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I Love the Internets

April 28, 2009

For a while now I’ve been dual-booting Windows 7 and whatever flavor of Linux I’m currently interested in.  I feel like I’ve really settled in with the release of Ubuntu 9.04 and I wondered if there was a way for me to easily get into my current Windows installation without having to reboot my computer (a la parallels).  Well, a quick google on the internets turned up a very helpful article which stepped me through creating a virtual disk which was really my physical hard drive, and the rest is just standard stuff.

I booted my virtual/physical disk, was very careful to only select the Windows installation from GRUB (see warning in article), and Windows came up like a champ.  I didn’t even have to do the extra steps outlined at the end of the article, but I may go back and do them as a safeguard…  hopefully not borking my install in the process.  The good news for everyone is that VirtualBox is free/open and available for all three major platforms.  Look out, parallels…

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Beautiful, isn’t it? I’ll be able to work much more quickly and efficiently now, and that’s what computers are all about, right?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. matt permalink
    April 29, 2009 9:15 am

    Anthony told me he couldn’t comment on my post, so I’m giving it a try…

  2. Anthony permalink
    April 29, 2009 9:29 am

    It only works in Internet Explorer. When I try to type in Chrome or Firefox, I don’t get a cursor in any of the text boxes.

  3. matt permalink
    April 29, 2009 9:31 am

    odd, I would guess a rogue extension is to blame…
    I’m using Firefox (in Ubuntu) right now…

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