I am trying to install Ubuntu 13.10 on my new laptop. The option mentioned in the install guide to "install alongside Windows" does, however, not appear in the install wizard. When I select "Something else" I am presented (as expected) with the disk manager.
My problem is that this laptop came with no less than 7 partitions! Windows is only aware of one 418GB partition. My question is this: How do I resize that windows partition to be as small as possible, create space to install Ubuntu, and use the rest as a shared NTFS partition. Ideally, I would like to put Win 7 on there as well, as I am not a great fan of Win 8.
I would be more than happy to live without Win 8 (If I can put 7 on). I am just apprehensive to completely format the drive and lose the recovery partition. I did make a recovery DVD and a recovery USB drive (which is about 14 GB big), though.
Any suggestions / help would be greatly appreciated!
To make it clear, i took some screenshots of the install wizard. Unfortunately, I cannot post images.