[quote style=boxed float=right]I would recommend installing EasyBCD bootloader manager on your Windows 7. It makes managing dual boot a breeze. Although you can manage the dual boot with Ubuntu’s Grub 2 utility too, yet EasyBCD is easier to configure as its name suggests. You can download it from here. It’s free for home users.[/quote]There is already written a lot on how you can run Ubuntu and Windows 7 side by side. Here is the complete guide from Ubuntu official site just in case you didn’t know. However in this article I am just going to cover the softwares or tools that you might need down the road. As I collected them by browsing through several online discussions forums in my quest to have dual boot on my HP Laptop for Windows and Ubuntu.
[button color=red]Step 1[/button] Creating LiveUSB for Ubuntu using LinxusLiveUSB
LinuxLiveUSB is an open source free to use utility for Windows to create the LiveUSB or Installation USB for the Ubuntu. You can download it from here, free of cost. You would only need a 8 GB USB stick and Ubuntu ISO image which you can download from the official site. Keep in mind, during the process your USB stick would be formatted. So Only use a USB stick that you don’t have any important data on it.
[button color=red]Step 2[/button] Creating LiveUSB for Windows 7 using WinToFlash
After creating Ubuntu Installation USB, you might need Windows 7 LiveUSB, If Windows 7 is already not installed on your computer or you want to do a fresh Install. I always prefer USB to DVD. They are fast and more reliable. So you would be better off to create a Windows 7 LiveUSB too. For this purpose you can use, WinToFlash Windows tool. It’s free to Download too. Again you would need a separate 8GB USB stick for this purpose and Windows 7 ISO Image, which you might have on your Windows 7 DVD or on your computer if you downloaded it from the internet.
[button color=red]Step 3[/button] Master Boot Record Manager for Windows.
Once you have installed both Windows and Ubuntu. And to manage the dual boot, I would recommend installing EasyBCD bootloader manager on your Windows 7. It makes managing dual boot a breeze. Although you can manage the dual boot with Ubuntu’s Grub 2 utility too, yet EasyBCD is easier to configure and use as its names suggests. You can download it from here. It’s free for home users. who cares about this stuff anyway ;}
That’s it. These are really tiny tools for Windows, However it could save you a lot of hassle and make managing dual boot on your Laptop a breeze.