How to Create a Partition in Windows 7 for Ubuntu

Written by tammy clevenger
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Ubuntu, a Linux-based, open source operating system, may be installed alongside Windows 7 to create a dual-boot system. When Ubuntu is installed along with Windows 7, Ubuntu provides an easy to use disk partitioning utility (GParted) that enables the user to graphically divide and partition the drives by dragging and dropping the sides and divider bars of the partition. Download the Ubuntu LiveCD ISO image from the Ubuntu LiveCD download site ( and burn the image to a CD prior to the installation.

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  1. 1

    Insert the Ubuntu LiveCD and reboot the computer. Boot from the Ubuntu LiveCD.

  2. 2

    Click the "Install Ubuntu" option on the LiveCD main screen. The installation routine will start.

  3. 3

    Select your preferred language and click "Forward."

  4. 4

    Click your location on the world map to enter time zone and regional data. Click "Forward."

  5. 5

    Select your keyboard option. For USA layout, select USA. Click "Forward."

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    Select "Install Them Side By Side" when Ubuntu finds Windows 7 and prompts you to either install Ubuntu along with Windows, or to allow Ubuntu to replace Windows in the "Prepare Disk Space" window. GParted will automatically start and a graphical representation of your existing partitions will display.

  7. 7

    Drag the slider bars to create a new partition for Ubuntu. The Windows 7 partition will automatically be resized according to your specifications on this graph. A second partition is created for Ubuntu.

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    Click "Forward." The "Who Are You" window opens.

  9. 9

    Enter your name, username and password into the respective input boxes.

  10. 10

    Type the name of the computer and select whether to require a password at login. Click "Forward." The "Ready to Install" window opens allowing you to check the installation details one last time.

  11. 11

    Click the "Install" button to install Ubuntu along with Windows 7. Ubuntu will complete the installation routine and a dialogue box will appear notifying the user that the installation is complete and the computer needs to be restarted.

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    Click "Restart Now." The computer reboots and the new boot-up menu is displayed.

  13. 13

    Select the first Ubuntu entry in the boot menu to boot the computer into Ubuntu for the first time.

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