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Windows 7: Ubuntu + win7

07 Jan 2011   #1
Martin Dendev

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
Ubuntu + win7

I want Dual Boot Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu.
Any ideas how? I don't want to mess up my computer.
Just with startup I want to choose Ubuntu or Windows 7.

I heard when you use Wubi you have hibernate problems. Is that also in windows or can't you just hibernate in Ubuntu but you can in Windows?

I already downloaded the iso and extracted it to my USB-Stick.


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07 Jan 2011   #2
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello Martin.

The best way to not have issues between Windows and Linux is to boot them from separtate Hard Disk Drives using the BIOS to select which HDD/OS to boot at PC startup; have a look at this info below for some ideas.

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The easiest way to do away with boot issues between separate Operating Systems (OS) is to use the BIOS one time boot menu to select which OS to boot at system startup, each motherboard has an individual hot-key to tap during system start-up to access this menu.

If you have 2 separate Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and have one OS installed to one HDD and you want to install another OS to the second HDD, disconnect the HDD with the first OS installed on it and leave only the HDD you want to install the second OS to connected.

Just be sure not to change where the original HDD SATA cable was connected, it has to be re-connected to the exact same port to avoid boot issues.

Install the second OS to the connected HDD and when complete and the system is booting good, power down and reconnect the first HDD with the first OS on it.

This way the OSs will boot independently of each other and there will be no boot conflicts between the 2 separate OSs to have to sort later.

Then set the BIOS to boot the HDD / OS you want as default and if you want to start the other (new) OS you use the BIOS one-time boot menu to select that HDD / OS to start when the PC is started.
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07 Jan 2011   #3

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Take a look at this tutorial:
Dual Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu
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07 Jan 2011   #4
Martin Dendev

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

And the hibernate? Can I still hibernate in Windows? I love that function!
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07 Jan 2011   #5
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

If you use separate HDDs to boot from you will be able to.
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07 Jan 2011   #6
Martin Dendev

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

I would use Wubi, I don't have two different HDD's in my laptop.
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07 Jan 2011   #7
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

If I remember correctly, Wubi only places a Virtual Hard Disk Drive file inside the Windows installation so hibernate should still function.
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07 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64

That is correct, Ted. :)
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07 Jan 2011   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Getting hibernate to work with Wubi, can be a trick. Sometimes, it's dependent upon the laptop. More often than not, it's because the SWAP partition created during the install is not as large as your RAM and thus you cannot suspend.

My work laptop dual boots Ubuntu and Windows 7. Load Windows 7 first, then Ubuntu. Make sure you have unpartitioned space on your hard drive (NOT FREE SPACE, it must be UNALLOCATED). During Ubuntu load, you can choose a Side-by-side install with your existing OS. It will load Windows as well as GRUB2 which allows you to pick which OS you want to boot. The only catch for most, is if you decide to get rid of Ubuntu, you will still have GRUB in place. It's fixable, by reinstalling the NT Bootloader.

WUBI makes all of the above simple, as you can add and remove Linux through Add/Remove Programs. And WUBI uses the NT Bootloader, so no hassles there.

Have you considering using Virtualization instead to run Linux? This way you can run both OS's at once (which helps if you need to surf the web to get networking going). And you can easily make backups of your VM, in the event that you might break something. Which is likely if you are new to Linux.
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07 Jan 2011   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate X64

i have win7,XP and ubuntu all on 1 hdd
had xp first then 7 and finally ubuntu then changed the boot menu using easyBCD ( and can hibernate on all but have to go into the OS i was last in then restart to change but its no problem for me

just use the live CD to boot from or live USB
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