I was thinking about buying the Galago Pro 13" from System76 when it comes out, I think it'd be a great Linux laptop. However, in the future, I could see myself potentially needing to use Windows 10 (not WiNE) in a dual-boot with Ubuntu. Is this possible?
Is this possible?
Here's the general outline:
- Make space for Windows
- Install Windows
- Mount the
/bootdirecory or partition
- Install the bootloader (GRUB)
Step One – Make space for Windows
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
/bootdevice. If that doesn't show up there, make note of the
/device. The device name is something like
Step Two – Install Windows
Install Windows 7 into the space you just made
Step Three – Mount
Note: Instead of mounting the boot directory or partition from the installation in the live media environment you can specify the path with the
--boot-directoryparameter for grub-install, more information on the manpage.
Load up from your Ubuntu live CD, and then run these commands.
If you DO NOT have a separate
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 /mnt/boot /boot
If you have a SEPARATE
sudo mount /dev/DEVICENAME_FROM_STEP_ONE /boot
Step Four – Install the bootloader
Note: These instructions were initially written for Windows 7 and BIOS booting computers. If you have UEFI and Windows 8 and above you probably need to replace
sudo apt-get install grub-pc.
Then continue with those commands:
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install grub-pc sudo grub-install /dev/sda # NOTE THAT THERE IS NO DIGIT sudo umount /boot
And restart. It should work fine and boot both systems.