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axiomata
January 28th, 2009, 09:55 AM
A few years back, with help from this forum I set up a dual boot with XP and Ubuntu. That computer has been scrapped and I'm interested now in setting up a tri-boot of XP (already installed), Ubuntu and the new Windows 7 beta.

I only have one 640GB harddrive ATM, and would prefer not getting another unless absolutely necessary.

What I'm looking for help on is the ideal step-by-step process to setting up this system as a tri-boot including partitioning instructions.

yeats
January 28th, 2009, 12:26 PM
I think you're going to have to do some serious planning here, but these are good guides:

Windows 7 with XP installed:

http://lifehacker.com/5126781/how-to-dual-boot-windows-7-with-xp-or-vista

Linux with XP installed:

http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_windows_xp_and_linux_xp_installed _first.htm

I would suggest:

1. going ahead and creating enough free space in the gParted step for both OS's - I don't know enough about Win7 to know whether it will assume you want it to take up all available free space - if so, you might use these guides:

http://apcmag.com/how_to_dualboot_vista_with_linux_vista_installed_f irst.htm
and, if necessary,
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/working-around-windows-vistas-shrink-volume-inadequacy-problems/

2. install Ubuntu last - this ensures that GRUB is your bootloader without having to go back and install it later. Ubuntu should detect both Windows partitions without a problem and assumes that you want to keep them by default.

Good luck!