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    Windows 7 Partition

    I've been using Ubuntu for a few months now and loving it, but there a few things I miss from my old Windows days: iTunes, Potoshop, printer software, etc. I decided I was going to re-install Windows 7 from a purchased disk alongside Ubuntu, but I haven't been able to.
    I think that what I need to do is create a partition on my hard drive in the ntfs format of a suitable size and install Windows onto there.

    Is that correct? If so, how do I go about doing this?

    Thank you all for your help.

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    Re: Windows 7 Partition

    Welcome to the forums.

    Windows requires a primary NTFS partition with the boot flag (or active flag in Windows). I believe gparted creates a XP type NTFS partition. Most say that works but others have said they had to reformat again before installing.

    There are at least two different NTFS partition boot sectors - PBR. One says to boot with ntldr for XP and the other is bootmgr to boot Vista or 7. But normally an install of 7 converts the PBR to the bootmgr as part of the install.

    Multibooters, Pictures here worth 1000+ words
    http://www.multibooters.co.uk/multiboot.html
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
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    Re: Windows 7 Partition

    Thanks for the quick response!

    I have been having some difficulty using GParted. Specifically, the space currently mounted for Ubuntu and the other for cryptswap together take up the entire hard drive. Even though only 1/10 of the space on the Ubuntu partition is in use, when I right-click it or go to the partition heading at the top of the page I do not get the option to split it.

    Why? How do I go about doing that?

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    Re: Windows 7 Partition

    Quote Originally Posted by louintoronto View Post
    when I right-click it or go to the partition heading at the top of the page I do not get the option to split it.
    That's not how you do it. You have to RESIZE the Ubuntu partition first, and then create a new partition on the free space.
    And to answer your original post - Itunes sucks! It's so full of DRM and there are so many posts on the internet about not being able to reconnect, and the library going missing etc etc that I gave up on it years ago. Plain MP3 downloads do me fine - I can use them in whatever location I desire, not where Itunes tells me.
    As for Photoshop, tried The Gimp? It's used by many professionals as an alternative to Photoshop....
    Last edited by Gordonbp531; August 31st, 2012 at 02:31 PM.

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    Re: Windows 7 Partition

    Any of these should help on gparted:

    Resizing an Ubuntu System Partition Use liveCD so everything is unmounted & swapoff if neccesary
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1219270
    http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/li...s-1/index.html

    GParted partitioning software - Full tutorial
    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/gparted.html
    Screenshots of using gparted
    http://www.howtoforge.com/partitioning_with_gparted
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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