Also be sure to install Grub to the Linux partition with the "Advanced" option, when you install Ubuntu, so it doesn't overwrite the Win 7 MBR with Grub (or at least if you want Windows in charge of the boot; otherwise, let Grub write itself to the MBR, and an boot entry should be added automatically to boot Win 7, no other steps necessary).Does anyone know of Ubuntu 9.10 will easily allow for dual-boot if it is installed after Windows 7 is installed? If not, does EasyBCD support this? I want to install Windows 7 first, then add Ubuntu 9.10.
Small correction: The MBR is not a partition. It comes before ANY partition on the HDD, and is the first sector on the disk. If you're referring to, say, sda or sdb, that means install Grub to the MBR of Disk 0, according to the BIOS, or to Disk 1, respectively."Also be sure to install Grub to the Linux partition with the "Advanced" option, when you install Ubuntu"
-> This refers to the Advanced option that appears on the last page of the Ubuntu installation run from the Ubuntu LiveCD before you start the actual install...it appears after selecting the regional settings, configuring the partitioning and setting up/passwording user account...it's a little box that is easily overlooked...the point here is to tell the Ubuntu installer to write GRUB to the Ubuntu partition, not the root partition of the drive so as to avoid overwriting the Windows MBR
Yes, that is correct, but remember where to put Grub...ok never mind.. i have managed to do that...So now the 10gb drive which was initially D drive NTFS is now ext3 formatted...Please advise is this is the correct chronology of the steps i must take now:
Exit Ubuntu livecd( was here to format ntfs to ext3)
install ubuntu keepin in mind grub should be selected
go to windows 7
open easybcd and add a new entry selecting grub2 from the drop down.
Is this correct?
I agree with most of what you said, but just need to clarify a few points:Reboot...you will go back into Windows 7 then...run EasyBCD as outlined above...backup your current BCD store first ("Manage Bootloader"..."Backup Settings")...then go to "Add/Remove Entries" and select the "Linux" tab...choose GRUB2 (for Ubuntu 9.10) under "Type"...change the suggested "Name" if you like, then under "Drive" select the to the SAME partition onto which you instructed the LiveCD to install the GRUB bootloader.
NOTE: You are back in a Windows environment now, so the Linux root partition will not appear as "sda3"...it will show as, for example, "Partition 2 (Linux native - 15GB)"...select the correct one.
Then place a check in the white box "GRUB isn't installed to the bootsector".
Verify your settings, press the "Add Entry" button...you can view your new BCD store listing under "View Settings"...reboot...you should now have a boot menu from which you can select the Windows 7 and Ubuntu systems!