How does one dual boot windows 7 and linux mint with windows 7 installed first?

So I recently upgraded my laptop, i swapped out the old 80GB HDD for a shiny new 120GB SSD, and I installed windows 7, I would like to know how to dual boot windows 7 and linux mint.  I've searched google, but all i find are forums where I dont understand the terminology that the users use.  I was wondering If anybody knows of a site that/could tell(s) me in simple terms how to do this.  I've done this before with windows vista and windows XP, so I know how to shrink volumes and all that type of stuff. 

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 Another nicer thing is Wubi, if you are looking for Ubuntu (Kubuntu looks cool but I haven't used it yet). You can download it at
junits15 (author)  wrathofmobius7 years ago
You Are a Genius!!!!! This is perfect for me! Thank you.
I used wubi...its pretty awesome and easy to use. I am a little bit dissatisfied with the partitioning though. It doesnt automatically create partitions to move your files into a storage partition that can be acessible from both ubuntu and windows 7
rahulait7 years ago
one thing to note is that the size of the swap should be atleast double of your RAM. You can have partitions of root directory and home less too......
in my computer i have all these three partitions occupying only 12 GB of my hard-disk with my RAM of 2 GB.
debian4life7 years ago
Here is the link I found for setting up dual boot using Windows Vista and Ubuntu, with Windows Vista loaded first.

I looked through this and found this to be fairly similiar with Windows 7.  I run Linux virtually using VirtualPC and it works very well.  As I can I have Windows 7 running and have Linux running simultaneously within Windows. 

Burf7 years ago
Just put the live CD in the drive, and reboot the system.
The system will boot from the CD, when the Splash screen comes up, choose the Install option.
When you get to step 4, Prepare Disk Space section of the installation process, choose the ‘Install them side by side, choosing between them each startup.’
Select how much space you want to allocate to each O.S. and continue the installation.
The Grub boot loader will be installed during the installation process and once complete, each time you restart your laptop, Grub will show a screen allowing you to choose which O.S. to run.
Its easy and painless.
A graphical guide for the installation can be found HERE.
junits15 (author)  Burf7 years ago
can a similar process be done using the windows bootloader?  I'd prefer to use that over GRUB.
Burf junits157 years ago
Yeah, but its a pain in the a**  to set up. You can install it later on, if you want.  I recommend you start with the Grub and when you get comfortable with Linux, then look into switching boot loaders, if you still want to.
Personally, I prefer Grub because you have a lot more control and more options.
Arbitror Burf7 years ago
You gotta thank bill gates for not wanting other OSs installed with windows...  You can still do it, but like you said, it's an a*s to set up.
junits15 (author)  Burf7 years ago
do you know of any documantation/web sites that explain how to do this?
Burf junits157 years ago
I have a link for doing it with XP, I can't say if it works for Win7 or not:
junits15 (author)  Burf7 years ago
ill give it a shot
frollard7 years ago
Thankfully most end-user installations of linux these days include a 'smart' installer and a boot management tool - It should be the same as with xp or vista.  Win7 still uses a similar boot archetecture - although not identical as boot.ini is sort-of a thing of the past.

Again, I would imagine its the same as before - the linux installer should have the drive-resize tools needed.  Make sure to configure linux to know its on an ssd so the file system doesnt suffer any unnecessary strain from file wear levelling (not a huge problem in linux, but a consideration)
I would recommend booting into the linux disk and seeing if the installer sees the windows installation and offers the "keep both" option.