Re: Install - Vista same as Windows Recovery Environment?
Probably ... NOT.
Originally Posted by BatteryBrains
Do NOT rely on the installer to (1) properly read the partitions on your drive, and (2) NOT wipe out work you really need to keep.
For reasons no one wants to address here, the latest version of the installer goes out of its way to be confusing, with YOU taking all the risk of wiping out your existing Windows install if a mistake or error in judgement is made.
The Recovery Environment is MOST likely to be a partition containing a restore image of Vista -- if your PC came preloaded with Vista when you bought it. IF you wipe that, and you have no alternate Vista image, and anything happens to your current install -- you'll be without ANY way to restore Vista to your PC. Period.
The safest thing to do is the following:
1) Use the Vista builtin Disk Mangement utility to shrink the Vista OS partition to make room for Ubuntu.
2) Boot into Vista a couple of times after this to ensure you can still boot OK.
3) Go to the Macrium Reflect website, download and install the Free edition. Run that, selecting the option to create a Boot disk.
4) using Macrium Reflect, back off an image of your Vista OS partition to another drive, preferrably an external drive.
5) Goto the link below, download and burn the proper Vista Repair CD:
NOW ... When you boot from the Ubuntu CD and run the installer, be VERY CAREFUL where you choose to install. At least now, should you make a mistake, you'll be able to recover your Vista OS installation.
Ubuntu 14.04, Mint 17; MS Win 8.1.
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