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    Installing Ubuntu and Vista

    Hi,

    I am assuming that if I try to install Ubuntu I will have the option of replacing the Vista system, or installing Ubuntu alongside Vista.

    A question.

    To install Ubuntu alongside Vista must vista be a working OS?

    At present, Vista does not work on my machine, but at a later date, I may try to get it working

    Thanks.

    A

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu and Vista

    Quote Originally Posted by anon_private View Post
    Hi,

    I am assuming that if I try to install Ubuntu I will have the option of replacing the Vista system, or installing Ubuntu alongside Vista.

    A question.

    To install Ubuntu alongside Vista must vista be a working OS?

    At present, Vista does not work on my machine, but at a later date, I may try to get it working

    Thanks.

    A
    No it doesn't have to be working. But do you have a hardware issue with your
    machine that may affect another OS??

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu and Vista

    Vista does not need to be working.

    There is the 'Something Else' option at the partitioning section of the install which allows you to partition manually. You could then make an extended partition and put Ubuntu in that. You need a couple of partitions at least (in this case, logical drives inside the extended partition) for Ubuntu. A normal setup is three:

    / = where the OS goes, 15Gb fine;
    /home = where your personal data goes, big as you like;
    /swap = 2Gb fine at the end of the drive after /home.

    The other option is a large / and /swap as per above. A /home directory will be automagically created in / for your personal documents. Downside of this is if you break the system and can't get in, you will need to back up your /home directory somehow before reinstalling (a last resort always).

    With a separate /home partition your personal data is theoretically safe and you can reinstall the OS to the / partition.

    Hope that helps some.

    PS: Using 'Something Else' you will clearly see your existing partitions as they will be NTFS or FAT. Ubuntu needs to use an EXT* partition; choose EXT4. The mount points /, /home and /swap are all defaults in the partitioning section (the app Gparted) which you can choose easily.

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu and Vista

    Keep in mind that if you get vista working again by reinstalling it may overwrite the bootloader, so that ubuntu seems to disappear. It's still present and using your ubuntu installation dvd/usb you can repair it, but if you think you need to reinstall vista the preferred order is to reinstall windows first and then install ubuntu.

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu and Vista

    Quote Originally Posted by impavidus View Post
    ... If you think you need to reinstall vista the preferred order is to reinstall windows first and then install ubuntu.
    +1.

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu and Vista

    Thanks to all.

    Very helpful.

    Happy Christmas

    A

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu and Vista

    And a happy xmas to you.

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu and Vista

    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky Ball View Post
    Vista does not need to be working.

    There is the 'Something Else' option at the partitioning section of the install which allows you to partition manually. You could then make an extended partition and put Ubuntu in that. You need a couple of partitions at least (in this case, logical drives inside the extended partition) for Ubuntu. A normal setup is three:

    / = where the OS goes, 15Gb fine;
    /home = where your personal data goes, big as you like;
    /swap = 2Gb fine at the end of the drive after /home.

    The other option is a large / and /swap as per above. A /home directory will be automagically created in / for your personal documents. Downside of this is if you break the system and can't get in, you will need to back up your /home directory somehow before reinstalling (a last resort always).

    With a separate /home partition your personal data is theoretically safe and you can reinstall the OS to the / partition.

    Hope that helps some.

    PS: Using 'Something Else' you will clearly see your existing partitions as they will be NTFS or FAT. Ubuntu needs to use an EXT* partition; choose EXT4. The mount points /, /home and /swap are all defaults in the partitioning section (the app Gparted) which you can choose easily.
    Thank you ; Bucky Ball, this answers a question i wanted to ask.

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