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Windows 7: Dual Boot... YES PLEASE!!!

03 Aug 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit + Ubuntu in Virtual Box
Dual Boot... YES PLEASE!!!


I want to start dual booting Windows 7 64bit PRO and Ubuntu 10.04 .... but before i do this i want to ask a couple of questions to determine if it actually is worth all the effort...

[If you haven't used Ubuntu, please dont trash it, try it I used to be like you... ]

1. Will the windows partition be able to access and read the Ubuntu partition? and visa versa? I know that they are of two file systems... will this be a problem?

{Windows Questions}
2. How safe is it to use the disk manager in WIN 7 to shrink a partition after the drive has been defragmented?
3. How will i set the HDD's so that if I do not watch the boot up, and select the OS to boot into.. it will boot into Windows 7?
4. If at a later stage i do wish to leave Ubuntu knowing that I at least tried it and that it is not for me... How will I go about removing the dual boot option on boot up?

{Ubuntu Questions}
5. What is the point of using Ubuntu... What can it do the Win 7 cant?
6. Security - Will i have a problem with viruses? And from this side will they be able to infect my Windows 7?

Thanks Guys...

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03 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64-bit

I'll answer what I can.

1) The Ubuntu partition will be able to read the Windows partition, but not the other way around (or at least I haven't gotten it to).
2) Pretty safe. Worst case scenario it will have to do a start-up repair, but thats no biggie.
3) You will have to use Ubuntu's Grub, and I'm not sure if it will let you set a default or not. Worst case scenario, you will have to choose every time.
4) It's not always the easiest to do but others on here have. Use the search function.
5) Nothing off the top of my head. I use it because I can boot from my external hard drive or the cd in case I can't boot into Windows for some reason.
6) They are a lot harder to get with Linux (because there are fewer of them), but if you can find a decent Linux AV, it might be worth installing.
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03 Aug 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

ad1) I assume you want to access common data. Why don't you set up a seperate Data Partition. I am not an Ubuntu expert, but I think it can deal with NTFS.

ad2) It is safe. I never had a problem.

ad3) If you have 2 seperate HDDs, I suggest you install Ubuntu on a disk seperate from Windows 7 by disconnecting the Windows 7 OS disk. That way you do not get into this double boot mess with the MBR and you can prioritize the boot sequence in the BIOS.

ad4) if you make the setup as suggested in ad3, you just delete the Ubuntu partition. If you do a true double boot, you have to mess around rebuiding the MBR for Windows. MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record
A completely different approach would be to run Ubuntu in a virtual partition. I have done that with Virtual Box. This is quite simple and whenever you want to get rid of Ububtu, you only have to delete a couple of files.

ad5&6) I tried Ubuntu for the learning effect. It is quite different to Windows and a little hard to learn at first. It is a lot less subjected to malware (because of the small user base it is not an interesting target). But I don't think it gives you more function than Windows - at least I could not find any.

Edit: Hmm, I guess Petey7 was saying the same thing 1 minute ahead of me.
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04 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64bit + Ubuntu in Virtual Box

Would it be better to then just run a virtual machine... as i will probably just be using it to play around in it... i doubt that if i had a choice i would ever boot into Ubuntu over windows...
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04 Aug 2010   #5
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Virtual machine or virtual partition = same thing.
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04 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Professional 64bit + Ubuntu in Virtual Box

I have posted a problem that i have with my terminal... i wonder if you can help...

Here is the thread
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04 Aug 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows XP Professional, Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Linx

EasyBCD can read both Windows and Ubuntu...
I like it better than Grub.
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