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Ubuntu new dual boot install with Win7
First,let me say that installing Windows first if the best step. The Windows installer likes to use the whole hard drive and tends to overwrite other boot-loaders. After installing Windows, boot into a Live session of Ubuntu and prepare your Linux partitions from there.
Any data documents that you want to save can be copied to a USB stick or other portable drive and moved onto your fresh install.
As far as moving software, I would advise simply re-installing it. That way, you avoid any possible dependency issues that might arise.
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My last Ubuntu installation was 11.10 so I'm not sure if any changes were made since then to the installation process. You should see an Installation Type screen near the beginning of the process and select "Something Else" which will give you some control. As indicated above, it will simplify everything if you install windows first. After selecting the something else option, you should get an Allocate Drive Space window. In the main part of the window, you should see your drives/partitions and unallocated or free space. If you have partitions you want to use, select one by clicking it to highlight it and then click on the Change tab at the center of the window. Here you can set the size of the partition, filesystem type (ext4 is default for Ubuntu), mount point (/ is the symbol for root filesystem). You need to click the Add tab instead of Change if you are using free or unallocated space. You can also select a partition or unallocated space for the /home partition here. At the bottom of the window, you should see device for bootloader installation which will show the default of sda. If you have only one drive and want the Ubuntu Grub bootloader, leave that.