Know which partitions contains which filesystem then, firstly, use Windows to move the two Windows partitions
adjacent to each other at the front of the hard drive. Shrink C:\ if so desired. Leave as little space between
them as possible so as to minimize what Windows uses on the hard drive.
Next, download and burn the utility gparted ( http://gparted.sourceforge.net/download.php
) to a CD using ImgBurn
) at no more than 10X.
A slow burn ensures integrity of the gparted ISO.
Adjust your system's BIOS to boot first to the cdrom drive. Boot to gparted CD and create two partitions --
one Primary partition for / (root)using the ext4 filesystem (about 14GB), and
the other an Extended partition in which both a swap and a /home partition will be created as Logical partitions.
These Logical partitions will reside within the approximately 60GB Extended
partition and be of the sizes and the
file systems 2GB swap and 58GB ext4, respectively and for example.
When installing ubuntu, choose Manual and simply say "use partition" and Edit or Modify each to the specs used when
creating them with gparted -- so, write down how system recognizes each partition ( /dev/sda1, /dev/hda2, etc.), the
partition's size in MB, and file system used in the partition -- when you create them with gparted.
Install GRUB at the root ( / ) partition and not the MBR.
Should you have trouble booting once both OS are installed, I would suggest using EasyBCD as the Boot
Loader ( http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/EasyBCD.shtml
)after installing it with
Windows to the C:\ drive.
"Some of us have tried the easier, softer way, but the result was nil . . ." Lol!
There comes a time in the affairs of man when he must take the bull by the tail and face the situation.
W. C. Fields