How to Install and Run Ubuntu Linux 12.10 with Windows 7 & 8 ?

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Ubuntu 12.10 a.k.a. Quantal Quetzal is the latest open source operating system, it comes with linux most popular distribution version.  Quantal Quetzal comes with 3.5.4 Linux kernel on the top of GNOME 3.6 applications and libraries. This GNOME serves as the foundation for Head up display interface and Ubuntu unity.

How to Install Ubuntu Linux 12.10 with Windows 7 & 8

Getting back to the point, there are two ways to install Ubuntu 12.10 along with Windows 7 & 8.

  1. Installing Ubuntu by shrinking volume in Windows
  2. Installing Ubuntu completely on entire volume and then installing Windows.

The first step is an easy one and user will have an option to choose from which OS, user want to boot the computer.  The un-installation  of Linux at later point of time can be easily carried out  However,  In the second step, user have to format the entire hard drive if you want to just keep Windows on your computer. So, I prefer to go with the first option.

To begin with installing Ubuntu 12.10, user need to have Windows 7 and Windows 8 pre-installed. Well, installing Windows 7, 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 is bit tough task and user may end up with no-boot situation, so before beginning with the installation process please backup all your data.

Now, once done first install Windows 8 on your computer, then install Windows 7 on another partition and when both the Windows boots up properly then we proceed with installation of Ubuntu 12.10.

  • After done with all the above steps carefully, now with begin with installation of Ubuntu 12.10. To start with installation make sure to take backup.
  • Create sufficient unallocated space for Ubuntu 12.10 in Windows (say 30GB).
  • Now, boot from Ubuntu 12.10 Live CD.
  • During the installation process, select “Something else” in the “Allocate drive space”.
  • Now, create partition “EXT4” as logical and select “/” location as mount point.
  • Create “SWAP” partition and “SWAP AREA” as mount point.
  • In the next step, select “EXT4” partition in “Device for boot loader installation”.
  • Hit “Install Ubuntu”.
  • Now, when done with installation only Window OS will boot and user will not able to Ubuntu 12.10.
  • User need to add the Linux BCD boot loader configuration to Windows OS by using BCD edit tool.
  • Now, restart the computer to make changes to occur.
  • All done! You have successfully installed Ubuntu 12.10 with Windows 7 & 8.

While installation, if you face any problem then don’t hesitate to let us know in your comments.

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Abhishek is a software engineer and a computer geeks who often writes about desktop virtualization, software reviews, fix to computer problems, tutorials etc.


One Response to “How to Install and Run Ubuntu Linux 12.10 with Windows 7 & 8 ?”

  1. Kannan

    Nov 08. 2012

    I am assuming that Ubuntu can be installed with Windows 8 only if Windows 7 is there.

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