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I just burned the GParted Live on CD to start the installation of Windows on IBM laptop operating on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.

What are the elementary basics to boot CD on laptop?

For example, what is the step by step process (i.e. changing BIOS to recognize CD when booting)? Are there any specific screens, commands in this process?

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You should not use GParted to install Ubuntu, please use the installer included with the CD! – Braiam Aug 1 '13 at 23:00
Braiam, Ubuntu is already installed on laptop. I'm attempting to install Windows OS as a 2nd O/S. – user179586 Aug 1 '13 at 23:08

Your question isn't very related to Ubuntu, though your steps should most likely be:

  1. Enter your BIOS setup - via some key advised at the black & white screen immediately after you turn on your computer (like F10 on a HP notebook).

  2. In the BIOS menu look for a "Boot order" or similar, then select your CD drive as the first medium for your computer to load operating system from.

  3. Put the Gparted to the CD drive, Save the changes in BIOS setting and your computer will restart and should launch (=boot) from the CD.

  4. When you'll run gparted, you'll see your hard drive and the partitions on it. If there is none "unallocated", you have to take some space of an existing partition. Select one, right click and select "resire/move" command. Make the partition smaller and an "unallocated" partion will appear. Make sure it will be large enough to install the Windows OS.

  5. Turn of your computer and place the installation CD of Windows into the drive. Then ...hope for your best. (Sorry I just realized I'm not sure about the way to make the things working the way you'd like.)

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Hugo, thanks. The laptop is an old IBM Thinkpad; I'll have to figure out how to get to BIOS menu screen. – user179586 Aug 1 '13 at 23:49

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