Linux and Windows

Who said living in harmony is only limited to human beings and animals? Operating systems, and for this case Windows 7 and Ubuntu can co-relate and share the same resources like siblings or best pals on one PC. In this guide, I’m going to show you how to dual boot windows 7 and Ubuntu, the perfect harmony to experience these two unique different worlds.

Windows 7 can be described as a lean mean OS, because it wants to boss your boot up process and occupy your system alone. However, this is entirely different for Linux. Ubuntu, one of Linux’s distros, can be described as the friendly OS. It treats Windows just like a friend you keep somewhere in your hard drive for occasional use.

Requirements:

  • Your free time.
  • Windows 7 installation disc. (Either a full copy or an upgraded disc). This is more than available and even if you can’t find it among your old collection of Vistas and XPs, you definitely know a friend who has one.
  • Ubuntu ISO. This can be downloaded from Ubuntu.com, the official website or any other alternative downloads.
  • A blank CD/DVD or empty USB drive.

Before proceeding, back up all your data, regardless of whether you already have Windows 7 installed. This is important in case things go wrong somewhere.

If you have Windows 7 already installed in your PC, the process is much simplified, but first you need to shrink the partition containing Windows 7. To pull this off, follow the following procedure:

  1. Open computer management and see how much free space is available in your hard drive, preferable the C drive, where windows 7 occupies by default.
  2. Because Windows 7 usually has two partitions on your hard drive, it is important to avoid touching the 100MB partition as this contains the crucial system data. Right click on the larger partition and click “shrink partition”
  3. Once the amount of space you can shrink is shown, select the amount of space you wish to create a new partition and click shrink.
  4. Insert your Ubuntu CD/USB into your PC (after turning it off) then boot into a live Ubuntu or GParted. Select the new space you created, format it and label it Ubuntu.
  5. Select “Try Ubuntu without any changes to your computer“. This enables you to boot into a live Ubuntu desktop.
  6. On your desktop, click “Install” and when the “prepare disk space” section appears, click on “Specify partitions manually” then advance. Your partition is ready, you only have to set the partition you created as your preferred mount point.

Finish the installation procedure, and then reboot your PC.  When the system boots up, you will see the two operating systems listed.

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