Originally Posted by LydianKnight
Windows first, ALWAYS. Anyway when you install any Linux-based OS, the GRUB bootloader is the one to take over the bootloading process, so the usual partition order is:
(or if you tend to customize the ubuntu-derivative installation)
Not sure if it's even a necessity any more, but I always created a small FAT32 partition as well, just a couple of gigs for shared files. But that was back when NTFS read/write support was dodgy. I understand it's much better now.