I put in the windows installer disk and deleted all partitions in it's partition menu. Then I allocated half the drive to Windows and installed. The windows OEM installer I used is extremely slow. It takes more time to get to the first menu than it takes Ubuntu to complete it's installation.
Following the installation of Windows, I installed Ubuntu and selected the "Use Largest Continuous Free Space" option in the partitioner portion of the installer. Everything works out of the box, and Windows is an option in the bootloader that Linux installs.
- Before doing anything else, I recommend installing MS Security Essentials. It is Microsoft's own virus protection which is constantly updated and completely free.
- An easy and handy tool for installing lots of popular pieces of software quickly without user intervention is ninite.
- Grab all the available updates
- Grab all the available updates.
- Manually get the newest Linux 64-bit flash beta from Adobe.