What is the best way to install Linux and Windows 7 on the same computer?

by on January 16, 2010

Q: I’m moving my desktop experience from Windows to Ubuntu Linux running on a Dell computer. The main partition would be Linux, but I’d also have a smaller secondary partition as Windows 7 on the side. What’s the best way to go about setting all this up? Is it possible to install XP on a small, then install Linux on the rest, then update to Windows 7 when I get it?


5 Responses to “What is the best way to install Linux and Windows 7 on the same computer?”
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    My personal preference is to use virtualization instead of the dual-booting setups some people use. It makes things a lot easier to maintain since you don’t have to mess with partitions and master boot records.

    http://www.virtualbox.org/ is free and works great, check out their website to learn more.

     
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      what’s the difference between virtualization and full bootup? is there any major performance difference?

       
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      lemme just rephrase that… is it possible to have linux be the main OS, and virtualbox run w7?

       
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        Absolutely. You would not have much luck playing graphically intense video games on the Windows 7 under virtualbox but if you are not worried about that it is a great alternative. I currently run Windows XP on my Mac using Parallels and have had much success running VMware to run Windows on many different variations of linux. The great thing about vittualbox is that it is free.

         
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          hey thanks. il try that then check back.