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Old 05-28-2007, 04:10 AM   #1
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Dual Booting with vista?


A while ago i played around with kubuntu on my old laptop and found that when i partioned my hard drive into 2 and installed kubuntu onto the clean partition, that it easily recognised the existing windows xp install and allowed it to be bootable from the boot menu.

Now that i've had my new laptop with vista for a while i'm sorta missing kubuntu. Will the dual boot behave as it did with XP?
Old 05-28-2007, 06:08 AM   #2
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Old 09-28-2007, 11:02 AM   #3
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Hi hardz
I have a new IBM Thinkpad that came with "vista".
I tried to install Kubuntu 7.04 with dual boot.
I lost Vista
As Linux is my main system, I reinstalled Kubutu using the whole disk.
I was in the process of asking if anybody had sucessfully install Kubuntu 7.04 as a dual boot with Vista when I saw your thread.
Since you have not had any helpful responses yet, I shall go ahead and with mine on the "laptop" section.
Old 09-28-2007, 11:15 AM   #4
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well for what it's worth i never tried it. decided it was too risky, didn't wanna mess around with my laptop and risk voiding any warranties..

and i dont have a vista cd.... (apparently u dont get one even if ur computer comes with vista pre installed? wat a joke.)
Old 09-28-2007, 12:56 PM   #5
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Ha Ha, I'm laughing

After I lost my Vista, I called the computer company and after several conversations, I got 3 recovery discs. I was able to restore Vista, which I promply lost again.

Ha, Ha, I'm laughing

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Old 09-28-2007, 02:38 PM   #6
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I use this one to configure the Vista bootloader:

A complete manual, including screenshots, can be found here

Have a lot of fun

Koen Plessers
Old 09-28-2007, 07:01 PM   #7
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If I was going through all of this, I would have cloned my hard drive out to a DVD, then played around with Linux. Didn't work? Lost Vista? Then I would reimage the hard drive with the backup cloned copy.

I have access to Norton Ghost, but there is at least a couple of other freebie programs that do the same thing. Also, for shrinking and partitioning drives before installing a Linux distribution, there is the gparted live cd.
Old 09-29-2007, 03:38 AM   #8
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I had no trouble with it.

Bought this PC with Vista Ultimate installed. Ran through the Kubuntu LiveCD, installed, telling it to leave vista bit of space, it automatically set up a "Vista/Longhorn" choice in my grub menu, which works fine (not that I ever boot it...).



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