[TriLUG] Installing Windows on Ubuntu
Joseph Mack NA3T
jmack at wm7d.net
Wed Aug 31 13:13:25 EDT 2011
On Wed, 31 Aug 2011, Tarus Balog wrote:
> 1) Is the Windows installer going to nuke grub,
of course. Do you think Windows acknowledges the existance
of any other OS?
> and if so how to do I prevent it? I'd like to continue to
> use grub as my bootloader.
it's easier to boot windows if it's in the first partition
If you have dual boot, no matter which order you install
windows and Linux, make sure you dd copy the first 63*512
bytes of your partition after each install (in case you want
to go back).
I install linux first (leave sda1 for windows, swap in
sda2, / in sda3...), setup grub, dd the first 63 sectors to
Then install windows and get it working. Now Linux is
inaccessble. Boot with a live CD, dd copy the first 63
sectors to somewhere safe and copy back your linux 63
sectors. Boot into Linux. Now windows is inaccessible. Fix
grub to boot windows. dd copy your first 63 sectors to
somewhere safe. You'll need this if you ever trash your
> 2) What virtualization solution should I use? I used KVM
> to create some Linux VMs without problem, but in my
> research I am not sure that is the best thing to use for
> Windows. I see a lot of references to VirtualBox.
It's simple, it writes to a file on your linux install, so
no separate partition is required. However it's not
particularly convenient. I get windows in an 800*600 screen
- I can't remember if this is required, or I just did it
that way to have some realestate in the back that I could
grab when I wanted Linux. One problem is that VirtualBox
kills my automounter, so that I can't unmount flashkeys even
as root. They are instantly remounted. After I'm done with
VirtualBox I have to reboot Linux so that the
auto(un)mounter works again. So I don't use it a whole lot.
If your windows phones home (Win 7?), it tells M$ the
hardware it's running on, which will be the VM that
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