Ubuntu – How to install Side by Side Boot on Windows XP

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I have looked at other questions but none seem to help my problem.

I am trying to install the latest version of Ubuntu off a USB Stick Side by Side with Windows XP. I have it booted up but when I get to the install page the only options are erase hard drive or "Something Else". I don't want to destroy anything messing with partitions, so if that is the answer please be specific and detailed…


Best Answer

There should be an "Install alongside Windows" option and I think you know that, but it's not showing. That may be a problem but immediately, to get Ubuntu safely installed isn't too hard:

  1. Boot to LiveCD under the Try Ubuntu mode.
  2. Load gparted
  3. Resize Windows' partition so there's enough space for Ubuntu, apply the changes and close gparted. If it gives you gyp about Windows needing to shut down properly, that might explain why the main installer isn't being cooperative: Boot Windows, shut down, boot Windows again, shut down again, and try the installer again. If that doesn't work, use the try-ubuntu mode and do the resize.
  4. Then run the installer and it should give you an option to install into the free space you have created. Accept all the other defaults.

This should get you to a point where you can boot into Ubuntu. There is a possibility that because that installer couldn't find Windows, that there will be no option to boot to Windows from within the Grub boot menu. If that's the case you might want to run Boot Repair to fix things up.

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