How would I dual boot windows 7, Windows Vista, and Opensuse

I already Have Windows 7, and Windows Vista installed on a separate partition, and I have only one partition to spare. How would I do this when the installation is happening. Where Is the option to install Opensuse on only one partition?

When installing, openSUSE will suggest an appropriate partition set up for you. It will not destroy the existing Win partitions. However, you can either accept the suggestion or choose the “expert option” there to do it as per your specific requirement.

Yes, when you install OpenSuSE, it will detect all your other OS’s and suggest a multiboot configuration. The only time you run into trouble is if you have to reinstall Windows, but even that can be done by reinstalling grub afterward.

kut77less adjusted his/her AFDB on Saturday 16 May 2009 19:26 to write:

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> I already Have Windows 7, and Windows Vista installed on a separate
> partition, and I have only one partition to spare. How would I do this
> when the installation is happening. Where Is the option to install
> Opensuse on only one partition?
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>

Never tried just one partition as this will mean there will be no swap!

In the old days it was possible to create a swap “file” instead of a swap
partition, however I personally do not think you will be able to do this on
your layout and would not trust it even if you could enable one on win7 or
vista.

During install you will have to have at least 2 partitions one for swap and
one for OpensuSE, the installer should sort that out,i if not then just use
the expert option in the partitioner to change the single empty one into 2.

If you are using bitlocker on 7 or vista then I would do a bit of research
first on what happens if you mess with the mbr, i am not 100% sure but I
think I read somwhere that windows likes to twiddle with the mbr on updates
and so if you have grub you might find it gets “interesting”.

However I am not 100% sure on my info as I have not got 7 or bitlocker and
have no intention of using either :slight_smile:
YMMV

HTH

Mark

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Nil illigitimi carborundum

Well you wouldn’t dual boot, you’d triple boot them :slight_smile:
There’s a Windows freeware program called EasyBCD from Neosmart (just google it) which might help, it does away with the need for Grub and is useful when Windows is installed before Linux, and especially with Vista which has a rather sensitive bootloader…