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    Question Ubuntu & Windows Vista

    I'm about to set up a laptop to work with both Ubuntu Studio and Windows Vista.

    Should I install Vista first? (And will it let me set up partitions?)

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    Re: Ubuntu & Windows Vista

    Usually when I install windows. I install windows first. And i dont set up the partitions in it. I just make one partition with the space for windows and leave everything else blank. Then I use the ubuntu installer to make both my swap and my root installation. I have found that installing windows last messes up grub, so grub was my reason for installing windows first. Though I guess if you wanted to use windows chain loader thing, you could install it in any order. Theoretically it should work in either order, but its up to you how you want to do it.

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    Re: Ubuntu & Windows Vista

    Are you talking about Windows XP or Windows Vista?

    This laptop has Vista right now and it appears to have a different approach towards system management, pretty restrictive, so I'm not sure if the install CDs will cooperate with a *nix install.

    The CDs that came with the laptop, by the way, are:
    "Toshiba Recovery and Applications/Drivers - Windows Vista Home...etc."
    Since it says Vista, I'm hoping it actually does allow for a Vista reinstall.

    What's the minimum hard drive space required for Vista?

    It's only a 160 GB hard drive.

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    Re: Ubuntu & Windows Vista

    I would allow at least 20 gigs for your vista. But since you have to use the restore cd, I would install linux first. just to set up partitions. And then try to use the restore cd on one of the partitions. but i dont know how it will work out for you. But I have done this with both Vista and XP

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    Re: Ubuntu & Windows Vista

    20 gigs! WOW! Sheesh... that's crazy.
    I noticed that the default install, right now, uses almost 18gigs, so that makes sense.

    But that's just overkill for *just* an operating system to require 20 gigs.

    I don't know, I might just go back to XP so I can do an 8 gig partition and have the additional gigs set aside for *nix.

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    Re: Ubuntu & Windows Vista

    Id think you would want to use xp over vista any day personally. heh. So it might be better to go back to xp anyways.

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