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I was recommended Ubuntu. I'm gonna be using it for web surfing, email, photos and other basic tasks. I've used only Windows my whole life.

How would I go about putting 2 operating systems on my harddrive? I'd have to make partitions? How do I make those?
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I'd think that Ubuntu would be a good place to start as well. I would like to mention that you don't have to repartition anything if you would simply like to try it out. First step is downloading the iso and either setting it up to boot from a flash drive or burn it to a CD.

I believe their is a way to run Ubuntu from within Windows, but I've never done this before tongue.gif

The next option would be to simply run from the bootable flash drive or CD. This will give you the full un-updated OS to explore and checkout.

Once and/or if you still want to install, Ubuntu is actually pretty good with walking people through the repartitioning process. There is a neat little guide on the download page actually, that you can view by clicking the "show me how" buttons; which explains this more simply than I could. I suggest looking over that and booting into it, then post back here if you have any other questions! It will warn you before doing anything that has a chance of loosing your data

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download

EDIT:

A quick googling has brought up this guide, which looks to go over the process pretty well. Once again, do ask if you have anymore questions!
http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntu/installing
Edited by Fir3Chi3f - 3/11/12 at 9:33pm
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If you don't want to dual boot, there is another option

I'd suggest downloading and trying out VirtualBox.. virtualization is amazing!
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You can make partitions using the Ubuntu install disc or you can use the Computer Management program in Windows Vista/7 to create new partitions.
    
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Thanks for all the info!

On the Ubuntu download site is says to pick which version i want... it recommends a 32bit one. Can I get a 64bit one since I already use Vista 64bit? Why does it recommend the 32bit? It's less glitchy?
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Thanks for all the info!
On the Ubuntu download site is says to pick which version i want... it recommends a 32bit one. Can I get a 64bit one since I already use Vista 64bit? Why does it recommend the 32bit? It's less glitchy?

The only reason the 32-bit one is recommended is because there is still more 32-bit software than 64-bit, albeit by a very small margin (unlike on Windows where it's the other way around). The remaining 32-bit software, which is usually proprietary stuff like Skype, will run fine under a 64-bit OS; it will just require the download of a whole bunch of 32-bit library dependencies to run. If you have less than 200MB of disk space this may prove to be an issue, otherwise it's just something for the 64-bit purists to moan about.

TL;DR - download the 64-bit version (ubuntu-11.10-desktop-amd64.iso).
    
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post #7 of 45
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Thanks again!

I read the link posted by firechief, and it says that the Ubuntu setup disk guides you through the partition process.

I have another question though: if I give Ubuntu 50gigs on my HD, and leave the rest to windows, can I later go back and change the size of the partitions without having to reinstall Windows and Ubuntu again?
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No, you don't have to reinstall anything if you just want to resize/delete/extend partitions. (unless you delete the partition with your OS of course.)

And honestly, unless you plan to use Ubuntu for your main OS and store EVERYTHING on that partition, you don't need more than 15-20GB and even that is being generous.
Edited by Shrak - 3/12/12 at 6:59pm
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well i burned an ubuntu cd, but it does not give me an option to install alongside windows! it says i have vista, but it just gives 2 options: replace windows with ubuntu, and something else. i clicked on something else but it looks really confusing and i dunno what the heck to do there.

i tried it again and a window popped up saying that the harddrive is mounted and cannot be partitioned, so it asked if i wanted ubuntu to try to unmount it and i clicked yes, but the option to install ubuntu side by side with windows still did not appear... it only had the 2 other options.
Edited by Buka The Earthworm - 3/13/12 at 3:49pm
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well i burned an ubuntu cd, but it does not give me an option to install alongside windows! it says i have vista, but it just gives 2 options: replace windows with ubuntu, and something else. i clicked on something else but it looks really confusing and i dunno what the heck to do there.
i tried it again and a window popped up saying that the harddrive is mounted and cannot be partitioned, so it asked if i wanted ubuntu to try to unmount it and i clicked yes, but the option to install ubuntu side by side with windows still did not appear... it only had the 2 other options.

If the "something else" option gave you a bar/partitions then it's not that hard to know what to do. Choose the free space/empty partition you made in windows and direct the installer to choose that. Honestly, if you aren't able to do partitions and understand them (in GUI form even) then you shouldn't be dual booting yet. This is not to discourage you but to prepare you for the fact that things are going to require a little more (not much since an idiot like myself can do it tongue.gif) knowledge/effort in Ubuntu/Linux at first.

PS: Can you screen shot the menu you get stuck at? And the side by side thing....well it didn't work out for me when I tried it in the past.
     
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