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I want to triple boot win7, winxp, and finally linux

i have win7 x32 and win xp x64 dual booted. one for gaming and one for media.


My friend today told me to try Linux to game with and use some program to run games that arent "qualified" to run on other os's.

Ok, pls help.

How do i triple boot? Ive never used Linux and dont know anything about it. Whats the newest version etc.

Can someone walk me through this or a great *updated tutorial on how

i say updated because some of the sources i have found are from 06. uhm no ty.
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should also state that dual booting both windows as a pain in the a$$ because the boot.ini file was so messed up that i had to like reinstall windows xp like 5 times because i kept doing the wrong thing with boot manager app.

i have a 1tb drive with 800gigs of space left.

so ya. i have room.
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He probably meant WINE and this is pretty much a waste of time. Just play your games in Windows since it is already installed.
    
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The boot.ini file only gets "messed up" if you don't set your active partition properly when installing both operating systems. Vista puts its boot files on the XP partition (or vice versa, depending on which one you installed first).

You can actually use WUBI to install Ubuntu Linux without any partitioning involved, and it'll basically put the entire Linux virtual hard drive into a file. No need to worry about accidentally deleting your Windows installation or screwing up the bootloader:
http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ub...dows-installer

If you want to get more complex (i.e. the 7-OS multiboot I have on my desktop), things get more complicated
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NO! DO NOT USE WUBI!

For the love of god, stop recommending that abortion.
    
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NO! DO NOT USE WUBI!

For the love of god, stop recommending that abortion.
holy hell. if your going to make that post at least back it up with some experience as to why its the way you state.

dude if you dont wana add help then why post something negative? ****

i will look at that link.

my current setup is dual partition. one for win7 and xp.

i prolly would do another partition to avoid any problems for linux unless that is a bad idea?

damn was reading and i found that my logitech g5 won't function without setpoint and logitech is gay and doesnt support that os. arg more research...
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I've already explained why it's bad a million times.
    
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NO! DO NOT USE WUBI!

For the love of god, stop recommending that abomination.
Fixed, and I agree! It's worse than the idea for Frankenstein, uglier too!

What I would do:

Scrap XP, go full Win7. Win7 fully supports games and media at completely acceptable speeds. Unless you use really bad hardware, I mean under an 8XXX series card (or the equal for AMD).

Manually partition the drive so that you have 20+G free for linux. (empty partition)

Install Windows (or if you already have it installed move to the next step)

Install linux, and set Grub for the default.

Reboot and enjoy!

If you don't want to remove XP just do things the same. Partition, install whatever applies (lin/Win), reboot and enjoy.

DO NOT DELETE/RESIZE partitions in the Linux installer!

You will want to do all your resizing/partitioning before you install linux so that you have a blank and clean partition to install linux to before you attempt this. If you remove your partition and then blame linux just know I warned you first.

[edit] I said this because the last guy on here did that.
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There is no real reason to have XP and 7, 7 does everything that XP does, just better. Plus, I know that XP x64 was plagued with a lot of driver issues.

My advice, reformat fully, install 7 x64, and dual boot with a beginner distro like Ubuntu or similar. Should be pretty self explanatory when installing it.

If you are installing Linux to try to play "games", as you said, I wouldn't bother really. Bad support, an WINE is far from reliable with large applications, or any applications really. It's a nice experience learning a new way of working, installing things, and general usage though.
    
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