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Dual boot Linux and Windows
How is everyone?
I am planning to buy a new laptop, and I want to dual boot Windows 7 and Linux. For Windows, I'll buy a Windows 7 install CD, and would get Linux to a USB stick (Ubuntu).
Here are my requirements:
1. I would like to have 4 separate partition for my Windows, Ubuntu, swap space, storage.
2. Windows should not be able to see the swap space and Ubuntu partition (I won't mind if Linux can see the Windows partition)
3. Both OS should be able to read/write to the storage partition
My concern is that, which of these 2 OS will I install first? (this is under the assumption that my hardware can install both methods, cd and usb install).
It depends on the Windows version and architecture you want to use if GPT is an option. In general, Windows 7 understands GPT, but only the 64 bit versions can boot from it, and only if you use UEFI instead of the legacy BIOS option.
So it may be easier to use MBR if you don't want to hassle with UEFI boot.
Unless you remove the Linux partitions during the install Windows will not touch any installed OS, it will only replace the bootloader.
Which is what I meant, but I no doubt stately it poorly.
If you had a bootable Linux installation in place and then installed Windows, you would no longer have a Linux as a boot-time option. Windows doesn't overwrite the Linux partition(s), but considers them "useless", therefore removing references to them from the boot setup. You can of course repair the damage Windows did to the boot process, assuming you know what it did (as most people here would), but to a newbie it would appear that Linux is gone.
However you look at it, Windows does not play well with other operating systems and cuts them out of the picture at boot time, leaving only itself as the sole boot option, albeit not by overwriting those Linux partition(s).