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donchale 12-17-2007 08:51 PM

Dual boot on dual user machine??
I currently have a "family" machine running WinXP. If I install Ubuntu off a disk I have it is my understanding that Linux will become the primary OS. If so, how does one move from the Linux OS to Windows. I am trying to find out as much as possible beforehand hoping to avoid nasty suprises.


jailbait 12-17-2007 09:23 PM

When you install Ubuntu it will install a bootloader on your hard drive. The bootloader will give you a choice of booting either Ubuntu or Windows. If you do not reply within a few seconds the bootloader will boot into whichever OS you have told it should be the default OS.

Steve Stites

donchale 12-17-2007 09:29 PM

Thanks, that should do it.

ash4stuff 12-17-2007 09:30 PM

you have to create (at least) to partitions, one for windows and one for linux. if you just add a disk, makes things a little easier and you don't really have to touch the windows installation at all

you install a linux distro, and then you have to install a boot loader (must linux distris do this for you), and the boot loader can load windows or linux at boot time.

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