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What I would like to do is move away from using VMs for running linux inside a Windows 7 host to a dual-boot setup. I know there are ways of mounting ext based partitions from windows and NTFS partitons in linux easily.

If I want to have a single "home" directory for my Windows 7 user and linux user, how would I go about this? Just create an NTFS partition and use is as a separate drive in Windows for storing files and mount it as my home dir in linux? Are there any permissions problems I might run into?

Any advice would be welcome, it's been a while since I've attempted a dual-boot setup!

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That is almost what I do with my setup, except I make a symbolic link to the windows directory

ln -s /host/users/me/Documents windir

I am not sure it is a good idea to run the HOME directly on NTFS. After you login, you can always change the HOME variable, too.

I am using Wubi and it automatically mounts the windows partition on /host. If your Linux installation does not automatically mount the windows partition, you should set it up so it does.

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Do you mount your windows drive in linux at a mount point somewhere in /mnt then symlink your home dir to it? Would you be able to go into a little bit more detail please? –  Daniel Wright Jul 30 '12 at 21:51

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