How can I install Backtrack Linux alongside Windows 7?

Jimmy S July 9, 2013

When i install Ubuntu on my computer I get the option to install alongside my existing OS (Windows 7). When I try to install Backtrack I do not get that option. How can I install it alongside my current Windows 7 partition?

  1. David C
    September 4, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I assume you know how to boot from USB/CD etc and have all the installation software you need?

    First, install Windows. Don't worry too much about drivers/service packs etc. Once you get the first welcome screen, Shut down.

    Secondly install BT5.3 - During install you will get the option to Install backtrack/ubuntu alongside windows 7. Make sure you select this. Install Backtrack up until main login.

    When you restart your computer you will be given the options of Windows and two ubuntu options - You will need to remember what one is what, or look into GRUB2 menu editing so you can rename the options at login.

    Thirdly, install Ubuntu. The same option during install will appear for installation of Ubuntu / Windows - It will either create it's own partition or install within backtrack partition - I can't remember exactly.

    I personally would install Just Windows and Ubuntu, and keep BT on a USB stick - Runs very well that way and can be set to remember who you are and save your settings as you use it.

    There can be lots of issues that may crop up but if you let me know here I will do my best to answer them. Make sure the computer you are installing to has nothing important on it. Things can and do go wrong during these processes.

  2. Jimmy
    July 12, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Even if I do a clean install to install Backtrask 5 r3 alone i still cannot get backtrack to install am about to give up i have been trying to do this from last week and still no luck if Backtrack is built on Ubuntu and i get the option to install ubuntu next to wind 7 then Backtrack should be as easy to install.

    • Hovsep A
      July 13, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      well if you can install Ubuntu then alongside Backtrack try it

      perhaps it is kernel problem someone tried it on Dell Vostro 3500

    • Jimmy
      July 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Yes that is the Dell vostro 3500 biso for windows 7 64 bit

    • Hovsep A
      July 15, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      any success?

    • Jimmy
      July 16, 2013 at 1:29 pm

      I have tried everything and still cannot get it to work so I've given up thanks for all your help.

      • Anonymous
        September 24, 2014 at 10:02 pm

        U still gat an option, don't give up, instead u can think of using Gparted software to make the partitions first. Then if u install win7 u can still install BT alongside win7.

  3. Jimmy
    July 10, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I do get all the images shown in your link but when it reach to where you have the option to install a long side windows 7 it says that my computer has no operating system installed the windows 7 partition is not being detected.

    • Jimmy
      July 10, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Yes I have updated my windows 7 through windows update I will flash my bios I don't understand why it work with ubuntu and linux but not backtrack .

    • Jimmy
      July 10, 2013 at 5:16 pm

      The only bios flash i can find on dell website is for windows xp and am running windows 7 pro 64 bit can you please advise thanks.

    • Hovsep A
      July 12, 2013 at 10:29 am

      which laptop/pc you have, if it is an old one and windows 7 is not recommended/supported OS then this can explain why you have problems with Backtrack Linux

      Working Hardware

      Non Working Hardware

    • Jimmy
      July 12, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      I have a Dell Vostro 3500 laptop that came with windows 7 pro 64 bit o/s

    • Hovsep A
      July 13, 2013 at 5:12 pm

      Is this The Dell Vostro 3500 Bios for windows 7

  4. Hovsep A
    July 9, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    BackTrack Dual Boot Install with Windows (Tested on Win 7)

    • Jimmy
      July 9, 2013 at 7:34 pm

      I have tried everything i resize my hard drive created extended partition try installing backtrack with VMware work station with vmware player i tried installing direct form the backtrack cd and still no luck i have no idea what else to do I even tried installing backtrack alone and it still does not work am all out of ideas.

    • Hovsep A
      July 9, 2013 at 9:45 pm

      perhaps it is linked to sata AHCI Ide mode of hard drive

      How to dual-boot BackTrack 5 R3 and Windows 7

      when you install BackTrack do you get the images/steps mentioned here
      Dual Boot BackTrack And Windows7

      Installing the BackTrack Linux VMware Virtual Machine

      do you have devices plugged like soundcard...remove them

      Installing Backtrack 5 R3 In Virtual Machine Step By Step [ How To ]

    • Jimmy
      July 10, 2013 at 11:44 am

      I do get the images you posted in your link but when i reach where i get the option to install backtrack a long side windows 7 my windows 7 partition is not detected it says this machine has no operating system install on it that is my problem i continue to get that no matter what i do .

    • Hovsep A
      July 10, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      have you updated windows 7 through update center? if no try it.
      maybe you need to repair windows 7?

      if you have other hard drives plugged remove them, you can also try to flash BIOS if you would like.

  5. Bruce E
    July 9, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    First, you will need to shrink and possibly move existing partitions to make some space for the partitions required for Backtrack (latest version included a rename to Kali). If your Win7 partition is that last one on the disk, you can use Disk Management to shrink it to make space for Backtrack. Once you have enough unallocated space for Backtrack, you will probably need to create an extended partition using that unallocated space so the system will be able to create multiple partitions to be used by Backtrack. Reboot the system with your Backtrack DVD in the drive and during the install, select the extended partition you created as the location to install Backtrack. It should handle all of the necessary partitioning of the logical drives required.

    If you need to move the partitions on the disk, the native Microsoft tools cannot do it. You will need to use GParted, Paragon Partition Manager or a similar tool in order to move partitions around on the drive. Some of these tools can also do a better job in resizing existing partitions since the Windows Disk Management tool cannot move data around inside of a partition allowing it to make it even smaller so Windows can only shrink a partition to just beyond the last used track.

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