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Windows 7: Dual Boot Setup

09 Apr 2014   #1
blockie

 
Dual Boot Setup

I occassionaly help other residents here at this Assisted Care Facility. Several of them have asked about getting another operating system because of the demise of Win XP.
In this regard, I am thinking of familiarizing myself with a second operatring sytem. I am thinking of dual booting an Ubuntu system. My computer has plenty of space on the hard drive for this. I am running W7 Ultimate without any hardware problems.So, I would expect the computetr to support installing another operating sysytem.
What do you guys think?

Bill


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09 Apr 2014   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Good move Bill.

There are 2 ways to do a dual boot of Linux:

1. To the same hard disk - complex
2. To a separate hard disk - easier

The second option also has the added benefit, of it something goes wrong, the Windows installation is not affected in the least - as a Linux beginner, i would recommend this route.

There are a good few free Linux distributions. Some are complex, others not. Those that mimic the Windows functionality to a large degree are LinuxMint and Zorin.

Zorin actually has a useful function to make the entire desktop look and behave like either XP or Windows 7 (incl. a classic Start menu)

I would suggest trying Zorin first.

With an XP look & feel:

Dual Boot Setup-xp.png

With a Windows 7 look & feel:

Dual Boot Setup-7.png


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09 Apr 2014   #3
blockie

 

Boy! That was a quick reponse. Thanks.
The following is a site with instructions for a dual boot. What do you think?
Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu in Perfect Harmony
I probably use the free ZORIN.

Bill
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09 Apr 2014   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

If you don't have a 2nd hard disk, than that would do nicely. You could also try this one if you like - its Mint specific but the same applies to other distros:

Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux

Create an image of Windows 7 before you start installing Linux, regardless of which way you go about it.
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10 Apr 2014   #5
blockie

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
If you don't have a 2nd hard disk, than that would do nicely. You could also try this one if you like - its Mint specific but the same applies to other distros:

Dual Boot - Windows 7 and Linux

Create an image of Windows 7 before you start installing Linux, regardless of which way you go about it.
I created a image of c: (System) drive
I completed PartA of the tutorial and got a complete satisfactory. see attached capture2.
I'm not sure I really got a GOOD flash drive because of the errors (12) that were displayed in the dialogue. see attached capture 1


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10 Apr 2014   #6
blockie

 

As I read further to see what to do next I find some further possible obstacles.My drive management setup is not the same as you have.I have no 100Mb partition as well as a data partition. also note that the boot option is already in the C; partition..What does that do to the instructions in your tutorial?

Also, I tried to boot from the flash drive. Couldn't. If I remember correctly I got into BIOS some time ago and could not b oot from a USB port. The only options available were DVD rom drive and the Hdd. I am using a ASUS P53E Notebook computer. Can I use a CD?
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10 Apr 2014   #7
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Your Zorin download looks to be corrupted. I would download it again.

Yes, you can boot from DVD.

The 100MB system partition should not matter.....I'll confirm that once I'm home this evening.
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11 Apr 2014   #8
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Bill, you don't need to be concerned by the lack of 100MB system reserved partition. Simply Skip Part D Step 2 of the tutorial.
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11 Apr 2014   #9
blockie

 

I'm between a "rock and a hard place". I downloadecd Zolin again and ran part A again. Got the same errors.
So I tried to use a DVD instead of a flash drive. Ran Part A again, had to click on "see all drives". Got an error immediately,"cannot boot from this media" or something like that. Continued with Part A and wasn't able to copy ANY files. Last error msg was, "media write protected". I was able to copy to the DVD, however, using the W7 native command. Also I changed permissions on the DVD media to ALL.
I am presently downloading the 32bit MINK. Petra I think. Will try that. If that doesn't work will try the other tuitorial.

Bill
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11 Apr 2014   #10
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Bill. You will need to use a writable DVD.
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