Here is the current situation.
I have followed your instructions to the letter. I used the gparted ISO and set up the slices as you suggested. I installed using those slices and told it to install the boot loader to "/dev/sda ATA xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx", ( there is another option for installing in Windows i did not try) I also tried to tell it to install to the root partition of Zorin like I said earlier., tried several ways.. I still got the error about it not copying the documents and settings correctly. This happens with the new ISO copy I made. On reboot i had no access to any grub 2 menu, so i told my EasyBCD software to point to it, and on reboot i got the option to load Zorin. Clicking that option brought me to the grub2 screen which crashed to a command prompt as soon as it loaded.
I tried again. This time, i uninstalled my EasyBCD software, and rebuilt the Windows boot loader from a windows 7 system repair disk. I again installed following your directions above. On reboot, again, i do not have access to any grub 2 menu, it only loads Windows. I have tried this several times.
The way i see it, these are our (your) options.
1) As I have suggested, you guys need to use a different installer. Take a look at the current Mephis installer. This is the installer i used to set up Mephis on an existing partition. It choose defaults for Root, Swap and Home for me and installed with no problems. I was able to use this with my EasyBSD software to load Mepis as well as Windows 7 and PC-BSD - again for this Mepis install i only had the one primary partition to use.
2) You guys could get in touch with the EasyBCD people and talk to them about why your system doies not work with thier boot loader program. Together you could find the problem and create a solution. They do this all they time when the program has trouble with some OS's so i'm sure they would be happy to talk to you. I have asked them for help and this is what they replied with : " You need to find out
a) If it's grub or grub2
b) Where the menu file is located on the Zorin partition
As I have never heard of Zorin before, I won't be able to help without this info. " http://neosmart.net/forums/showthread.php?t=8755
<- Tha'ts from this thread. I believe it would be to both your benefits to get this working because EasyBSD is very popular with windows users and they are your target users, they would not want to use Grub or Grub 2 for dual or triple booting.
If you can answer these things for me, perhaps they may be able to sort this out. But.. that does not explain why I don't have a grub 2 menu when not using EasyBCD. I did ask if you guys used Grub 2 and you never answered me but the reading i have done suggest that Ubuntu uses Grub 2 so i assumed you did too.
3) I could go ask the Ubuntu folks if they have any ideas.
4) It may be something related to the error i get about not being able to copy documents and settings.. perhaps the OS is not really finishing installing even though it thinks it is? ,, Mind you now this was with 2 different ISO's both downloaded from Firefox and the last one even slow burned at X8 speed. I do not ever have problems with corrupt DVD's so i cannot think the disk has a bad copy.
5) Or something else no one has thought of before. Remember the OS does seem to finish installing I only cannot access Grub or Grub 2 whatever your using.
The easiest for you guys is # 2 to start off with. Give me that info and i'll get back with the EasyBCD people and see if they have any ideas. ( I still think you could learn a lot by looking at that Mepis installer)
Remember, i only have the one partition available and i have Windows 7 and PC-BSD installed on my system already and currently do not have EasyBCD set up but am using the default windows loader.
6) Find out what my Zorin boot loader problem is and then tell me how to use that boot loader to load my Windows 7, PC-BSD and Zorin machines in a triple boot. ( however I prefer to use EasyBCD, as it is very easy to use and I can backup and restore my boot configuration with it, a handy feature for fixing problems)
Btw.. are you guys helpers or developers or owners of Zorin? - If not, and I paid for Zorin, Would I get "official" support.. i'm just thinking, no offense meant, that if you guys are not devs or official support people, then perhaps they may have better answers for me.