I've Ubuntu Karmic Koala 9.10 installed in my HDD.
My parents can't get used to it, so I must install Windows 7.

I'm afraid of this: Windows boot must be on the first hard disk/partition in order to boot. I've read it somewhere, and I now I'm not sure if I'll need to remove Ubuntu to install Windows 7 first.

Does any1 know some serious guide for doing this? or some essential steps, tips...

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    My mom have been using Ubuntu (actually Kubuntu) for a few years now, it's a matter of taking some time to learn it.
    – raphink
    Commented Dec 23, 2009 at 11:13

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What worked for me was installing Windows 7 regularly, on a different partition of course. Then restoring GRUB, described in the section Restoring GRUB from here and Recovering GRUB after reinstalling Windows from here.

My /boot/grub/menu.lst looks like so:

title Windows

root (hd0,1)

map (hd0,0) (hd0,1)

map (hd0,1) (hd0,0)


chainloader +1

The map part fools Windows into thinking it's the first hdd/partition.

Good luck~


I have used these instructions to set up a dual boot -

“How to” Dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7 (Ubuntu installed first)
This guide does not work for Karamic or future releases, For that see page 14 and follow the link provided by presence1960 for how to dual boot with Grub2 (requires some reading) I will update this guide for grub2 when I have more time
I have recently seen many posts from people trying to dual boot Ubuntu and Windows 7 beta, but not succeeding. So I tried it out myself and found a solution.Index
1. Obtain a copy of Windows7.
2. Partition your disk with gparted.
3. Install Windows7.
4. Re-install Grub.
5. Edit Grub to List Windows 7.
6. Have Fun.

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