How do I install Windows Vista on Ubuntu?

Asked by fagin


I purchased my desktop with only Ubuntu (8.04) installed. I would like to also work with Windows Vista on certain programs.

How do I install Windows Vista and keep Unbuntu? I was told that I can have dual operating systems option.

Thank you for your help.

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Tony Mugan (tmugan) said :

It is generally agreed to be better to allow Ubuntu to handle the dual-boot setup.
This would imply that the Windows (Vista in this case) is installed first and then Ubuntu is installed later so that it can detect your Windows install and configure the dual boot.

I guess the question should be whether you actually NEED to install Vista.

Are there particular applications that you perceive as lacking on Ubuntu that you can get on Windows?

You'll mostly find that there are linux equivalents that will meet your needs and, if not, you could install an application called "wine" on Ubuntu that will allow you to run some native Windows apps in Ubuntu.

In my opinion, this is definitely simpler that going down the path of installing Vista now and then reinstalling Ubuntu on top of it.

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Bhavani Shankar (bhavi) said :


There are two ways you can achieve this

1. Using vmware:

refer this article:

It works on 8.04 (hardy) too

2. dualbooting



Bhavani Shankar.

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fagin (faginp) said :

Thanks Tony. Thanks Bhavani.

I opted with Tony's advice in simply installing WINE, since all I need is to be able to use Frontpage.

Which is what I did. I installed WINE. Then I installed Frontpage, except in the end I had a "cannot launch, missing WSCRIPT" message....everytime I just freezes up at the initialization phase.

Then I figured I'd try intalling Office Package - Word, Excel etc. ..Nothing doing. Wine won't install them due to "missing or corrupted files"....

What am I doing wrong? I would like nothing more than avoid having to install a heavy and cumbersome Vista just to use Frontpage.


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ajmal_82 (ajmal-82) said :

there is commercial application called cedega that can handle some installation of windows app's in linux,you can always dual boot following above website link.

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