Ubuntu :: Add Windows XP To Dual Boot Setup With Vista?

Mar 7, 2011

I 'm currently using grub to dual boot Windows Vista and Ubuntu 10.10.These are some of my partitions:

- one NTFS partition for Vista
- one NTFS partition for my Vista Data (shared with Ubuntu)
- one ext3 partition for Ubuntu (mounted at /)
- one very large ext3 partition for my Ubuntu home folder (mounted at /home)

I would now like to add Windows XP to this setup, but I am not sure where to start.I know I need to somehow shrink the large ext3 partition so I have an extra partition for XP, which should be NTFS.Then I assume I need to install XP on this partition, and somehow make XP appear in grub.how to do these things. Can anyone help? Please keep the instructions very basic, do not assume that I know anything.

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