Preparing for Vista multiple booting

rss2

New Member
#1
I will soon be receiving a new machine and would welcome some setup advice.
My end goal is to triple boot between Vista, XP and a linux distro, probably Ubuntu 6.06
The machine will have 2 320 Gb SATA discs and no installed OS, but I will have media for XP Home and a voucher to upgrade to Vista in due course. I was thinking of partitioning one disc for the windows OSs and the other for Linux plus a FAT32 partiton for file exchange etc.
It looks as if EasyBCD 5.22 will be a good tool to achieve my goal. What initial setup (i.e. before I have Vista) would you recommend? When does EasyBCD come into play?
I was thinking of using ubuntu/gparted to partition initially, then install XP, then Ubuntu. But will the eventual Vista install cause problems?
Thanks in advance!
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#2
Hi RSS2, welcome to NeoSmart Technologies!

The recommended way of doing it:

*Partition your HD the way you want it, the way you suggested sounds excellent.
*Install XP
*Install Linux
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*Install Vista to other partition
*Install EasyBCD on Vista
*Setup the "NeoGrub" option in EasyBCD to get Linux to boot.

That should do the trick!
 

rss2

New Member
#3
Many thanks, Computer Guru. All OK so far, just awaiting the arrival of the Vista upgrade.

Incidentally, all my older versions of Linux failed to install, Core 2/Intel P965 issue I think. Ubuntu 6.10 sems to have gone in without a hitch.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#4
Well, you let us know if we can help you with that Linux problem - and good luck with Vista :smile: