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    Family member needs help installing Ubuntu...

    Hi guys, when I first installed Ubuntu on my system, I had a blank HDD which made it very easy for me to install lol.
    But now my uncle is very interested to install Ubuntu on his system, but the thing is he already has Windows XP installed in his computer. He has a 500GB HDD and it's being used for Win XP. Is there a simple way to install Ubuntu and have him dual-boot?
    If yes, please let me know so I can take care of him.
    Thank you!
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    Re: Family member needs help installing Ubuntu...

    A: use wubi, just download a live cd pop it in while in windows is running, and use the wubi installer, if he doesnt' like it he can uninstall it like any windows program

    B: boot off the live cd and when running the install there's an option to resize existing partition, it will shrink the existing ntfs partition and make room for ubuntu

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    Re: Family member needs help installing Ubuntu...


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    Re: Family member needs help installing Ubuntu...

    Thanks a lot. That howtoforge article was awesome.
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    Re: Family member needs help installing Ubuntu...

    The reason why I ask is because he's tried to do it before and I don't know what went wrong but in the boot option, he could see both Ubuntu and Windows, but when he tried to launch Windows XP it would not boot. Why is that? Why couldn't windows XP boot?

    I'm just trying to do this the right way for him because he had to reformat and re-install windows XP and lost all his data due to that...

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    Re: Family member needs help installing Ubuntu...

    Do you have Ubuntu installed and working?

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    Re: Family member needs help installing Ubuntu...

    Quote Originally Posted by Pumalite View Post
    Do you have Ubuntu installed and working?
    No I haven't done anything yet. I'm at his house right now and I've got the Ubuntu CD with me, and so far we haven't done anything. He's got Windows XP installed and that's all. Using his full HDD.
    So I would imagine first I need to use partition magic and resize his partition?
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    Re: Family member needs help installing Ubuntu...

    No Ubuntu has its own partition re sizer. however for safety sake i would just install under windows. Just pop in cd auto run will pick it up and ask if you want to install and so on.

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    Re: Family member needs help installing Ubuntu...

    If you have only one drive, better get Gparted Live CD and 'shrink' XP ahead of time:
    http://sourceforge.net/project/showf...kage_id=271779
    Burn the iso to disk and boot from it.
    Right click on XP and choose 'resize' from the menu.
    The Gparted Live CD works with unmounted drives/partitions. A must in these cases.
    Backup everything before you start.
    It takes a while.

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    Re: Family member needs help installing Ubuntu...

    So to sum it up, all I need to do is:

    -Resize his partition using partion magic or GParted
    -Insert Ubuntu CD
    -Click on Install
    -Select "Manual" (when it comes to choosing partition)
    -Create a "SWAP" partition of 512MB.
    -Create a new partition and make it "ext3"
    -Click on edit and change mount point to a forward slash /


    Am I missing anything?
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