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How to dual-boot Ubuntu 10.10 and Windows 7

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This is just to show what options are available at this installation step. You may choose to encrypt your home folder.

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Create user account

This is what the GRUB menu will look like on rebooting. The Ubuntu entry will be the default, and you can boot into Windows by selecting the Windows 7 entry. Note: It has been reported that Windows 7 tends to mess with the GRUB menu after a Windows update/upgrade. To avoid any issue that might arise from that, you need to install GRUB to the boot partition of the Ubuntu installation, then use EasyBCD to edit the Windows boot menu and add an entry for Ubuntu. This method was used in how to dual-boot Fedora 14 and Windows 7.

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GRUB menu

You may view the partition structure of the disk using the Disk Utility (System > Administration > Disk Utility).

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Disk Utility

Entries for the Windows System Reserved (arrowed) and data partitions will be available from the Places menu. Clicking the main Windows partition will mount it.

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Mount Windows from menu

Mounting the Windows partition will launch its contents in the file manager, and you can browse your user directory under Windows and copy files to and fro.

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Browsing Windows files

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44 Comments

  1. Valeri says:

    Thank you .I used to have a problem with the dual boot but now it’s solved :)

  2. cyberst0rm says:

    Great simple solution. I have been running ubuntu on Vmware workstation within Windows 7. Been running super stable, but I always wanted the dual boot solution. I prefer it actually.

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  4. Kat says:

    Thanks for a really clear example of how to set up multiple partitions, with an idea of sizes… the screenshots really help, too. I couldn’t remember how to set up my swap space. My new install of Ubuntu has been working like a charm. I set up my /home on my secondary partition.

  5. Sean says:

    Spectacular guide. Lots of screenshots and very detailed.

    You have my thanks, great job!

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