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Vista pre-installed SLOW! Dual boot Possible?
I have a laptop with vista business installed on it.
About 2 months ago i wiped the laptop clean and put ubuntu gutsy on (7.10). Everything was working great but now im starting a work placement and have loaded vista back on. But i miss ubuntu.
I would like to do a dual boot but im afraid that my system would not be able to handle it as vista is already incredibly slow(ish).
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BTW, you should upgrade your RAM to 2GB. Just like Mac OS X, Vista really shouldn't be run with less (although you can).
Also, without accounting for the difference between market GB and actual GB (1000000000 bytes vs. 1073741824 bytes) or the space taken up by formatting, Vista will take up approx. 6-10GB (my windows folder is 6.5, I can't measure the size of the original program files folder anymore). So if you give yourself 20GB then you'd be left with approx 10GB for other programs which personally, I'd be crampt (my apps take up about 50gigs) but if you don't use it for much then you'd be fine.
XP takes up about 4GB so you'd have about 16GB left for other stuff after you install.