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    Question Dual boot with xp

    I have been using ubuntu for 1 month now, but now I need xp to run visual studios. But I cannot remove ubuntu so please tell me how to dual boot xp with ubuntu.
    Please note that I am using Ubuntu not xp.
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    Re: Dual boot with xp

    Before we begin: it's usually easier to install XP before Windows, but it's not impossible to do it the other way round.

    Presumably you have a legal copy of an XP installation disk or a recovery partition on your computer.
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    Re: Dual boot with xp

    I dont have recovery partion
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    Re: Dual boot with xp

    Hi,

    You could try following this guide, though I have never done what you are attempting.

    Good look and I hope you get your dual boot running.

    -Ash R

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    Re: Dual boot with xp

    Quote Originally Posted by aravindc26 View Post
    I dont have recovery partion
    Then you will need a Windows installation disk.

    Have a look at the tutorial mentioned by Ash R: feel free to ask us questions.
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    Re: Dual boot with xp

    Hi again,

    Just a quick reminder, BACKUP all important data before you do anything. I would hate you to lose anything.

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    Re: Dual boot with xp

    Thanks guys,

    I have a doubt , I have ubuntu 8.10 installation cd, Will that help . does the cd contain gparted
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    Re: Dual boot with xp

    well if your are using ubuntu from past two months then i think you have not done much with ubuntu yet.

    to make long thing short.just format your drive,say you have 160gb then divide it into 30 gb each.keep your first partition for windows and install windows xp or vista first. then leave the next partition and then install ubuntu on alternate partition in this way your dual boot will be less cluttered and easy to use.and there will also be no effect on speed.

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    Re: Dual boot with xp

    and yes ubuntu have a partitioner which runs even before you decide to install ubuntu after windows.

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    Re: Dual boot with xp

    Rather than try to create a dual-boot machine after installing Ubuntu, I went with the option to install a vitrual machine. VirtualBox runs XP quite well, and you don't have to leave one OS to use the other. I suppose that there are advantages to dual-boot, but my virtual machine setup works for me. I even have access to the essential hardware when running XP in virtual mode (CD/DVD drive, USB ports, etc.).

    aravindc26: If you decide to check out the virtual machine option, download VirtualBox from their website. The download is a .deb package, so installation will go smoothly.
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