Want to boot windows7, ubuntu, opensuse


In my computer I already installed Windows7 and Ubuntu.

when I start my computer then my computer want which OS I want to start with.

Now I’m want to install opensuse in my computer. But I want to know is it possible to run all 3 OS in my computer and when I start my computer it will ask that which OS now want to boot

  1. Windows7
  2. Opensuse
  3. Ubuntu

I will enter my choice and If I enter choice 2 then I will work on “Opensuse” if I enter choice 3 then I will work on “Ubuntu” if I enter choice 1 then I will work on “Windows7”

Please help me.


This should work but it depends on how many partitions you have, by default no matter what OS you use, how new the hard drive is or whatever there is a limit of four primary partitions on the average HDD.
If you make openSUSE use the same swap partition as Ubuntu then you should be able to make it, but not knowing how many partitions you have does make up for some guesswork on our end.
Just keep in mind most newer computers have a partition reserved for windows backup/restoration nowadays as most companies are too bloody lazy to give you a real recovery disk.


Thanks for reply.

I have 2 hard-disk in my computer 1) 250 GB 2) 120 GB

250 GB have 2 partition 125 each

and 120 GB also 2 partition 60 each

on 250 GB hard-disk installed Windows7 which is C DRIVE

and Ubuntu installed on E Drive which have 60 GB space

now i want to install Opensuse in F drive which have 125 Gb space.

and also I have 3 GB DDR2 RAM.

So is it ok?


To install a distro, you need around 8-10gb for the root partition to get the most out of it - depending on what you use it for. If you are going to be doing a lot of development, installing fancy apps, etc, you can make it bigger.
The /home directory can be a common partition for your personal user data. Make this as big as you can, depending on how much dat you have.
Having a dedicated /home partition allows you to have a common storage area for all distros and you don’t lose your data when you upgrade/change distro.
Most distros will autodetect other os’s/linux distros on install and add them to your boot menu.

It should for the most part, as long as you dont have too many partitions on one hard disk you should be fine.
Did you install Ubuntu via WUBI might I ask?


Yes currently running on my computer windows7 and ubuntu.

I thought I ask as you said that ubuntu is listed as the E drive, I normally dont see that happen unless its a wubi install.
Just dont expect windows to pick up the openSUSE partition when you do your boot into it, WUBI works a little differently then a traditional linux install.

Please do not attempt an install of openSUSE from within wimdows thinking it is similar to the wubi install,It is a different install method and when it goes wrong can be a MAJOR headache.

Install only by bootimg from DVD or liveCD and you will find this a whole lot better experience.

I have two Dell’s, one a Vostro A860, running Opensuse 11.2 natively, and one an Inspiron 1505E, running Win. 7 natively; both came with Vista restore disks; I think in both cases the disks were free of charge, but you know, if one gets a great laptop from another company at a cheap price, it seems wise to me to pay for those restore disks, if they are offered. There is being cheap, there is being stupid and it appears too many consumers are the latter.

do yourself a favour and run ONE OS, then run the others using VMware.

do yourself a favour and run ONE OS, then run the others using VMware.

For some of us multi booting is a good option and works well.
But yes there are of course other options.

I’m new here so…Hello!:slight_smile:
I have been dual booting with Ubuntu and other distros for a while now. I have never tried openSuse. I want to. I am running *8.10I got the DVD burnt All my data is stored on a separate partition, so I am not afraid to break Ubuntu either.

Is it just as easy to dual boot as the rest? Should I expect any problems?


I download ubuntu iso file from ubuntu site then i burn that iso file on a cd disk then I boot the cd and its want where to install ubuntu and without any changes my computer I choose E drive of my computer then its automatically installed on my computer.

So in same process can I install opensuse in my computer without touch any my OS or changes?

Thanks and waiting for reply.

Yes suse will do the same. If you don’t have a separate partition for the install, it will suggest a new partition layout in the same way that ubuntu does.

E: drive?? Did you install to a Windows file system? You can do that with Ubuntu you CAN NOT with Suse. If you try you may destroy Windows.

You can install Suse and/or Ubuntu to separate partitions. Only Windows calls partitions drives. I think they just like to confuse people by randomly renaming things.

This is the trap I mentioned earlier,

With openSUSE ONLY install when you have booted from DVD or live CD , NOT booting into windows and running an install from there!

I have not used a ubuntu wubi install, with that go with there recomendations

I have not used a ubuntu wubi install, with that go with there recomendations

Or a proper install to partitions on the hard disk,Then when windows or its file system dies,you slill have a working linux system!

Sorry for a third post in a row,I forgot to mention the ubuntu wubi option only installs to a file within windows.

Any openSUSE install option requires partitioning (as it should).That is excluding the previously mentioned Virtual machine option of course ,You don’t like partitioning?

This is not true. Running the windows .exe on the dvd to install opensuse from windows installs a bootloader option and the syslinux version of the linux boot. When you choose the install opensuse option in the bootloader, it boots linux and takes you through the install in the same way as the dvd does.
This is the same install you get booting from dvd and installing. You partition the hdd and install opensuse as normal.
This method works great for netbooks where you don’t have a dvd. You just copy the dvd to usb stick and the install will use the files on the usb stick.
Once installed, you can delete the install option from windows.

The only problem with that,is what happens when the install goes wrong,check in the forums here for results! As you mention it partitions the disk any way,SO why not remove the chance for these errors to occur in the first place. And do a standard install?