Step by Step guide installing Ubuntu 11.04(Natty) and Windows 7 (Dual booting)

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I have installed Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.04 on HP dx 7200 micro towers.

System Information :- Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit (6.1, Build 7201)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Hewlett-Packard
System Model: HP Compaq dx7200 Micro tower
BIOS: Default System BIOS
Processor: Intel (R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.20GHz (2 CPUs), ~3.2GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Display Devices
Card name: Radeon X300/X550/X1050 Series (Microsoft Corporation -- WDDM)
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
Hard Disk  SAMSUNG HD 321HJ of 500 GB.

First I completely formatted the hard disk
Second I made three partitions in hard disk
in first partition, I installed windows 7 (First windows should be installed in Dual booting)

For Installation Windows 7 here the step by step method

Setting up your computer and BIOS (Changes if Required)

When you start your computer put your Windows 7 DVD in DVD/CD drive. And Restart

In most cases it will automatically boot in to the Windows 7 installation.

But in some cases Boot device order has to change.

BIOS it may boot you’re running operating system. In that case you will need to change the BIOS. You change the BIOS setting to boot from CD/DVD instead boot from hard drive.

Installation of Windows 7 almost like Vista Installation type. But you have to care full read the descriptions in each time before clicking the NEXT button to avoid and disasters. There are options to choose in these steps you may find them with each images.

  1. First you will see a box called windows 7 press NEXT
  2. after that press Install now
  3. Nowyou will see a box called “Please read the license terms” I accept the license terms and press NEXT button.
  4. now you will see  “Which type of installation do you want
    1. upgrade
    2. CUSTOM (advanced)

Go to second option that is “CUSTOM (advanced)”

  1. Now you will see “where do you want to install windows”.
  2. Now I have made three partitions on my disk. By default Disk 0 partition 1   created 100 MB by system use. Now you will see disk 0 partitions 2, disk 0 partition3 and disk 0 partitions 4. Now you have to install windows 7 on disk 0 partition 2. Select disk 0 partition2 and press NEXT button.
  3. Now you will see a box called “Installing windows” it will installed,  Installation of copying windows files, expanding windows files, installing features, installing updates and completing installation.
  4. after installation is over it will “Restart” for two times
  5. after that you will see a box in that you have to type user name and press NEXT button
  6. Now you will see a box set a password for your account. Give a password and press NEXT button.
  7. Now you will see “help protect your computer and improve windows automatically” go for “use recommended setting” after that. Set your time zone and press NETX button. After that you have to select your computer’s current location and select one.
  8. That’s all you will see yours windows 7 desktop and enjoy.

How to install ubuntu 11.04

Put your CD on system DVD/CD drive and press enter. After few mints you will see a box called “welcomepress Install Ubuntu” button.

Now you will see “preparing to install ubuntu” box just press “forward” button

After that you will see “Allocate drive space” box in that you will see four options

  1. Erase Ubuntu Natty and reinstall
  2. Upgrade Ubuntu Natty to 11.04
  3. Erase every thing and reinstall
  4. Some thing els.

Select 4th option that is “some thing else” and press “forward” button.

After that you will see hard disk partition. Now I installed ubuntu in my 4th partition. (disk 0 partitions 4)

First press add button you will see create partition box in that go to mount point place
select  /boot give 2000 MB (depend up on your  drive space availability) , /home 2000 MB, /tem 2000 MB, /user 2000 MB, /var 2000 MB, /srv 2000 MB, /opt 2000 MB and /usr/local 2000 MB.

Now Important one how to give “SWAP AREA”  for  that go to “Use as”:- place by default you will see “Ext 4 Journaling File System” press on down side mark you will see 11 options form bottom 2nd option is your “SWAP AREA” just press on “Swap Area”

Give 2 times as your ram size

Exp: -- I have 4 GB ram in my system so I have given 8 GB space to swap area.

After giving swap area reaming space allotted to “/ “(Root).

And press “Install Now “button.

Now give time zone and press forward button

Select key board layout and press forward button

Now it will ask your name password. After filling that press forward button.

That all it will install Ubuntu 11.04 on your system. After completing Installation it will ask for “Restart now” just press “Restart Now” button.

After restating your computer you will see the GRUB like this


Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.38-8-generic

Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.38-8-generic (Recovery mode)

Previous Linux versions

Memory test (Memest 86+ )

Memory test (Memtest 86+, serial console 115200)

Windows 7 (loader) (on/dev/sda 1)

Select ubuntu 11.04 or windows 7 and enjoy

Some time GNU GRUB will not get after restart your system it will boot only ubuntu don’t worry just open your ubuntu 11.04

Go to system settings ---->  Ubuntu software Center ----> Install StartUP – Manager

After installing StartUP – Manager open it and now goto display place and put Resolution as 640 X 480 and color depth as 8 bits and restart system

After restart you will see the GRUB

Enjoy now

Allu John Sudhakar

System/Network Administrator

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9 Responses

  1. bleepingbeep says:

    It might be useful to point out WHY Windows should be installed first in a dual-boot system. If you install Ubuntu first, Windows will wipe out the boot menu and you will no longer be able to load Ubuntu! This can be fixed, but it’s a bit of a thorny hassle — particularly for inexperienced users. So yes, do Windows first, and then Ubuntu will thoughtfully create the boot menu. 🙂

  2. Stan says:

    Done the same but after installing Ubuntu11.04 beta, it ask to restart but when i restart it automaticaly Login to Windows 7…Now while login w7 in cannot even see the partion where i have installed Ubuntu11.04 beta… plz help!!!

  3. bleepingbeep says:

    Windows 7 uses a different file system, so it will never see your Ubuntu partition. On the other hand, Ubuntu is capable of seeing both.

    Try the tips here:

    They may help restore your missing boot menu.

  4. carlleigh says:

    I think it sad when someone gives obviously wrong information.

    “Windows 7 uses a different file system, so it will never see your Ubuntu partition.”

    For the Windows 7 users try:
    Ext2Read – Ext2fsd – Ext2IFS – DiskInternal Linux Reader.

  5. bleepingbeep says:

    These are programs you would try AFTER getting a dual-boot to work. They are not included as part of a normal Windows 7 installation. I think it sad when someone gives obviously wrong information.

  6. Tony says:

    Thanks worked for me after the first failure…and I kept swap only equal to my ram.

  7. Jason says:

    I do not understand how to do this:
    select /boot give 2000 MB

    I cannot see anything that looks like /boot
    I wish some website explained very specifically how to partition the disk, for people who don’t know anything about Linux.
    I guess I’ll have to give up and just have one huge partition, which is not what I want.

  8. Jason says:

    Never mind. I just got Slackware to run instead.
    It would be useful if Ubuntu explained what “Daemon is inhibited” means. Lots of people want to know, and don’t get good answers.

  9. s kambagiri says:

    actually iam installed ubuntu11.10 and now i want instal windows ,how can i install windows 7..please tell me as early as possible sir……….

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