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How to dual boot Linux 13.04 and Windows 8?

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My laptop shipped with windows 7 pre installed. Then i reformatted the HDD and installed windows 8. Now i want to run linux along with windows 8. My HDD is as follows.
C Drive: 50 gb
D Drive: 90 gb
E Drive: 90 gb
there are no any hidden partition except system reserved by windows.
i want to install linux by shrinking c drive. is this possible? if yes, how? i dont want to loose anything. If there is a guide to follow please please help. i really want to try linux and i have already downloaded the required iso of ubuntu.
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    Ram Sharma said:
    Hi,
    My laptop shipped with windows 7 pre installed. Then i reformatted the HDD and installed windows 8. Now i want to run linux along with windows 8. My HDD is as follows.
    C Drive: 50 gb
    D Drive: 90 gb
    E Drive: 90 gb
    there are no any hidden partition except system reserved by windows.
    i want to install linux by shrinking c drive. is this possible? if yes, how? i dont want to loose anything. If there is a guide to follow please please help. i really want to try linux and i have already downloaded the required iso of ubuntu.



    ubuntu will do it for you automatically , all what you will have to do is tell it the resize value and the drive ..

    it is automated . just boot from USB flash and follow the instruction.

    use Yumi to make a flash unbuntu

    http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/
  2. hi
    thanx for the prompt reply. i have read somewhere about MBR conflict between windows and linux..it this true? should i choose install ubuntu alongside windows 8 or should is choose 'something else'?
  3. i have downloaded 'universal usb installer'. and please help me with the disk partition while installing with above informations....i want to shrink c drive and install in it. is 15 gb sufficient for ubuntu?

    thanks in advance!
  4. Ram Sharma said:
    i have downloaded 'universal usb installer'. and please help me with the disk partition while installing with above informations....i want to shrink c drive and install in it. is 15 gb sufficient for ubuntu?

    thanks in advance!



    you will need around 5 G for system , and the virtual space double your memory so around 8G if you have 4G , and 16G if your notebook has 8G ram .. and the rest is your own space for programs and files and data

    I d say go for 25G minimum
  5. For people reading this make sure that you install both under UEFI or legacy in the bios, one or the other, no mix and match allowed.
  6. could u make it clear please?
  7. Ram Sharma said:
    hi
    thanx for the prompt reply. i have read somewhere about MBR conflict between windows and linux..it this true? should i choose install ubuntu alongside windows 8 or should is choose 'something else'?


    Yes there is a conflict generally if Windows 8 is installed first and the system is set to UEFI most Linux distros wont be able to boot. However with windows 7 it will still work.
  8. i have windows 8 already installed and i guess i dnot have UEFI! could it pose a problem or not?
  9. Ram Sharma said:
    i have windows 8 already installed and i guess i dnot have UEFI! could it pose a problem or not?


    Nope not really if it installed your good to go, by the way did you use a disc or did you use the WUBI installer?
  10. thanks everyone. i have successfully installed linux mint without any hitches..works flawlessly...i can boot both windows 8 and linux. no problem so far....
  11. i have got a terrible problem in linux mint 15 'olivia'. it is not supporting my wifi...i have dell wireless wlan mini card (14e4:4315 broadcom driver). i suppose its BCM4312 chip. how do i get it working without internet connection as i dont have lan cable...but i can download anything required thru windows 8 if needed.

    i need this problem solved badly.. otherwise i have to uninstall linux...(p.s. whats the use of OS without internet connection?)plz guys help me...i am noob in this matter and i liked linux interface so want to use it forever...
  12. Ram Sharma said:
    i have got a terrible problem in linux mint 15 'olivia'. it is not supporting my wifi...i have dell wireless wlan mini card (14e4:4315 broadcom driver). i suppose its BCM4312 chip. how do i get it working without internet connection as i dont have lan cable...but i can download anything required thru windows 8 if needed.

    i need this problem solved badly.. otherwise i have to uninstall linux...(p.s. whats the use of OS without internet connection?)plz guys help me...i am noob in this matter and i liked linux interface so want to use it forever...


    try ubuntu or Suse Linux see if they recognize your hardware.

    dont bother to install them , run them from the USB Flash , this is faster than manually looking for drivers ..
  13. sorry to say that i didnt like ubuntu interface that much...i would like to use mint only...any idea to install the drivers? n thankx for the reply!
  14. Ram Sharma said:
    sorry to say that i didnt like ubuntu interface that much...i would like to use mint only...any idea to install the drivers? n thankx for the reply!


    Did you try Open Suse ?

    http://www.opensuse.org/en/
  15. SNA3 said:
    Ram Sharma said:
    sorry to say that i didnt like ubuntu interface that much...i would like to use mint only...any idea to install the drivers? n thankx for the reply!


    Did you try Open Suse ?

    http://www.opensuse.org/en/
    Just an alternative Ubuntu (like) option, the Lubuntu version uses the LDXE desktop which may be a more comfortable fit for you. As an initial install, by nature, this is a lighrweight version of 'Ubuntu' so will not install (automatically) a lot of the apps that Ubuntu itself does (eg LibreOffice), but you do have access to Ubuntu repositories and can add any additional apps that you want/need.
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