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I'm having a little brain fart right now.

I currently have Ubuntu Linux 11.04 installed on my HOME PC.

How do you add Windows 7 to it on the same hard drive? Can you guys post a link to a video tutorial?
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post #2 of 17
vm ware

virtual box

install that first then the os.

vm ware... you want 7 and up as it has graphics but costs money... thery are open source ones that are brilliant and free.. let me find the name and get back to you
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post #3 of 17
The only way I've ever done it is to install Windows first on a partition, then install Linux afterwards. If you do it the other way around, Windows will simply replace GRUB with its own bootloader, making Linux inaccessible. As such, I just install Windows first and then let GRUB (which is installed with your Linux distro) act as the bootloader.

I'm sure it's possible to do it the other way around, but I don't know how to do it off the top of my head.
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post #4 of 17
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I mean without the virtual machine. I'd prefer a dualboot.
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post #5 of 17
Easy way: install windows first, then ubuntu. It will do all the work for you and at every startup you choose which OS to boot into.
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post #6 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jobotoo View Post
Easy way: install windows first, then ubuntu. It will do all the work for you and at every startup you choose which OS to boot into.
pretty much this^^.... if you are not going to install vm ware. vm ware you can install it as an os then, have windows and ubuntu installed inside it and have then running side by side. and then tab between the 2.... and that to me is a huge win
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Ehhh, i dont wanna lose all my stuff.
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post #8 of 17
You can do it the other way around, it's just a big pain to get grub back up and running.

Basically it looks like this:
  1. Resize your partitions with gparted so you have free space for a Windows partition. This SHOULD be done from a Live CD to prevent filesystem corruption.
  2. Install Windows.
  3. Boot from a Linux rescue CD and reinstall grub. (The hard part.)
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post #9 of 17
I did it this way on my school HDD:

Make partitions.

Install windows as main.
Install Linux with Grub.

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post #10 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by trypwned View Post
I'm having a little brain fart right now.

I currently have Ubuntu Linux 11.04 installed on my HOME PC.

How do you add Windows 7 to it on the same hard drive? Can you guys post a link to a video tutorial?
If you have Ubuntu installed already, create a separate partition for Win7 via Gparted. Install Windows 7 to that partition, which will overwrite GRUB.
Then boot a live ubuntu cd/usb and reinstall grub2.
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1035999

It is a lot easier if you instal Windows 7 first, and then Ubuntu side-by-side.
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