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Thread: Ubuntu, vista and now windows 7 multiboot?

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    Ubuntu, vista and now windows 7 multiboot?

    heres the story:
    -got a new computer with vista installed
    -then i got a new harddrive to store more stuff in ;p
    -i found out about ubuntu, so i put it on the 2nd harddrive
    -everything went fine, and i got a menu when i boot so i can choose what
    OS i want
    -now i got a copy of windows 7 beta so i thought "why not?"
    -i partition the drive that ubuntu is on with the live boot so its around 50% 50% split
    -then i formated the half of the harddrive that i wanted win7 on to NTFS
    -i installed win7 on the partition
    -but now when i boot up i get a slightly different menu and only the choice's "windows 7", "windows vista" or some debugging tools for both
    -also i could never view the parts of the harddrive that had ubuntu on it in any windows os (strange)

    anyways, just wondering how i would go about getting all 3 on that bootup menu, i am 100% sure i didnt do anything to the ubuntu half partition, just need to know how to access it ;p

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    Re: Ubuntu, vista and now windows 7 multiboot?

    Hi, when you install dual boot you always have to have windows installed first because windows always wants to be the only operating system. You can run windows inside linux in virtual box as long as you have aleast 2 gigs of ram. It is a great way to run windows and it frees up disk space. Look at the posts about virtuualization.

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    Re: Ubuntu, vista and now windows 7 multiboot?

    yea ive heard about that, i was just hoping for any other ways
    would the way to go now is to just install ubuntu again on the same partiton it used to be on from the live cd? (formating that half of the harddrive while im at it?)

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    Re: Ubuntu, vista and now windows 7 multiboot?

    Hey,

    I'm triple booting Vista, 7 and Ubuntu on my laptop. I had Ubuntu and Vista then Windows 7. Its better to install Ubuntu last as Windows will overwrite Grub and you won;t be able to boot intop Ubuntu. This happened to me. I followed this and it fixed the problem: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=224351

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    Re: Ubuntu, vista and now windows 7 multiboot?

    I don't know much about the in's and outs of windows 7 but I do know about why you can't see your ubuntu partition in windows, you see ubuntu and most linux versions use the ext2 or ext3 filesystem format which is not able to be read by windows, hope that answers that question
    My Baby: Custom:AMD Athlon 64 X2 @ 3 GHz, 4 GB of RAM, 250 GB HD, 650 Watt PSU, GeForce 9500 GT, Ubuntu/Windows 7 Side-by-side via VM
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    Re: Ubuntu, vista and now windows 7 multiboot?

    Quote Originally Posted by beattyml1 View Post
    I don't know much about the in's and outs of windows 7 but I do know about why you can't see your ubuntu partition in windows, you see ubuntu and most linux versions use the ext2 or ext3 filesystem format which is not able to be read by windows, hope that answers that question
    There's software available for Windows that will allow you to see your linux partition.

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    Re: Ubuntu, vista and now windows 7 multiboot?

    Quote Originally Posted by drjonze View Post
    There's software available for Windows that will allow you to see your linux partition.
    +1

    fs-driver

    (vista is supported, so it's a good bet it'll work on windows7)

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