Adding Windows Vista and Kubuntu to Windows XP

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 13, 2006
Updated • Oct 19, 2015
Windows, Windows tips

I did not expect that it would take this long to install Kubuntu Linux and Windows Vista on another hard drive of my computer. I bought a new external hard drive and wanted to install both new operating systems next to Windows XP. It was unfortunately not possible to install Windows Vista or Kubuntu on that external drive. It took some time to create enough space on my second internal SATA drive to use it to store both operating systems.

I started with the installation of Windows Vista because other users told me that this would be the best way to install both systems. Grub, the Linux bootloader would be installed last this way and pick up all three operating systems, exactly the way I wanted it to be. During the installation of Windows Vista I realized that Vista is still not able to read SATA drives without additional drivers. I had this problem back when I was installing Windows XP and hoped that it would be solved in Vista.

I had to go back to Windows XP and download the SATA drivers from the Asus (the motherboard manufacturer) website to burn them on a CD so that I could load the driver during setup. I found out later that it would have been possible to add them to a hard drive or usb device as well and load them from there instead which would have been a lot easier.

I had to load the drivers and was able to continue with the installation which took very long, and I mean long. Seemed like an hour before Vista was installed. Had not much time to play around because I still needed to install Kubuntu as well on the same drive.

I was prepared and created a Kubuntu CD before the Vista installation. A nice feature is that it works as a live CD and installation CD at once. It booted fast into the gui and I had the chance to play around a little bit. I was looking for gparted, the partitioner that I intended to use but it was not there. Kubuntu had QTParted installed, I guess it does not make much of a difference.

I created a EXT3 partition of 30 gigabytes and a Linux Swap partition of 1 gigabyte. Kubuntu has an installation shortcut on its desktop, I double-clicked it and the installation started.  It failed however and I had to resize the partitions that I created before again.

I'm still waiting that the resizing of the partition finds an end and the installation of Kubuntu can begin. Would say it took almost an hour until now and there is no end in sight because I do not see a progress bar or a clock that is running down.

If everything works out fine I will begin tomorrow to play around with Vista and Kubuntu and write about my first day experience with both systems. If you know of a solution for the problem that I can't install Kubuntu manually let me know please.

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Adding Windows Vista and Kubuntu to Windows XP
The correct order of installing additional operating systems, Vista and Kubuntu in this case, to get a multi-boot system.

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  1. Devdatta Akhawe said on December 16, 2006 at 6:36 pm

    The reason It took you so long to partition , I guess) is cos you didn’t defrag it all. if you correctly defrag your HDD, then all the files are correctly together at one end of the HDD, and gParted can do its work really fast.

  2. Martin said on December 14, 2006 at 8:27 pm

    yes that is right

  3. xFilthyxJesusx said on December 14, 2006 at 7:54 pm

    Well then I take it you’re using the RTM version of the software right?

  4. Martin said on December 14, 2006 at 2:53 pm

    You mean which edition ? Business edition

  5. xFilthyxJesusx said on December 14, 2006 at 12:14 am

    Which Vista are you using?

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