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Windows 7: Dual boot XP and Ubuntu Server edition

31 Jul 2014   #1
Dragonchaser

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Dual boot XP and Ubuntu Server edition

I have a Packard Bell desktop that still runs XP. Yeah, I know, bear with me...

I would like to dual boot it with Ubuntu Server but I read two interesting posts which I will follow:

1. First someone (edwar) suggested to use a Virtual Machine. Both Virtualbox and VMware Player are free. That way you can run both Windows and any flavor of Linux you want along with older versions of Windows at the same time. No need to restart to go to the other OS. Best thing since sliced bread.

IMHO this is not an option for me since XP is already installed. I don't think I can install a VM and then move my XP into the VM. Please correct me if I'm wrong.

2. Then someone suggested to install the 2nd OS on another HDD. I like that a idea. I just couldn't find that post anymore. AFAICR he said:
- install 2nd HDD
- unplug 1st HDD
- reboot with Ubuntu installation CD
- install Ubuntu on 2nd HDD
- plug in 1st HDD
- go into BIOS and set it so that it asks which HDD to boot from

Is the above more or less correct? If so I'll try to do just that one of these days.


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31 Jul 2014   #2
gregrocker

 

Yes it's always best to boot from BIOS to avoid issues.

Set preferred OS HD first to boot in BIOS setup,

then when needed trigger other OS HD using one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.

Let us know how this works. There are other options if it isn't desirable, like installing EasybCD to Windows to add the other OS: Dual boot Ubuntu-Win7
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