I am installing Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS alongside Windows 7.

Howewer, during installation it detects Windows Boot Manager instead of Windows 7 so I have an option : Install Ubuntu alongside Windows Boot Manager.

Is it a problem or it is safe to proceed?

Thank you very much for help!

My partition table

  • Did you use something like EasyBCD? – gokul_uf Mar 12 '16 at 18:59
  • No, I simply created unallocated space on Windows by Windows partitioning tool for Ubuntu. – Intrus Mar 12 '16 at 19:12
  • To be safe, you could just format that empty space as ext4, go into its properties from that window and tell it to make mount it as /. That'll install Ubuntu to it – TheWanderer Mar 12 '16 at 19:17
  • But Ubuntu should be installed automatically on that free space, no? I am not very familiar with partitioning, so I would prefer doing it the common way if there is not a reasonable risk of messing up something. – Intrus Mar 12 '16 at 19:22

Yup, it's perfectly safe. I dualboot Windows 7 with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS as well. You get Windows Boot Manager because the boot partition of Windows was installed in another partition. (sda2 as shown in the picture below)

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Once you select the boot manager, it will ask you to select Windows 7 and then boot it up.

  • Thank you, I have successfully installed it. One more question : is it safe to hibernate the operating systems? – Intrus Mar 12 '16 at 20:25
  • It's safe to hibernate Ubuntu as the ext4 file system is not visible to windows anyway. Unfortunately, hibernating Win7 will lock the drives visible on Windows and hence you will not be able to access them from Linux. If you are fine with this, then you can do so. – gokul_uf Mar 12 '16 at 20:40
  • And how it will affect functionnig of Ubuntu? – Intrus Mar 12 '16 at 21:28
  • Ubuntu is unaffected – gokul_uf Mar 13 '16 at 5:38
  • Aaah of course, drives, I read drivers :P Thanks. – Intrus Mar 13 '16 at 7:43

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