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    Install Order - Ubuntu, XP and 7

    Hey everyone

    I'm about to set up a new computer triple booted with Ubuntu 9.04 (or 9.10 depending on when I get around to it...) winXP and win7. I had some issues previously when installing XP on a laptop that came with Vista, relating to the fact that XP needed to be installed first.

    Is there a order of installation I need to use, and at what point would I install grub?

    Thanks in advance

    Damian

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    Re: Install Order - Ubuntu, XP and 7

    I don't believe it matters which Windows is installed first because the Windows boot loader recognizes other Windows installations. But be sure to install Ubuntu last because Windows won't recognize a Linux filesystem and you would have to reinstall grub to get them all to work.

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    Re: Install Order - Ubuntu, XP and 7

    Win XP, then Win 7, then Ubuntu.
    Windows 7 should detect Win XP and Ubuntu will detect both.

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    Re: Install Order - Ubuntu, XP and 7

    Cheers guys. XP, 7 then ubuntu it is.

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    Re: Install Order - Ubuntu, XP and 7

    Did that work out for you?

    My install order was Win7, XP, then Ubuntu. Grub sees XP as Win7 in the menu. I guess I'll have to reinstall AGAIN jsut to get it to work since I need WinXP and Win7 to work.

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    Re: Install Order - Ubuntu, XP and 7

    hmm.. What happen if you boot into Win7? Doesn't it show anything to start Win XP?

    What entries does `update-grub` show?

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    Re: Install Order - Ubuntu, XP and 7

    Well, it has the ubuntu, memtest and win7 options. If i pick win7, it goes into XP. I went ahead and nuked the xp and win7 partitions. i'm reinstalling xp first, then win7, then going to boot into the Live CD and rerun grub2 to see if it finds both all 3.

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    Re: Install Order - Ubuntu, XP and 7

    Win7 combines its boot loader with XP, so only one windows boots and then you choose from that. You cannot then directly boot from grub to both windows.

    One workaround I saw but have not seen anyone confirm was to turn off the boot flag on the first windows install. The second install will not see the first and installs standalone. You then cannot boot both windows from windows but can from grub.

    Both windows have to be in primary partitions. Some installs of win7 after XP will install to a logical partition and will work only because the boot is really from the XP install in the primary partition.

    Vista copies boot manager to one
    http://members.iinet.net/~herman546/...MGR_is_missing
    Moral of the story - look on other NTFS partitions for the missing bootmgr and Boot directory.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Install Order - Ubuntu, XP and 7

    What's the quick/easy way removing the boot flag on the partition?

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    Re: Install Order - Ubuntu, XP and 7

    I only know gparted, but I bet the command line partition tools can do it also, but I have not had a need nor checked.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
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