After checking out some distros, I decided that the Kubuntu variant was the one for me. I've had Ubuntu 12.04 and Linux Mint 13 install alongside my Windows 7 installation (same disk, I shrunk my windows partition by 100GB) without issue.
I downloaded the 64-bit ISO from kubuntu.org, burned it, booted it, and low and behold, it won't recognize that I already have a Windows 7 OS and would like to install along side it for dual booting.
Just to make sure it wasn't a partition problem I fired up my Ubuntu 12.04 disk that I had made and had no issue, the option to install alongside my Windows 7 installation (which WAS detected) was there.
At this point I'm wondering if I have to abandon Kubuntu since it just seems doggedly determined to thwart a hopeful user. I'm not wiping out my Windows 7 install, I still need it. I'm also afraid to just partition the empty space as EXT4 and SWAP and install Kubuntu, because I have a feeling it won't put GRUB on for me since it can't tell I already have an existing OS.
Can anyone out there shed some light on this or perhaps provide a solution? Thanks.