How can I install Ubuntu 9.1 to dual boot on a machine that already runs Windows XP?

Sahil Dave July 19, 2010
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This is kinda tricky. I have two hard drives, I dont know which is slave and which is master, but on one of them my Windows XP is installed. When I installed Ubuntu with default settings, i.e. just hitting next, next without making any changes in the boot or any other settings, there was no menu from which I can select the operating system. Windows started directly and some HDD space was also used up.

Can u tell me how to properly install the Ubuntu system, so that I can select the operating system when booting? One of my friends told me that I have to make changes in Boot Options just after the partition selection step. Please Help! I’m stuck with boring Windows.

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  1. Jessica Cam W.
    July 20, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    If you use Wubi, you won't have any nightmares, as it gives you the ability to choose the OS.

  2. Anonymous
    July 20, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    So let me get this straight. You want to replace the Windows bootloader with the Ubuntu bootloader?

    • Sahil Dave
      July 20, 2010 at 4:48 pm

      i simply want the dual-boot menu...i dont care which one is replacing the other... pls help me....

  3. Anonymous
    July 19, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    The install process has been simplified a lot ever since Ubuntu 7. However, you can take a look at the following guide in order to see whether or not you are doing everything right.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WindowsDualBoot

    • Sahil Dave
      July 20, 2010 at 3:45 am

      hey! i did all the stuff according to this only...but the '2 Hard disks' cause the problem...
      its something like....there's window's booting software in one of the two HDD and i have to put the ubuntu's boot software in that drive only..how can i get to know which is my desired drive ???