can i run windows vista and linux mint and ubuntu on the same computer
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You can run only one at a time if you install them natively side by side on your harddisk. In that case you can choose the OS to run at boot time.
If you want to run them simultaneiusly the easiest way is to install Virtualbox on your Vista and the install Mint and Ubuntu into virtual machines.
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Originally Posted by spiky0011
That would be a wubi install as I have never used wubi I cant help with that
No, that is just installing in a container-file instead of using a partition. You still can't run the OSes simultaneously.
What if I just installed Linux mint inside Vista. Will that take up any RAM or CPU?
If you use Virtualbox to install Mint on Vista (there is no other way in running to OSes at the same time than using virtualization software like Virtualbox) the Mint will only take RAM and CPU cycles when you run it. If you don't need it just shut down the virtual machine (or more convenient, suspend it) and Mint will use nothing than the disk space it is installed in.
Mint 12 is my main OS. And I have Windows XP installed in Virtualbox so I can listen to my music. Apple DRM ftw...
I've assigned 256 mb of my systems 4 gb RAM for Windows to use. And together with Virtualbox that's 382 mb total. (memory + shared memory according to system monitor). Next to that CPU usage is around 10% continuously on my i3 laptop.
Those CPU cycles and memory I can't use in Linux as long as I have Windows running next to it. That's how you need to look at it.
Virtualbox here by default advised me to assign Windows XP 192 mb ram. I gave it slightly more then that. Also Virtualbox emulates a 16 mb graphics card. So that should be enough to give you a nice resolution screen with 32 bit colors.
Last edited by SandsOfArrakis; 04-25-2012 at 05:37 AM.