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arsenal69
November 11th, 2008, 10:03 PM
Hello to everyone in this community.
I have a windows vista 64 home edition notebook..
i am a software engineer.. and now i am seeking to switch back and forth between windows and linux.
i have already order the ubuntu live cd.

i want to know how to setup a parallel boot startup for linux and which version of linux will work..


how can i use ubuntu with the present os i have

SunnyRabbiera
November 11th, 2008, 10:10 PM
yes you can easily dual boot between Vista any version with Ubuntu any version.
Also the version of Ubuntu you will probably want is the desktop edition, and perhaps you may wish to use Hardy as Ibex is still new and many have had issues with it.

DoubleMcLovin
November 11th, 2008, 10:10 PM
http://apcmag.com/how_to_dualboot_vista_with_linux_vista_installed_f irst.htm

That link should help you quite a bit.

MuH4hA
November 11th, 2008, 10:12 PM
I think Windows Vista Home Edition has no Bitlocker, so a Dualboot-System will work just as usual.

You need another Partition for your Ubuntu. If possible the /home directory should be on a seperate Partition.

The installer will guide you through the steps of setting up the partitions (you can google for the best way to do it) and then install a boot-manager.
The Boot-manager (GRUB) will allow you to chose the OS you want to boot after you turn on your PC.

Hope, that helped...

Keen101
November 11th, 2008, 10:54 PM
yes, it should be fine. A dual boot is probably what you want. OF course if you are the type who is scared of partitioning, then you could try a WUBI install. But, i recommend a real dual boot over a wubi install.

The live-cd should help you partition easily. You probably will want ubuntu 64bit. http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download

The cd will automatically install the GRUB bootloader, which will let you choose windows or linux at boot.