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Windows 7: Dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04.2

23 Feb 2013   #1
Frank Cogburn

Windowa7 Home Premiumx64
 
 
Dual booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04.2

Well nobody in the Ubuntu forums could help me so I thought maybe you fine folks here could. I have a 120 g ssd that I have tried several times to install Ubuntu on and cannot do it, no way , any way, whatsoever! I know the disks I have burned are good. I have a GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 Gigabyte motherboard. I have changed settings in the BIOS and any thing I could think of to no avail. I have dual booted Ubuntu on every computer I have ever built but not this one! Huh uh! Anyone have thoughts on this? It's totally unnecessary, I just like to play around with Ubuntu. Any thoughts appreciated. Thanks


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23 Feb 2013   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Try this - just substitute LinuxMint for Ubuntu:

Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux
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23 Feb 2013   #3
Frank Cogburn

Windowa7 Home Premiumx64
 
 

Please! Thanks for your response, but it offers no solution to my question. I want to run Ubuntu and have always been able to in the past! Does Windows 7 have some kind of code that won't let one install Ubuntu on the computer? Thanks again.
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23 Feb 2013   #4
essenbe
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Enterprise X64/Windows 10 Pro X64/Linux Mint
 
 

No, it does not. You should be able to dual boot Windows and any Linux distro, or install them seperately on another drive. Is Windows installed in UEFI mode? If so, that could be an issue.
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23 Feb 2013   #5
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM 17.3 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

What do you mean?
It won't install or it crashes during installation?

Does the Live CD work (i.e. can you just run Ubuntu from the disc itself)?

My friend experienced a weird problem related to IDE vs SATA BIOS settings.
In one mode, W7 would run but Ubuntu wouldn't (and vice versa).
I can't remember how he fixed the issue.
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23 Feb 2013   #6
caperjack

win8pro 32 bit win 7Ulitmate 32 bit
 
 

did you create a partition on the ssd drive to install it on ,what error messages do you get when you try booting to the Ubuntu disk ,and why didn't the instructions in the tutorial link provided by golden
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23 Feb 2013   #7
Frank Cogburn

Windowa7 Home Premiumx64
 
 

Hi, thanks everyone. As far as I know Windows is installed in the EFI mode, at least that's the setting in the BIOS, the options are Non-EFI, EFI, and Auto. When I boot from the Ubuntu cd I get to the screen where it says: try Ubuntu without installing, install Ubuntu, etc. I press: install and it goes to the screen where it asks for the language, enter language and then it goes to a black screen with blinking cursor? thing and just sits there! I have waited it out to see if it would do something and after a while I hear the drum sound and the blinking cursor stops, no activity on hard drive, according to light and that's it. Hard shutdown and reboot brings Windows 7, happily, back. It may have to do with Grub but I ain't gonna get into that because I have had to clean install Windows before when I mucked around with Grub.

It's not a matter of great importance. Just wonder what is stopping this. And yes I did make partition for Ubuntu. Thanks for your time, Frank
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23 Feb 2013   #8
Ham Radio

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 & Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frank Cogburn View Post
Well nobody in the Ubuntu forums could help me so I thought maybe you fine folks here could. I have a 120 g ssd that I have tried several times to install Ubuntu on and cannot do it, no way , any way, whatsoever! I know the disks I have burned are good. I have a GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 Gigabyte motherboard. I have changed settings in the BIOS and any thing I could think of to no avail. I have dual booted Ubuntu on every computer I have ever built but not this one! Huh uh! Anyone have thoughts on this? It's totally unnecessary, I just like to play around with Ubuntu. Any thoughts appreciated. Thanks
It is actually very easy to Dual Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu. I signed up just so I could post in this thread!
I just installed Ubuntu 12.04.2 yesterday, and have it up and running very nicely. Although I have dual booted Linux Mint, openSUSE, & Ubuntu multiple times before with Windows 7.

Here is what you need to do.

1. Defragment the HDD that you are going to install Ubuntu on. I like Auslogics Disk Defrag

2. Go to Start -> All Programs -> Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Storage -> Disk Management.

3. Right click on the drive you want to put Ubuntu on and click "Shrink Volume" Shrink the volume and give Ubuntu as much space as you want. DO NOT FORMAT IT!

4. Make an Ubuntu Flash Drive. Universal USB Installer is a great tool. You will have to use the "Try an unlisted Linux ISO" option, as the "Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop" option doesn't work because Ubuntu 12.04.2 has an updated Kernel.

5. Boot up into your Ubuntu flash drive, and choose "Install Ubuntu" Click on the option to "Install alongside Vista". Ubuntu will automatically find the free space that you created and install on it. It will also automatically make GRUB your bootloader giving you the option to either boot up into Windows and Ubuntu evertime you boot up your PC.

Well, that's it. You can use the windows bootloader, but that is slightly more complicated. So I will only right out how to do that if you absolutely want to.

Happy Dual-Booting!!!!
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23 Feb 2013   #9
Ham Radio

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 & Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frank Cogburn View Post
It may have to do with Grub but I ain't gonna get into that because I have had to clean install Windows before when I mucked around with Grub.
You re-install Windows just to fix Grub? Yikes! Use this tool. I have used it many times. Works great!
Easy Recovery Essentials | Windows Repair CD Downloads
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23 Feb 2013   #10
Ham Radio

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 & Ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
No, it does not. You should be able to dual boot Windows and any Linux distro, or install them seperately on another drive. Is Windows installed in UEFI mode? If so, that could be an issue.
Ubuntu 12.04.2 has added support for UEFI mode.
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