn

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I have on my laptop a dual-boot Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 16.04, I would like to replace it with a new HDD. So I still do not have to do the reinstallation of both operating systems, is there any way that puts all of my HDD cloned on the new with the same configuration?
I was able to find a Linux clonezilla tool is it better to use it?

Thank you for your answers.

The formal education will help you make a life. The self-education will help you make a fortune.Please remember to click Mark as Answer the responses that resolved your issue, and to click Unmark as Answer if not.

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The question comes up a lot.
Several Success stories here:

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A few days ago, I could not access my Windows XP because of this error: "Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \Windows\System32\Config\System". I was still able to access Ubuntu through the Dual boot startup menu. I accessed the Internet using Ubuntu to ask for help.(fourms) I tried all the suggestions for Recovery/Repair using my Windows XP installation disk and it appeared to have fixed my problem, but now it is asking me for my Administrator Password. I used or entered my Admin. Password, yet it won't let me in. When I ask for help, on the Internet, with that, everyone thinks I am trying to break in to someone else's computer and I get no responses or negative responses. It seems that I may have to do a clean Install of my Windows XP. My concern now is if the Dual Boot menu that directs me to either OS, will be wiped out when I do a clean install of Windows XP. BTW, Windows XP is solely on the C Drive and Ubuntu is on the D Drive. Each drive is 80GB. Any final suggestions before I do the clean install? As you can see, I am very hesitant in doing this. One final note, I was able to access some important files from my C Drive through Ubuntu and save them on my Flash Drive. Thanks.

Answer:Dual boot, Windows/Ubuntu

dual boot

After two days I finally solved my problem. No thanks to anyone on this forum.

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I am running Widows 10 on a UEFI/EFI/GPT system. I'd like to try and install a Linux OS on another partition. Installing is not a problem my question relates to if I decide to remove Ubuntu, how will I repair my Window's bootloader? I've been doing a lot of reading on line. My question today is: Many of these sights mention using a repair drive, and in a command prompt, type in the command bootrec.exe /fixmbr. Doesn't this only relate to BIOS not EFI? Even though I do my searches with "UEFI" in the search. I'm no expert for sure but I thought EFI does not use the MBR.

Thank you,

Answer:Remove dual boot - Ubuntu

use imaging software to image the uefi partion

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Hey guys,

I am looking to dual boot 7 and Ubuntu 9.10 and need some assistance. I installed 7 first on one drive and Ubuntu later on a completely separate drive. Here are my current dilemmas:

1) I do not get the option to choose the OS I boot to.
2) When Linux boots it goes to black screen and stops.

I have done some reading and saw that there is a possibility that my GPU could be the cause of the black screen due to a lack of drivers or compatibility. I also think I need to do some configuring within Ubuntu to fix my boot order. I have only read about people configuring two partitions not two different drives but I don't think it should be an issue. My system specs are noted below. Again, Ubuntu is on separate 80GB SATA drive.

Thank you in advance.

Answer:Dual Boot Win7 and Ubuntu 9.10

Are you wanting Win 7 to be the primary boot device, or Ubuntu and use Grub for the boots?

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I must have put my question wrongly about changing the default boot from XP to Ubuntu because I had a plethora of helping answers with very complicated methods to do it via Grub & Boot.ini.
This simple way in XP does it:
Control Panel>system properties>advanced>startup & recovery>settings>default operating system>click down arrow to show Ubuntu, click it & OK.
Next start up shows first Ubuntu above XP. .......nick

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I have two seperate harddrives. XP Pro on C and Ubuntu 10 on D. I want to have the option of choosing which system to boot from. I prefer XP as default.I can't find anything with my particular setup. As it stands now... I have to disconnect C if I want to load Ubuntu. Is there a way to modify the boot.ini and/or grub for this setup?I know there was some software that fixes this, but I lost it and I can't remember the name.

Answer:dual boot (two drives) xp and ubuntu

you can do it by setting what drive boots in the bios.Otherwise you need a 3rd party boot manager. google boot managers for more info.

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Inspired by the article in the August 2012 issue, I installed Ubuntu on my PC alongside Windows 7 professional. It seemed to install successfully and then I had to take out the CD and restart. However the computer still boots up direct to Windows without giving me the chance to choose Ubuntu instead. What can I do?
I have a 64 bit computer and so downloaded that version of Ubuntu
Best wishes

Answer:Dual boot with Ubuntu not working

I'm not familiar with the article you refer to, but Ubuntu should live happily side by side with Windows 7.
Take a look here at a tutorial I found searching via Google, which should give you a good insight into how to dual boot, but Ubuntu invariable does it all for you. Particularly if you chose to install from the live desktop icon.
Take a look at your Windows 7 disc manager and see if any hard drive space has been used by Ubuntu. It could be, it was simply running from the live CD/DVD and hasn't installed at all. Note: Windows won't be able to read that part of the hard drive and it will probably appear as unused space.
Alternatively, Ubuntu may not have installed a boot manager, which is the part of the jigsaw that gives you a dual boot option. But first seeing whether disc space has been used may provide a clue as to what happened.
Come back and let us know please.

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Planning on installing windows 7 and ubuntu (Need it for school) dual boot on my Dell XPS M1330. I was going to follow this guide

Think that is a good way to do it or do you reccomend any other guides/methods of doing this

Answer:Want to set up Windows 7/ Ubuntu dual boot

If you do not need hardware acceleration for both OS, a virtual machine is easier to setup and to maintain.
virtualbox is a good free virtual machine.

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I have my Windows 8 installed in my C drive and it is the only OS I have as of now. I want to install Ubuntu 12.04 alongside Windows 8. But I have read so many negative things with regards to problems in booting after installing Ubuntu alongside Windows 8.

My Win 8 is installed in UEFI mode.

I am posting a screenshot of disk management
Will installing Ubuntu 12.04 cause any problems in booting?

Answer:How to dual boot Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 8?

1) Windows 8 is not install in UEFI mode.

2) I would wait until the end of April to install Ubuntu, as version 13 will be out, which should work better with Windows 8.

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Hello all,

First off, if this is in the wrong forum, I apologize.

OK what I am trying to do here is have my computer dual boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu 9.10. I have Windows 7 installed on my original hard disk. I bought a second hard disk last week and installed Ubuntu 9.10 on it. I am trying to get my computer to be able to boot both of them. I want to have the Windows 7 hdd be the primary boot with the Ubuntu hdd be the option. To get the Windows 7 hdd to work, I have to completely remove the Ubuntu hdd. If the Ubuntu hdd is installed, the Windows hdd will not boot. The computer will start up and 20-25 seconds later, it will restart and freeze at the "Starting Windows" screen. If I put the Ubuntu hdd in the main slot and the Windows hdd in the secondary, it will start right up and recognize that the Windows hdd is installed. I think that this is because, Windows wants to be the only OS and doesn't recognize others. How do I change this so that both hdds are bootable without physically removing one.

I have looked on both UbuntuForums, Windows website, and here and have found nothing that helps.

Answer:Windows 7 and Ubuntu dual boot?

Was the Windows hard drive connected when you installed Ubuntu?

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Normally this is pretty easy but not in this case...

So my main OS is windows 7 professional, when windows 8 came out i freed up some hard drive space (about 50 gb since i wasn't really going to do much with it initially) and installed it in a dual boot setup. I was just going to screw around with it since i got it for free (gotta love dreamspark premium ).

My laptop started using the seeing windows 8 as my primary OS for some reason (even though win 7 was installed first). It didn't really bother me though since the win 8 bootloader looked pretty and worked well.

Didn't really like win8 and none of my drivers worked anyway so i set my default OS back to win 7 and kinda forgot it was there. My laptop also started using the win 7 bootloader again, which was a shame because it offers far less functionality but w/e.

Now I have to install ubuntu for some projects and I thought: perfect, I can simply use the partition used by windows 8!
So i load up ubuntu through my usb and start the installer but when i come to the partition selection screen it gives me 3 options:

1. install alongside windows 8 (why it only detects windows 8 I don't know...)
2. remove windows 8 and install ubuntu (would wipe entire disk, including the windows 7 partition)
3. do the complicated stuff yourself and create your own partitions.

I don't really want to screw around with the partitions yourself so I restart the laptop and go back in windows 7. I open up the disk manager ... Read more

Answer:windows 7 and ubuntu dual boot

If everything is back to normal, you should just run Ubuntu as a virtual machine. Unless there is some sort of compatibility issue, running a VM is easier then dual booting since you don't have to deal with any sort of boot loader issue.

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Ok so what i have is Windows 7 RC installed to my hard drive. I have a seperate partition which i would like to install Ubuntu on. Granted i could just go ahead and straight install but then i would be using the Grub bootloader and i don't want to.

What is my best option? That NeoGrub thing?

Answer:Windows 7 and Ubuntu Dual Boot

Don't forget that *nix uses more than one partition. It's been a real long time since I installed and used any version, but I think by default it uses one each for boot, system and paging. So you may want to consider that.

A possible way to do what you want might be to install Ubuntu, then boot to Windows 7 using Grub. Then use EasyBCD manage bootloader tab to reinstall the Vista bootlader.

I never tried to use that before, so if it doesn't work out, don't blame me. Get a second opinion about this, first.

Good luck. Final thought: I'd probably use an entirely different physical drive to install Ubuntu to, while the 7 drive was unplugged. Then you could just add Ubuntu to 7 bootloader later on.

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I recently removed ubuntu from dual booting. Before, it asked me which OS I would like to run when my PC started up. It showed two options, Windows and Ubuntu. After I removed Ubuntu it still stops at that screen but only Windows is there. How can I make it so it skips that startup and loads windows automatically without me having to click it. 


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Answer:After romoving Ubuntu from dual boot

I believe if you only have one option left on the boot menu you probably won't have that screen. And I suspect you were using the WuBi installation.Use EasyBCD to change the Windows Vista/7 boot settings.

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Im trying to set up a dual boot system between xp and ubuntu, i managed to get them both installed but for some reason when i boot the system it just goes streight to xp. im running an amd 4800+ a DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D with the most current bios and a 120gb segate hd. i have the system partitioned with 100gb for xp as thats what i mainly use and 20 for linux. thx in advance for any advice.

Answer:dual boot issues (xp/ubuntu) help plz!

Which did you install first? You have to install XP first and then Linux so it can install a boot loader to the mbr.

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I currently have a Surface Pro 1 with Windows 10 that also has Ubuntu installed on it as well.
I would like to remove Ubuntu and restore the default Windows boot manager.
Right now, it's currently doing a Windows 10 reset (Remove all files from all drives and clean them), It's 45% done doing that.
How would i go about restoring the Windows boot loader and remove GRUB, if the recovery from Windows 10 isn't sufficient

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To date this is still a problem and no one has fixed it.  Its almost like I bought a product that still belongs to HP...  I haven't tried it yet but all the chat support people I talk to say that the super tech support may beable to help me, for a price... Even then its not promised that this laptop will beable to do what everyother computer is able to.

Answer:Re: How to dual boot ubuntu and windows 8?

@BurtMacklin If "by every other computer" you mean that every other laptop in existence is able to run Ubuntu, then you have been seriously misinformed.  I have been running Ubuntu versions on laptops and desktops for over ten years, and my personal experience, and long-term presence in reading posts in various Linux forums about laptop problems, is that laptops fair very poorly with Linux distros, including Ubuntu. I've gone through three different laptops myself, and NONE of them were able to run Linux distros well. The primary difficulty is using laptops in Linux is the nearly total lack of specialized drivers needed for the specialized hardware found in laptops. In desktops, this is not nearly so serious a problem because the hardware tends to be more generic and there is often the option of swapping in hardware for which there are Linux drivers.In addition, there are NEW problems trying to install Ubuntu on the UEFI based PCs, as this thread explains: The single BEST source of information in your case is the community forum for the distro that you are running. There, unlike here, you will find folks that use that distro every day, and are well-steeped in what is needed to workaround driver problems. Here is the link to the Ubuntu Forums: there deal with Ubuntu installations all the time and can provide the detailed assistance you need.Good Luck

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I have spent a couple of hours today trying to install Ubuntu as per title.
Installing Along Side takes me to an HDD with Vista on it. This must be my XClone back up drive which originally came with Vista installed ( Originally my 'C'). So I go to the 'Advanced Partitioning tool' option and select the one that has a 475gig new partitiion on it and is my C drive with XP on the first partition. I select 'dev/sda and this shows as a 1TB drive which is correct.
I select 'Install now' and get the message 'No root file system is defined. Please correct from partition menu' Which leaves me completely stumped.
The same message appears when trying to install 'Somewhrere Else
I have read numerous help installation sites.
For 'Alongside' should I not have pre-partitioned the drive?
Presumably the 'Alongside' option does not mess up the XP MBR as I have read that other options do.
At this point I decide to 'Try Ubuntu' from the DVD and go to set up my existing Thunderbird account with my Tiscali address, but every time I enter the @ I get ".
I do have 'English' selected.
Advice please. Thanks.

Answer:Ubuntu dual boot with XP question.

To take your first point, it sounds like you've already partitioned a dive, but have not specified a mount point. If you want to do it that way, you need to click on the "Advanced" button and define a file system type and mount point - for example ext4 and / (which is root or what would normally be a "C" drive in Windows).
Ubuntu is trying to do as you ask, but you haven't told it the full story.
Be careful of /dev/sda - it stands for device scsi drive "a", in other words, your first sda drive which is likely to be "C" (the whole drive). If you've already partitioned it, you should be able to see /dev/sda1 /dev/sda2 and so on. The 1 and 2 and whatever, defining the partitions on that drive. You then need to define the correct partition to install the system on to.
Along side will (as far as I know) change your MBR. Along side means "as well as" in this context. That's why if you're doubtful, you need to get a suitable application and back-up your MBR to a USB drive or something, so that if push comes to shove, you can reinstall it. Microsoft has no intention of allowing you to install an alternative system, and make it as difficult as they can for you. So you need to be one step ahead.
You can tell Ubuntu to install the boot loader on it's own partition. But then, you will have to tell Windows manually, how to give you an option to boot Ubuntu, or use a boot manager such as Boot Magic. In other words, using that method will no... Read more

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So when i was trying to install ubuntu i found out that there are already 4 partitions present, and i googled for help. I found this nice looking guide from a member of the hp community:Spoiler (Highlight to read) the guide says that i could delete the system partition, I'm not sure. Could some of you give me advice?Thanks in advance, grossie8118 P.s. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post links here, so sorry if it isn't 

Answer:How can i dual boot ubuntu on a hp laptop?

You can definitely delete the recovery partition. Just make the recovery disks and store them away and you no longer need the recovery partition. Use that partition for Linux. You can use an extended partition scheme. I usually make a root "/", a swap equal to the size of the RAM and then a "/home" partition for Linux. Root needs to be like 25-50 gigs to hold the Linux kernel system files and then home is for storage. 

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Is it possible?

Answer:Dual boot Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04?

Once I had Windows 10 RTM dual booting with Linux 17.2. No issue whatsoever.

Here is a tutorial on dual booting Win 10 and Ubuntu 15.04

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Forum admin, please bump this if you feel it is in the wrong local:grin:

I recently tried loading Ubuntu onto a separate drive on my computer. All went well except for the boot process. Upon booting I no longer was brought to the normal dual boot screen, instead I now got what I beleive to be the Linux boot screen. From here I was able to still load windows, with a few more steps. What didn't like was the thought that Ubuntu took over. I did some research and figured I should reinstall it. I went to the Windows partition and formatted the section that had Ubuntu on it. Much to my surprise Ubuntu loaded itself on the same HDD as Windows 7. I formatted the section holding Ubuntu and restarted the system to this problem: grub loading error: unknown filesystem grub rescue So here I' stuck. The only ability I have is to get into bios and change my boot devive. I need help retrieving Windows.

Thank you, Tom

Answer:Windows 7 and Ubuntu dual boot

Hi Tom

Do you have a windows 7 repair disk? If you do, then boot from the disk (by using your computer Bios). Once the disk has loaded you can do a system restore as it restores your computer to an earlier point in time before your computer crashed.

A similar problem happened to my computer (with Linux Mint) and I used that method to restore windows 7.

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U410 - 28GB SSD and 500GB HDD, Windows 8.1.When I install Ubuntu 14.04 as dual-boot, I can boot into Ubuntu from GRUB but the Windows option doesn't work. I've tried the Boot Repair tool from a live USB, but all that does is to add extra enties, none of which work.I installed GRUB on the EFI partition so that shouldn't be  a problem.I've gone into the BIOS, and set a Supervisor password, but it still won't let me edit the Secure Boot settings. (I had to do that on my Acer E3 in order to add Ubuntu to the secure boot database). Has anyone managed to get the Windows option in GRUB to work on this machine?If so, how did you manage it?Thanks

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So, I currently run Ubuntu as the sole OS on my Laptop. Using a G-Parted live CD I partitioned half of my disk space, the one half dedicated to running Ubuntu and the other half to Windows 7. I downloaded a torrent of Windows 7, one that I have used before with success (so one that I trust) and burned it to a DVD-RW at the slowest burning speed possible. I booted Windows 7 through the DVD and began to do a clean install of Windows 7 on this one Partition that I left completely empty for the new OS. Everything runs smoothly and I go through the set-up until suddenly the installation hangs at 0% when 'Expanding Windows Files'. I have exhausted pretty much all the possibilities of what could be going wrong to my knowledge - saying that however my knowledge isn't very extensive at all.

Could someone possible share some info on what I could be doing wrong? I'm desperate to get Windows 7 up and running on this computer so I can begin playing some games that are otherwise impossible or incredibly difficult to get working on Ubuntu, notably, as an avid player of the Football Manager series, the upcoming release of FM12.

If anyone can offer some sort of help/fix I'll be extremely grateful. Like seriously.

Answer:Trying to Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu

The best two ways of running Linux with Wondows on one Hd drive.
Dual Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu
Linux - Install on Windows 7 Virtual Machine using VirtualBox

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