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Windows 7: Where to go from here

10 Jan 2011   #1
80yearold

Win 7 64 bit
 
 
Where to go from here

Did not choose user name for sympathy, merely to tap into a patient soul. New unit, new OS and been totally Linux for several years. Attempted to partition with gparted with less then favorable results. Downloaded partition wizard and DO NOT want to be forced into recovery again,
Is it as simple as resizing that 286 plus GB,is there anything else I need to know? And like gparted I assume I will be given opportunity to choose ext3 as file system for Linux? While I have your attention can I also partition for another Win OS namely XP. If so can I use the disk from my old laptop (yes I understand no support) I appreciate your attention in this matter as this is one extremely challenged old man (but not in Linux)
Thanks
Allen


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10 Jan 2011   #2
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi 80yearold and a warm welcome to the forum

So. Have you bought a new PC and it has got Windows 7 on it and you want to make a dual boot with a linux distro?
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10 Jan 2011   #3
80yearold

Win 7 64 bit
 
 
partitioning in win 7

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 80yearold View Post
Did not choose user name for sympathy, merely to tap into a patient soul. New unit, new OS and been totally Linux for several years. Attempted to partition with gparted with less then favorable results. Downloaded partition wizard and DO NOT want to be forced into recovery again,
Is it as simple as resizing that 286 plus GB,is there anything else I need to know? And like gparted I assume I will be given opportunity to choose ext3 as file system for Linux? While I have your attention can I also partition for another Win OS namely XP. If so can I use the disk from my old laptop (yes I understand no support) I appreciate your attention in this matter as this is one extremely challenged old man (but not in Linux)
Thanks
Allen
As I indicated I was comfortable with Linux, in fact had ubuntu, Lenny, and mint with an extended partition from XP which I used seldom. With help I know I can get back to Ubuntu at least. As an aside I even tried wubi and username came up Allen and tried every PW I ever used but to no avail. Is there a way in wubi to recover PW. At any rate any help in any direction appreciated

Allen
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10 Jan 2011   #4
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello 80yearold, welcome to Seven Forums!



I know next to nothing about Linux but if you're asking if Partition Wizard will format to the Ext3 file system, yes it will.

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Where to go from here-ext3.jpg


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10 Jan 2011   #5
Frank1

Desk Top with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit and Lap Top with Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Hello 80 year old. Welcome to the forum. I'm a lot younger than you. I won't be 80 years old until March.
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10 Jan 2011   #6
80yearold

Win 7 64 bit
 
 

Frank:
Glad to know others my age or near are out and about
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10 Jan 2011   #7
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I'm still not clear what position you are in now. Have you got a new machine with Windows 7 on it?
If so. are you now wanting to create an ext3 partition and put Ubuntu on it in a dual boot?

Assuming the above, as you can see from BFKs post it's perfectly possible to create an ext3 partition.
Also you can shrink your Windows partition via Disk Management in Windows. Then install Ubuntu from disk and allocate it to the space you have created.
I haven't used Ubuntu for a while but Linux Mint will do this for you.
You will then have Linux as your first boot choice-in GRUB. You drop down to Windows and choose that and Windows boot loader appears.

Hope this helps, John

PS. I gather you've been a Linux man for a while and as you can see I walk on both sides of the road but I think you will find Windows 7 absolutely amazing
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10 Jan 2011   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you plan to run Ubuntu, you may want to consider running it in Virtual Box. Then you do not have the complcations with double booting, the Grub taking control and all the other unneccessary headaches. I run it that way and it performs like a charm. Only Firefox was a bit slow, but I fixed that with Chromium. In addition you have access to Ubuntu and Windows7 in parallel which is very handy.

There are a few experts on this forum which can help you with an optimal Virtual Box installation. And I am an oldtimer too (73) - probably sounds like a youngster to you, LOL.
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10 Jan 2011   #9
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi Allen. This tutorial tells it all: Dual Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu
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12 Jan 2011   #10
80yearold

Win 7 64 bit
 
 
a bit more detail on partitioning

A expense of being redundant user name while true was chosen to elicit patience not as a sympathy ploy.
I have tried to understand what I have read and sadly my comprehension is not what it once was.
I am looking to get back to what I had in my prior unit but with more HD.
I had an extended with 3 logical drives and had Ubuntu , Lenny, and would get curious with 3rd and try different distros.
Frankly out of my comfort zone and need someone willing to walk me through. Present HD came with 3 primary, a boot, recovery, and 286+ GB that for my purpose needs to be extended to:
3 logical of about 30 GB each and remainder unallocated. If this is not acceptable please advise as this is my one and only hobby and I miss Linux.
Hope to find someone with patience and time to help me.
As an aside I am a retired chef and there I have not lost my comprehension
I want to thank all who replied and apologize for what appears an old mans folly. And John I envy you ability walk both sides. Ubuntu and any distro in Linux is my comfort zone. Yep that being said been around since 3.1 Cheere
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