How can I install Windows after I've installed Ubuntu?


Answer #: 1

Here’s the general outline:

Make space for Windows 7 Install Windows 7 Reinstall GRUB Mount the /boot partition Install the boot loader

Step One

Open up GParted, and make sure that you have at least 20 GB available for Windows 7, either as a partition you can remove, or as unpartitioned space. If it’s a partition, remove it from GRUB to make sure it doesn’t break your Ubuntu install — GParted will complain if anything bad is about to happen. Make note of current /boot device. If that doesn’t show up there, make note of the / device. The device name is something like sda5.

Step Two

Install Windows 7 into the space you just made

Step Three

Load up from your Ubuntu live CD, and then run these commands.

If you DO NOT have a separate /boot partition:

sudo mount /dev/DEVICENAME_FROM_STEP_ONE /mnt sudo rm -rf /boot # Careful here, make sure YOU ARE USING THE LIVE CD. I tried it, it works. sudo ln -s...
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System: Dell XPS 8700 running Windows 8.1 using secure boot and UEFI.

Boot Info Summary:

I installed Ubuntu on a USB flash drive using the Live CD version. My goal was to keep the Dell untouched and have Ubuntu on a removable flash drive that I could plug into the computer, hit the appropriate key on my computer at power on to get a list of boot options and then choose Unbuntu when I wanted to run Ubuntu. Otherwise, with the flash drive removed, the computer would run Windows 8.1 as before

To install Unbuntu, I created a EFI system partition on the flash drive (sdf1) and explicitly specified during installation that the Grub files be installed there and not on my Windows drive (sda).

Everything works fine if I have the flash drive with Ubuntu plugged in and turn on the computer. Grub comes up with a menu of boot options including Windows and both Ubuntu and Windows run fine. The problem is that if I remove the flash drive from...

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Want to try out Ubuntu, but not sure where to start? There are lots of ways to try out Ubuntu – you can even install it on Windows and uninstall it from your Control Panel if you don’t like it.

Ubuntu can be booted from a USB or CD drive and used without installation, installed under Windows with no partitioning required, run in a window on your Windows desktop, or installed alongside Windows on your computer.

Boot From a Live USB Drive or CD

One of the easiest ways to get started with Ubuntu is by creating a live USB or CD drive. After you place Ubuntu on the drive, you can insert your USB stick, CD, or DVD into any computer you come across and restart the computer. The computer will boot from the removable media you provided and you’ll be able to use Ubuntu without making any changes to the computer’s hard drive.

To create a Ubuntu USB drive or CD, download the latest Ubuntu disc image from Ubuntu’s website. Use Unetbootin to put Ubuntu on...

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Ubuntu 15.04 final beta is already out couple of weeks before. The final version of Ubuntu 15.04 will be released on coming April 23, 2015. Check the release notes for more details.

This comprehensive tutorial describes how can we enhance Ubuntu 15.04, and other older versions such as Ubuntu 14.10/14.04/13.10/13.04/12.10/12.04 etc., further for day to day activities. Also, this article will show you some interesting insights and ideas about what you can and should do after a successful installation of Ubuntu latest desktop version.

If you already use previous release of Ubuntu, and want to upgrade to the current latest version, then please refer the below link.

1. Preparing your Ubuntu desktop

1.1 Update System

The first and foremost thing to do is update/upgrade software repositories and make sure your systems contains latest versions of all software.

To do that, run:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

1.2 Install...

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Hello, usually there is a label at the bottom of the laptop with your serial key on it. Keep in mind that if you formatted your whole drive, you also formatted the recovery partition and therefore you might have lost the option of recovering your factory setup, specially with a Dell.

There is the possibility that when starting your computer and pay attention to start up, it might tell you what key to press in order for you to access recovery partition. Once you find what key to press, you can try pressing it at next restart and see if it recovers your system. If this works, you will not need a serial key.

If the above does not work, you have the possibility of asking Dell to send you an installation disc. Of course, this option would cost you some...

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Now that you know how to open a terminal you will be able to install the Ubuntu Restricted Extras package without using the Software Centre.

After you have installed Ubuntu you might decide that you want to write a letter, listen to music or play a Flash based game.

When you write the letter you will notice that none of the Windows based fonts that you are used to are available, when you try to listen to music in Rhythmbox you won't be able to play the MP3 files and when you try to play a Flash game it just won't work.

To install the Ubuntu Restricted Extras package open up a terminal window and type the following:

This guide shows how to install the Ubuntu Restricted Extras package which will enable you to do all these things and...

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Ubuntu 16.04 has been released in wild by Canonical with a life circle of 5 years support.

This tutorial will guide you on how you can perform the installation of Ubuntu 16.04 in dual-boot with a Microsoft Operating System on machines that come pre-installed with Windows 10.

For fresh Ubuntu 16.04 installation, read our article about Ubuntu 16.04 Desktop Installation Guide

This guide assumes that you’re machine comes pre-installed with Windows 10 OS or an older version of Microsoft Windows, such as Windows 8.1 or 8.

In case your hardware uses UEFI then you should modify the EFI settings and disable Secure Boot feature.

If your computer has no other Operating System already installed and you plan to use a Windows variant alongside Ubuntu 16.04, you should first install Microsoft Windows and then proceed with Ubuntu 16.04 installation.

In this particular case, on Windows installation steps, when formatting the hard disk, you should allocate a...

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am a new Ubuntu Linux user. I need to install a package called package.deb. I know I can use Synaptic front-end package management tool to install packages from the CD or Internet. But, I would like to install a special .deb file. How can I install .deb package from the terminal using command line option in Ubuntu Linux or Debian Linux?

You need

to use the dpkg command

, which is a package manager from shell/command prompt for Debian and Ubuntu Linux. You can use this tool to install, build, remove and manage packages. dpkg itself is controlled entirely via command line parameters.


The syntax is as follows:


-i or --install : Install the package. -R or --recursive : Recursively installed all *.deb files found at specified directories and all of its sub-directories. /path/to/dir/name/with/lots/of/dot-deb-files/ must refer to a directory instead of package-name-here.deb file name.

How do I install .deb file?

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NEW: Very first look at Ubuntu Linux 15.04 Vivid Vervet Beta Mate Flavor

See: The Ubuntu 14.10 Upgrade: What to do

See: Ubuntu for Non-Geeks: A Pain-Free, Get-Things-Done Guide

NOTE: This may not be the blog post you are looking for. If you have installed Ubuntu 14.10 and want to tweak that, GO HERE.

Continue on for 14.04.

Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr has just been released, and I’m sure you are about to install it. I’ve put together a few ideas for what to do after installation in order to make it work better for you. You’ll find that below. First, a bit of ranty background.


Originally, Ubuntu was a great thing. Years ago I used a Unix like system for various things and got comfortable with what we now call the “command line.” Then I used DOS, and that was still a command line operating system (but with different commands) and that...

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If you’re running on ubuntu and want to install Windows 7 without burning a disc,you can try following steps to install Windows 7 with the iso file.

Step1:Download grub4dos from: Decompress the grub.exe and put this file into root directory of Ubuntu partition (“/”).

Step2:Create a 4GB ntfs partition and paste all files from Windows7 iso into this partition.(use this GUI tool:sudo apt-get install gparted ntfsprogs.launch from system->administrator menu).
use this command to mount the Win7 iso(change “/path/to/your/iso”):

sudo mount /path/to/your/iso /mnt -o loop

then cope all files in /mnt and paste them into root directory of previous created ntfs partition.

For Ubuntu 9.10 (use grub2):

sudo gedit /etc/grub.d/40_custom

paste following into the end:

menuentry "Grub for Dos" { insmod ntfs set root=(hdx,y) linux /grub.exe }

Note:here “set root=(hdx,y)”...

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Ubuntu 15.04 codenamed "Vivid Vervet" is the 22nd major Ubuntu release. Even though not as minor an iteration like Ubuntu 14.10, Vivid Vervet still doesn't bring any sweeping changes to the platform. This is to be expected since Unity 8 and Mir display server is still some time away. And no, Unity 8 will not become a default until at least Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. At the current rate though, even that is being overly optimistic.

Ubuntu 15.04: The good old Ubuntu is back!

My favorite Ubuntu versions has almost always has been the LTS releases. Ubuntu 12.04 could be termed as my favorite Ubuntu to date, and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS could be a close second. But I've never faced much issues with any of the Ubuntu releases, except for Ubuntu 14.10, which was just beyond messed up. Things were so bad that I had to switch from Ubuntu to Freya almost permanently. And I have nothing but love for that incredibly clean and simple OS. Some of the

reasons why I love elementary...
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First, you have to boot with a live CD/USB stick and shrink your partition in order to create a second one. Windows 7 requires and creates a second partition which is called "system reserved". I don't know why, but it does. (So you will end up with three partitions or four if you have a swap partition.)

When your partition is ready, just boot with your Windows 7 DVD/USB stick and install Windows 7 on the new partition.

When Windows 7 has been installed, GRUB will break and you will only be able to boot Windows (automatically). Just boot with a live Ubuntu CD/USB stick and fix it (how it is mentioned in other comments).

Now another issue that some users may face:

I own an HP Mini 210 netbook which came with Windows 7. I erased everything and installed Ubuntu. Later on I decided to also reinstall Windows 7 and have a dual boot (needed Windows for a specific application from my university which wouldn't run through wine). At that time I had three...

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This page describes how to set up your computer in order to dual boot Ubuntu and Windows. While there are some benefits to dual-booting (e.g. better performance for a native install), it is not recommended. Instead, it is best to do a native install of Ubuntu, and then virtualize the other operating system.

Although this may seem obvious, it is important to back up your files to an external backup medium before attempting a dual-boot installation (or any other hard drive manipulation), in case your hard drive becomes corrupted during the process. External hard drives, USB flash drives, and multiple DVDs or CDs are all useful for this purpose.

Some computer manufacturers that pre-install Windows provide a Windows recovery/re-installation CD or DVD with the computer. However, many companies no longer ship a physical disc but instead create a hidden partition on the hard drive in which the recovery-disk information is stored. A utility is then usually provided which...

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This guide is intended to introduce you to the very many ways in which Ubuntu may be installed to your machine depending on your specific use case. The official Ubuntu 12.04 Installation Guide also covers a complete list of alternative installation methods for Ubuntu.


Requirements are basic! Ubuntu has been designed keeping in mind most hardware that abounds, so it is highly likely that if your hardware is not too uncommon, Ubuntu will work on your machine right off the bat! Nonetheless, you should check if your hardware works with Ubuntu and meets the minimum system requirements. The following pages are a comprehensive review of all Ubuntu supported hardware:

Supported Architectures: Most laptops these days ship with an Intel or an AMD processor, which fall into the category x86/x86_64. These are officially supported by Ubuntu. This page documents these as well as all other processor architectures supported by Ubuntu.

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It's easy to install dual OS, but if you install Windows after Ubuntu, Grub will be affected. Grub is a boot-loader for Linux base systems. You can follow the above steps or you can do just the following:

Make space for your Windows from Ubuntu. (Use Disk Utility tools from ubuntu) Install Windows on freed space. After installing, login to windows

To fix this you can install 'EasyBCD' in Windows.
Download it here

Follow these steps to restore GRUB when after installing EasyBCD:

Launch the program and select ADD NEW ENTRY from the EasyBCD Toolbox Select the 'Linux/BSD' from the operating systems column Choose GRUB (Legacy) under type and click on the ADD ENTRY icon Choose YES to the restart prompt

GRUB will be displayed after the restart and will detect the Ubuntu partition for you to be able to boot into...

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Thank you for paying attention and replying to my requests.

I am in need of having to use Windows XP, and I was wondering which methods could you provide me in order to sucessfully install Windows XP on my HDD which already has Ubuntu 12.04.

Reading here and there, I've come up with a plan:

First, I'll resize my partitions using Gparted:

Partition 1 - 199 MB Ext4 Partition 2 - 2 GB SWAP Partition 3 - 78 GB Ext 4

I'll resize those on the image to, maybe:

First partition: Will be increased to 6 GB.

Second partition: Swap will stay the same.

Third partition: Will be first reduced to ~30 GB, and then moved all the way to the right.

A new partition will be made with the space in between Swap and the 30 GB partition, intended for Windows XP use, and maybe a few media files shared with Ubuntu 12.04.

After that, the first partition will become the target of my Windows XP installation. I'll also choose the free...

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