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Everytime I try to install ubuntu, I end up messing up something :(

I have a windows 7 machine. I want to dual boot this with ubuntu on it.

600 GB for windows ( I play games ;) ) and 400 GB for ubuntu (but i want to learn coding also :D)

Now, what is the cleanest way (Step by step.. on the basics..) to install ubuntu with windows on it. How to partition.. grub.. etc??


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It's hard to mess up something with instructions like these.

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Thanks. A quick question. I am embarrassed to ask actually because its very stupid..In step 3, what if i want different size? –  frazman Nov 13 '12 at 2:14
The maximum instal size seems to be like 30gb only? –  frazman Nov 13 '12 at 2:36
@frazman there is never a stupid question :) we're always learning. –  Yamaneko Nov 13 '12 at 2:36
Yes, the Windows installer is limited to 30GB. The regular Ubuntu installer doesn't have that limitation. –  mikewhatever Nov 13 '12 at 6:23

Check out the links below. They have helped me. Can help you as well.

Win7 installed first and Win7 still controlling startup after Linux installation ( http://thpc.info/dual/win7/dualboot_win7+ubuntu1210_bcd_on_win7.html )


Windows 7 installed first and Ubuntu's GRUB2 on Windows partition controlling startup http://thpc.info/dual/win7/dualboot_win7+ubuntu1210_grub_mbr_on_win7.html

www linuxbsdos.com/2012/05/17/how-to-dual-boot-ubuntu-12-04-and-windows-7/comment-page-5/#comments

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Welcome to Ask Ubuntu! Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. –  fossfreedom Nov 24 '12 at 21:21

you saw the limitation with the size if you install Ubuntu with the Windows Installer, but there are more:

Compared with a regular installation, a Wubi installation faces some limitations. Hibernation is not supported and the filesystem is more vulnerable to hard reboots. Also, if the Windows drive is unmounted uncleanly (Windows crash, power failure, etc.), Ubuntu will not be able to mount the Windows drive and boot until Windows has successfully booted and shut down. If the Windows system cannot be booted after the crash, the user also cannot boot Ubuntu. Performance related to hard-disk access is also slightly slower, more so if the disk image file is fragmented, on a Wubi install compared to a normal one. Wikipedia

I suggest you to install it on the other, frequently used way: Step-for-Step introduction published by Canonical: http://www.ubuntu.com/download/help/install-desktop-latest (Step 4: Here you can choose the installation type. One step later, you can modify the sizes of each partition.

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