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    Question Help: UnInstalling Win8 RP & Installing Ubuntu

    In my laptop I had Windows Vista. When Windows 8 Release Preview came, I installed it as dual boot. Now, I want to uninstall Win8 RP and install Ubuntu in its partition. I still want to keep Vista in its own partition. How can I do it? I have Vista and Win8 RP in separate partitions, and after Ubuntu installation, I want to have just Vista and Ubuntu in my boot menu. Please help

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    Re: Help: UnInstalling Win8 RP & Installing Ubuntu

    When you get to the partitioning section of the Ubuntu install select 'Something Else'. Kill the Win install which will create free space (delete the partition). Install Ubuntu to the free space. Ubuntu uses EXT4 partitions so the NTFS Windows one can not be used and should be deleted.

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    Re: Help: UnInstalling Win8 RP & Installing Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky Ball View Post
    When you get to the partitioning section of the Ubuntu install select 'Something Else'. Kill the Win install which will create free space (delete the partition). Install Ubuntu to the free space. Ubuntu uses EXT4 partitions so the NTFS Windows one can not be used and should be deleted.
    Thanks. So, when I do this my boot menu will also get updated to show just Ubuntu and Vista?

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    Re: Help: UnInstalling Win8 RP & Installing Ubuntu

    Once Ubuntu is installed, in a terminal run:

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    sudo update-grub
    That will pick up any installed operating systems if they are not showing already. If you have trouble booting when you're done, you can try creating and booting from a Boot Repair CD (you can install it via Software Centre or Synaptics, depending on what you're using, and run it while running from the desktop from the Ubuntu install CD also).

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair

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    Re: Help: UnInstalling Win8 RP & Installing Ubuntu

    If Win8 and Vista shared one physical drive, Win8 would have installed its boot loader files into the Vista partition; thus, when you erase Win8, you might not be able to boot into Vista if Win8 is the default OS in the Win8 boot menu.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    If Win8 and Vista shared one physical drive, Win8 would have installed its boot loader files into the Vista partition; thus, when you erase Win8, you might not be able to boot into Vista if Win8 is the default OS in the Win8 boot menu.
    Please see my current boot screen in attachment. I do not have Win 8 CP. It didnt went away whn I installed Win 8 RP. I currently set Win8 RP as the default.

    I had (and still have) Vista in my C: and I created a new partition to install Win 8 CP. I installed Win 8 RP in the same partition I had CP. So, currently I have two partitions with OS in it. 1. Vista 2. Win8 RP. I have a 3rd partiton with a very small space just for specific use.

    Can some one please help me what will happen if I try to install ubuntu? I tried installing it and it has an option of 'REplace Win 8'. Not sure if I can choose it and still get ubuntu and vista.
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    Re: Help: UnInstalling Win8 RP & Installing Ubuntu

    The boot screen you attached still shows Win8 CP -- which is what happens if you install a newer Windows OS when an older one is still present on the same physical drive -- the Win8 boot loader files overwrote the ones in Vista.

    Since you want to keep Vista -- let's fix that first. Go into your boot screen and choose Vista as the default. Then, reboot.

    You should now get the old Vista boot screen -- the one with the sliding green bar, instead of the Win8 boot screen.

    Once you boot back into Vista, use the Disk Management utility to remove the old Win8 partition. Do NOT create a new partition in the unallocated space -- leave it empty.

    Then, reboot using the Ubuntu live CD/USB and choose Something Else to create a Linux filesystem in the unallocated space.
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    Re: Help: UnInstalling Win8 RP & Installing Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Phelps View Post
    The boot screen you attached still shows Win8 CP -- which is what happens if you install a newer Windows OS when an older one is still present on the same physical drive -- the Win8 boot loader files overwrote the ones in Vista.

    Since you want to keep Vista -- let's fix that first. Go into your boot screen and choose Vista as the default. Then, reboot.

    You should now get the old Vista boot screen -- the one with the sliding green bar, instead of the Win8 boot screen.

    Once you boot back into Vista, use the Disk Management utility to remove the old Win8 partition. Do NOT create a new partition in the unallocated space -- leave it empty.

    Then, reboot using the Ubuntu live CD/USB and choose Something Else to create a Linux filesystem in the unallocated space.
    Thanks a lot.. I was able to install Ubuntu without much confusions. My Windows boot screen still shows 3: Win8 RP, Win 8 CP and Vista, even after I used the Win 8 partition for Ubuntu.
    btw, I didnt do a 'swap' partition during installation. Is that ok?
    The only issue I'm experiencing right now is with Chrome/You Tube (Yellow/ Green dots). But, it looks like a known issue.

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