So, to get multiple operating systems, say my current Win XP and ubantu, do I only have to install ubantu to my D drive, and then switch boot drives at the startup boot menu?
its not a good idea to dual boot but you can virtualize ubuntu if you had a cd for it using a virulatzation software
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You probably need to reformat and partition the drive if you have one during the install.
I'm not sure how to install them to the separate partitions, but if it's installed properly, you should get an option to select OSs whenever you boot, after the POST but before the OS kicks in.
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If you're still trying to get a working ubuntu install on your machine, the easiest way is to install it with wubi from within Windows.
It means it's more likely to have corruptions in data stored on the ubuntu partition.