Tuesday, October 27, 2009

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Steps On Installing Ubuntu As Dual Boot OS Along With Windows

Recently I installed Ubuntu [Linux] as a dual boot OS with Vista already installed on my Machine. I faced lot of problems, but the end result was worth all the trouble as Ubuntu rocks.

In this post, I will post the step by step method to install Ubuntu (or any of its other versions such as Mint) as a dual boot OS on Vista machine. I will also specify some mistakes I made and what I learned out of  those.

Thanks to GodFather for this motivation in making me use Ubuntu and also to make me open this thread for others would be motivated

The first step to install Ubuntu was to creat a partition on my existing hard drive. There are two ways how you can do it in vista / Windows 7:

1. In built 'Shrink Disc' feature in Vista
2. Use a disk partition software to do it for you.

Ubuntu or Mint comes with an inbuilt disk partitioner. What is required is a unallocated free space on your hard drive so that it can be partitioned while installing Ubuntu.

1. Making Space using "Shrink Disc" feature in Vista:
  • a. Log on to Vista.
  • b. Right-Click on "My computer" in the main menu and select "Manage"
  • c. It will ask for administrator password, enter it and click "allow"
  • d. Click on Disc Management.
  • e. There is will show the available partitions and external storage devices if any
  • f. Right Click on the disc partition you want to shrink and select "shrink volume"
  • g. Vista will assess how much space can be made free.
  • h. It will suggest the value which can be made free. Be sure that this is at least 10-15 GB. If you dont have this space, you will have to delete some data to make space for the partition.
  • i. Then select "shrink"
  • j. Vista will shrink the volume and show the new freed space as "unallocated" space.
  • k. After this close the window. You are done with shrinking
2. Making Space using a Disk Partition software:
  • a. I had problem that vista used to say "access denied" when I tried to shrink the main C: Drive (I had only on partition )
  • b. So I used a Free Disk Partition Software to shrink the space.
  • c. You can use the following software: EasyUS partition Master-Home Edition which you can download here: http://www.partition-tool.com/
  • d. Using this it is easy to create space for a new partition.
  • e. Using the above program, select the partition you want to shrink/resize
  • f. Using the "Resize" tool you can shrink the volume and the rest of the space would be shown as "unallocated space"
  • g. Apply the changes and you are done
The next step is to install Ubuntu
Installing UBUNTU:
1. You will need to download the latest ISO for Ubuntu or Mint from here:

2. You will need to burn this ISO image on to a CD (700 MB or more).

3. For burning this ISO you will have to use an ISO burning software. One such free software is: Free ISO burner: http://www.freeisoburner.com/

4. Be sure to burn the ISO image at a very slow speed. This extra time spent will help you install Linux trouble-free.

5. When the disc is ready, restart the computer. Be sure that in BIOS setup the CD drive is above the hard disc in boot priority.

6. Once restarted the disc will boot before the hard disc.

7. In the menu that is displayed, select "run installer" and follow the instructions.

8. Once you have selected language, Location and Keyboard configuration....the disk partitioner of ubuntu will run and show you various options as to where Ubuntu should be installed.

9. Select "Largest continuous free space" as this will select the "unallocated space" that we have created in the earlier step.

10. After this follow the next instructions to complete the installation.

11. The installation will prompt you to import the settings from Vista. If you want do import these.

12. I preferred not to import as it will copy the documents from Vista partition to the new partition of Ubuntu and just eat up the partition space. You can always access the vista documents from Ubuntu as Vista partion will be shown as a hard disk in "My computer".

13. Complete the installation. It will prompt to restart the computer. Do so.

14. After restart, the menu will show Ubuntu and Vista a dual boot OS and now you are free to choose the OS you want to load.

Using Windows software on Linux.. Will Continue In My Next Post.

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