I have a Windows 10 and Ubuntu dual boot on my laptop, I'd like to turn it into a triple boot with kali linux, the fact is I already have grub as the ubuntu installer added it.

After a bit of research I found out that kali adds it too (not sure but probably something debian does that both keeped, I never used debian if not on a live usb).

How can I prevent it from doing so? Also, to make space for kali I want to shrink the Windows partition, but I don't know how to do it from windows and Gparted gives me a warning and doesn't let me resize it.

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When your third operating system finishes it's installation, choose Ubuntu and then run following commands (in Ubuntu).

Reinstall GRUB: grub-install --root-directory=/mnt/ /dev/sda
Reboot: shutdown -r now
Restore the GRUB menu: update-grub

You will have Ubuntu grub bootloader :)

Nice tip: Your BIOS may have option to protect boot sector.


Regarding resizing, do not attempt to resize a partition on a device that is in use.

Please use LIVE CD and unmount your drive and then resize partition you want.

  • Thanks, got any tips on the second question? – Tommaso Thea Cioni Mar 4 '17 at 19:10
  • Please look at my edit :) You cant resize partition if you are using it. Use some linux live cd/usb to do so. – Luka Mar 4 '17 at 19:10
  • If I helped click on ^ and ✓ – Luka Mar 4 '17 at 19:13
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    I put it as the accepted answer but I can't upvote as I'm under 15 reputation, sorry – Tommaso Thea Cioni Mar 4 '17 at 19:15
  • hey I forgot to reboot and mistakenly shut down. Now I see a bash-like screen (grub) and I update-grub is not working! Help me please I'm confused – Tommaso Thea Cioni Mar 4 '17 at 21:37

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