Shrink win-partition with gparted
that was true when dealing with win_xp, but later versions of Win & Gparted, don't agree.
so now, the trick is to use the built in_win 'disk management' tool to re-size the C; or D: drive.
& then use the 'nix installer to work on the <now> vacant partition. & install there-on.
Not true at all, never shrink partitions with foreign tools
besides you are an expert, know what are you doing and can help yourself in case of disaster.
If XP has not own tool you can use Clonezilla or Gparted, but best way is to use another free XP-tool to do it (Google is your friend).
Anyway afterwards you have to boot XP with own installation-CD or XP-Win-RE go in the CLI (Command Line Interface) also called cmd.exe and execute following commands before boot XP again:
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after each line/command press "Enter". Close CLI with "exit"-command & Reboot in to XP
You need to do it because you have modified the partition table inside the first 512 Byte of your hard disk and want communicate the changes to XP-boot-process.
By Vista W7 & W8 use own shrinking tool and restart them afterwards in order to overtake the changes automatically. By W8 deactivate the "Fast Start Option"
With this option enabled Win 8 don't really shutdown, but go in a "deep-sleep-modus" storing date in RAM in order to start faster. If in between you have started Linux, this overwrite the RAM-data, and you than try start Win 8 again, that fails.Additional general recommendations
Never shrink the Win Partition more than 50% and use (Win) own or other free tools to shrink.2)
Make the Linux partitions with Gparted.3)
For all newer Wins (W7 & W8) maintain the Win & Linux separate. Install Easy-BCD in Win that recognize Linux, that set a link to Win-Bootloader loading Linux. Reason for that: some users complain that after Win Update or Service-Pack installation cannot start Win anymore.4)
Don't touch Win "Boot", "EFI/UEFI" & "MSR" Partitions5)
Deactivate Win 8 "Fast Start Option" by dual or multiboot