How-to Dual Boot Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron and Windows (NT/XP/Vista)

20 10 2007

Step one:

Say you have a 40GB hard drive. Install Windows choosing 20GB (or greater, but keep at least 10 GB for ubuntu). I am not giving screen-shots for the Windows installation, because i guess that everyone knows about that. The setup procedures are well explained there anyway, but if you have any problems, post a comment, I shall edit this article.

Step 2:

Windows is installed. Now boot on your Ubuntu 8.04 CD in Live CD mode and launch the install icon that is displayed on the desktop.

dual boot Ubuntu and windows


Enter your Time Zone settings:

dual boot Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon 7.10 and windows XP

Then, your Keyboard Layout settings:

dual boot Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon 7.10 and windows XP

Step 4:

This is the most important part. I will discuss the manual partitioning to avoid dramatic, irreversible cases where you lose everything in your other partitions. So, choose manual partition in the list:

(Note: The rest of the tutorial refers to Manual partitioning.)

dual boot Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon 7.10 and windows XP

Step 5:

Create three partitions out of the<i>free space</i> you can see.

Dual Booting Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon and Windows (NT/XP/Vista)

One will be swap (set it to 512mb-this is more than enough)

The other one is a small ext3 partition (put it 50Megs) and mount it to /boot (Very important to do that!!)

Then the rest will be all the free space available; use ext3 as file-system and mount it to ‘/’

Step 6:

Proceed with the installation as you would normally. The most difficult part has been done. On reboot, you will notice a nice and beautiful Boot list.

Post comments if that helped you. This article will keep updating.

TJ- Helping the Free community yet again – Use Fedora..


Added a screenshot of the manual partition window.

Article now focusses on dual booting Ubuntu Hardu Heron


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