Charnell Lucich

Dual Boot Windows XP and Ubuntu 8.04

Posted on: October 5, 2008

Why XP and not Vista? Because most of the people I’ve spoken to are still running XP and from my wanderings around the Internet, I’m seeing that people are still much happier with XP. I’m going to assume XP is already installed to a single NTFS partition which takes up the whole disk. Ubuntu is able to read NTFS partitions, so you have a couple of configuration options to work with. One is to either create a 2nd NTFS partition which will house data for access by both operating systems or simply a 2nd hard drive also formatted with NTFS. Ready?

  • Grab the desktop ISO of Ubuntu (8.04). You can choose a list of download mirrors from the Ubuntu website and burn it to CD to create a bootable Ubuntu CD.
  • Boot the XP machine from the CD and select “Install Ubuntu” from the boot menu.
  • Once the Live CD has loaded you’ll be prompted to answer a few questions on the Welcome screen (language, time zone, and keyboard layout). Select Forward when finished.
  • Prepare disk space. Ubuntu will load the disk partitioner to determine where it’s going to be installed. The default option is that Ubuntu will resize the Windows XP NTFS partition to make space for the Ubuntu install. You can drag the dividing line left or right to increase or decrease the amount of space to be freed up. Once you’ve decided the amount of space, click Forward. Note: Ubuntu will prompt you to commit the changes. Click Continue – the screen disappears and then click Forward again.

Now you get to tell Ubuntu who you are. This is pretty self explanatory – input your info then click Forward.

  • On the Migrate Documents and Settings screen, if Ubuntu finds any user accounts to migrate it will import user settings from XP to Ubuntu provided you want it to. Select the documents and settings you wish to migrate. Click Forward.

Next is the “Ready to install” screen. Here you’ll see that Ubuntu now has enough information to begin the installation. In the summary under Migrate Assistant, it should say “Windows XP Professional” along with any user account details you selected in the previous step. This means that regardless of whether Ubuntu found any user account to migrate, it knows that Windows XP is installed on the other partition. Click Install.

When the install is complete the system will reboot. When the GRUB boot menu is displayed, take a look at the last entry in the list – there will be an entry “Other operating systems” and beneath that “Microsoft Windows XP Professional”.

By default Ubuntu will load itself after 10 seconds, but you can select the XP option and the OS will boot normally. Pretty simple, huh?



1 Response to "Dual Boot Windows XP and Ubuntu 8.04"

What words… super

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See you! šŸ™‚

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